Author: Daisy Harris

Guest Review: Far From Hollywood by Daisy Harris

Posted July 3, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Far From Hollywood by Daisy HarrisReviewer: Tracy
Far From Hollywood by Daisy Harris
Series: Out for you
Also in this series: The Changing Years, All Bite, No Growl
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Format: eARC
Genres: M/M
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three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

Pretending to be someone else is easy. The hard part is keeping it real.

Sheriff Jack Francis finds the last thing he would expect in the small town of Pookataw Valley, Idaho—a gorgeous yet troubled movie star on a bender. Though Jack is intrigued, he can’t afford to draw attention to his sexuality and risk a scandal.

Former teen idol Blake Tyler thinks hiding in Pookataw Valley is perfect—it’s isolated, beautiful, and comes with a sexy sheriff eager to share Blake’s bed. When Hollywood arrives in Pookataw Valley to film a reality show, Blake embraces the chance for a comeback, but Jack struggles to know what is real and what is faked for the camera.

If Jack wants to date America’s Sweetheart, he’ll have to make his private life public. Is he ready to share the spotlight?

Tracy’s review of Far From Hollywood (Out for you) by Daisy Harris

 

Teen Idol Blake Tyler isn’t a teen any longer. He is thirty years old but still under contract with a franchise and with that he’s under a morality clause. When he finds himself at a party where the invitation said “dress like a porn star” he took it literally. Now he’s out on a balcony standing in the cold with nothing on but a sequined G-string and nipple tassels on trying to get away from a prominent blogger. He takes it upon himself to get away permanently and ends up crawling down a trellis – much to the delight of the public that are taking pictures of his bare ass hanging off the trellis.

Blake was let go from his contract and he is now hiding out in Pookataw Valley. He’s throwing himself a pity party with very loud music that ends up bringing the Sheriff to his door because of a noise complaint. Jack Francis is a gay man who isn’t out in his hometown. His sister and niece who live with him know but other than that no one does. When Blake mentions in his drunken stupor that he’s gay, Jack shares that he’s gay too.

Blake and Jack start seeing each other but no one knows about them. Blake reluctantly agrees to direct a musical theatre group for teens and Blake’s agent hires a publicist for him. The publicist is all about showing Blake at his best and getting his career back in order. She wants to show that Blake has a romantic interest but that means that Jack has to come out of the closet. Jack’s sister, who has lived in fear of her abusive ex-husband is loudly against Jack coming out. Jack is confused about what to do but when it looks like the publicist will be hiring a stand-in boyfriend for Blake, Jack has to decide whether to let it happen or come out of the closet.

Far From Hollywood was a cute story. I really liked Jack a lot. I liked his openness with Blake, his relationship with his niece and his protectiveness of his sister. He was a good guy and I was sad for him that he’d chosen to stay in the closet his whole life.

Blake, unfortunately, I never really warmed up to. I understood his desire to get his career back on track but it seemed to take precedence of just about everything. I never really felt his attachment to Jack though I certainly felt it on Jack’s side. There was just something about him that felt stand-offish throughout the story. Even though I did know he was trying it never felt like he was truly all in.

While I did have my issues with Blake I did like the story. I love a good coming out story and this one fit the bill.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This title is available from ARe. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars


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Guest Review: November Rain by Daisy Harris

Posted October 5, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: November Rain by Daisy HarrisReviewer: Tracy
November Rain by Daisy Harris
Series: Fire & Rain #4

Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M
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three-stars

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.

 

Tracy’s review of November Rain (Fire and Rain #4) by Daisy Harris

Joe, who is a detective, is shopping for a sweater in Nordstrom. He wants to look good for his ex’s wedding so decides to see if he can find anything to wear. He likes a few sweaters but he REALLY likes the clerk who is helping him. Joe finishes paying for his purchase and is going to ask Elias out when a man who looks homeless tries to return something to men’s department. Joe senses that there’s something not right about the man and when the guy pulls out a gun he’s proven correct. Joe is shot during the scuffle but other than that no one is hurt.

Joe isn’t thrilled to be in the hospital as the bullet wound is just a graze and he makes a huge fuss until they let him go. As he’s leaving he meets up with Elias who has come to the hospital to make sure that Joe is alright. Elias ends up taking Joe home and taking care of him. They can each tell that there’s an attraction brewing but Elias is quite shy so Joe’s not sure how to handle things.

Elias is a man who has lived his entire life in America but he’s Ethiopian. His culture dislikes homosexuality intensely and while his parents no longer live in the states he does live with his brother and sister-in-law. He loves them to pieces and doesn’t want to alienate them. He wants to live his life as a gay man and he can’t do that without telling them the truth. He wants to go after Joe but he’s not sure he can live two lives. He takes care of Joe who is grumpy and caustic but they seem to do ok in bed.

Joe was hurt from his previous relationship. He was with his ex for years but they had an open relationship which eventually had his partner meeting someone else and now getting married. I think it makes Joe pissed off but also wondering what was wrong with him. He starts to really like Elias but his people skills suck something fierce. He knows he needs help with his wound and getting around but it rubs him the wrong way to ask for help – even when Elias is offering. When the police department won’t let him back to work until he gets physical therapy he grudgingly agrees. By finally going he finds some strength within himself that he had lost.

Elias is dealing with not only Joe’s issues but his own as well. He wants to come clean about his sexuality with his brother but then his sister-in-laws depression gets to a point where it’s almost fatal. Elias isn’t sure what to do and it almost breaks him and Joe apart.

The story in this book was a good one. I liked both Joe, despite his crankiness, and Elias. I thought the growth that each of them showed was important to their relationship and I was happy that they were each willing to make the effort it took to stay together.

My issue with the story was that I didn’t feel the emotion between the two. I saw the lust and the friendship and yes, their sex bouts were hot but I missed the deep emotional pull that I felt with the first book in this series, From the Ashes. While I liked I didn’t connect with either men the way I would have liked. While this story wasn’t quite as dark as the previous story in the series it had its moments. Hopefully the next book will be slightly lighter on the angst.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This title is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars


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