Title: Fire and Water
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: I would recommend this to someone who enjoys Beauty and the Beast elements in their stories, with an added bit of mystery and a dash of suspense.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: 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 comment 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.
Review: I love the types of stories that don’t always deal with the perfect faces and bodies. I like a bit more realism in my romance, where the MCs are not so physically perfect, among other things (You know, us ordinary folk like to hope for love too). Lol. And this is what drew me into Fire and Water.
What I liked about Terry Baumgartner was that he actually had that moment of shame over a comment he made about the scars on Officer Red Markham’s face, and with the help of his friend, Julie, decided to better himself as a person. After all, it bothered Terry that he’d become something like his ex boyfriend, especially when his ex started to treat Terry like more of as a prized possession than a person of worth.
When Terry and Officer Red finally meet again, it’s Red’s Aunt Margie who brings the two together. As Terry gets to know Red, he finds a very gentle, kind soul behind the scarred, tough policeman’s exterior. It’s not long before Terry finds himself not only liking Red but also finds himself attracted to him as well.
My only problem with Fire and Water is that I wished there had been more in the developing relationship between Terry and Red, that it didn’t feel rushed because of the ex boyfriend, who wouldn’t go away, or because of the drug situation Red was investigating. I wanted more human interaction and not so much sex between the two MCs; something that tells me, yes, these two belong to each other. The conversations, when they talked, were very sweet and meaningful.
I would recommend this to someone who enjoys Beauty and the Beast elements in their stories, with an added bit of mystery and a dash of suspense.
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