Title:Fish Out of Water
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 10/10/2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery
Audio Length: 9 Hours, 20 Minutes
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Story Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Narration Score: 5 stars out of 5
PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.
Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.
Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.
Review: As always, I’m a major fan of Amy Lane’s work, and Fish Out of Water was no exception. She’s a fantastic author! I knew going into this book that the romance was probably going to be pretty light. Something I have noticed from reading her other novels is that she tends to focus a lot more on plot and let the romance/relationships take a natural backseat to what’s going on. In that way, I really love her writing because she doesn’t struggle to make every word center around two people.
At first, I was NOT a fan of this narrator at all. While it was easy to differentiate between the characters and he had a good tone of voice, I wasn’t a fan of the way he pronounced certain words. But he was dynamic and kept me engaged without sounding monotone so that was a plus. He quickly grew on me and by the end of the novel, I don’t think I could’ve imagined anyone else reading it. I think he’s one of the better narrators I’ve listened to and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to another book narrated by him.
Despite not being a fan of mysteries, I decided to give this book a chance because I’m a major fan of Amy Lane’s work.
This book was rough and gritty and not completely black and white. Jackson was guarded and actually a little flighty in my opinion. He had the idea that love brought heartbreak and took every precaution that he could to make sure that he would not fall in love.
Ellery, oh god, I love that name, wasn’t given nearly as much background in this novel as Jackson was, but his love lust for Jackson was all in-your-face obvious and raging like a wildfire. What little time these two got between the sheets was on fire hot.
This book is definitely recommended. Keep in mind going in that the main focus is the mystery and not particularly the romance. I will warn, there is an erotic hetero scene in this book that sort of pops up out of nowhere and it was a little confusing. For anyone who might be wishing to avoid that, I would say proceed with caution, but I do still recommend that you read it!
Review Copy of Fish Out of Water provided by the Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.