Title: Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water Book 4)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre(s): Gay Romance
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Fish Out of Water/Racing for the Sun Crossover
Can a hitman and a psychic negotiate a relationship while all hell breaks loose?
The world might not know who Lee Burton is, but it needs his black ops division and the work they do to keep it safe. Lee’s spent his life following orders—until he sees a kill jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie isn’t a typical target, and something is very wrong with Burton’s chain of command.
Ernie’s life may seem adrift, but his every action helps to shelter his mind from the psychic storm raging within. When Lee Burton shows up to save him from assassins and club bunnies, Ernie seizes his hand and doesn’t look back. Burton is Ernie’s best bet in a tumultuous world, and after one day together, he’s pretty sure Lee knows Ernie is his destiny as well.
But when Burton refused Ernie’s contract, he kicked an entire piranha tank of bad guys, and Burton can’t rest until he takes down the rogue military unit that would try to kill a spacey psychic. Ernie’s in love with Burton and Burton’s confused as hell by Ernie—but Ernie’s not changing his mind and Burton can’t stay away. Psychics, assassins, and bad guys—throw them into the desert with a forbidden love affair and what could possibly go wrong?
I have loved Amy Lane for a long time. I was enchanted by her Fish Out of Water series. I think if anyone needs a happy ending it’s Jackson Rivers and Ellery Cramer.
Hiding the Moon is a treat. It’s kind of a stand alone, but also involves the Fish Out of Water series as well as the characters from Racing for the Sun, Ace and Sonny.
The MC’s in this are Burt(on) and Ernie, which… I still don’t know how to feel about. Anyway, we met Lee Burton in Racing for the Sun. He’s basically a black ops assassin who is given the job to take out Ernie Caulfield by his handler. When he sets his sights on Ernie, he doesn’t see a threat, but a young, innocent club bunny.
Ernie is a bit of a psychic and it takes a lot out of him. Living in the city, he has learned to take respite from the noises in his head by drinking and taking drugs and giving himself over to his baser needs. He’s not a bad guy, but he definitely has bad guy radar. He’s been illegally taken into the military to corrupt his psychic talents and use them to create model soldiers. The hit is put on him when he’s no longer needed and has become excess.
When Burton questions his chain of command and saves Ernie from a rogue military unit attempting to kill him, he finds that there’s something unusual about the psychic man. When Ernie tells him that he’s his future, it becomes a test of Burton’s wills to see if he’s up for the challenge.
”You asked how long. As long as you want me. I’m going to want you forever.”
As mentioned, this book has a lot in common with some of Amy Lane’s previous works. To the degree that this story was almost the reverse image of A Few Good Fish, which was published this year. This was the same story but from Burton and Ernie’s perspective, so it felt a little redundant in some parts. I almost felt like I’d already read this story and was trying to just parse out the pieces in relation to Burton and Ernie’s relationship. To me this felt more like a Book 3.5 to the Fish series, not a Book 4.
Honestly, this book showed more about the sweet side of Ace and Sonny and Jackson and Ellery as well as Burton and Ernie, which was refreshing. I wish I could have seen a little more of Ernie and Burton together, or more of their individual pasts or some more character exploration. I felt like I needed a little more out of them to fully appreciate their relationship.
Overall, it was a journey into the fun side of the Fish Out of Water series with a little extra from the couples.