Fire and Water (Jia’s review)

Title: Fire and Water (Carlisle Cops #1)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15th 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

Two men with a troubled past, one gorgeous and one scarred, one a lifeguard and the other a cop. I like this kind of plot and to be honest it was a very good and thrilling ride which I recommend if the blurb interests you.

The relationship between them and their insecurities are so well described. The time frame weren’t that long but it felt longer and the progress between Red and Terry felt natural due to the circumstances and the close proximity between them.

I loved how we got a cameo by Bull from Inside Out (Bronco’s Boys #1) showing a little different side of Bull.

The characters were interesting and Red’s protectiveness over Terry, wanting him to stay safe, had Terry’s hackles rise a bit as he didn’t seem to fully grasp the danger he could be in. I like it when the characters aren’t all good or bad. Terry were supposed to be shallow and yes to some extent he was, but he, just like Red, were more complicated than that and they changed with the story just like people in real life.

Sometimes it was a little more of telling than showing but it didn’t disturb the flow of the story. I also would have liked a bit more character descriptions, it felt as if it was mostly their bodies that were described. There weren’t much description of Red’s scars and in the beginning it was mentioned how Red covered his mouth when he smiled because he felt self conscious about his smile, but only much later did Terry say something about Red being able to fix his teeth. So I guess his teeth made him feel that way about his smile.

Their backgrounds weren’t mentioned all that much but I didn’t feel the need for more information than what was given.

I really liked this story and the interactions between the two. And the epilogue had me captivated just like the story itself.

Carlisle Cops Series

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Galley copy of Fire and Water provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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