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Clear Water

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,802 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Meet Patrick Cleary; party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick's been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they've almost killed him. Meet Wes "Whiskey" Keenan; he's a field biologist wondering if it's time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick's life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing co ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Patrick *smushes cheeks*
5 “You’d have to love him to hate him, and I don’t think you ever did.” stars.
(These look like twins... but yum.)
Hot guys kissing
Whiskey moved like he owned the air he breathed and earth beneath his feet. That was all he wanted, that was all he needed, and he would master it simply because it was his.

Patrick has been shunned and undervalued throughout his entire life, by his father, his mother, and his string of exes. Never accepting himself for who he really is. When his scum-bag boyfri

The awesomeness that is the audio version of Clear Water:

Loving, sweet romance that gives good, squishy feels.

Smart assery and all-around wittiness.

Hot sex.

Quirky characters.

Lots of cursing.

Fun secondary characters with a romance to boot.

Sexy, velvety voice for a narrator.
I love Patrick. Like completely truly love him. All his little tics, his stumbling of words, his freak outs, his repeated apolgies, everything about him. Very rarely have I ever come across a character that I'm actually jealous of the author for creating, thinking "I wish I could have written this." I'm jealous of Amy Lane because Patrick is epic.

Seriously, read this freaking book. Like now.
Monique ~ Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance
Wonderful, Amazing, Beautiful, Excellent, Fabulous, Superb, Awsome, Outstanding.....Read it or Listen to it as I did.


This was an audio book, and the narration by Robert Neiman was so smooth and velvety, it felt like being wrapped in a soft down comforter, enhanced by the superb writing from Ms Lane. The chemistry and love between the two characters Whiskey and Patrick was captivating. I loved this book and could wax lyrical on how wonderful it was.....but I have more books to read!!

My first Amy

Well, I could kick myself for waiting so long to read this book. I mean, I shy away from angst...and Amy Lane kinda being known for it...I was, ok ok...I was a wuss. Turns out this is one of her feel-good-non-angsty-reads and I really, really enjoyed it.

The thing is, for me, ONE character can make or break a book...easily. And no matter what might have been something to love or hate about a story, if I have that connection to THE ONE, I'm swayed. In Clear Water, Whiskey made this book for me. I
Another great book by Amy Lane...Amy Lane is not an auto-buy author for me in this genre, she's required reading and with damn good reason.

This books is about Patrick and Whiskey. Patrick is a 23 year old man, who has ADHD and not a lot of support from anyone around him. His father is a very wealthy, very indifferent man, his mom took off long ago, and his 'boyfriend' just wants him for his dad's money.

Patrick ends up in a very bad situation, and getting his ass saved, by Wesley "Whiskey" Keenan
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Well I have to say that Amy Lane sure knows how to write a hot sex scene! My third Amy Lane and I'm starting to know what to expect from her. I think that this book was a very solid read- sweet romance, great chemistry- until the end. The way it kind of decended into a strange action scene with bombs being deactived and stuff was a distraction for me. Still a solid 4 star book and I'll be reading more and more of Amy's books in the future!
Macky ~ Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
What's not to like about this lovely unexpected story? I picked it up after a couple of disappointing reads and was engaged straight away... One of those books that restores your faith in the m/m genre.

Patrick is such a loveable and endearing character struggling to cope with his ADHD and an indifferent dad. He sees himself as a spaz and a freak until he ends up, because of his crappy and dangerous user boyfriend, on a house boat with field biologist and free spirit Whiskey, who is the stuff of
I have to admit that Amy Lane is not my auto-buy author (I know, SCANDAL!). I can't always find "chemistry" with her writing style. I prefer to stick to her contemporary titles. Even so, I don't read all of them and tend to wait for reviews before jumping in. So after I saw many positive reviews for this one, I decided to give it a grenn light.

AND HOLY, this is one GREAT book!!! The winning element is definitely the characters, Patrick and Whiskey. Patrick is a 23-year-old young man, who suffers
Great book about a kid who thinks he's a huge fuck up and the man that rescues him and changes his life.

I loved Patrick and Whiskey! Patrick was adorable. I felt so bad with how his father and previous boyfriends had treated him. He was so down on himself and he really just needed someone GOOD to give him a chance. Enter Whiskey and Fly Bait. First off, those two were a riot. Not related by blood, but those two were a true definition of family. They loved each other even while they were telling
4.5 stars

I absolutely adored Patrick in this story. He's so cute and spazzy and lovable, and all I wanted was for him to succeed and realize how awesome he is. And you can't help but love Whiskey for how he loves Patrick and takes care of him. Everyone should seriously have their very own Whiskey.

Unlike many of Amy Lane's novels, this one is very light on the angst. For the most part, it's a quirky, fun story sort of like If I Must. What angst there is isn't so much sad or drama, but instead it'
Heather C
I ♥ Patrick and Whiskey!

I think this is my most favorite Amy Lane novel yet, of course, I really haven't read very many by her. But this story was just so sweet...with very little angst and no break-ups or cheating! I didn't want it to end and it actually took me hours to finish the last 10% or so. Patrick and Whiskey were just so perfect together.

I loved how Whiskey never got impatient with Patrick no matter how many fuckups he had when he forgot to take his 'little brown pill'. He was so gentl
Lovely, tender and funny love story

"Only an idiot would underestimate Patrick, all of him, from his rabbit-quick mind to the depths of his quick-beating heart."

"Whiskey kept kissing him, but he held his hand there, feeling Patrick’s throat throbbing up against his palm, thinking that Patrick felt just like Whiskey had imagined—wild and unpredictable and vulnerable and strong."

"And, most of all, Patrick, who made a home in Whiskey’s heart wherever they ended up together, as long as it r
Sep 16, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Mistral
Shelves: glbt-gay, romance
Two hot guys, incredible funny story, suspense, and.... FROGS!!!!

If you are like me an avid M/M (male/male) reader this writer is not an stranger for you. Yeah, it's an Amy Lane, so you must expect a perfect writing, funny characters, heartbreaking love story, so much angst you will want to bang your head in the wall ... NO WAIT! The last one NO!
I read Keeping Promise Rock (Promises, #1) by Amy Lane
Talker (Talker, #1) by Amy Lane& Talker's Redemption (Talker, #2) by Amy Lane
Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane
Super Sock Man by Amy Lane
Litha's Constant Whim by Amy Lane
and I think this one is the most romantic and less "tragic" of her stories (Also Super Sock man, but it's a short story)

So, I can't
Another sympathetic study of a young man struggling with mental illness. Amy Lane is carving out a niche with this type of story and she does it very well. Clear Water is less angsty than her other recent offering, A Solid Core Of Alpha, but its quirky and vulnerable lead character will definitely worm his way into your heart.

Patrick suffers from ADHD. He's trying to get his life back on track, has started taking his meds again and has re-enrolled in college. But neither his workaholic father no
Kaje Harper
Amy Lane has the most amazing ability to make me fall in love with her characters. This book was no exception; Patrick and Whiskey are wonderful men with their own quirks overlying the bedrock of their integrity. This book was written with a slightly lighter emotional touch than some others of Lane's. The events in here were certainly sufficiently dramatic to lend themselves to emotional angst, but Lane chose not to go there to her usual extent. The result is a fun, sweet, enormously readable bo ...more
Amy ♥
Oh Patrick! You might be one of my favorite book characters. Ever. I loved everything about him... his insecurities, his quirks, and his big heart.

Patrick has ADHD, so he’s a bit of a spaz, especially when he hasn’t taken his medication. So many people in his life have failed him... his mother who ran off with her personal trainer, his dad who cares more about work than his son, his previous boyfriends who have used him for sex and money. Patrick is so damaged and has such a low opinion of himse
2.5 Stars

Eh-hem. Okay. Here goes: I didn't really care for Clear Water.

There. I said it. I know. I can hear the gasps and curses now. I'm sorry. It wasn't a bad book. It just didn't blow my dress up.

Here’s what I liked:
- Despite – or maybe because of – their flaws, the characters were real; I liked that.
- The plight of the frogs – boo to polluters!!!
- Whiskey – great name for a compassionate guy with infinite patience.
- Fly Bait's friendship with Whiskey (including their ill-fated attempt at
Patrick and Whiskey they had nice chemistry. Both of them saved in a different way, Patrick from drowning and Whiskey from a monotonous life. Patrick was vibrant and fun and added some spice and turmoil to the lives of Whiskey and Fly Bait. A dynamo, whirlwind that flew into their lives causing mischief and havoc! His insecurities and self confidence issues slowly get better with medication, support and LOVE. The environmental research into the frogs deformities, from pollution was interesting. ...more
Wonderful...I really, really enjoyed this book! Patrick just broke my heart, so sweet, so vulnerable, and so damaged. The author’s descriptions of what when on in his head gave us real feel for why he felt he was broken. He was so desperate to be needed and wanted, he often allowed men to use him in a sexual nature. It was the closest thing to love that he so desperately desired. Near tragic circumstances brings him into the life and arms of Wesley Keenan, “Whiskey”. A smart, charismatic man tha ...more
Kade Boehme
I've never wished I was really rich. But if I COULD be really rich, I'd only wanna be really rich so I could pay Amy Lane a fat paycheck to tell me love stories all day every day (and so I could buy a damned conjoined-twin-american-bullfrog-anomaly! I'm now thoroughly obsessed with the idea).

Patrick was unbelievably awesome. I relate alot because... well I have adult ADHD. Which makes me really envious that he has Whiskey! Ah Whiskey. Thank goodness you showed our boy secks is not always "squick
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
5 Amazing Beautiful and Funny Stars. Patrick is a Spaz and I loved everything about him. And OMG what can I say about Whiskey the man has heart depth patience and love Soo much love! The way he was with Patrick always caring showing and just being there was brilliant. Fly bait her attitude her mouth perfect mix with these characters. The story and how it came together just flowed I loved it, I love Amy Lane and want more more more!

This is an Amy Lane book.


I couldn’t finish it.


I don’t know what’s wrong with me.



I tried, really I did. I read 170 pages of 214. But there was a moment in which I had to stop for my sanity.


It didn’t help that Whiskey description reminded of an auburn Bisbal. This book is not adequate to sing Bulería.


So bad…

Nichole (Dirty H)
I got through about 1/3 of this before deciding I was done. Not just with the book, but with Amy Lane.

This book isn't bad, per se, and I'm clearly in the minority here. Most of my friends gave this book 4 or 5 stars. But I'm just exhausted by Amy Lane's writing style. I have enjoyed books by her in the past, but it's been awhile. It's like rather than creating well-rounded, enjoyable characters, Amy creates two-dimensional characters and then spends the book banging a hammer on the reader's head
Wonderful, wonderful love story! I could not have loved Whiskey and Patrick more than I did by the end of this book. Patrick, so battered and innocent and Whiskey so protective and strong. They were absolutely perfect for each another. And the fact that the relationship took time to progress instead of the two of them falling into the dreaded M/M romance insta-love was a huge bonus! It made their first love scene incredibly dramatic and beautiful and so stinkin' HOT!!!!

Thank you to my lovely GR
Oct 06, 2014 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Eva
Shelves: m-m, audiobook
4.5 stars
Angela Bee Bee
amazon-->Clear Water

As a botanist with a water quality background, I'd be pretty turned on by a PhD herpetologist with enough savy and influence to get a grant from Fish & Game to do his own water quality sampling, and knows how to use a probe!

Geeky thoughts here: The study itself was fairly accurate and realistic. I've worked on similar projects and things can get tense when your sampling upstream and downstream of a large business. I've never heard of probes that transmit data by teleme

This was such a lovely, tender and funny love story. As a couple Whiskey and Patrick were really sweet together, and I was sooo happy that Patrick's father Shawn finally removed his head from his backside as far as his son was concerned and accepted Patrick for what he was, and not what he thought he should be. 'Fly Bait' was a great character, obnoxious at the best of times, but Patrick grew on her, and she got quite sentimental about him at the end. Of course, as everyone who has read the book
I really enjoyed this book. It was completely zany, but in a way that I thought was fun and creative.

I felt awful for poor Patrick, who's been conditioned by his father's negligence and his ex-boyfriends' abuse into thinking he's a fuckup, when he's really anything but.

I loved that Whiskey (Wesley) saw Patrick for who he was all along. He was able to be both a hero and an equalizer to Patrick, which is difficult to accomplish without the character coming off as a condescending prick. I persona
MsMiz (Tina)
I am SO in love with Whiskey, Patrick and Fly Bait. Amy, you can rock the socks off a blank piece of paper lady. This story was fantastic - I really do not have enough words for how much I loved these 2. Every one needs Whiskey in their lives.

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“He just cleaned the bathroom.”
“I’ve been sending samples into the lab when I got bored. They are as of yet unidentified. It never occurred to me to clean the damned thing."
Whiskey sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose. “I know, I know, I know—you don’t want to get blood all over it now that it’s clean.”
“It doesn’t matter anyway!” Patrick couldn’t sit down. He couldn’t. “It’s not like sex is anything to shout about! It’s icky, and the guy never wants to wear a condom, and I have to give a frickin’ health and safety lesson every time I give a blow job because they think I’m stupid, and I know you can get shit from giving head, and I’m not putting that thing in my mouth unless I get a written fucking guarantee that it’s not going to drop off or explode or give me some life-threatening disease or mutant antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea!” 10 likes
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