Carlisle is my home town and when I set the first story in this series here, I didn’t think too much about it. I needed a setting and home seemed like a good one.
Dominic and I have lived in Carlisle for 13 years and we see the same things each and every day. What makes the town special, like the damage to the courthouse pillars from the civil war, or the fact that we had a visit from George Washington, often get overlooked because those are sighs we see every day. But writing these books has helped me fall in love with my home all over again.
Each of the Carlisle Cops stories takes place in a different area of town and when I’m choosing my settings I often use the homes of friends. They all love that their house is featured in a book and I have realistic interior settings for the stories. I include some of the various businesses and special places in my stories as well. Each time I write one of these, it’s like a love letter home. Carlisle isn’t perfect and just like the people who live here, things are never prefect. But that’s part of the charm of the place. I really hope that someday soon, you all get to visit.
Title: Fire and Snow
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Cops #4
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 20 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Fisher Moreland has been cast out of his family because they can no longer deal with his issues. Fisher is bipolar and living day to day, trying to manage his condition, but he hasn’t always had much control over his life and self-medicated with whatever he could find.
JD Burnside has been cut off from his family because of a scandal back home. He moved to Carlisle, but brought his Southern charm and warmth along with him. When he sees Fisher on a park bench on a winter’s night, he invites Fisher and his friends for a late-night meal.
At first Fisher doesn’t know what to make of JD, but he slowly comes out of his shell. And when Fisher’s job is threatened because of a fire, JD’s support and care is more than Fisher ever thought he could expect. But when people from Fisher’s past turn up in town at the center of a resurgent drug epidemic, Fisher knows they could very well sabotage his budding relationship with JD.
He was hunched and curled into his coat, arms wrapped around himself, chin to his chest.
“Sir, are you all right?”
The man looked up and then lowered his gaze once again, saying nothing.
“Sir, is something wrong? It’s way too late and too cold to be out here. You should head on home.”
“I’m fine. Doesn’t matter, anyway. No one cares.” He lowered his gaze once again and continued sitting where he was.
“You’ll be a lot warmer and safer if you go home.” JD was becoming concerned. “I can help if you like? Can you tell me where you live?”
“Of course I can. But it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters.” He got to his feet. He seemed steady enough. “People are crap; you know that? Everyone takes advantage of everyone else, and no one gives a crap about it.” He took a few steps, weaving slightly, and then he straightened up and headed off toward the courthouse. “No one cares about anything or anyone.”
“Do you need some help?” JD asked.
“No. There’s nothing you can do.” He walked off and JD watched him go. Something wasn’t right, but he was cold and the guy seemed harmless enough. JD went back to his car and slowly drove down the road. He saw where the man turned, and then watched as he went inside one of the apartment buildings in the first block of Pomfret.
His phone rang, so JD pulled to a stop before answering it. “You heading back to the station?” Red asked.
“Yeah.” He checked the time.
“Terry is going to meet me at Applebee’s. They’re still open, and we can get something to eat.” Red had been nice enough to befriend him when he’d joined the force six months earlier.
“Sounds good. Let me get back and finish up. I’ll meet you there.”
JD drove back to the station, checked in, and then left. The snow barely covered the ground, but it was enough to make him itchier about driving. He knew people here didn’t think too much about a little snow, but he’d rarely driven in it back home. As he clutched the wheel, he tried to remember the last time he’d actually driven in snow. It must have been four or five years ago.
JD approached Hanover Street and saw a hunched figure walking back toward the square. JD knew he was off duty, but he turned left instead of right anyway. He watched as the man went back to the same bench and sat down. There was something very wrong.
JD pulled off the road, then got out and jogged across the street to where the man sat. “I thought you’d gone home,” JD said gently.
“This is my bench. I like it here.”
“Dude, it’s really cold, and you’re going to get sick.” JD helped him to his feet. “It’s also really late. You need to get home where it’s safe and warm.” He hoped the guy wasn’t sick, but he couldn’t leave him out in this weather. “When was the last time you ate?”
The man shrugged. JD looked at his arm, checking for a medical bracelet. He’d had a friend who acted like this sometimes, a little loopy and strange. He’d been diabetic, and when his blood sugar got wacky, he’d act really out of it. “Why don’t you come with me, and I’ll see about getting you something to eat.”
“Okay,” the man agreed, and JD helped him walk across the street. He got him into the car, wondering what Red was going to think when he showed up with a stranger. The guy sat quietly, lightly fidgeting with his hands as JD drove to the edge of town and pulled into the restaurant parking lot.
“Let’s get you something to eat, and then maybe you’ll feel better.” JD had committed himself now. He’d crossed a line between officer and public a long time ago—and if this turned out badly, he could be in a hell of a lot of trouble—but something told him the guy wasn’t dangerous, just a little confused.
He parked and they got out, the man following docilely.
Red met him at restaurant door, staring quizzically. “Who’s this?”
“He’s….” Shit, how was he going to explain this? “A guy who needs some help.”
Review by Elaine White
Book – Fire and Snow (Carlisle Cops #4)
Author – Andrew Grey
Star rating – ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 200
Cover – Hot!
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes.
Genre – LGBT, Crime, Police, Action, Romance
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Disclaimer: This is the first book I’ve ever read of this author, including of this series. I read it out of order, purely to provide this review, but I can say – after reading and reviewing this book – that I’ll be going back to the beginning, to read the rest.
To start with, I really like the author’s style of writing. The story is told in this subtle, understated way that makes everything important so that you’re never quite sure what is relevant to the case that’s being investigated. I’m a total sucker for cop stories, so the fact that I was never quite sure what was happening or where the story might lead was fun and new for me. I can generally guess the direction of ‘mysteries’ quickly, but I couldn’t with this.
As for it being a part of a series, I really like the secondary characters, who I assume are the focus of the previous books in the series. Meeting them here was kind of fun and I look forward to going back to the start of this series and reading them in order. However, I will point out that I didn’t ever feel like I was missing anything. Having started the series at book 4, it easily reads as a standalone. There’s never a situation or suggestion of something I desperately want to know more about but have missed because I haven’t read the other books.
Despite the terrible relationship that JD and Fisher have with their families, there is still a fraction of a relationship that makes it interesting. JD’s mother is quite the character and I really feel for both of them, understanding their natures, their feelings and the situations they’ve found themselves landed in, and how that makes them feel.
As main characters, JD and Fisher are both pretty much perfect. They’re relatable, real and have the natural human reactions that I hope for and expect when reading a crime/cop story. The addition of a cop/civilian relationship really helps with this, as the cop inevitably takes most things in his stride, with the civilian shows the realistic, human nature reaction.
On a similar note, I have to admit that I really love how Fisher’s health is explained and explored throughout the book. The bipolar aspect is just one of a million things that Fisher has to deal with and – as someone with an invisible illness myself – I can really sympathize and relate with him. Not all illnesses have to be out of control and wildly exaggerated, to look real in a book. Some are naturally below the surface, more emotional than physical and can be controlled or handled with medication. Some of the things he said or thought about himself are also way too closely linked to things I’ve thought or felt myself.
There’s a real sense of sensitivity, but reality, used for Fisher’s health as well as JD’s home situation. Just because it’s not nice to talk about, the author never shies away from showing both the negative side effects as well as the emotional fallout, when things don’t work out as planned. The few episodes that Fisher has throughout are both real, well handled and illuminating – I hope! – for those who don’t understand health issues that have a triple effect: emotionally, mentally and physically.
The romance is handled in a similar way; understated and sweetly, with enough realism to make sure that all the big and little things are what you would expect of a real life relationship. Whether that means JD getting caught up with work, Fisher having an episode or withdrawing into himself, they’re all important factors of how two people communicate with each other.
On the negative side, there wasn’t much I could find. A few small information dumps, at the start, that tried to help us place the character, town and situations into context. They were slightly out of place, which was why I noticed them, but there was never anything more than a few sentences, and they were easily forgivable.
There were a few phrases that I assume are American or Southern in nature, that I didn’t really understand:
“spelling him for lunch”
However, none of this really affected the understanding of the story.
Overall, I loved everything about the story. It was sweet, well planned and had enough action to fit a good cop story, with mystery and an intriguing case to follow.
“He was forgettable and easy to write off and put away. Don’t look at Fisher and he’ll just go away. And that’s what had happened with his family and the people who had once been in his life. They’d stopped looking, and he’d in effect gone away.”
““I hope he’s happy,” Fisher said.
“To hell with that,” JD countered. “I hope he gets crabs, his nuts blow up and explode, and then his dick shrivels to the size of a button mushroom.””
“Sometimes a kiss, or a touch” – JD put his hand on Fisher’s, surrounding it in warmth – “is just two people saying hello…with possibilities.”
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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Fire and Water (1)
Fire and Ice (2)
Fire and Rain (3)
Fire and Snow (4)