Release Day Review: Fish on a Bicycle (Fish Out of Water #5) by Amy Lane


Title: Fish on a Bicycle
Series: Fish Out of Water: Book Five
Author: Amy Lane
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Category: Romantic Suspense

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Jackson Rivers has always bucked the rules—and bucking the rules of recovery is no exception. Now that he and Ellery are starting their own law firm, there’s no reason he can’t rush into trouble and take the same risks as always, right?

Maybe not. Their first case is a doozy, involving porn stars, drug empires, and daddy issues, and their client, Henry Worrall, wants to be an active participant in his own defense. As Henry and Jackson fight the bad guys and each other to find out who dumped the porn star in the trash can, Jackson must reexamine his assumptions that four months of rest and a few good conversations have made him all better inside.

Jackson keeps crashing his bicycle of self-care and a successful relationship, and Ellery wonders what’s going to give out first—Jackson’s health or Ellery’s patience. Jackson’s body hasn’t forgiven him for past crimes. Can Ellery forgive him for his current sins? And can they keep Henry from going to jail for sleeping with the wrong guy at the wrong time?

Being a fish out of water is tough—but if you give a fish a bicycle, how’s he going to swim?

5 Stars 

A quick bio of the 2 MC’s: Jackson River is a former cop turned investigator and his boyfriend is Ellery Cramer, a defense attorney. Jackson and Ellery have been together for a while now and both are recovering from serious physical injuries sustained in an earlier case. Their opposite personalities are extremely evident. Jackson is a carefree soul on the outside and very careless when it concerns his own personal safety.  Ellery is a go by the rules kind of guy. They are deeply in love and are now partners in Ellery’s new law firm. Based on their unique differences, their work venture is going to be very interesting.

Their new business isn’t even officially opened and they already landed their first client. Now things start to get complicated. Henry is the younger brother of a former porn star and is now living in a very unique arrangement. After leaving the military, he had no place to go so his brother offered him residence in a flophouse where the current residents are actors in adult films. A man named Scott who once worked in porn is now dealing drugs. He has been harassing the actors in the flophouse to buy from him but the rules there are firm, no using and they refuse his offerings. He then starts to harass and threaten them. His intimidation infuriates Henry who has grudgingly started to care for this group of young men and he is starting to understand their career choices are about surviving. Henry punches Scott and throws him in the dumpster leaving him virtually unhurt. But several days later Scott’s very dead body is found in said dumpster and naturally, he’s discovered by Henry. It’s very obvious that the police are going to charge Henry with this murder so he reluctantly seeks counsel through Ellery. This all happens very early on in the book and sets the pace for the storyline. Things heat up and the men race around the clock to prove Henry’s innocence. Bodies start to pile up and the killers are desperate to silence anyone that gets in their path.

I wish I could have someone with Jackson’s views and attitudes on life around. Even though his methods are unorthodox, he is a very wise and kind man. Ellery is so perfect for him. Jackson is clearly suffering from PTSD but refuses to recognize the signs and needs Ellery to ground him. Jackson daily combats internal demons and yet he maintains such a fresh and fair outlook on the people that everyone is so ready to dismiss as unimportant. He is filled with little cracks and one more break can shatter Jackson if not for the love from Ellery, which is the glue that keeps him together.

This book should come with a warning label. Do not eat while reading Fish On A Bicycle as your laughter can cause you to choke to death! Despite the seriousness of the story, there were so many hysterically funny lines and moments. The story was strewn with silly, snarky and totally juvenile behavior and I loved it. Even with all the crazy twists and turns, there is a solid and very memorable plot. If you enjoy laughing and just plain feeling good, I urge you to read this book. I read it as a stand-alone and was able to pick up the story quickly but I wish I had read the earlier books in the series. I am going to remedy that and get the others as soon as possible because how have I managed to go this long without reading these gems! Happy reading and laughing and Ms. Lane please keep this series going as the world needs more lightness.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement.***