Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish
Series: Fish Out of Water 02
Author: Amy Lane
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Novel (330 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 4, 2017)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: 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 time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.
Review: Jackson survived being shot by a mad man, but it would seem that there is still one out to get him. He was living with Ellery but always seemed to have one foot out the door. They had been searching for the serial killer and it was going in so many directions. People were ending up dead and someone was using his house. He just couldn’t seem to get a break. Here is a guy looking for a way out, always saying that living with Ellery was temporary and acting like an ass most of the time. However he has met his match.
Ellery knows Jackson like the back of his hand. He loves the man and is willing to wait. He is also as stubborn as Jackson is. He just needed to find the man responsible for coming for them. The man who wants Jackson and will kill anyone near him to get him, that is the man Ellery wants to go down. These two are as different as night and day, but it seems to work in their way.
It leads us into what is going to happen next. The characters are definitely not cheerful and fun, but they are good together. Although Jackson definitely doesn’t see himself that way. He is about as cuddly as his demon cat, so to speak. It is a very long drawn out story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is definitely one of those stories that will have you guessing. It is an energy packed story. However there were also a lot of things that I saw or heard that doesn’t work right for the story. For one there was why a defense firm would waste so many resources and time on a case that would not get them ahead. Here they have a man who does the investigating for them only to turn around and defend them, just seems a bit off. It does have some great secondary characters that make the story rock even more.
I was and still am not a big fan of these stories. I am not saying that they are not absolutely wonderful stories, but one has to be in the mindset with them. It was such a long book and it lost my attention in some parts. I tend to read series that don’t focus on only one couple. They seem to loose something the longer they go on with the same main couple, but this author makes it turn out pretty good. Although this is just book two, so we will see how the next books work for them. The plot is complex and sometimes a bit hard to follow. There is also quite a bit of action, suspense, danger and some hot sexy times in them.
I can’t see myself reading this story more than once and I hate to say it the first book didn’t stick with me, so I went into this book blind. Most say to read them in order, but I didn’t have any problems with this book. Overall this book was very good and the characters were pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend it.