Title: Fire and Water
Series: Carlisle Cops 01
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Genre: Contemporary, Cops
Length: 6 hours, 33 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (11th March 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: Fire and Water is the first book in Andrew Grey’s Carlisle Cops series. For the sake of complete honesty, I have to admit that I forgot that I had actually read this book (which is odd because I have read the series). However, the point is that I actually enjoyed this story more listening to the audio than actually reading it.
The story follows Red and Terry. Red is a cop in Carlisle, PA. He isn’t the prettiest guy, as a child he was in a car accident with his parents which left him permanently scarred and his parents dead. On a call, he meets Terry, the local life saver at a local swimming pool. The meeting was pure chance and Terry was a hero that day but there is more to Terry than meets the eye. Red thinks that Terry is shallow, and perhaps circumstances have led him to act that way, but Terry finds new strength to be become a man he didn’t know he could be.
This story was thoroughly enjoyable. Cops – sexy men in uniform in general – is difficult to resist. It’s probably why I chose to listen to the audio book, something I’m glad I did because as I said, I enjoyed this so much more than I did the first time around. The story line is interesting as Terry unknowingly has become part of a major crime through his abusive ex.
The only downside to this for me was that sometimes I did not truly like Randy Fuller’s narration. I can’t put my finger on it much better than explaining that his tone did not always seem to match what was going on in the story.