Book Review by Rafa: Fire and Snow, by Andrew Grey

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Fire and Snow, by Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Cops #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 20, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars3-of-5

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grey-fire-and-snowFisher 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.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Bipolar Disorder
Law Enforcement

I’ve always found Andrew Grey’s books to be perennially dependable throughout my years of reading M/M. His writing style is always direct, his stories are usually predictable but well-plotted, and his characters are often relatable. As a reader, my biggest struggle with some of his books is its lack of emotional pull, and unfortunately, this is true for his latest release, Fire and Snow.

While I thought Fisher and JD were each great main characters, I wasn’t sure if they made a convincing romantic couple. Maybe it was because the slow burn to their relationship, while appropriate for the story, was much too slow for my tastes. Maybe it was because I felt that too much of their early interaction was due to JD’s sense of civic duty – not that there’s anything wrong with that at all. But coupled with the necessary slow development of their relationship, I was definitely left wanting more from them as a couple.

There was definitely more focus on JD’s story, which I thought was a shame because for me Fisher was the more interesting of the two characters. I appreciated the moments inside Fisher’s head, and would have loved to have had more of the story told from his perspective. I thought the author did a good job portraying his struggles with bipolar disorder, but at the same time, I felt he could have given us more. I really wanted to feel a deeper connection with his character and hear more of his story.

All in all, I would still recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Andrew Grey’s many works. While it can be read as a standalone, I also recommend reading Books #2 and #3, which I thought were two of the better books in his Carlisle Cops series.

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Andrew 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, visiting every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Andrew adores meeting people from cowboys, to executives, artists, police officers and everyone in between.  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 also hates laundry, cooking, and cleaning. Luckily he has a husband who does that for him so he can keep 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.

You can email him, visit his blog, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Fire and Snow can be purchased at:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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