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Fish Out of Water

(Fish Out of Water #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Listening Length: 9 hours and 20 minutes

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
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Published October 10th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published July 29th 2016)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
If you follow me on Goodreads at all, you know that I love Amy Lane's work. Amy Lane is a goddess. I even wrote an ode to Amy Lane in my review of Shiny!

So I say this with a heavy heart, people. This book didn't really work for me.

I don't like mysteries, and this book is a mystery. It's 80 percent mystery, maybe 20 percent romance.

And the romance isn't sweet. It's not angsty exactly, but it's gritty and rough around the edges. The MCs don't get together until the halfway mark, and even then it's
Audio – 5 stars!! Of course! It’s Greg T. after all!!!
Story – 4.5 stars

I’m floored by how much I loved this book, because I’m not a fan of fast relationships and storylines with short time frames. But I guess there’s always an exception and this story proved to be it.

To be fair, Ellery and Jackson have been acquainted for six years, and Ellery has been crushing on Jackson that entire time. So, when Ellery has the chance to get his hands on bad boy Jackson, why the hell not go for it??!! And he d
4.5 Stars

Fish Out of Water may just be my favourite Amy Lane story to date.

That’s a pretty big deal, guys! See, over the years I’ve had a bit of an odd relationship with Lane’s books. I’ve often felt detached from her characters and their stories, and sometimes I’ve even felt a personal disconnect between myself and her writing style. Sure, there have been a few that I’ve generally enjoyed and positively rated, and there have certainly been none that I’ve downright hated, but I’ve never read on
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing to add to my original review, but I loved it even more the second time around, so I decided to round my rating up this time! 😊

***4.5 stars*** and my crush on Greg Tremblay grows stronger and stronger!

But I also have a new crush on Jackson and Ellery...

I saw that Fish Out Of Water got pretty mixed reactions. Some people were not thrilled with this book because it is apparently a bit different from Amy Lane's other works. Well, this was the second
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Fish Out of Water is definitely a change in the fluffy and sweet Amy Lane books that I have read in the past. This one is certainly grittier.

Jackson Rivers has been watching Ellery Cramers for a long time. As Private Investigator for a criminal defense firm, Jackson has watched the attorney destroy witnesses on the stand. When Jackson needs help for a family crisis, he wants Ellery on the case.

I adored both Jackson and Ellery and even though Jackson doesn’t think he is worth it, Ellery is there
Ok, I am officially ready for book 2!!

------Original Review: 4 Jul 2016--------
Amy Lane does a mystery! And though this isn't my favorite Amy Lane to date, I did rather like it. Does the mystery overtake the romance? Yes, it does, so if you prefer your romance to be in the front seat, you probably won't enjoy this one as much as some of her others. The romance between the MC's is different than Amy Lane's usual fair. It's done in the middle of the action and is less sweet - overall - than some o
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I am a huge fan of Amy Lane's "Johnnies" series and "Beneath The Stain". You know what I am also a big fan of ?? Mystery and suspense ! So I knew I had to read this series. I was a bit apprehensive though, because so many of the reviews said, that the romance factor was pretty low. Since I like mystery/suspense so much, I don't need a whole lotta romance to keep me happy...but I do need some !!

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Thankfully ... I got plenty to keep me very very happy ! I actually thought Jackson and Ellery were qui
I liked it but didn’t fully enjoyed it.
Jackson is a former cop who had been shot while trying to pin his dirty partner. Now a PI in a law firm, he asks for the help of Ellery, one of the lawyer, to defend his best friend who has just been accused of killing a cop, not an easy fate, especially if you're black and from a poor part of the town.
Opposites attract each other and Jackson, rough around the edge from his shitty childhood, his
What didn’t work for me was the immediate…insta-love (no, the
While my original review of this book is the same. I'm adding my review of the audio version here as well. It'll be here below the book review.

4.5 stars rounded up because it was closer to 5 than 4 for me so rounding down was so not happening.

Ok for starters, with this one I need you to forget everything you thought you knew about this author...just chuck it out the window. Before reading 'Fish Out of Water' my book count for Amy Lane was 29 stories/novellas/books...whatever. So while I'm by no
Right you are. For reasons known only to GR, Amazon and Line's brain (okay it became quite a comprehensive list) this book was not marked as 'read' and my highlights were gone from GR.
So that of course meant I had to read it again #sorrynotsorry #notcryingariver #thiswasagooddecision

Ellery and jackson are amazing MCs and Amy Lane has spun a pretty solid mystery.
My biggest niggle was the not-finished story and that they had 'known' each other/worked together for 6 years but never really talked.
I've given this an A+ for narration (duh!) and an A- for content at AudioGals.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my reviews that I will listen to Greg Tremblay read just about anything. When, a few weeks back, I saw a new release with his name on the cover – Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane – I was keen to review it, but then saw it was the second book to feature jaded ex-cop-turned-P.I. Jackson Rivers and hot-shot defence attorney Ellery Cramer… so I had to find book one,
~ 4.5 stars ~

I really liked this book! Vey intriguing, fast-paced mystery; I laughed more than I thought I would, given the things the MCs had to deal with; the characters were great and the narration of the audio book was perfect.

I'm definitely going to read the next book!
BWT (Belen)
3.5 Stars

It became obvious by the end of the story that this is the start of a new series, mainly because the cliffhanger ending leaves the reader in suspense of several dangling threads in the storyline.

I'll admit Fish Out of Water started off very rocky for me, first because Jackson is unabashedly bisexual (not the part that threw me, I really liked this aspect of the story), a bit of a manwhore, and there is on page, descriptive sex with a woman very early on in the story (this was the part t
I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book. There were many contradicting reviews, and I didn't know what to expect. I really liked this story. My 45 highlights prove that! LOL I wondered about the name of the book "Fish Out Of Water" and who it was meant to represent. First, I thought that it was Ellery but maybe it was both. Ellery is that rich nerd kid who nobody liked at school and who never felt accepted, and when he starts a relationship with Jackson he first does not know how the ...more
Jenni Lea
Five stars for the narration. Three stars for the story.

This is a case where the narrator made all the difference in my enjoyment of the story.
3.75 stars. Fish Out of Water is driven by a set of suspenseful murder mysteries - the present-day murder of a dirty cop, supposedly by Jackson's best friend Kaden, and the mystery from 8 years ago involving the murder of Jackson's partner, another dirty cop. Jackson's childhood dream was to become a cop who made a difference, but after wearing a wire to get evidence against his partner, he is shot and seriously wounded and leaves the police department, becoming a PI.

Jackson, Kaden and his wife
You know when you just don't have any idea how you feel about a book? Yeah, that's my FISH OUT OF WATER experience. So many excitement elements -- corruption! tragic backstory! crushing on your frenemy! reluctant relationship! -- but like.. I don't know? Did I ever like any of it?

This was my first experience with reading Lane's writing and at times it was sharp, snappy, and other times I had no clue what was going on. I get that the new thing is to now slowly reveal backstory or previously estab
My first Amy Lane read sadly did not work. :(

Its a convoluted mystery that took the majority of the book. Making out the connection of what transpired 8 years ago to the present murder just didn't do me. It was a bit boring.

Solving the case. Was tedious. I was expecting Ellery to show off his lawyer skills in the court. I was expecting Jackson to show how good his investigation skills.. Anything just to hype things up! But, oh well.

At least there's humor in writing.
And Jackson & Ellery's rom
Nazanin ex-Profile
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm definitely hooked. I love Elerry and Jackson together. They have this no-nonsense way of communicating about everything that felt refreshing. I can't wait to see how their relationship develops.
The mystery side of the story was frustrating in the beginning because of how much the odds were against them but thankfully there's light at the end of this whole mess. It's not over though and I'm going to start book #2 right away.
Kaje Harper
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intense, m-m, mystery
Angsty code red Amy Lane - Jackson is a man who is deeply broken inside. His fears, losses, and empty spaces are hidden by stunning looks and a tendency to be kind to, and sleep with, women and men who can share an hour or a night of comfort. But only casually and occasionally each, other than his friend Jade who is his first lover and now his go-to for the times when he needs not to be alone. Jackson grew up with Jade and her brother Kaden, hiding out from his own neglectful mother at their hou ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 200-300, borrowed, hoopla
Nope, didn't like this. The writing was not for me. The story way too dramatic and implausible. Talk about over the top histrionics!!! I won't be contuing the series.
Audiobook review

You might know this about me (or not) but I’m not really a fan of Amy Lane's. She’s written a couple of good books, but for the most part I don’t really like them. They mostly end up on the okay scale and are books that I could really do without. But I picked this book up – I’m a sucker for mysteries and romantic suspense and just couldn’t resist. So colour me very surprised the first time I picked up Fish Out of Water and not only liked it but I loved it. Maybe even worshipped
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Fish Out of Water is the very first mystery penned by Amy Lane, a living legend of the M/M romance genre. Lane usually writes contemporary romance with the occasional forays into PNR, but her desire to branch out further was met with a lot of well deserved enthusiasm. As with everything else she does, Lane runs this story smoothly with seemingly no effort at all, her experience as a writer shining through despite her relative inexperience with mysteries themselves.

Amy Lane is known for her full
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, own, contemporary
Kinda, almost there.

Maybe my expectations for this book were too high. I'd been wanting to read it for a long time. I loved the cover, I liked the premise since it reminded me a bit of the Cut and Run series. But........

Something just didn't work for me. The police/crime procedural to relationship balance was off. Too much thinking, and talking about their past and their relationship status got in the way of the actual plot. Less info dump, more action.

I liked it, but I wanted more from this. I
Rachel Emily
WOW! Just WOW! Everything about this story was top quality excellence - the characters, the grittiness of it, how it doesn't shy away from conflicts between races and clean cops and dirty cops, Jackson and Ellery and how crazysexyhot they were in their snark and chemistry, the AMAZING narration from the superb Greg Tremblay.

Every minute was just perfection. Excellence. One of my favorite things I think I have read from this author, who I already love and admire and bow before.

Greg is just the p
~nikki the recovering book addict
DNF @ 76%

I...uh....did not expect this to happen. I mean, I’ve been seeing rave reviews about this book for the last few days, although it’s not a new book, just somehow it’s resurfaced on my feed.

I did see one 1 star review on Amazon *just* before I 1-clicked this and thought well, that’s probably one in a million. I actually almost threw in the towel by the time I got to chapter 2. I probably should have finished reading the sample before I bought it but even the prologue was already giving m
Audio 5 stars: the narrator was fantastic. I am not a fan of audiobooks but this one kept me entertained from start to finish.

The story itself 3.5 stars: Jackson, a former cop now PI for a large attorney firm, must enlist one of the best attorneys in the firm to help get his best friend Kaden off the hook for murder. Not just for any murder but for the murder of a rookie cop. The problem is Kaden has no recollection of what happened and believes he is being framed. Jackson enlist Ellery Kramer
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I’ve been a fan of Amy Lane’s books for quite some time so I didn’t really think twice about starting this new series. I enjoy her ability to create quirky characters and make them fall in love and I still believe that she possesses that unique ability.

FISH OUT OF WATER is the first book in this new series. It’s a little more “hardcore” than some of her other books have been like. When you bring a private investigator and an attorney together, that is usually going to be the case. However, I d
Sanaa Z.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.

I enjoyed Fish Out of Water more than I thought I would! I could've done with more romance so I'm hoping there's some in the other two books. But it's not a bad way to finish my reading challange.

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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u ...more

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“Now go bring back someone’s head on the front of your Lexus for Mommy, okay?"

Ellery's mother to him”
“Kaden gave another one of those unexpected barks of humor. “Yeah. And I’m telling you, my sister is a shameless, shameless woman, and she swears by the guy in bed. If you ever feel like taking that stick out of your ass, you may want to rethink your stand on him. I understand he’s like a religious experience.” 1 likes
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