Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/10/2016
Length: 09 hours 20 minutes
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Romance
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.
This is something new for me as far as Amy Lane’s stories are concerned. I tend to focus on “Amy Light” and I believe this qualifies to fit in that category. However, in addition to the usual Amy Lane goodness was this fantastic mystery that was rich with this multidimensional tension that made some bold statements on racial relations and police corruption in the world today. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time needing to know who the bad guy was and why he did what he did. Things just kept escalating and I needed to understand how someone could be so cruel and heartless. I do have to wonder if this there will be a sequel or if this will be the start of a series because I did feel like this wasn’t fully wrapped up.
What I really loved about this story was that while race played a hugely almost negative role in the corruption, it also played a hugely positive role in Jackson’s life. The way Jackson fought so hard for his family no matter the color of their skin was so uplifting and hit home for me. Family is not blood. It is what you make it and this book really emphasizes that mentality well and adds that extra element that differing skin colors does not prevent a strong family bond from being forged.
I have to admit that even though the romance felt like it was meant to play second fiddle to the mystery, I loved every minute of Elbert breaking through Jackson walls and showing Jackson what love could be. It did feel a bit rushed at times, but the author gave me everything I needed to fully invest and pull for the HEA. The romance was just as central to this story as the strong mystery and family themes.
I really enjoyed Fish out of Water. It was a well rounded story that left me utterly satisfied and entertained.
It is no secret that Greg Tremblay is one of my current favorite narrators. His voice is just so smooth and the way he reads stories lets the reader know he is enjoying himself. He did a great job with Fish Out of Water. He brought the characters and the emotions to life. He performed this story in such a way that I feel brought out all the best the author intended the reader to focus on. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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