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 after he received 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…
Rating: Narration – A+ : Content – B-
Fire and Flint is the first Carlisle Deputies book, a new spin-off of the author’s earlier Carlisle Cops series (which I haven’t read or listened to). It will come as no surprise whatsoever when I say that the big draw on this one was the narrator, who I’d cheerfully listen to if he were reading me Haynes Car Manuals. Fire and Flint proved to be a cute, fairly low-angst story that concentrates mostly on the developing relationship between the main characters, with a bit of drama injected courtesy of a crooked judge who could derail the adoption of a little boy by the man he already calls “Daddy”.
Deputy Pierre Ravelle is pulled off regular duty and temporarily assigned to the courthouse – specifically as protection for Judge Crawford, who has recently received a number of threatening letters. At the judge’s office he meets the judge’s paralegal and assistant, Jordan Erichsohn, with whom he feels an instant rapport. A few days later, he’s out with colleagues, when he comes across a rather agitated Jordan who is desperate to get back to his mother’s house where his four-year-old son, Jeremiah, has become unwell. Jeremiah had leukaemia, and although the cancer is gone, there’s always a chance it could come back, or that it’s caused other complications, and Jordan is worried. The trouble is that he’s on a very rare night out with friends and has left his car at home – and the friend he came with is reluctant to leave the club so early. This is when Pierre steps in and offers to drive Jordan home so he can pick up his car and drive to his mother’s. Pierre ends up doing more than that when Jordan’s car won’t start; he takes him to collect Jeremiah and then drives them both to the hospital, staying with them until the boy is seen by the doctor, treated and then discharged.
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