Review: Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane


Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


“It was not a lousy fuck, you arrogant shit! It was a superlative fuck—it was three of them, four if you count the shower—and I’m not willing to let it end there because you had a chance encounter with a bad guy in a stairwell that stinks of piss and is now wearing a decent portion of your skin!”
“Well, I can’t not do what I do!” Jackson flailed for a minute, and then he folded his hands under his arms and threw himself back against the seat. “I knew this was a bad idea.”
“Oh no you didn’t,” Ellery snapped. “You knew this was a wonderful idea. I am the best thing to ever fucking happen to you, and I’m not trying to change you, you stupid asshole, I’m trying to keep you.” Okay. Now he was out of wind. 

I've loved the Amy Lane books I've read so far so I was excited at the prospect of reading and reviewing her latest release, Fish Out of Water, and was pleasantly surprised to note how different it was from the stories I've read from her in the past. In what a suspect is a series starter (at least I'm wishing, hoping, and praying that I'm right in my suspicions), this romantic mystery suspense novel pits the investigative prowess of former police officer turned private investigator Jackson Rivers and the legal savvy of well-regarded defense attorney Ellery Cramer in a race against time to save one man wrongly accused of the murder of a young police officer. What follows is a complex and tangled web of lies, corruption, and deceit and in its wake are those who have been ensnared, with Jackson looking like its main target--a sacrificial lamb slash unwitting victim. However, the PI is far from aimless, and even though the authorities look at him as nothing more than a nuisance constantly looking to best them, no one ever counted on the formidable partnership that would come about once Ellery Cramer teamed up with Jackson Rivers.

At first glance, you wouldn't fathom to even consider that Jackson and Ellery would survive working side by side for twenty-four hours. Yet there's just that...something...that extraordinary element that makes these two click in ways that you'd never thought possible. There's a lot of snark and loads of smirking going on with these two men, but that just adds to the entertainment value. It's like frickin' foreplay because when these two go at it, whether inside or outside of the bedroom (or wherever the heck the "mood" catches them), it's hot and heavy. The same goes for the mystery and suspense aspects of the story. Jackson has one hell of a back story and it's clear that there's a lot of bad blood between him and the local police department. But then, how could an entire department hate one man as much as the cops of Sacramento do Jackson and to the point where they would involve Jackson's family? Questions, questions and I must say that getting answers was half the fun of reading this, the other half, of course, having to do with Ellery and Jackson's romance. I need book two immediately! Five-plus stars to Fish Out of Water. ♥

Release Date: 29 July 2016

Date Read: 29 July 2016

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