Title: Fire and Rain (Carlisle Cops #3)
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Cops #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Jan 11 2016
Genre(s): m/m; Law Enforcement, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Jaime
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 where 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.
Andrew Grey continues to amaze me with his ability to write stories that will pull at your heartstrings and draw you into the world in which the characters live. This story like many of Grey’s others has some moments where you are going to feel the pain of the characters and your soul will cry out to them on a very basic human level. However, while Grey’s characters who usually have a very rough start or past they are also very resilient and that is the case with Josten Applewhite who is one of our MC in this story. Josten or Jos has been dealing with blow after blow since his mom died and he has tried desperately to keep a roof over his and his little brothers head but situations just keep getting worse and worse until the brothers find themselves homeless in the cold with little to no resources. It isn’t until Officer Kip Rogers responds to a call regarding vagrants that Jos’ life starts to slowly turn around.
Kip is immediately drawn to Jos, his brilliant blue eyes and his angelic voice as he hears Jos singing to his younger brother in cold dark alley. Kip knows he should call a social worker. Yet, instead he takes the brothers to his house and gets them settled. These two men find each other through tragedy and despair and slowly they get to know each other and learn to take care of Jos’ younger brother and provide a stable home for him. They stand together when outside forces who were not around when times were tough decide to try and step in and they eventually fall in love with each other. It is in typical Grey style a wonderful love story; with well rounded characters, emotional upheaval, series character cross-over, and lots of “feelz” that will leave you turning the pages faster than you imagined and wanting more when the story ends. I recommend this story and the entire Carlisle Cops Series to anyone who is looking for m/m contemporary romance.