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Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2)

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They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.

Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.

Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s
ebook, 330 pages
Published August 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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After I finished "Fish Out of Water", I had to jump right into this one. Just to be clear, these books can not be read as a stand alone ;)

I really loved book 1. I fell in love with Jackson and Ellery, and the suspence had me on the edge of my seat. This one though, blew book one, out of the park for me !!

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Now this is a romantic suspence, so be sure you like mystery/suspence, before starting this series, because it plays a very big part of the story.

Jackson and Ellery are still together and Jackso
I recall reading some months ago, maybe it was on Twitter or maybe it was on Facebook, but Amy Lane, rather gleefully, mentioned that she was torturing Jackson and Ellery again. And boy does she! I swear, Jackson must have nine lives like his beat-up cat, Billy Bob, because I'm amazed he lived through all that!

Red Fish, Dead Fish is a continuation of the story that began with Fish Out of Water. In my opinion, Red Fish, Dead Fish doesn't really stand alone. The story is romantic-suspense (heavy o
***4.5 Stars***

I lost count on how many times Jackson broke my heart this time. The momma bear in me was in full bubble-wrap-up-mode, but thank heavens Ellery took over and showed Jackson that he will take care of him. Always. Loved this to bits and I can't wait for the next book! ❤
⚣❣☙ Cocky™ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
4.5 Stars

I really, really want to read this, but I also want to hold out for the audiobook version...

I held out for the audio and it was soooooo worth the wait.

I'm having to type this up using my crappy, ancient, slow laptop because my keyboard might have had an accident wherein it collided with a glass of Kool Aid and couldn't be, forgive horrible formatting, grammar, spelling and whatnot because I can't be bothered to fix it right now.

Once again I found myself having to remember tha
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

Please note that there will be spoilers for Fish Out of Water in this review.

Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Waterwas a fabulous listen; an exciting, fast-paced suspense story, interwoven with a steamy, opposites-attract romance laced with plenty of snark and quieter moments of emotional insight and intensity. Needless to say, Greg Tremblay hit the narration out of the park, so I eagerly jumped into the sequel, Red Fish, Dead Fish, wh
Jenni Lea

Greg Tremblay did such a fantastic job of narrating the first book in this series that, even though I only liked it, I immediately purchased the audio for this once I was done.

I liked this story waaaaay better.
What can I say...when it works, it works...

I considered trying to write a whole new review for this book but honestly I couldn't think of anything to say that was truly different or better than my original review for 'Red Fish, Dead Fish' other than to say that once again Greg Tremblay did a totally fabulous job of narrating this book giving Jackson and Ellery even more depth and character and making me love this couple even more.

'Red Fish, Dead Fish' is the second book in Amy Lane's 'Fish Ou
Red Fish, Dead Fish is the second book in the series and I would suggest reading Fish Out of Water first to get more of Jackson's background and the case that brought he and Ellery together, which continues here.

Ellery and Jackson are picking up the pieces of their lives after the events of the first book and are now living together in Ellery's place while Jackson is recovering from his injuries and his townhouse is being fixed up after it got shot up to hell in the last book. Well, maybe "livin
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars but rounded up, 'cause Billy Bob. Jackson and Ellery are back, and so is Billy Bob. Because that beat up cat, is my very favorite character. Picking up a few weeks after book 1, Jackson, still recovering from his gunshot wound, is on the trail of Tim Owens, who escaped in book 1. He and Ellery have realized Owens is also an escalating serial killer. I highly recommend reading Fish Out of Water before tackling this. You’ll be pretty lost without the details and Jackson’s history. There ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-crime, mm
What a great second book - Ellery & Jackson are awesome together. They compliment each other and show strength when the other is struggling or vulnerable. Poor Jackson really cops it - constantly, how much danger and injury can a person withstand ??? I love his never say die attitude but he really needs Ellery to calm his thoughts and actions. This storyline continues with the deep corruption in the police force, council and now the higher ups in the military. Can't wait for the next book to ...more
4 Stars
Red Fish, Dead Fish is book two in Amy Lane's "Fish Out of Water" series, published by Dreamspinner press. This book is NOT a standalone, a reader would be totally lost if they attempt to read this story without reading, Fish Out of Water . In this story we are back with Jackson and Ellery as they navigate their relationship, avoiding being murdered, tracking a killer, and dealing with Jackson's emotional hangups. Jackson has had a very difficult life. Where some kids got birthday parti
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes opposites really do attract...

'Red Fish, Dead Fish' is the second book in Amy Lane's 'Fish Out of Water' series and like the first one I was gobsmacked. I loved this book. It was more complex, grittier and the sexy times...well they were sexy and sadly Jackson did not come out of things unscathed.

There's a serial killer on the loose and he's got a specific target in mind...and it's Jackson. He's going after anyone he can who's connected to him, but Jackson's surrounded by a strong g
Kaje Harper
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**** Read the short stories at the end of the book first ****

** This novel begins a few months after the end of Fish Out of Water - a time frame in which four short stories included at the end of the book have happened. If you like reading in order, as I do, check the TOC for "Accompanying Stories" - after the last chapter "New Currents to Explore." They are not essential to understanding the novel, but one scene in particular will be a lot clearer for having read them. And they're fun, with a b
BWT (Belen)

I felt like Red Fish, Dead Fish was a really strong sophomore installment to the Fish Out of Water series.

There's a solid mystery element, suspense in trying to figure out serial killer Owens' next move, some pretty hairy situations Jackson stupidly puts himself in, and even a bit of suspense in just how far Ellery is willing to go for Jackson and their relationship. Spoiler: He's willing to go all the way.

I loved the way Ellery handles Jackson. Their relationship is so much better this time ar
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Inspired by JD Robb and other legends of romantic suspense, the very versatile Amy Lane decided to pen her very own series of romance and action, with a pair of competent, resourceful and deeply damaged protagonists at its center. The deeply damaged, in this case, applies to one half of the couple – Jackson Rivers – the former policeman who was, years ago, betrayed and abandoned by his department, his colleagues, and everyone else that was supposed to protect him.

We first met Jackson and Ellery
Liz (Bugetta)
I really enjoyed this. I grabbed me from page one (or I should say minute one, since I listened to the audio version). I really like the MCs and Amy Lane's grittier mystery focused storytelling really works for me. There was a bit more focus on the romance than in the first book, mainly Jackson working on accepting that he could love someone and be loved by someone and I thought it was done so well. I also thought the mystery was compelling and creepy. My only complaint is that there were appare ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to I~❤️~Books by: Wendy
5 Stars ... I loved this series!
Man, I am starting to love Amy Lane more and more. I'm so happy I gave this author a chance. All I'd heard before reading her books was that she wrote a LOT of angst, like that was her thing. And while that's true, she does it soooo well.

Ellery rubbed Jackson’s pouty bottom lip with his thumb. “I am insecure because you are….” He laughed, embarrassed. “Really hot.”

Jackson ducked his head. “So are you!”


“Tough. I love you. I’ve never loved another man like I love you. This thing that just happ
Becca Waldrop
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear heaven this book put me through the wringer. The crap Jackson and Ellery had to deal with...... Jackson was right. They need some peace. But what a book. What a series. And 'Lucy Satan'. Lmao! I had forgotten that from book 1. I so want a book 3, which i think the are is, but poor Jackson needs a break.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Amy Lane exceeded all my expectations with this series. She’s known for sweet romance and is also the queen of angst. Her humor is fantastic and she’s one of the best storytellers ever. But until this series, she’s not done the action, suspense, and chilling drama that she’s done here. This story, like the first one in the series, was highly complex, horror-filled at times, riveting, emo
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A near perfect followup to a near perfect book. The more I read Amy Lane, the deeper I fall for the people she creates on the page.

If you're looking for a series akin to Abigail Roux's Cut & Run or Edin Winters Deception, then look no further. There's a hot, emotionally wounded guy. A hot, uptight lawyer. The lawyers force of nature mother. A three legged cat. Oh, and enough car "accidents" to cancel anybody's insurance.

There's intrigue, dead bodies galore, a psychopath with questionable h
Holy crap! I thought Jackson had it tough in the first book. Ha! I guess it could get worse because it sure as hell did in this book. Again, they're still working on the same case involved in the first book but this time they're all the way together...kind of. Jackson is such a stubborn ass and Ellery is understandably losing his mind in this one. We get a lot more emotions in this one but the crime still plays a major part of the story. We have a lot of the same characters and a few added ones ...more
Joyfully Jay
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay, veronica
Updated for audio review:
Read Veronica’s review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Red Fish, Dead Fish is a great follow up to Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Water. It takes place a couple of months after that book ends and picks up in the aftermath of that case with the men trying to track down Owens. In some ways the guys are solid in their relationship; it is clear that they both care for each other very much. But Jackson is still having trouble emotionally fully committing, especi

I decided I'm going to wait until I know when the next book in this series is coming out, before cracking this one open. THEN I'll be pouncing on this ❤❤❤ (after I DM/message with Amy this week)!! Since this one will probably end on a semi-cliffhanger too, I want to at least see the 3rd book on the horizon ... That and I don't want to finish this book yet :-). I absolutely ADORED the first book [ALL the stars ❤] and I am not in a hurry to get to the end. Thankf
~ 4.5 stars ~


If you are like me and kinda OCD when it comes to the right chronological order of books in a series, my advice is to start this book at the back. There are 4 short stories added after the end of Red Fish, Dead Fish that happened between Fish Out of Water and this book. If you are listening to the audiobook, the short stories start at chapter 21.
Oh Jackson. Poor, poor Jackson. Ellery you have the patience of a saint. Jackson has has such a rough past and a lot of it comes to a head in this book, but it also gives him the most chance for growth in his relationship with Ellery. I like these two and their determination to figure out what caused all the trouble and not take the easy answer when it's presented. These stories are by no means light and fluffy. There's definitely a darker side at play here and it makes me really hope for more o ...more
4.5 stars

Hell of a frenetic, seat-of-your-pants, roller coaster ride. Angst level nearly pegged into the over-the-top range. Too many characters to track. Great story and world building, fabulous love story, incredible supporting characters. Looking forward to the next one.
Nice to be back with the boys. Jackson must be the most unluckiest man going. He always seems to be where the trouble is and ends up in hospital. One day his 9 lives are going to run out.
By the way the book ended, I guess we might be gearing up for a third book in the series.
I also think its odd how the law firm allow Ellery and Jackson to go off on their own investigations, I know its good PR but still.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That was fun ! Not really fun for poor Jackson but entertaining for the readers! Much more angsty than the first book but I love the characters and Ellery's mom is my hero she is so matter of Fact !! Im waiting for the third book !!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t find this book as gripping as the first in the series, but I’ve been in a serious book funk lately and that could be why I felt like that.
I loved being back with Ellery and Jackson and hope to see more from them in the future.
Amy Lane seems to write characters that you can’t help but love. Even Lucy Satan.
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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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