The heat is growing from the inside, but danger is building on the outside.
Judge Andrew Phillips runs a tight ship in his courtroom. He’s tough, and when he hands down a sentence, he expects to be obeyed. So when a fugitive named Harper escapes and threatens his life, Andrew isn’t keen on twenty-four/seven protection… especially not from Deputy Clay Brown. They have a past, one that could cause problems in their careers.
But with Clay assigned to Andrew and the two of them together every minute, there’s nowhere to hide from their attraction—or from the fact that there’s much more than chemistry blooming between them. As the threat intensifies, Clay knows he’ll do anything it takes to protect the people who are taking their places in his heart: Andrew and his young niece and nephew.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I love this blog, especially the name because I’m just as obsessed with books and eye candy as you are. And for me, its hard to beat cop eye candy. I almost giggled to myself out loud. Maybe I should have. The last few days have been some of the hardest of my life with losing my mom. I have tried not to be maudlin, but the thoughts are everywhere, so I’ve been reading a lot. I know my mom would love that. She was a reader and the most book obsessed person I know. She and I rarely read the same books, though she did love what I wrote. So I thought we’d see how this book would do on the mom scale. (At least the my mom scale.)
Strong men with vulnerabilities, who can be relied on – check
Children, mom loved stories with kids. – check
Heat – Yeah, mom loved her some heat and tension – check
Passion – Oh yeah, mom loved that big time – check
Action and drama, something to keep the heart pumping – check
A happy, warm wash over you ending – check
Yes, I think mom would have loved Fire and Granite. I hope you will too.
Hey, hot cop!
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far… some maybe more than others, but anyone who follows any of my reviews, know that I’m such a sucker for hot dads, or….hot uncles even. In this one, we have Judge Andrew Phillips who’s being threatened by a criminal he had a few rocky run-ins with before finally making an example of him when sentencing him to prison… It seemed the felon didn’t take to kindly to the way the judge handled him or their run-ins, so when he planned an elaborate escape, he wanted revenge on the judge….
That’s where Officer Clay Brown comes in… now, this is where the water gets a little murky for me. See, Harper Grange – the felon that’s after Judge Phillips, is Clay’s cousin. Granted, they didn’t have much to do with one another’s sides of the family, even though their mothers are sisters… it still seemed like a huge conflict of interest or something… I understand that Clay is a cop and a good one too, but that’s his family… I would think that he’d be off any case pertaining to his family, and especially NOT the one and only one in charge of protecting the guy that his cousin is after. I can’t be the only one who thought that, can I?
But, if you can get over that fact… the hot cop wants to look out for Andrew, and watching them fall for one other is sweet and such a given… they’re so good for each other. Everything is so up in the air, waiting for more threats from the cousin and trying to hide out and be safe, and then Andrew gets some devastating news about his sister and her kids, making him need to jump in while everything is so crazy and take care of his niece and nephew.
They were adorable, and we all know how I feel about kids in stories… I know some don’t like it, but really… how can you not melt when somebody is so good with kids? Puppies and kids…. Throw the cold water over me, I’ll need it.
As these guys juggle a new relationship, learn how to be there for two kids who are suddenly without their mama, and a deranged lunatic just waiting to jump out and hurt you… it’s still such a sweet, somewhat angsty read. I’m looking forward to more!
And of course, we get our HFN, with snibbits from all the other hotties from this series.
4 pieces of eye candy from me on this one.