Fire and Obsidian (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Fire and Obsidian (A Carlisle Deputies Series Book 4)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


A Carlisle Deputies Novel

Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?

Mattias stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.

Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first.

As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.

The unlikeliest pair…a detective and an ex-thief. Can it possibly work? Or will the past, present, and future be tarnished by what one man did in his past instead of what he does now? This was a really good read with twists and turns that will leave you stunned in the end. I really enjoy this series and I am always looking forward to the newest books as they come out. Andrew Grey is an incredible author who has put so much into this series. You can tell by how each book seems to draw you in and keeps you drawn to the book until the very last sentence. I love books that are able to capture you that way and this book sure did that.

Mattias is an ex-thief who has turned consultant for police departments. After realizing what stealing from individuals did to those that had their things stolen from them, Mattias gave up the profession. He decided to try to make amends by helping police catch thieves instead. He is good at his job but he was better at his last profession. So he uses that to help him teach police and detectives what to look for in order to catch the bad guys.

James is a detective for the Carlisle police department. He was brought in to help to catch a ring of thief’s that has been breaking into homes in the surrounding areas. When he finds out the consultant that the department has brought in to help is also an ex-thief, it leaves a very bad taste in his mouth. Once a thief always a thief according to James.

During the first briefing and introduction to Mattias, the group of officers are shown just how good Mattias used to be and how easy it is for even a cop to be a victim as well. But this demonstration leaves an even worse taste in James’ mouth because Mattias uses James in the demonstration to make his point. So things do not start off on good footing between Mattias and James. Then to make things worse they are partnered up together to work this case.

As time goes on and Mattias’ hotel has a power outage, and with nowhere else to go, James steps up and offers up his guest room. Though he does not care for the guy, he will not let him not have a place to stay. After some time alone together and talking these two realize they have more in common than they first thought. Not only that but there is definitely an attraction between them as well. As the case heats up and these two men grow closer, questions still remain between them.

Can two men that are so different figure out a way to trust each other in order to make a relationship work? What will happen when things that look one way turn out to be something totally different? Can these two wade through the muddy waters together or are they doomed to fail?

This was such a great read. There is mystery and suspense. There is action and even some unlikely attraction. This is definitely one of my favorite books in this series so far. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to the next book when it is available.

Carlisle Deputies Series

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Galley copy of Fire and Obsidian (A Carlisle Deputies Series #4) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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