Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Fire and Fog
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Cops #6
Genre:</strong MM Contemporary
Length: 192 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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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 they both come from families who’ve cast them out for being gay, or that they’re still lugging around the pain of those rejections. 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, which 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.
Review: So, let me preface this by saying that I picked up this book without realizing it was book six in a series. Let me also say, I never once felt lost, and I will go back and read the other guys’ stories since I’ve already “met” them in this one. Doesn’t happen often that I do absolutely no research before I read, and honestly, I am glad I read it, even out of order.
Dwayne and Robin come from similar, dysfunctional and non-accepting families. The sad part for Robin was that his ejection caused him to be scammed and homeless, where Dwayne was older, a cop, and chose to leave on his own. Regardless, they both suffer from their families rejection of their “choices”.
Robin is small, and an easy victim. He needs a prince and he finds one with Dwayne. Dwayne is big and eagerly signs up for the role that Robin needs, even if Robin doesn’t realize it immediately. The poor guys gets hit from multiple angles, in a very short amount of time, but the one stable entity is Dwayne. These two are easily attracted to the other, but what cements their budding relationship is that Robin trusts Dwayne. Not such an easy feat when your mother dumps you, you get scammed out of your living space, and you get attacked, too. And that’s not all. The hits keep coming, and yet Dwayne stands tough, by his side, throughout it all.
This story has a few heavy themes and couple side stories, as well, but the unyielding love growing between them is how they survive. Robin creating a new family takes away some of the pain of being rejected. Dwayne loving and protecting Robin gives him the strength to tell his parents that the issues are theirs not his and until THEY change, he will not visit and they won’t see him. Fortunately, at least one of the families steps up at the end.
So, as I mentioned earlier, this is book six. We have significant page sharing with Red, Carter, and Terry so now I need to go back and see how they found their happy endings, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*