Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/11/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Carlisle Cops: Book Three
Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s were Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.
It has been many many months since I visited Andrew Grey’s fictional town of Carlisle. It is a town he returns to again and again. If you have read his other series set in the town, you will be happy to know that you get to see a couple of the people and places from those series as well as the characters you know and love from the first two installments in the Carlisle Cop series.
Fire & Rain is like coming home for any Andrew Grey fan. The characters are warm and multi-dimensional. The problems they face are all tied up in a pretty bow within about 200 page (give or take). F&R, like so many stories from Grey, is the definition of a comfort read. The story is solid and leaves you with a smile on your face. At least, it did mine.
There were no huge emotions evoked in this story because I knew Grey would make it all right. There is a pretty clear line between the good people and the bad guys. Jos and Kip are certainly the good guys. Jos goes from the single homeless caretaker of his four-year-old brother to having friends and authorities on his side that he could count on. Yes, this turn around happened a bit quickly, as did the total head over heels fall he and Kip took toward one another. But you want nothing but the best for Jos and Isaac, and Grey delivers.
If you have been a fan of Grey’s everyone is family, and we all help each other succeed style of storytelling, Fire & Rain is another worthy addition to your bookshelf.
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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