Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Amy Lane and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Sigh Greg Tremblay could read me the phone book, and I’d enjoy it. Luckily, Fish out of Water is a lot more entertaining, and Greg opens up all the suspense, passion, and frustration of the story bringing all the characters and situations to life.
Two things all listeners should know – Jackson is bisexual and there is on page, descriptive sex with a woman very early on in the story, and there is a cliffhanger ending which leaves the reader in suspense of several dangling threads in the storyline.
It was a bit rocky at first, the m/f sex notwithstanding, but Lane gets into her groove after about a third of the way in, the easy banter and sarcastic humor got a lot better, and the flow of the story moved along a lot easier. And Greg narrates it all beautifully.
Greg captures Jackson and Ellery’s banter, rapport, and sarcastic snarkiness well, and there’s a really nice thread of hurt/comfort here that I loved.
Note that this isn’t a romance, it’s a mystery. Dirty cops abound, there’s a lot of action…and once the story stopped trying so hard it settled into a good rhythm and flowed nicely by the end.
I enjoyed the narration, and hope Greg will be back for any sequels.