REVIEW BY: Christie
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
NARRATOR: Greg Tremblay
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 9h 20m
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2016
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.
So, the blurb for Fish Out of Water intrigued me. Then I found out that it was written by Amy Lane and narrated by Greg Tremblay, which tipped the scales for me so to speak. So I thought, “Why not?” Wow, what a great decision! This book had me on the edge of my seat yelling at injustices, mooning over the subtle affections between the main characters, and even feeling heartsick over a potentially missing cat. Having so many feelings evoked in one’s self while experiencing a book is a wonderful thing that more people should enjoy, that’s for sure.
Former police officer, now private detective, Jackson Rivers has lived a rough life. Seems like he has had to fight for everything in his life just to have even a semblance of the one he has now. And that’s saying something, because even his life now is pretty messed up as it is. Jackson is bi, has had more bed partners than I change underwear in a year, and rarely sleeps with the same person a second time. Ever. Then, his life gets turned around when his brother (of the heart) is arrested for murdering a cop. Jackson knows there’s absolutely no way the man he has known since childhood could kill anyone, much less a police officer. So, it’s a race against time to prove his innocence.
Queue Ellery Cramer, defense attorney. He is rich, received a top notch education, and has seemingly never struggled to have anything in his life. Until now, that is. Uncommonly attracted to Jackson Rivers, Ellery struggles to get past the surly man’s walls and defenses. Together, the men race against time in order to prove Jackson’s brother’s innocence. Which makes things a million times harder to do when they find out that not only was the murder set up and perpetrated by dirty cops, but it was ordered by someone so high up, they are nearly untouchable.
Can Jackson and Ellery juggle their ever growing mutual attraction, perilous investigation into the murder of a police officer by dirty cops, and prove Jackson’s brother’s innocence,all the while keep from getting killed themselves? Can Ellery get past Jackson’s outer defenses to the man underneath, and help him try to start healing from a lifetime of strife? Can Jackson bring a new type of strength and courage into Ellery’s life, and widen his horizons? For these answers and more, do get this book, whether in audio or ebook format. You will not be disappointed.
Paula Abdul’s 1988 hit Opposites Attract is a very appropriate title and song for the early days of Jackson and Ellery’s relationship. But, even tho they come from two different worlds, they are able to find common ground. And from it, lay the foundation for an immensely strong and beautiful life together. They are honestly perfect for one another. You can practically feel and see a string that ties their hearts to each other.
As far as narrators go, Amy Lane could not have gotten a better, more perfect one for Fish Out of Water than Greg Tremblay. He took an already fantastic book and found a way to breathe even more life into it. If I wasn’t already a huge fan of both Amy Lane and Greg Tremblay, Fish Out of Water would have made me an addict of both of these phenomenally talented people and their works. If you have read or listened to this book, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on it, so please do comment below and let’s dish!