This story provides a look at a m/m relationship that must overcome cultural mores as well as the normal awkwardness experienced by new lovers. It didn’t quite resonate with me, partly because Elias is such a young untutored male who gets almost swept away by the older more experienced Joe who is dealing with his own personal issues. There is a poignant reminder of the challenges of being isolated by language and culture, not to mention the effects of ongoing gloomy days, and an intriguing look at a culture that I know little about. I would have liked the relationship between the main characters to deepen gradually and become a little more balanced but one can’t deny the heat and chemistry between the two. Hopefully, subsequent stories in the series will detail more about these two intriguing characters.
“November Rain” by Daisy Harris is Book 4 in the ‘Fire and Rain’ series and centers on Detective Joe Klamath who becomes the love interest of sheltered Elias Abraham, who has to deal with both his cultural differences and his potentially dangerous attraction to men. A frightening experience brings the two men together but Elias must struggle with the challenge of coming out to the world about his sexual preferences before they can both be sure whether the blossoming attraction they have for each other is worth fighting for.
A single bullet could take them both down.
Detective Joe Klamath is used to guys falling on their backs at the arch of his commanding eyebrow. Yet he can’t seem to get a read on a cute, department-store sales guy. The vagrant who just walked in, though? He’s easy to read. He’s dangerous.
Joe’s training kicks in, but as he wrestles the gun-wielding man, he gets shot.
Raised in a conservative Ethiopian community, Elias Abraham keeps his natural attraction to men under wraps. But Joe’s heroism moves him to care for the man who saved his life. After all, Joe is hurt. Chances are slim he’ll demand the types of things boys in college always wanted. Sex acts Elias wasn’t—and possibly never will be—ready for.
Gradually, Joe’s easy confidence softens Elias’s resistance. But as Joe’s healing progresses too slowly for a man of action, and trouble brews in Elias’s family, Elias begins to wonder if he can handle the pressure. Because though he hasn’t given all of his body, he’s already given all of his heart.
Warning: Contains a sexy-as-hell cop, a shy virgin fifteen years younger, and an extremely intimate sponge bath. Underpants optional.