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Before I get to my summary I have a few things to say - First, if you haven't read the first one - "Fish out of Water" - do yourself a favor and read it. It's AWESOME. Action packed, full of angst with a stray cat who doesn't know how to be domesticated (and I'm not talking about Billy Bob the ACTUAL cat). It's funny, it's endearing, it's sad and very dangerous to too many of our favorite characters. It's also quite necessary if you want to understand half of what's happening in this one..
But that's not the only "warning" I'm about to issue.. You see, I didn't know what I'm about to reveal to you.. there are actually 4 short stories which takes place between this book and the previous one. They were posted in blogs before Amy started writing this one. Two out of the four are of Sonny and Ace, characters from the novel "Racing For the Sun" (which I'll be delving into RIGHT NOW). So when you grab your book, go into the table of contents and jump into "Accompanying Stories" before you go back to the beginning. It won't give you the WHOLE picture, after reading them I realize there is MUCH more to be revealed either in the next novel or / and in their own book, but it can help out when these two are mentioned.
Back to my review! We left off the previous book with Kaden a free man (after being accused of murder) and Owen (the real killer) on the loose. No one cares about Owen, it was enough for the police the guy they DID catch. So it's up to Jackson and Ellery to find Owen before he can kill more innocent men and women. Owen feels a strange connection to Jackson so he decides to catch his attention by killing two people from his past. That's a mind-fuck Jackson CLEARLY doesn't need, but in the end it's what helps him catch Owen even if he pays dearly for it along the way.
It's nice to say that though the police isn't overly helpful, there are decent police officers who help them out as best as they can. I think it's a turning point for Jackson, seeing the police at his side, believing in him even if it takes time. He had enough of corrupt cops and I'm happy that it's not a theme that continues throughout the series, and we are moving into a different field in the next one (through "the guy that got away this time" which is hopefully not saying enough ;) the ending is pretty clear on who the next target is going to be and he seems a LOT more dangerous than what they dealt with before).
I loved seeing Jackson and Ellery truly building a relationship together. It's clear to Ellery that's what he wants and he works hard to keep Jackson, make sure he understand he isn't running away or throwing him to the side, but also not pressuring too much not to scare him. Jackson on the other hand is battling his emotions toward Ellery. He isn't sure what he has to offer in this relationship and he feels like running whenever a hardship occurs even if deep down inside all he wants is to have Ellery at his side. It was somehow heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
I loved getting more of Jade and Mike but also Ellery's mother. I hope we'll get more of our regular cops, especially Sean. I'm really happy with how this series is turning out to be. If I had a clear day I KNOW I would have read this one in one gulp. Hope we won't have to wait too long for the next one :)
So you get it - I LOVE this new series, and I can't wait for more, but first, I'm going to get acquainted with Ace and Sonny (from "Racing For the Sun")!
Tags: Romantic Suspense (MM)
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Red Fish, Dead Fish is Book 2 in Amy Lane's Fish Out of Water series. This book is a continuation of the story and the MC's introduced in the first book, so I absolutely believe you need to read these in the appropriate order! The first book, Fish Out of Water, introduced us to Jackson and Ellery. This was no easy, quick overnight, happily ever after story. In fact, there was never an I love you in the first book. Jackson is a self-proclaimed tom cat, and thinks he can't be tamed. Of course, Ellery proved differently when he had Jackson's tom cat Billy Bob neutered. Tom cats can become loving lap cats with persistence and Ellery certainly has plenty of that. Ellery knows Jackson, he knows how his mind works and has to be a step or two ahead of him to keep their relationship going. Though no I love you's have been said, only a man in love would work as hard as Ellery does to keep Jackson from bolting at the smallest provocation. And though Jackson claims to be a tom cat, since being with Ellery, he's stopped sleeping with anyone who offers.
As shown in the first book, Jackson and Ellery (and Jade) are an amazing team, and are able to take all the clues and put them together. Unfortunately, they've put these clues together on serial killer Tim Owens and the police and DA aren't listening, leaving Jackson and Ellery to hunt down a serial killer. They are running down leads and working cases, but then people Jackson cares about are targeted, upping the pace of the case. And if you read Fish Out of Water, you'll know Jackson is also like a cat in having nine lives, though that number is running out as he survives everything he goes through. Jackson faces new personal struggles in this story, and Ellery, doing what he does best, continues to hold Jackson up, support him, keep him going, and loving him unconditionally. Even at the toughest moments, Ellery continues to prove to Jackson that he can be counted on, something Jackson desperately needs outside of his self-made family.
The hunt for the serial killer is not easy, and there are a lot of disturbing pieces that go with it, including drug use and rape. These are difficult topics for any book, but I think the author does a great job of not letting this be an overwhelming, heavy topic in this story. You know it's there, but for the most part, you aren't reading about the rape and killing.
As much as I love the main characters in this story, there are also a lot of strong secondary characters that I love. Jackson's self made family of Mike, Jake, Kaden and his family is always going to be a huge part of Jackson's life and they bring so much to the story. We continue to see more of Jackson's childhood which sucked until Jade and Kaden's mom brought him into their family. And I absolutely love Ellery's mom, Lucy Satan. She is a snob, wealthy, pure lawyer but man, she is just fantastic! Despite her being all business, she absolutely loves Ellery, Jackson and even Jackson's family. She is a great support to all of them!
This is a fast paced story! Once I started reading, I did not want to put the book down! I highly, highly, highly recommend you read this series! The author does such a fantastic job with this story. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!
Rating: 5 stars!!!
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Oh, how I love my boys Jackson and Ellery!
So we basically join the story where the previous one left off, so I wouldn't consider this a standalone...Read more
Book: Red Fish, Dead Fish
Series: Fish Out of Water Bk #2
Author: Amy...Read more