Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/15/2016
Length: 06 hours 37 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Fisher Moreland has been cast out of his family because they can no longer deal with his issues. Fisher is bipolar and living day to day, trying to manage his condition, but he hasn’t always had much control over his life and has self-medicated with whatever he could find.
JD Burnside has been cut off from his family because of a scandal back home. He moved to Carlisle but brought his Southern charm and warmth along with him. When he sees Fisher on a park bench on a winter’s night, he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for a late-night meal.
At first Fisher doesn’t know what to make of JD, but he slowly comes out of his shell. And when Fisher’s job is threatened because of a fire, JD’s support and care is more than Fisher ever thought he could expect. But when people from Fisher’s past turn up in town at the center of a resurgent drug epidemic, Fisher knows they could very well sabotage his budding relationship with JD.
Okay let’s see if I can remember this story. It has been a while since I read it and a lot has happened in my life in the meantime.
I have read the rest of the Carlisle Cops series as they have been released. I recently re-read the series, but it was not truly necessary to enjoy this installment. As with most of Grey’s series, each story stands on its own with only minor references to the characters of the stories that have come before.
The thing that most intrigued me about Fire and Snow was that one of the main characters was dealing with a mental illness. I respect the fact that Grey does not shy away from less than perfect characters, rather embracing the flaws that make each of unique. Fisher is dealing with his mental illness the best he can. JD is dealing with the pressures of others expectations and judgements. Both are trying to make their way on their own. Both need someone to make that way with them, they just don’t know it.
As with pretty much all Andrew Grey titles, JD and Fisher find their happily ever after despite the odds. They embrace themselves and each other and find a way through. I would classify this one as a comfort read, much as I do most Andrew Grey titles.
Randy Fuller did a respectable job with the narration of Fire and Snow. He is actually the same narrator as the other three titles in this series. It is a bit odd at the beginning of each story that the same voice is now taking on new points of view, but since the stories are third person is isn’t off putting. He is fairly consistent with character voices from title to title (as many previous characters again appear in this title). By the end of chapter one I was able to fall into the story and forget about the narrator.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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