Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge, as he's been receiving the threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.
When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself….
As Jordan Erichsohn gets closer to the finalizing of the adoption of his son Jeremiah, he finds himself warring over telling someone about his boss, Judge Crawford and the evidence he's uncovered that is none to above board, as he's afraid what that may mean for the adoption. Afterall, the judge's reach is long and final. When Deputy Pierre Ravelle is assigned to protect Judge Crawford after he recieves threatening letters, he finds himself attracted to the judge's assistant but he's leary to mix his personal feelings with his professional life. When Jordan finally works up the courage to clue Pierre in on his suspicions, will the pair be able to uncover the truth and still keep their hearts in tact? Or will the crooked judge have the final say?
When I heard that Andrew Grey was creating a spin-off of his Carlisle Cops series, I was thrilled. The boys in blue from Carlisle always left me with such joy and entertainment. I know that Fire & Flint is the first book in the new series, Carlisle Deputies, but I already know that the author has another winner in print. Some might think after 6 books in the Cops series what more can he tell without just rehashing previous tales? I'll admit there are very few completely original tales out there but that doesn't mean stories are simply being recycled and this is a prime example of that. Personally, 99% of the stories in print are not about the ending but about the journey getting there. You will always have good guys, bad guys, conflict, families, and a hundred other clichés in between the covers but its how the author spins the web that makes or breaks a book for me. Fire & Flint definitely has Andrew Grey's web-spinning touch that makes Jordan and Pierre's story amazingly, dramatically romantic that heightens the reading experience.
Some might think Jordan's son, Jeremiah is written older than he actually is. Perhaps but I do not. Now, I don't have any children but I was an only child in a family with multiple health issues and all the dramas and heartbreak that goes with them and I know that I "grew up" faster than some of my friends in term of behavior so I really didn't find Jeremiah's actions or speech to be out of place or unbelievable considering his circumstances. We all develop differently and I think Jeremiah is a perfect example of that and I actually praise Andrew Grey expressing that through actions and emotions and not with characters stating outright "you are older than your years".
As for Jordan and Pierre, what's not to love about them. There's so much I could say but I don't want to ruin the plot and I think their actions and determination to the right thing says it all. So I will just say this: Fire & Flint is a lovely beginning to this spin-off series, Carlisle Deputies, it has a little bit of everything(well everything but science fiction😉) and I certainly hated to see the last page come. Whether Andrew Grey writes only one more or one hundred I look forward to reading them all.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.