Title: Fire & Water (Carlisle Cops #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 15, 2014 – 200 pgs
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 comment 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 am a huge fan of Andrew Grey’s writing. Only Andrew Gray can make the characters come to life on the pages. He did that with this book, Red was a large strong man and Terry who I felt was awfully high maintenance were the main characters. I thought Red was always was in charge and Terry just seemed so weak. I had a love, hate relationship with these two characters and I’m sure that was the goal.
The mystery part of the book was good. Though you kind of figure out who’s the drug guy, the story still kept you interested. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania