Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Randy Fuller
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.
The Carlisle Cops have become favorites over the course of the series. All nice guys—both the cops and their partners, all trying to do a good job keeping the peace in Carlisle, PA, or contributing in some other way to make their family and friend’s lives easier.
This one is no exception as guys from the earlier stories come together to help a young man named Vincent gain custody of his niece and nephew after their mother recklessly endangered them. Add to the mix a rookie cop who was once Vincent’s lover before Vincent left town to pursue other interests, and we have the makings of a sweet love story.
I don’t think this one is any more outstanding than the others in the series, but there’s something about this series that is just down-to-earth sweetness. And that’s where, I believe, the author’s personality shines through. I can see the author being friends with these guys, or relying on them as good neighbors, possibly even helping them in some way, and definitely setting an example of how to have fun and enjoy life without resorting to being mean and hurting others.
Aside from the romance that develops, or rekindles in this case, between Vinnie and the cop named Brock, there’s an underlying theme of them all following the Summer Olympics to see if Terry wins a swimming medal. Terry is the young man who met his partner, Red, in the first story of the series, Fire and Water. The good news is that yes, Terry does win, and by the end of the story, all the guys are out watching the parade in his honor as the hometown boy comes home with his medals. Having been born and raised in PA in an area similar to Carlisle, I can appreciate the “flavor” of this story, and the community and camaraderie that exists in some small towns in the US. It’s fun to so clearly revisit memories from my childhood.
Randy Fuller did a good job, as usual. I don’t think I could listen to one of these without him narrating. I’ve gotten used to his cop and kid voices—a good fit for this series.
An all-around sweet story like the others in the series, I’d recommend it as one of those stories some of us need to read to raise our spirits.