Review: FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Water 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Release Date: December 15th, 2014
Length: 200 pages / Novel
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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.

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When I first heard about Fire and Ice, I was excited! I love Andrew Grey’s writings, and thoroughly enjoyed such stories of his as Taken, so I was curious to see what he would do with this Beauty and the Beast twisting. What I found was a wonderful story of looking within and past the wrapper of others. Red is severely scarred and believes no one will ever see the man behind the “ugly”. Terry is perfect, or so it seems. Sadly, he’s also a bit shallow and is caught talking about Red by Red and some others.

As the story moves forward, it’s not hard to figure out who the ‘bad guy’ is, but that made the story no less wonderful. The chemistry between the two men is HOT, once they each look past the surface of the other. I loved Terry once I got to know him. He’s so much more than the hot lifeguard and pretty boy. And Red totally stole my heart with his quiet strength and powerful sense of self.

Now, I know I said it was Beauty and the Beast-esque, but don’t think that makes it shallow or fairytale-like. It’s pretty much the farthest thing from, honestly. But it’s about looking past the surface, past the past of the person to see but the person they are and the ones they could be together. This is a love story with heat, love, healing, and the most awesome epilogue! This is another must read from the indomitable Andrew Grey, so grab a cool drink, and dive into a wonderful read!

A roar of laughter came up from the large table behind them, and Terry turned to see what was happening. It was just a bunch of guys. He recognized one of them as one of the paramedics from that afternoon. He watched them for a few minutes and then turned back to Julie.

“Hey, Red,” he heard one of the men call. For some reason Terry turned to see who it was and then quickly looked away. It was the huge police officer who’d been at the pool. Terry turned back to the bar.

“It’s that policeman from the pool,” Julie said from next to him. “The one with the scar.”

“Yeah, I saw him.” Terry took another gulp from his glass. He’d noticed the guy as soon as he’d entered the pool area. Who wouldn’t? The guy was huge. W
hen Terry had first seen him, his mouth had begun to water. He was just his type: tall, broad, built, filling out that uniform in all the right places. A dreamboat… that is, until he’d gotten a look at the poor guy’s face. To say he was ugly wasn’t right either… more like unfortunate. As his dad had said as a joke once, “He had a face only a mother could love.”

“I wonder what happened to him,” Julie said and looked at Terry when he huffed a little. “He seemed like a good enough guy. That woman was all over you, but he listened and got down to the truth. There were no accusations, and he was nice enough, for a cop with a job to do.” Her eyes widened. “Something did happen to him. He wasn’t born with that scar, and maybe he was poor and didn’t have the money for braces and the things we did.”

Terry turned back around. “I guess so.” He swallowed really hard and continued watching the man, trying not to look like he was watching him. Once, when he looked up, Terry caught his gaze. He knew instantly that the man recognized him, and Terry turned back around.

“You guess so?” Julie said and then chuckled.

“I just agreed with you,” he told her, and their conversation stopped when the news came on one of the channels again, and Julie’s attention was diverted.

There were mirrors behind the bar, mostly ones advertising various kinds of beer. He could see the police officer in one of them. The guys he was with were loud, laughing a lot, and a few times Terry caught a glimpse of a smile from the officer. It made Terry want to smile too. He turned back around and scanned the room.

  

ANDREW GREY grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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