Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Fire and Water
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Related to Bronco’s Boys
Heroes: Red Markham/Terry Baumgartner
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Red is a cop who has disfiguring scars. Terry is a vain lifeguard who has a crazy, stalker, ex-boyfriend after him.
Red and Terry meet when Terry saves the life of a drowning boy and then later when Terry is serving a “meal on wheels” to Red’s aunt Margie. Margie plays matchmaker and asks Red to find Terry and share a meal with him “because he looks frightened”. Red does, and discovers the stalkery ex.
From here, the boys begin their own relationship, the biggest hurdle being the ex and Red’s self – esteem.
Fortunately, Terry’s love is able to help Red feel better about himself and Terry’s ex leads Red’s team to solve some major crimes. (We also get a peek in to Bronco’s again!)
This is a “beauty and the beast” take with a cop drama feel done with Andrew Grey’s reliable and comforting style.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*