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This is book 4 in the Carlisle Cops series and as such we meet another police officer, JD, new to the force from North Carolina. He was forced to leave home by his parents old fashioned sense of propriety (gay is apparently not proper) after being outed by the town’s mayor’s son. He likes his job and is adjusting to the weather. On a snowy night in December he finds a man sitting on a bench acting strangely, when he rules out intoxication, he befriends him and asks him to join him and some friends for dinner.
Fisher is the man on the bench and he has some peculiar traits after receiving a traumatic brain injury a few years ago that have left him with a condition like bi-polar disorder. While on his meds he’s mostly in control, but he’s subject to mood swings under times of emotional stress.
For some reason JD is immediately attracted to Fisher (though Fisher can’t see why) and the two begin a friendship that slowly develops into something more.
While I’m a big fan of Andrew Grey – there are some of his series that resonate more with me than others. This is one of the series that I only like, not love. Because it’s Andrew you know you’ll get quality writing and perfect editing and a solid story line filled with emotion and hot smexy times – and this is true here as well.
I didn’t care for the relationship between JD and Fisher as well as some of his other pairings because I didn’t quite see the instant attraction on JD’s part. Fisher doesn’t represent well until almost 70% through the book – his self-esteem is low, he has several stress induced episodes and he tends to be abrasive and defensive. So I was hard pressed to see the appeal.
Once the couple got together and began working through their stuff a bit, Fisher calmed down and began to be more appealing, but in the beginning I was wondering why JD even tried.
So… for fans of the series and the author, you’ll want to check this out to see where previous MCs are at and because you know the author always delivers a good story. If you’re new to the series or the author (really? He’s written like a million books – read them – they’re awesome!) then you might not start with this one. I’d recommend his Farm series or his paranormal series as those are really heartbreaking and excellent at the same time.
3.5 of 5 stars
Randy Fuller does a satisfactory job narrating this series. I think that fans of the series are used to him as the narrator, so they know what they’re getting. He sort of fits the region, has kind of an older voice and he sounds a little “down home”, so I think he’s appropriate for the series. In this case, he was a bit more nasal sounding than usual and that caught my attention more than it should. I also didn’t really love the voice he chose for Fisher, it was a bit too high pitched for my tastes. Overall, this wasn’t my favorite from this narrator and I found it hard to get through.
2.75 of 5 stars
3 of 5 stars