Fire & Ice (Carlisle Cops #2) by Andrew Grey ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

FireAndIceLGTitle: Fire & Ice (Carlisle Cops #2)

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.

Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.

Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.

My View:

It has been a while since an Andrew Grey storyline touched me. He is a quite competent author, but I find many of his stories have become almost trite. Fire & Ice, however, is a throwback to the stories that made me fall in love with Andrew Grey as an author.

Both the main characters are flawed but likable.   Carter, for his part, has some self-confidence issues that he needs to work through. Donald, has some more deep seeded issues, however. Throughout most of the story, we know of those issues, but we don’t find out until near the end what they are.

Much of the storyline is heart wrenching. Some of it is transparent enough that I had to stop myself from skipping to the end. There are also sprinkled throughout some pretty intense love scenes between Carter and Donald. However, some of the “dirty” talk such as

 I can read you like a book and it’s one hell of a best seller.

and

floating on wings of rapture

was a bit much for me. It served mostly to mask the fact that I was not feeling the connection between Donald and Carter. Between Donald and Alex and between Carter and Alex, yes. Between the adults, not so much.

Dirty talk aside, I had to feel for Alex, a boy who has known nothing but abuse in his short life. He made the story for me. Donald and Carter may have been the love interests, but Alex stole the show.

Fire & Ice is another addition to the comfort read pile from Andrew Grey.

Links

Fire & Ice (Carlisle Cops #2) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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