Title: Fire and Agate (Carlisle Deputies #3)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.88 stars out of 5
A Carlisle Deputies Novel
When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screwups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.
Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.
Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin… and stay there. Soon they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly Pavle comes out of his shell and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. But even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.
The human trafficking reason for Chris and Pavle being together made me ultimately uncomfortable, though that’s perhaps because this is told only from Chris’s POV, and everything dealing with the horror and aftermath of what’s happened to Pavle is surface only.
I cannot imagine someone who’s been through a horrific experience for years would seemingly so easily fall in love and want to be intimate with someone within mere weeks of rescue, regardless of the hurt/comfort, and by not having Pavle’s POV that worry and unrest made reading this difficult for me.
Single POV, hurt/comfort, suspense and soft romance with some sexual situations and a happy ending. While it didn’t work for me personally, I continue to look forward to more books in the series.