Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Fire and Hail
SERIES: Carlisle Cops #5
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 210 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2017
Brock Ferguson knew he might run into his ex-boyfriend, Vincent Geraldini, when he took his first job as a police officer in Carlisle. Vincent’s attitude during a routine traffic stop reminds Brock why their relationship didn’t last.
What Brock doesn’t expect is finding two scared children in the trunk of a Corvette. He’s also surprised to learn the kids’ mother is Vincent’s sister. But his immediate concern is the safety of the two children, Abey and Penny, and he offers to comfort and care for them when their mother is taken into custody.
Vincent is also shocked to learn what his sister has done. For the sake of the kids, he and Brock bury the hatchet—and soon find they have much more in common than they realized. With Abey and Penny’s help, they grow closer, until the four of them start to feel like a family. But Vincent’s sister and her boyfriend—an equal-opportunity jerk—could tear down everything they’re trying to build.
Here we are with the fifth installment in the Carlisle Cops series from Andrew Grey. Once again, it is a pleasant read, with some drama thrown in to make it edgy. In this one, Andrew adds in an event which he states really happened in his town. Two children, rescued from the trunk of a moving car where their own mother had locked them so she could go for a joy ride. In this book, Mr. Grey took that real-life story and spun it into his fictional series.
Brock Ferguson is new to the Carlisle Police Department, but not new to town. He grew up there, and still dreams of the man who got away. Then he ends up stopping his ex for speeding. The ex looks at him funny, but Brock doesn’t think much about it. Vinny, or Vincent as he prefers these days, hurt Brock badly when he moved away from town and left Brock because he was more concerned about what his parents thought than Brock’s feelings.
Shortly after stopping Vincent, Brock answers a radio call and finds two children screaming and crying in the trunk of a Corvette. The mother turns out to be Vincent’s sister, who Brock knew years-ago as well. She is a drug addict and unfit mother. When she gets arrested because Brock found the kids, her two small children end up in foster care with characters from a previous book in the series and eventually with Vincent. Both kids idolize Brock for saving them from the trunk, and one thing will lead to another.
I liked that Mr. Grey brought back the story of the previous character who was heading for the Olympics, and the other characters from the previous books for the foster care and police coworker sections as well. If you’re looking for a well written story, with some minor angst, this might be for you. As always, Mr. Grey believes in the HEA, so rest assured, you’ll get it. In my opinion, you wouldn’t need to read the other books in the series before this one if you didn’t want to. This series works fairly-well as a set of standalones, although characters do re-appear throughout the series. I personally though would read them all. I’ve enjoyed this series a lot.