Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.
Overhearing one of the officer’s comments about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.
Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.
I have been looking forward to Fire and Water by Andrew Grey for a while now. Grey promised me a HOT pairing, and he delivered. Red and Terry are hot together. However, that is not why I enjoyed this story.
Once again, Grey delivers flawed but genuine characters that you can’t help but love. Red’s self-confidence has taken a beating over the years thanks to a disfiguring accident that also took the life of his parents. He has friends, but has written off every being loved. Terry has the opposite problem. He is young, hot, and wanted by everyone. He is also a little (okay a lot) bit shallow. However, not everything is as rosy for him as it seems. Terry is hiding an abused past.
Yes, the mystery is transparent from the start. Yes, the plot is predictable. Yes, the main characters are a little too perfect in their imperfections. Yes, I enjoyed every minute of this sweet and lovable comfort read.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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