???? M/M review preferences. Do you want the ‘new and shiny’ or the older stuff?

I’d love to know what you think!

I love to read new releases. I like the new and the shiny. So much so that I usually can’t resist buying them as soon as they are available or even pre-ordering! 🙂 At this point I am not really relying too much on reviews because there aren’t too many available from ordinary readers.

I guess I am most impacted by what I know about the author, their other work, the blurb for the new book and the publicity/hype surrounding the release.

I usually become aware of new books from a number of sources.  I see friends on Goodreads adding them to bookshelves, I get newsletters from publishers, I follow some authors blogs, I check out book review sites, Amazon sends me new release emails about authors I follow and I see chatter on Twitter and Facebook. And yes, I am influenced by what other people think and have to say about a particular book. 🙂

Basically there is heaps of information available about new releases and usually many reviews appearing at the same time. I know that I post reviews for new or recent releases myself! What I see less of are reviews for older books.

I usually find out about older books in a couple of ways. Firstly I see reviews posted in Goodreads by friends reading the older stuff. Sometimes I check out blog archives. But mainly I identify the older books I want to read by checking out the back catalogue of authors I like or alternatively checking out recommendation lists (such as ‘best of’ lists on GR). I admit I do spend a lot of time checking out books!

My question to you is…..would you prefer to mainly read reviews of new books or would you prefer to see more reviews of the older stuff?

I want to write reviews that are of interest, whether that be new releases, or that maybe introduce books or series that you might not have come across. I get very few books from authors or publishers and would say that about 95% of my blog reviews are for books that I have bought so am equally happy to spend my dollar on new or old books.

I’d love to get some comments if you have time to provide your thoughts.

Anyway, I’ll continue to buy lots of books (including the new and shiny ones!), read lots of books, post lots of reviews and hope that someone out there finds my reviews interesting!

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From the Ashes by Daisy Harris

Fire and Rain

  • From the Ashes (book #1) – in this review
  • After the Rain (book #2) – expected release February 2014

From the AshesFrom the Ashes by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He wanted a boyfriend. What he got was a hero.

When an accident burns down Jesse’s apartment, he’s left broke and homeless, with a giant dog and a college schedule he can’t afford to maintain. And no family who’s willing to take him in.

Lucky for him, a sexy fireman offers him a place to stay. The drawback? The fireman’s big Latino family lives next door, and they don’t know their son is gay.

Tomas’s parents made their way in America with hard work and by accepting help when it was offered, so he won’t let Jesse drop out of school just so he can afford a place to live. Besides, Jesse’s the perfect roommate—funny, sweet and breathtakingly cute. He climbs into Tomas’s bed and tugs at his heart. Until Jesse starts pushing for more.

Their passion enflames their bodies but threatens to crush Tomas’s family. Tomas is willing to fight for Jesse, but after losing everything, Jesse isn’t sure he can bear to risk his one remaining possession—his heart.

Warning: Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.

So what did I think?

This wasn’t the book I was expecting – I was hoping for more action and more heroics of the physical kind – instead it was a journey with heroics of a more emotional kind.

I quite liked the combination of Jesse and Tomas – in the beginning it wasn’t all fireworks but there was something special about each of them and they somehow worked together. I didn’t quite understand their immediate attraction and why Tomas would put himself out there to bring Jesse into his home, so near his family, particularly his brother with his homophobic attitude.

Tomas was a puzzle. I struggled to understand the way he thought about sex and what he deemed was acceptable behaviour. I loved that he was respectful of Jesse and didn’t want his actions to demean him, but his ideas seemed a bit odd. Plus he seemed to resolve, what were seemingly deep rooted ideas, pretty quickly. Once they started having sex it was pretty passionate!

Other than those minor points, it was an enjoyable story and provided an interesting take on how one man accepts his sexuality with the love of another. I also loved seeing Jesse blossom under Tomas care, become part of the family and bond with his dog. After rejection by his family and losing his home and all his possessions, he definitely deserved his happy ending!

3.5 stars

To find out more about Daisy Harris and her books visit her website.

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