Sunday, December 4, 2016

Audio Book Review ~ Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane

Audio Book Review ~ Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane
Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 20 minutes
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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.

*Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my listening pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Jackson was born to a teenage, drug addict mom and had to learn to take care of himself at a young age.  In elementary school, he became friends with Kaden and soon became a member of his family.  Growing up in a bad neighborhood, his goal was to become a police officer, but his career was short lived when he decided to turn in his dirty partner.  Once able, he began working as a private eye for a law firm.  Ellery is a defense attorney in the same law firm and has had a crush on Jackson for the six years he's worked there but Jackson ignores him, even though Jackson has one night stands with every man or woman in his path.  When Jackson's chosen brother Kaden is accused of killing a police officer, he demands Ellery to take the case to save him.  Ellery grew up in a completely different world from Jackson and struggles to accept that there are corrupt police officers but the further Ellery and Jackson get into Kaden's case, the more Ellery has to accept that not everyone is trustworthy.

This story is narrated by Greg Tremblay and he did a fabulous job with both male and female characters!  I was able to easily distinguish between the many different characters, it was well paced, and the appropriate emotions came through in the narrator's tone based on what was happening.  Truly a wonderful job!

Bravo to Amy Lane for telling this story!  It was a very touchy subject matter of police and political corruption and she did not shy away from the topic.  There was a lot going on in this story, but there were moments that lightened up and made me actually laugh out loud.  Even though Ellery was an uptight attorney, he completely knew how to work Jackson and I found their interactions to be engaging and brilliant!    

I typically listen to audiobooks when I'm in my car but with this one, I couldn't do that.  I found myself listening at home and at work because I had to know how the story ended. Though, Amy, if you're ever looking for some ideas, I could totally support a series that follows the cases of Ellery and Jackson.  Their interactions together and the way they were able to work together would really be enjoyable to read again!  This audio is one I will listen to again and I made sure to buy the book so I could also read it.  The entire book is just wonderful and I can't recommend it enough!

Overall:  5 stars!
Performance:  5 stars!
Story:  5 stars!

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