Fire and Water – @AndrewGrey #DreamspinnerPress
A young swimmer with Olympic potential, somehow became caught up in an abusive relationship. Terry is a self-recognized, rather superficial young man who previously based his relationships on appearance and material ‘things’. He recently escaped the relationship and is settling into his new life.
His first encounter with the large and scarred Officer Red Markham occurs when police are called to YMCA pool as a child is rescued from near drowning by Terry and another lifeguard.
Terry’s initial reaction upon seeing Red is a familiar one as Terry is unable to make eye contact and disturbed by Red’s appearance.
Terry, on the other hand, is viewed by Red as a “specimen of damn near perfect manhood”; cover model material yet described by Red’s partner as “shallow as an overturned saucer”.
Each of men has been damaged by physical and/or emotional trauma that has affected their self-concept and relationships. Perhaps each has something to offer the other?
Although in the early stages, the dialogue is a little ‘stilted and uncomfortable’, do not let this put you off.
The story is well developed and suspenseful with a very satisfying ending. I will certainly continue with this series!