Title: Fire and Rain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Andrew Grey
Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s were Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.
Fire and Rain is the third book in Carlisle Cops, one of Mr. Grey’s many series. This story is a little angst driven so readers may want to keep a hanky handy. Jos is a young man struggling to take care of his little brother. What would have been difficult on its own becomes something even worse when Jos and Isaac find themselves on the street. The author did a wonderful job showcasing just how easy someone can go from getting by to homeless within a short period of time.
Kip is a cop. Unfortunately he’s a little tenderhearted so when he finds Jos and Isaac in need of help, he can’t help but step in and take them both home. What starts out as just an overnight stay soon becomes much longer. There is a connection between Jos and Kip but Jos is leery of starting anything, for good reason. I like that Kip saw that he could not rush Jos and instead with the help of his friends helped Jos see that he had choices. Jos also sees a change in his younger brother, making him realize that the assistance he is getting benefits everyone.
There is a lot that goes on in Fire and Rain as the relationship between Jos and Kip is not the only aspect of the story. A distant relative comes back into the Jos’ and Isaac’s lives. While I have come to appreciate the happy ends that this author always leaves the readers with, I was worried that things may not go well for this little family.
Fans of this author are sure to love this new book, and it is a great addition to the Carlisle Cops series.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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