Book Reviews

Fire and Agate (Carlisle Deputies 3) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-November-2018

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

This newest book in the ‘Carlisle Deputies’ series is a very topical look into the effects of human trafficking and combines the survivor’s point of view with the efforts of law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice. One of the deputies, Chris, is assigned to protecting Pavle, a young Serbian man who was lured to the USA under false pretenses and has spent the last four years as a slave to some extremely cruel “masters”. Pavle is now a key witness for the prosecution and needs protection because someone is out to kill him. It’s a very moving story that almost broke my heart, the suspense is high, and the emerging emotions of love between Chris and Pavle add some much-needed hope for a better future. It makes for fantastic reading.

Chris has no idea what he is in for when he accepts the assignment to protect Pavle. While he is determined to do a good job, meeting a man who is strong enough to have survived four years of emotional and physical abuse is not something Chris really knows how to deal with. There are two sides to Pavle: the wounded, withdrawn, afraid-of-everyone side on one hand, and the courageous, willing-to-help-the-police part on the other. Chris wants to help Pavle – but how? Then there are the growing feelings of admiration for Pavle and the man he is, which Chris decides to ignore because he needs to be a professional.

Pavle has a lot to deal with. He is ashamed of what happened, yet it was not his fault. He thinks he caused the mistreatment and blames himself, but nothing could be further from the truth. He can’t believe that Chris is not his new “master” and it takes him quite a while to learn to trust him. Pavle learns about American culture now that he is free, his English improves since he can speak to a range of people, but when danger finds him again and his life is threatened by the same criminals who held him captive, it is extremely difficult for him to learn how to stand up to them.

Chris and Pavle do not have an easy start to their relationship. For the longest time, Chris fights his feelings because he knows he needs to keep his distance and be professional so he can do his job and protect Pavle. Pavle is trying to come to terms with what happened to him, recover from the abuse, and figure out what to do with his future. And yet, despite all of that, both men feel an attraction to the soul of the other that is far too strong to resist. Working through all the obstacles is not easy, but I was rooting for them all the way!

If you like characters who have a lot to deal with, if you want to watch two strangers fall for each other as they begin to get to know and trust each other, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful, intense, full of emotion, and very sweet, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. Pavle’s story and the way he grows and changes is simply beautiful!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/63397 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-November-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $13.97 Audible
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