Fishy Riot (Belen’s Review)

Title: Fishy Riot
Author: Lindsey Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 236 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

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.

Riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole and pretty much everyone from his family to his squad mates know it. His twin brother, riot squad officer Clayton Jameson, is the nice one, but when Sietta Salisbury reaches out for help he’s drawn immediately to Taylor. And Taylor, for the first time in his life, is drawn right back.

Fishy Riot is from Taylor’s single POV, but the reader still gets a good sense of the other characters, including Sietta.

Even though Sietta has experienced some horrific abuse, he hasn’t been broken by it. I was a little surprised, but pleasantly so, that this actually has much less angst than I expected considering some of the subject matter. Black navigates the heavier subject matter well by interspersing it with humor and action.

This is actually a pretty fun and funny read that went by fairly quickly, and Tay and Clay’s family is hysterically over the top and crazy.

Note: This takes place in Sydney, Australia and is pretty quintessentially Australian (i.e.: “arvo” for afternoon), which was also really entertaining.

It’s a little silly with the OTT family shenanigans, humor, action, (a little bit of) passion, (a whole lot of) insta-love, and a HFN with enough outstanding to give the reader a bit of hope in the possibility of this getting a sequel.

I, for one, am hoping for a sequel!

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Galley copy of Fishy Riot provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future