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Clear Water

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,667 Ratings  ·  503 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
Kindle Edition, 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 boyfr
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
If I had one word to describe this book it would be quirky!

With names like Trix....Whiskey....and Fly Bait....things were often just...weird!

But good weird. Make me laugh weird. Make me smile weird.

I felt so bad for Patrick.....poor guy was just trying to get his life back on track! He was so beat down! I just wanted to give him a hug.

I loved the slow development of Patrick and Whiskey's relationship.

I loved the friendship between Whiskey and Fly Bait....and eventually Fly Bait and Patrick.

Reread 1/22/16

4 stars I think. I didn't love it quite as much as the first go round. No huge issues, just a couple things.

1. There was a lot of rambling.

2. While I loved the narrators voice, I wish there was more intonation and more of a variety of voices for the characters.

Still hot, still sweet. Still love Whiskey & Patrick.


The awesomeness that is the audio version of Clear Water:

Loving, sweet romance that gives good, squishy feels.
Sep 11, 2011 T.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 book and I'll be reading more and more of Amy's books in the future!
Monique ~ Sinfully
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
Mar 31, 2015 .Lili. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book-

It hit a happy note for me. Patrick and Whiskey have become two of my favorite narrators. This story gave me so many feels. I felt it all, and because I can't write a review that will do it justice I'll leave you with some images of how this book made me feel.

and by the end:

Amy Lane:

I highly recommend this one. 5 Stars and going on my Best of 2015.

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Mar 18, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
"He's lost." Whiskey shrugged. "I found him. If he wanders off, he wanders off, but in the meantime, we can afford to feed him."

“Don't worry about being good enough, Patrick. Just worry about being happy. Whoever makes you happy, that's who's good enough for you.”

Well this was adorable. Patrick actually hurt my heart at times. The adult ADHD insight was really interesting and I adored Whiskey for how he was with Patrick when everyone else just hurt him.

The romance between them both is a slow bu
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
Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠

Read this one with my favourite and you can read about how Amy Lane managed to tame his feral side over here.

As someone who spent a portion of their late teens/early twenties being a monumental fuck up and who nearly lost everything because of it, reading a book where one of the main characters saw himself the same way could have resulted in me curling up in the corner and rocking because it hit too close to home.

But that never happened. Because for the short time I spent reading this, Amy Lan
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
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'
Oct 06, 2014 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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 gentle
I am hugging my Nook as I write this. How the hell did I not read this before? How the hell was there no angst in an Amy Lane book?

I will keep this short.

I loved Patrick, even when he didn't think highly of himself. He wasn't a fuck up and he had nothing to be sorry for. Patrick was strong and that strength included his LBP's. He had the strength to know that he hated taken them but recognized the meds made him clearer and made him able to do the thing he needed to get his shit sorted. It take
Cristina T.
Jun 20, 2015 Cristina T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Amy Lane book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a perfect pick-me-up, low on the angst, funny and sugary sweet book.

Patrick suffers from ADHD, which has led to people underestimating him, including his dad and his scumbag ex-boyfriends. He might be a spaz at times, but Patrick is very smart, and his dream is to become a yoga teacher. He's quirky and adorable.

Whiskey obviously has the coolest nickname ever. He's doing research on frogs with anomalies. He saves Patrick and helps
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
Sep 16, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Kade Boehme
Mar 13, 2012 Kade Boehme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
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
Thank you Sandi for picking this for me! I really enjoyed it a lot. It was just a great love story and very educational! I do feel like it was a little long, and I say that because I read this all day, but really I wasn't bored I just wanted the good stuff at the end that I knew was coming. Chances are deserved and I loved that everyone got to have first or second or even third chances. Hope. Pretty. Happy.



My Sweet Sandi's pick for our Snowman challenge. Cory is lending me a hand.
Sep 14, 2011 Vio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, 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
3 Stars

Sweet and kooky, this was a really different type of read for me - I mean that in a good way.

The characters were wholly original and the dialogue was erratic and caustic, making it all the more real, and often hilarious.
Nov 18, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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!

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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.”
“Whiskey was still looking some place past Patrick’s shoulder, and suddenly his brown eyes met
Patrick’s with a sort of inscrutable intensity. “Patrick, this isn’t over, okay? You and me? You want to
stay here, you want to keep sleeping in my bed, that’s fine. I like you there. You’re warm and you’re kind,
and it’s comfortable, having you there. But I’m going to want you, and you’re going to want me, and if you
don’t want to follow through on that, that’s fine too. But you’ll need to decide which way you want it, and
you need to make it clear when you make your decision. I’m, like, twelve years older than you, and I don’t
sleep around. I’m not going to hit on you just because you’re cute and you’re here. I need to know it’s
something you want, and it’s something you need, and you’re not just doing it because you think you need
to put out because I’m being human to you. You don’t. All you need to do is be human back.”
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