Author ~ Amy Lane
Narrator ~ Greg Tremblay
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Release ~ 10th October 2016
Length ~ 9 hours and 20 minutes
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
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.
I usually associate Amy Lane with angst-filled and romance driven plots. Fish Out of Water was more mystery based and had a slightly different feel than her other stories. It’s somehow rougher and grittier both in terms of plot and characters. Kudos to Amy for tackling a story that centres around police/political corruption, racial prejudice, and the apparent inequality of the US justice system.
The writing is still superb, detailed and exciting, with intriguing and well-developed main characters. I listened to this complex story twice because after the first time I thought I’d missed some of the intricacies of the story. The more I listened, the more I appreciated this story.
The romance slowly develops as these two very opposite characters work together, and somewhat reluctantly on Jackson’s part at first. There’s sizzling attraction almost from the word go—Ellery has had his eye on Jackson for years—but neither man thinks it’s right to get their rocks off while Jackson’s ‘brother’ is held in police custody for a murder he didn’t commit. And Jackson is at pains to point out that he’s very much like his tom cat, Billy Bob. He has no wish to be in a relationship and is renowned for his one-night stands with men as well as women. It’s wonderful to see their relationship shift over the course of the story as Ellery wears Jackson down with his love and comfort. The sex scenes are smoking hot and I loved how these two switch it up in the bedroom. I also adored the rapport Jackson has with Ellery’s mother and her reaction to him is great. In fact, the dialogue throughout the story is excellent. Ellery, in particular, has a dry sense of humour and he delivers some wonderful snarky lines.
The murder/mystery plot unravels gradually as the P.I. and the attorney hunt down the true killers and face danger themselves. There’s plenty of suspense and excitement along the way. The sound of a certain car backfiring brought chills every time it was mentioned. There seem to be crooked cops everywhere and they’re not sure who they can trust. And even by the end of the story the situation isn’t totally resolved, implying there’ll be additional stories in the series. I hope we get to see more of Jackson and Ellery in action and see how their relationship has progressed.
The more I listen to stories narrated by Greg the more I like his style and approach to gay romance. His pace is steady and his voice is generally soft and engaging, although he ups the ante during exciting and passionate scenes. He creates a variety of consistent character voices that match the personalities and emotions involved.
Meet Amy Lane
Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
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