"Fire and Water" is a love story in the true Andrew Grey fashion. Red is scarred both inside and out, yet strives to be the best cop he can be. Terry is damaged in his own way. Their road is a bumpy and difficult one. The chemistry is scorching but so much more than physical. There is a suspenseful and exciting backstory that unfolds as Terry and Red learn about each other. I was right there with the two of them throughout their ups and downs. Interesting secondary characters add depth to the story. It's great to have friends like they both do. Add in drugs and a control freak ex, and you have a great read. This book is the beginning of the Carlisle Cops series and I have already started the next one.
The Story: When Red responds to a call at the local YMCA, he's immediately attracted to lifeguard Terry. But Terry has issues and only sees Red's scars and not the man. He's quickly called on this attitude by a true friend and begins a journey that will bring Red back into his life. Danger lurks when Terry's possessive ex begins harassing him as he and Red explore the feelings between them.
Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.
Overhearing one of the officer’s comments about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.
Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.