Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he's called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he's closed his heart to all. It's partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he's good at because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment,Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn't other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn't want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he'd just as soon keep to himself. But it's Alex's secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart - secrets the boy isn't able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
©2015 Andrew Grey (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I read the print versions of books 1 and 2 - now I have the audio as i think the narrator made a difference.
I really got involved in this story. To me these were real men showing respect for each other, I feel is so often missing in other books except in a cursory sort if way. The love and respect shown was beautifully rendered through the unfolding story-line. I found I overlooked some supportive character stereotyping as I followed Jos and Kip on their heart-warming journey.
I felt Randy 'nailed' the adult characters mannerisms. Good pace, good tone and good character differentiation added to the story. Though his voice-over of Issac did 'grate'. An adult imitating a 3 year old child was always going to be a challenge!
To me the Carlisle Cops series is tuning out to be just as good as 'The Range' series. I hope there are many more books to come.
"love this story"
Great book! Amazing narrator , all round amazing job !! Off to the next book !
I liked the book. I don't read much myself. and I find this is a good way to get into books. sexy sexy books. lol.
Carter is the police partner of Red who we met in book one, Fire and Water. Donald is a social worker who has hooked up with Carter in the past, but walked away from him before they got started as a couple.
Carter rescues a boy, Alex, from the site of a domestic disturbance only to find out he’s been abused and is now an orphan. Donald is called in to help place him in the system, but both men fall in love with Alex and have a hard time letting him go.
Meanwhile, Carter knows Donald is more than his icy façade and wants to break through to the real man he’s had glimpses of before.
Donald is guarding his heart and his secrets but can’t help but be enthralled by both Alex and Carter.
In the end – when an amazingly convenient solution presents itself – we see the formation of a new family and a very HEA.
I thought this was better than the first book (and I liked the first book) and I really liked Carter and Alex and the story they shared. I thought Donald was a little harder to like and found his reluctance to share frustrating.
Overall it was a good book and I recommend it to fans of Andrew Grey and fans of men with kids stories.
Randy Fuller does a fairly nice job with the narration. He is easy to listen to, and tries to make the characters separate from one another and does a nice job with the child, Alex. He isn’t great at portraying emotions and it doesn’t necessarily add to the overall experience, but neither does it detract.
"recording hiss and dubbing?"
love the story. didn't like the production. a lot of recording hiss and what sounds like dubbing by a different narrator unless there are times when the original narrator drops his voice a couple of octaves.
"Good continuation of the series."
This is the second book in the Carlisle Cops series. I wasnt sure if I was going to buy at first but decided to give it a go. The story was more substantial and better written then the first book. The story flowed more smoothly and was easier to listen to. My biggest issue was the narrator- he wasn't bad and when doing normal voices was fine but his female and Childs voice were irritating. I get the importance of varying voices when doing audiobooks but in this case it just came off irritating. Would I listen to a book narrated by him again? Probably. Would I listen to another book in this series? Well they seem to be getting better as we go, so yes.
"Brought tears to my eyes"
Loved the story and how author pulls you ibto the characters world and you fall in love with little orphaned Alex. You nearly forget the story is Erotica and hope the little boy gets justice.
Just as awesome as I have come to expect from Andrew Grey. This book was very heart-warming and kept me interested from the very beginning all the way through to the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes gay romance.
"Grey is usually a good listen"
This was a very sweet story and i do not agree with the Way some of the other review Said that the kids voice was irritating. And it is most definately much better Than the first in this series. Other Than the love story, u really Want to slowly strangle the men that hurt that little boy and the Way they find him is heartbreakibg and unfortunately realistic. Worth the time and Money and Can as most of greys Novels be listened to even if u havent read the first
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