Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 20 minutes
At a Glance: Tremblay, as usual, makes this book come alive. Buy this book—it’s a great listen; you will not be sorry that you did.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: 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.
Review: Jackson Rivers is a PI. Not really by choice. But his career with the police ended in some controversy. One more brick in the load he’s carried since childhood, having been raised by an absent mother who was not a fan of his sexuality. A friend’s family adopts Jackson, and he would do anything to help, protect, and save any one of them if they get into trouble. So, when Jackson’s adopted brother gets framed for a police officer’s murder, Jackson is willing to move heaven and hell and risk his life to protect Kaden and his family.
Ellery Kramer is a defense attorney who may be in over his head on this murder case. He’s swimming in the deep end, and Jackson’s cowboy style of investigation causes more than a few problems for the case, and puts both he and Jackson in enough danger tracking down the whodunit that both men could be dead before they figure it out.
The two wind up grudgingly admiring one another. This, of course, leads to a discovery that they both desire one another. It comes as a bit of surprise to no one but them. Once again Amy Lane gives us romance with a full story, a plot, and a satisfying reveal and resolution. For that reason alone—the complete story—this book would be a good buy.
Greg Tremblay delivers his usual stellar work here. It really pushes this book from a good buy to “buy it as soon as you can.” Characters are fully formed, voices are clear and concise, nowhere is a character played to cliché or to camp. Everyone should be looking for books with Tremblay’s name attached to them.
If you enjoy audiobooks, you will enjoy this one. You’ll be pleased with the voice work and how well the talent here adds to the story being told. There is no point in the audio that you’ll have to guess who is speaking and what action is going on. Tremblay, as usual, makes this book come alive. Buy this book—it’s a great listen; you will not be sorry that you did.
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