Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish
Author: Amy Lane
Series: Fish Out of Water, #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 330
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.
Red Fish, Dead Fish is book two in Amy Lane’s “Fish Out of Water” series, published by Dreamspinner press. This book is NOT a standalone, a reader would be totally lost if they attempt to read this story without reading, Fish Out of Water. In this story we are back with Jackson and Ellery as they navigate their relationship, avoiding being murdered, tracking a killer, and dealing with Jackson’s emotional hangups. Jackson has had a very difficult life. Where some kids got birthday parties, Jackson got dinner, if he was lucky. Some kids parents went to parent-teacher conferences…Jackson’s mom only acknowledged him when she needed something. So, to say Jackson has emotional hangups and difficulty trusting, believing in someone, or even believing in love…is putting it lightly. Jackson is messed up. He believes the worst will always happen. He believes he doesn’t deserve any happiness. He believes that any glimpse of normalcy he may get, will be gone in the blink of an eye…so why even acknowledge it?
“Sometimes stuff is easy to do because it’s right, Jackson. You ever think of that?” Jackson wrinkled his nose. “You’ve met me, right?”
Ellery. He is the balm to Jackson’s soul. He is the glue that holds the shaky Jackson together. He is in Love with Jackson. He is afraid he will never get his happy ending, because the man he loves may stop fighting to survive. He has to be very careful with Jackson, who may be tough as nails when dealing with criminals — he is as fragile as cracked glass on the inside. So, Ellery has to show him love and support Jackson – just right – or Jackson may run, like his tom cat.
“If I come home and the cat’s gone,” he said softly. “Then I’ll know you mean it.”…“You two deserve each other,”…“I deserve you,” he whispered. “The good and the bad. Don’t take that away from me.”
Throughout this book there are a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Ellery has to protect Jackson from himself, several times; and gently nudge Jackson into realizing that he is in their relationship for the long haul and that Jackson will never be alone again. Watching Ellery fiercly love and protect a skittish and traumatized Jackson, was pretty emotional. Jackson, has a LOT of stuff to work through in this book…and I am not sure he fully recognizes just how strong he is.
This story had some epic laugh out loud moments such as Grape Tea I will never forget and a very industrious paper route. Overall, this story is a prime example of why I adore Ms. Lane’s writing – she can combine angst, suspense, trauma, romance, and comedy unlike any other to create a story you will never forget! Oh, don’t forget the hotness. Lane can write some down right filthy, yet, sexy as hell scenes, her men are NOT shy!
“Jackson needed to be taken irrevocably. He needed to belong, inside and out, to the man who’d hauled him from the darkness to the light.”
Another win for Amy Lane – these characters will live with mr forever and I can only hope we will see more of Jackson & Ellery, with their three legged tom cat and maybe some kittens, in the future.
4 Fishy Stars!!
Review Copy of Red Fish, Dead Fish provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.