Title: Fire and Fog (Carlisle Cops: Book Six)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: It’s getting harder to pick a favorite from the Carlisle Cops series. With this sixth installment, Andrew Grey combines suspense, investigative skills, and a good mix of characters.
Reviewed By: Maryann
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?
Review: Officer Dwayne Rappaport is new to the Carlisle PD. He’s partnered up with Red, whom he really likes working with. Red’s down in the dumps, though, about Terry’s fame after winning at the Olympics—they don’t have time to spend with each other anymore. Red’s been drinking just a little too much, as a result, and Dwayne gives him a ride home. But not before he gives him some much needed advice.
With the night still young, Dwayne is looking for someplace to go where he can be himself. He heads to Harrington and winds up in no better place than Bronco’s. Needless to say, Bull and Zach and the gang are at the club, and they befriend Dwayne. When a bit of trouble starts, Dwayne steps in.
Robin Cartwright has had more than a run of bad luck. He was kicked out by his stepfather, and his mother did nothing to prevent it. His plan to hustle is somewhat foiled when he’s approached by Dwayne. When Dwayne comes to Robin’s rescue, he finds that Robin has been taken by a rental scam. Dwayne knows he’s taking a big chance giving Robin a place to stay.
With the help of Dwayne and his friends, things start looking up for Robin—until he runs into the rental scammer. It leads Dwayne and Red into one of the most complex rental scams, but there’s more to it, as Dwayne starts looking into Robin’s stepfather’s background.
It’s getting harder to pick a favorite from the Carlisle Cops series. With this sixth installment, Andrew Grey combines suspense, investigative skills, and a good mix of characters. I thought the rental scam plotline, and where it leads, was interesting and made for a surprise ending. And, we get to see Dwayne and Red use their skills to work the case.
I liked the odd pairing of Dwayne and Robin’s characters. Dwayne seemed somewhat serious but always tries to give sound advice to help people. Robin is outgoing but seems to worry about being useless. It all just boils down to caring, trust and adjusting to what life deals them.
As always, there are those lasting friendships, and people willing to help. Donald, Alex and Carter make an appearance; Red and Terry, even with the complications in their relationship, are there to help. It was fun to see the Bronco’s Boys make an appearance, and all are doing great!
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