Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s where Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.
Kip is a police officer in the Pennsylvania small town where we’ve met the other MCs in the Carlisle Cops series. He has a big heart and an open mind, and when he meets Jos – a younger man taking care of his even younger brother – his heart immediately goes out to the troubled family.
Though Jos is wary, his determination to help his brother, Isaac, forces him to accept the invitation to stay at Kip’s place while getting his life in order.
There is some drama with Jos’ family and some waffling as Kip navigates his feelings for the much younger man and what his “insta family” will mean to his life, but it’s short-lived.
Kip and his friends (from the previous books in the series) help Jos land on his feet and fight for Isaac. During their time together, Kip and Jos find love for themselves.
Andrew Grey gives us another wonderful addition to his Fire and Ice series, fans will surely love Kip and Jos as a couple. This is one of those happily sentimental and sappy series full of Hallmark moments. Underdogs making their way to the top. True love conquering all. Kids, family and home. Do-gooders all around. Happily Ever Afters abounding!
4 of 5 stars for the story
Randy Fuller is one of those narrators that is hit or miss for me. I’ve enjoyed several of his narrations, enough, but he’s definitely not my favorite. I thought he did a nice job with Fire and Ice, so I figured this would be nice as well… but it wasn’t. While I appreciate his dedication to giving everyone a unique sounding voice, some of his choices didn’t work for me. I didn’t like Jos (it was way different than I’d have thought in my head) and felt he was a bit too light hearted for the emo young man in the story. I also didn’t care for his portrayal of Isaac at all – he sounded far too old and whiny. I liked Kip and the other police officers though. In this case I think the narration detracted from the overall enjoyment.
Narration 3 of 5 stars
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
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