I think this may be my least favorite Daisy Harris book. One of the reasons I looked forward to this Fire and Rain series was because I hoped we would be moving away from the NA themes of Holsum College into more adult romances. Alas, we are not. And unfortunately that was the least of my problems.
The story follows 20 year-old firefighter Logan, as he embarks on a gay camping trip to find his first boyfriend. He recently broke up with his only lover, a woman, and now he wants to pursue the attraction he has always felt to men. He is a loveable softie with a Texas twang and aw’shucks demeanor. He’s a little… eager, but generally a good guy. I can’t say the same for his love interest, Henri. Henri is a total asshat. It’s hard to get into a romance when one of the guys is a dick.
Henri is nursing a broken heart because his boyfriend dumped him and may have exposed him to herpes on the way out. So he takes out his unhappiness on everyone else, with snarky comments and a generally bad attitude. He isn’t very nice to Logan and thinks about him quite uncharitably in the first half of the book. In the second half, they get physical and fall in insta-love.
This was my second big issue. They have sex within, like, two days of meeting, despite the fact that one thinks he has VD. They are living together by the end of the weekend. And they are happily every after 3 WEEKS AFTER THEY MET. I am sorry, but I can’t suspend my disbelief quite that far. I didn’t like Henri. I didn’t believe in anything but lust and neediness between these two. And I surely wasn’t down with their forever love in less than a month.
This was just not good for me. I would have liked to see a bit a maturity from even just one of the character. Or some realistic emotion. What I got was some fairly good sex, but it wasn’t even as good as I usually get from Harris. Disappointing.
*ARC provided by author for review
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After the Rain
by Daisy Harris
Release Date: February 11, 2014