Title: Fire and Agate

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Carlisle Deputies #3

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance/Law Enforcement

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Nov 6 2018

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screw-ups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.

Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.

Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin… and stay there. Soon they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly Pavle comes out of his shell and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. But even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.

“Probably because he hasn’t been outside for most of the last four years, at least until his rescue. He was brought in for the Super Bowl, as I said. It’s all organized crime, the big families. They bring them in, and once they’re through customs, they tell them that they need to have their passports specially checked. They take their papers, and then they’re stuck. Pavle was probably told he had to work off the cost of his transportation and everything else before they would give him his documents back. Once the Super Bowl was over, he was most likely sold and eventually ended up here. He was always someone’s dirty secret, so he was never outside and always kept hidden. It’s all he knows.” Marie pulled a tissue out of her purse and blew her nose. “I’ve seen a ton of shit, but this always gets to me.”
“How long will he stay out there?” Chris asked.
“My guess is until you get him. See, right now, I think he’s soaking in the sun because he thinks it’s all going to be taken away.” She gasped slightly. “I forgot something in the car.” She hurried away, and Chris followed her to wait at the front door. She returned with a Kohl’s bag. “I got him some clothes.” She handed him the bag. “Leave the tags on them when you give them to him. He needs to know they’re new. That they are for him and not hand-me-downs.”
“Why don’t you give them to him?” Chris asked, handing her back the bag.
“Because he needs to trust someone other than me.” Marie passed it back. “Now let’s go talk to him.”
Pavle jumped when they came back outside and hurried to put the chair back in its original place.
“It’s okay. You can leave the chair there.” Chris smiled, and Pavle put the chair back where it had been, then sat on the edge of it.
“Hi, Pavle. We brought you a few things,” Marie said.
Chris handed him the bag, and Pavle set it on the paving stones. He pulled out the jeans and a light green polo shirt, as well as some underwear and socks, all in packages and with tags. “New?” he asked, and damn it all if he didn’t hug the jeans to his chest as though they were precious. Chris shared a look with Marie and wondered if he was ever going to understand what motivated Pavle to do that. “For me?”
“Yes. And Chris is going to take you to get some more clothes.” She handed Pavle a piece of paper. “I have set up some appointments with a teacher who is going to help you with English and writing.” She took his hand. “We are here to help you and to try to see if we can guide you to build a good life. Do you understand?”
“Yes. I no pay. Mister no hurt anymore.” He blinked, and Marie nodded slowly. “Annette say my body mine now.”
“That’s right. You don’t belong to anyone but you.” Marie smiled, and Chris did the same, nodding, relieved.

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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 works in information systems for a large corporation.

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.

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