Monday, February 10, 2014

ARC Review + Giveaway: After the Rain by Daisy Harris


Daisy will be awarding a $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 gift card to a randomly drawn host.

After the Rain (Fire and Rain, #2)
Title: After the Rain by Daisy Harris
Genre: Contemporary M/M Erotic Romance
Expected Publication: February 11, 2014 Samhain Publishing
Length: 161 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy provided by author

Blurb:
They’re going to need a bigger tent.

Henri’s list of bad exes is as long as his arm, but nothing prepared him for his latest, heart-stomping breakup. He thought he couldn’t feel more abandoned, until his ride for a group camping trip bails, leaving him stuck driving for hours with a guy who is absolutely not his type.

After breaking up with his girlfriend of five years, firefighter Logan is working up the nerve to explore his interest in men. He knows he’s gay. He just hasn’t had the guts to do anything about it…until now.

Henri’s big-city attitude and tight jeans push every last one of Logan’s buttons, and when he and Henri have to share a tent, Logan is thrilled. He should have realized Pacific Northwest weather would get wet—forcing them to strip naked. Though the steam between them is thicker than coastal fog, Henri’s not sure he can let himself fall for another man. Not even the guy who finally treats him right.

Warning: Contains bad ex-boyfriends, even worse weather, and more than your average amount of sex in a tent. May not be suitable for those with germ phobias, outdoor aversions or fear of damp shoes.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/After-Rain-Fire-Daisy-Harris-ebook/dp/B00EKJGRJA
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Excerpt 3: 

Logan pulled off his helmet, and Henri did the same. There was a moment when their eyes met, Logan grinning and Henri grinning right back. Henri realized Logan was going to kiss him a split second before it happened.

Henri jerked to get out of the way before their lips touched, and though Logan’s kiss landed at Henri’s hairline, a thrill of panic still ran through him. No way. Herpes! Logan couldn’t kiss him, and Henri definitely couldn’t kiss Logan back. Plenty of other guys would have taken the risk—especially if it was just a kiss—but Henri couldn’t.

“Oh.” Logan froze, his breath still in Henri’s hair. Slowly, he stepped back. “I’m sorry.”

“No. It’s fine.” Henri held his hands palms up, wishing he could explain in a few words, but the guys on the ridge above were already calling to them, hollering that it was time for lunch.

“I didn’t mean...” Logan turned away, hiding his expression. “I just mean it’s no big deal.”

Shoulders curled forward, Logan headed up the stairs.

“Logan,” Henri called after him. He hated this. If things were different, he would have been on Logan from the second he saw what he was hiding under his shirt. He would have kissed him and even given his dick a squeeze for good measure. Now he’d be stuck with half explanations all weekend. “Wait up.”
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Adina Falling

Review: 

2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars

Henri just broke up with a posh, stuck-up ex-boyfriend that cheats on him. He goes on a camping trip with friends and meets Logan, who's from Texas and new to the gay scene. Or maybe their friends set up them...

This is a very sweet romance about Henri falling for another guy that's not his type. He likes the classy, posh type of men, like his ex boyfriends.  He's attracted to Logan but he's not used to his personality. On top of that, he has an STD scare from his cheating ex. He's insecure and afraid of physical intimacies at the moment. Logan's appearance at the camp and being his friend actually helps Henri to open his mind to trying new things and accepting new love.

Logan is the perfect caring boyfriend in the story. Even though he is on the rebound after breaking up with his girlfriend, he puts Henri as his first priority. His shyness and quiet confidence regarding gay sex is endearing. His personality and adventurous nature makes this book a fun read. As a side note, his firefighter occupation didn't come into play at all, which I'm somewhat disappointed about.

The romance is okay, though I'm not totally convinced that Logan will stay with Henri forever. He's a very caring, idealistic guy and Henri is his first boyfriend. Henri's past boyfriends are very different from Logan's down-to-earth feel. Although Henri's STD scare does create some interesting sexual tensions between the two, which leads to them finding unexpected, safes ways to make out.

The interesting part is reading about how Henri tries things he's not used to (ie. camping) and gets over a past love to welcome another love with an open heart and mind. The plot and characters are simple without seeming too shallow. Overall, After the Rain is a fast read with a sweet and easy romance.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn't sure if she writes erotica. Her romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris's dismay the sex tends to get completely out of hand.

She writes about fantastical creatures and about young men getting their freak on, and she's never missed an episode of The Walking Dead.

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LINKS: websiteFan Page, Twitter

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Giveaway:

Daisy will be awarding a $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 gift card to a randomly drawn host.

You should follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates and stops can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me on the blog tour and for the review! Hope you get a lot of comments. :)

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed From the Ashes and have been looking forward to this one since! Thanks for the excerpt and chance. peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Nice review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. Great review!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  5. Wow. This is one of the few m/m books that I will actively seek out for my tbr. I love the blurb and excerpts *that* much.
    Thanks for the giveaway and intro to this book!

    ilookfamous@yahoo.com

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