A MelanieM Release Day Review: Fishy Riot by Lindsey Black

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Most people think riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole. Little do they know his apparent indifference stems from having a meddlesome family always butting into his business. And little does Taylor know he’s about to stumble into a situation that’ll make indifference impossible.

When everything goes horribly wrong at a political rally on a harbour ferry, Taylor encounters Sietta Salisbury. The son of a wealthy politician, Sietta is a revered—but presumed dead—musician, and an enigma who is so strange, Taylor is compelled to look into his background. What he discovers draws him into a bizarre mess of prisoners, politics, and attempted murder that makes him realise what he’s been missing.

Falling in love isn’t hard. Trying to convince someone else you’re worth loving despite your crazy family and the people trying to kill you? That’s a whole other can of worms.

What does it tell you about a story that when I was finished, I dropped everything to try  and search out everything else I could find by this author?  It says I was in love with Fishy Riot from beginning to end and wanted more! I was even more surprised to find that this appears to be the author’s first published story.  If so, what a great way to begin!

Fishy Riot is about Taylor Jameson, but it’s also about his twin brother and fellow riot squad officer, Clayton Jameson, and their entire family.    This is a true ensemble piece and it makes Fishy Riot rich in characters, family love and humor.  Wherever Taylor goes, Clay goes with him, along with his own partner, who has been enveloped into the crazy Jameson family.  Trust me, love one, love them all! And each one has their own part to play within the story and the couple’s (Tay and Si’s) relationship.

Taylor is the more emotionally isolated of the two brothers, less concerned about others and what they think about him, etc.  He cares deeply about his family and values.  Other things like romantic attachments have eluded him until the enigma that is Sietta Salisbury.  One meeting is all that it takes to know that something is wrong about Sietta and that he’s unforgettable to Tay.  But  what won’t come into the picture until later.

The character of Sietta Salisbury and his brother are as well drawn as the  Jameson family.  He’s intelligent, determined, and brave beyond all imagining.  I wanted more of Si and hope that this is just the beginning of a series that includes the main couple, and all the people around them.  To say more just spoils the storyline and it’s too good for that.

What I can say is that Black weaves humor, romance and suspicion together with high action and anticipation to come up with a first rate contemporary romp that I’ll want to read again while I’m begging for a sequel.  The author left the door wide open for one and I’m hoping Lindsey Black is already walking through writing madly!

Cover Artist: AngstyG.  I love the cover.  Absolutely works for the story.

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Book Details:

ebook, 236 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleFishy Riot
ISBN 1635334497 (ISBN13: 9781635334494)
Edition LanguageEnglish

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


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