Title: Fire and Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Andrew Grey
Fisher Moreland has been cast out of his family because they can no longer deal with his issues. Fisher is bipolar and living day to day, trying to manage his condition, but he hasn’t always had much control over his life and has self-medicated with whatever he could find.
JD Burnside has been cut off from his family because of a scandal back home. He moved to Carlisle but brought his Southern charm and warmth along with him. When he sees Fisher on a park bench on a winter’s night, he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for a late-night meal.
At first Fisher doesn’t know what to make of JD, but he slowly comes out of his shell. And when Fisher’s job is threatened because of a fire, JD’s support and care is more than Fisher ever thought he could expect. But when people from Fisher’s past turn up in town at the center of a resurgent drug epidemic, Fisher knows they could very well sabotage his budding relationship with JD.
Fire and Snow is the fourth book in the Carlisle Cops series. These books stand on their own, but I would really advise you to read the books in order as the characters travel from one story to the other.
The cop in this newest book is JD. JD is a transplant from the south. To say he is having trouble adjusting to the Pennsylvania winter. He is also having a bit of a problem adjusting to the abrupt separation from his family. The way his family treated him is horrible and I do not know if I would have been as nice as he was when his mother showed up out of the blue.
Fisher is the other main character in this story and one that readers will have no problem likening. Fisher has many problems; some are mental health issues while others are addictive. He has to follow a strict routine in order to function and when he can’t sleep he heads for the town square where he can people watch.
The author uses Fisher’s habit of going to the square to introduce the two men. While out on patrol JD sees Fisher sitting on his bench. Since the weather is extremely cold he encourages Fisher to go home and later when JD once again sees Fisher sitting on the bench he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for dinner.
On the surface JD and Fisher don’t seem to have anything in common, yet as you get to know the two men you see there are little bits of their pasts that are similar, things that help draw the young men closer together. Mr. Grey is an author who does not gloss over issues and I liked that he brings Fisher’s problems out as part of the story. I also like that he shows Fisher coping with his problems and that JD acknowledges that. The two men do have some problems due to Fisher’s past, but thanks to JD’s friends and co-workers they find a way to deal with everything.
The Carlisle Cops series is becoming one of my favorite by this author. The newest story, Fire and Snow, is very well done, balancing romance and mystery perfectly. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned for the next book.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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