Book Reviews

Fire and Fog (Carlisle Cops 6) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-July-2017

Book Blurb

Carlisle police officer Dwayne knows what Robin is doing the moment he lays eyes on the young man at Bronco’s club. But he doesn’t know that, like him, Robin also comes from a family who cast him out for being gay, or that he’s still lugging around the pain of that rejection. Robin leaves the club, and soon after Dwayne decides to as well—and is close by when things between Robin and his client turn violent.

 

When Dwayne finds out Robin is the victim of a scam that lost him his apartment, he can’t leave Robin to fend for himself on the streets. Despite Dwayne’s offer of help and even opening up his home, it’s hard for Robin to trust anything good. The friendship between them grows, and just as the two men start warming up to each other, Robin’s sister passes away, naming Robin to care for her son. Worse yet, their pasts creep back in to tear down the family and sense of belonging both of them long for.

 

Will their fledgling romance dissipate like fog in the sun before it has a chance to burn bright?

 

Book Review

The ‘Carlisle Cops’ series is something special. I think a large part of it is the ever-expanding cast of characters who are real, who have to fight for their happiness, and who never give up, even when they are sorely tempted. Their stories are moving, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming. And while there is always some sort of criminal activity somewhere in the plot, the focus is firmly on the men who have to deal with it and the obstacles Fate throws at them.

Robin is a case in point. He is kicked out of his home for being gay by a stepfather who terrorizes his mother and already chased away Robin’s older sister. Robin has nowhere to go, no real education to build on, and ends up renting a cheap place from a scammer who only pretends the building is his. Robin has a close call at a club, and when Dwayne takes him in, it takes Robin a long time to believe there is no hidden agenda. Once he does and finds a way to begin moving forward, things begin to look up.

Dwayne works with the cops from previous books. He knows about parental rejection from his own experiences, albeit they were not as serious as Robin’s situation. Dwayne is a great guy who is determined to help, even though Robin is a total stranger. Dwayne feels attracted to Robin but keeps telling himself he isn’t what Robin needs right now. Instead, he focuses on finding a job for Robin. But as Robin faces each new challenge, including the need to raise his sister’s kid when she dies, Dwayne too has to make a decision and reconsider what his future will look like.

The friendship between both men is immediate. And as they open up to each other emotionally, they discover quite a few similarities in their backgrounds. But it’s the here and now that is important, and between the mutual and growing attraction, meddling parents, and continuing rent scams, the story grows ever more intense. Much like in the other volumes, the characters’ determination and courage are really what determine the outcome. Robin and Dwayne both need to grow and change if they want to enjoy the life they dream of having together. And they have ample opportunity for lots of that, considering everything that happens – especially once Robin’s nephew enters the scene.

If you like stories about men who have a past full of rejection that drives them to try to find acceptance, if you enjoy reading about hope and love growing out of pain and chaos, and if you’re looking for a read that combines suspense, emotion, and courage, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s a wonderful addition to this beautiful series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/67963 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-July-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-fog-by-andrew-grey-8649-b