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.
©2016 Amy Lane (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
Not many authors will touch the political downfall of a plot like this but I have to admit, my respect goes out to authors who write predominately romance but who can give you an actual story with a negative political view point and still reach those with positive views of the story.
My only complaint was wanting a bit more of the good guys stepping up and coming to the aide but I truly am happy I'm one of the fans that appreciate and love this beautiful tale of diamonds in the rough.
This story packs an emotional punch in regards to growing up in an area that is filled with those who are deemed less worthy, how easily that area can become corrupted, the love and strength of family, and what you would do to protect and help your family.
This is a story that will either have you saying Nay or Yay! Not too much of the in between but there was enough emotional depth between characters, engaging character developmemt, action, laughs, and corrupt intrigue to this mm romance that has it at the top of my list of favorites.
Fantastic writing, brave choice of topic, and Greg Tremblay was the epitome of perfection for this tale. My God, the man could have me in tears one second and laughing the next. He has truly become one of my top 5 narrators!
*Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my listening pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
Jackson was born to a teenage, drug addict mom and had to learn to take care of himself at a young age. In elementary school, he became friends with Kaden and soon became a member of his family. Growing up in a bad neighborhood, his goal was to become a police officer, but his career was short lived when he decided to turn in his dirty partner. Once able, he began working as a private eye for a law firm. Ellery is a defense attorney in the same law firm and has had a crush on Jackson for the six years he's worked there but Jackson ignores him, even though Jackson has one night stands with every man or woman in his path. When Jackson's chosen brother Kaden is accused of killing a police officer, he demands Ellery to take the case to save him. Ellery grew up in a completely different world from Jackson and struggles to accept that there are corrupt police officers but the further Ellery and Jackson get into Kaden's case, the more Ellery has to accept that not everyone is trustworthy.
This story is narrated by Greg Tremblay and he did a fabulous job with both male and female characters! I was able to easily distinguish between the many different characters, it was well paced, and the appropriate emotions came through in the narrator's tone based on what was happening. Truly a wonderful job!
Bravo to Amy Lane for telling this story! It was a very touchy subject matter of police and political corruption and she did not shy away from the topic. There was a lot going on in this story, but there were moments that lightened up and made me actually laugh out loud. Even though Ellery was an uptight attorney, he completely knew how to work Jackson and I found their interactions to be engaging and brilliant!
I typically listen to audiobooks when I'm in my car but with this one, I couldn't do that. I found myself listening at home and at work because I had to know how the story ended. Though, Amy, if you're ever looking for some ideas, I could totally support a series that follows the cases of Ellery and Jackson. Their interactions together and the way they were able to work together would really be enjoyable to read again! This audio is one I will listen to again and I made sure to buy the book so I could also read it. The entire book is just wonderful and I can't recommend it enough!
Overall: 5 stars!
Performance: 5 stars!
Story: 5 stars!
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!
I managed to finish this book. Amy Lane books have been pleasure reads for me until this one. There were elements of this story that kept touching a raw nerve. However, the threads of family and loyalty and support of loved ones ran deep and I loved those parts.
I know the narrator is used by Rhys Ford in the Cole McGinnis series. So, initially, I thought it was the reason I was expecting Cole to pop up on the scene. Then, I realized it wasn't the voice of the narrator but the story itself that read very much like a Rhys Ford book. Okay. It happens, right?
But what bothered me was the "white savior" theme of the book... Jackson, Ellery even Mike. *sigh* . Yes, there were bad white guys but in light of today's climate, it touched a nerve.
Lets start with a positive... Greg Tremblay bless him, as always brings something special to all the book he reads... and that's about all the good I have to say.
Weak characters, the main character carries on about 'only being a top' for the first few chapters of this book but then suddenly changes his mind? what the hell was the point? and it happens a lot with pointless scenes of people we never hear from again.
Also a very personal gripe but the hetero sex scene out of nowhere, I'm scarred and need bleach for my brain. I read M/M so I won't come across such things...god damn.
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