Book Reviews

Fire and Granite (Carlisle Deputies 2) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-July-2018

Book Blurb

The heat is growing from the inside, but danger is building on the outside.


Judge Andrew Phillips runs a tight ship in his courtroom. He’s tough, and when he hands down a sentence, he expects to be obeyed. So when a fugitive named Harper escapes and threatens his life, Andrew isn’t keen on twenty-four/seven protection… especially not from Deputy Clay Brown. They have a past, one that could cause problems in their careers.


But with Clay assigned to Andrew and the two of them together every minute, there’s nowhere to hide from their attraction—or from the fact that there’s much more than chemistry blooming between them. As the threat intensifies, Clay knows he’ll do anything it takes to protect the people who are taking their places in his heart: Andrew and his young niece and nephew.


Book Review

After the excitement of a crooked judge brought to justice by his paralegal assistant and the sheriff’s deputy who investigates him, I was looking forward to another installment in what is turning out to be a series with some unusual characters and interesting plots. Andrew is a very strict judge under threat from a fugitive he put in prison, and Clay is the deputy assigned to protect him while pretty much everyone in Carlisle law enforcement tries to find and apprehend the man on the run. Add a few family complications, a romance with some personality issues, and more than one twist in the plot, and you have another thrilling adventure set in a town that feels more like home every time I read a book set in this world.
Andrew is a stickler for details, especially in his courtroom. He does not suffer fools lightly and runs a very tight ship. He is a little like that in his personal life as well, trying to be in control all the time, and that does not make it easy for him to find friends, never mind someone to love. He has only barely begun to open up to Clay when his sister runs into trouble and Andrew needs to take in her kids – children that have had a difficult time and now totally depend on him. I can’t blame Andrew for feeling a little overwhelmed and admired his dedication to doing right by them.

Clay is a good deputy, likes to be in charge, and hates the fact that he is related to the fugitive who escapes when transported to court. He isn’t close to his cousin, both sides of the family never really got along, but it still bugs him. Then there is the fact that he doesn’t like Andrew at all – but he has only seen him in court-mode. Working with him every day makes him realize there is another side to Andrew, and between Clay and his adorable dog, Andrew quickly begins to relax.

With an external threat making sure that Andrew and Clay have to learn to trust each other, as well as the underlying attraction between them, their relationship soon begins to develop into more. Despite the many distractions and complications, both men learn to rely on each other as they deal with one obstacle after another. The fugitive remains a major headache throughout, several family members get involved, and I loved all the revelations as Andrew and Clay unravel the mystery of what is going on and how it all hangs together.

If you like your romance with a dose of excitement, if you want to see how two strangers learn to see beyond their most obvious personality flaws, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful and touching, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. Another wonderful addition to this series!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/63956 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-July-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $13.97 audiobook
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