Title: Fishy Riot
Author: Lindsey Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 236 Pages
At a Glance: Fishy Riot has just the right amount of action, danger, mystery and humor. I almost passed this book over because of the title, but I get it now, and I’m so glad I reconsidered.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Most people think riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole. Little do they know his apparent indifference stems from having a meddlesome family always butting into his business. And little does Taylor know he’s about to stumble into a situation that’ll make indifference impossible.
When everything goes horribly wrong at a political rally on a harbour ferry, Taylor encounters Sietta Salisbury. The son of a wealthy politician, Sietta is a revered—but presumed dead—musician, and an enigma who is so strange, Taylor is compelled to look into his background. What he discovers draws him into a bizarre mess of prisoners, politics, and attempted murder that makes him realise what he’s been missing.
Falling in love isn’t hard. Trying to convince someone else you’re worth loving despite your crazy family and the people trying to kill you? That’s a whole other can of worms.
Review: Taylor Jameson is cranky, and sometimes you have to wonder if it’s his crazy, funny, loving family that makes him so. Taylor and his brother Clayton are very enthusiastic about their jobs, they’ve gotten into some crazy chaos more than once, and when things go south, the whole family gets involved any way they can.
When Taylor’s squad gets the call to protect the rich and elite youth at a political fundraiser on a harbour ferry, they aren’t really excited about it. Taylor knows it’s only for the benefit of Minister Jonathan Salisbury, who needs positive media. While checking out the ferry for any suspicious activity or persons, Taylor wanders below and spies Micha Salisbury, youngest son to the minister. As he’s checking out the other rooms in the captain’s quarters, he comes across the most gorgeous young man he’s ever seen, Sietta Salisbury—who hasn’t been seen in months, and some thought was dead. Taylor’s only been interested in one-night stands so far, but in reality, he would like to find someone who understands him. He and Sietta spend some time talking until Taylor escorts the young man to the upper deck where there’s so much commotion, and the discovery of drugs on the ferry, that Taylor forgets Micah slipped him a thumb drive. When Taylor realizes, finally, what the drive holds, all hell breaks loose and the riot squad goes into action once again.
I have to say I enjoyed Fishy Riot, Lindsey Black’s debut novel. It has just the right amount of action, danger, mystery and humor. Sietta and Taylor are definitely opposites, but they make a perfect connection. The squad has a nice mix of characters, and the storyline also addresses some serious issues in the form of abuse, corruption, and drugs which shouldn’t be taken lightly. I liked the Aussie humor that the author brought to this story, and I absolutely got a kick out of the crazy and funny Jameson family, especially five-year-old Emma, who was a hoot and had the big alpha males wrapped around her finger.
I almost passed this book over because of the title, but I get it now, and I’m so glad I reconsidered. I’m begging for a sequel!
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