“Fire and Rain” by Andrew Grey introduces another element into the series as Officer Kip finds a romantic partner worth fighting for. I love the compassion and concern that the big tough cops in this series demonstrate and I think little Isaac practically stole the show. The lust and romance build a little quickly, but this is understandable given the length of the story. It was delightful to get cameos from a couple of characters introduced earlier in the series but it is not absolutely essential to have read their stories first, as this tale can stand alone.
This author has a way of creating his characters so that one is convinced of their humility and determination to get past their obstacles. I am enjoying working my way through the series (although I started at the end first, lol), and it is delightful to see the support system that is available for the guys, who have to overcome so many traumatic things in their lives. I wasn’t as enthralled with this particular story, although I like both of the main characters, because I thought things moved a bit fast and because I didn’t feel things were quite as resolved at the end as I would have liked. For me, there were several dangling threads that I wanted resolved. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story and was glad to get another chapter in the lives of some of the members of the Carlisle community.
This m/m erotic romance is Book Three of the ‘Carlisle Cops’ series and features Kip Rogers, who meets Josten (Jos) Applewhite and his brother Isaac just as he makes a change in his life. Jos is down on his luck and trying desperately to take care of his four-year-old brother, but circumstances seem to be against them. Learning to trust each other is hard, but Kip and Jos are slowly developing a relationship, only to have it threatened by someone who wants to destroy the family unit they are building.
Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s were Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.