Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Clear Water
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Heroes: Patrick Cleary/Wes Keenan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 230 Pages / Audio – 7 hours and 23 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – September 1, 2011 / Audio – July 20, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat.
Patrick needs to get his life together—and Whiskey wants to help—but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering. Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.
Review – Book: Patrick is a screw up. He’s got ADHD, he’s off his meds most of the time, his nickname is Tricks because he’s always being picked up and his boyfriends are always using him for his Daddy’s money. He wants to change, but doesn’t know how, and ever since his mom left, it’s been him and his Dad, and his dad is either indifferent or derisive.
One day, Patrick’s current boyfriend drugs him and accidentally crashes his car leaving him for dead in the river. Wes “Whiskey” sees the car go over the edge and rushes to save Patrick. When Patrick comes to, Whiskey is entranced. He and his lesbian assistant “Flybait” are living on the river this summer doing a project for Fish and Game (trying to find the source of contamination in the water which causes mutations to frogs). Though Patrick is quite the spaz, both Whiskey and Flybait can’t help but see the diamond in the rough that is Patrick, and they enlist his help on their project, and in turn, end up making Patrick a “project” of sorts, as well.
Over the course of the summer, Whiskey and Patrick fall in love. There are lots of hurdles to overcome. Patrick’s aversion to sex. Whiskey’s new job in the North Pole. Patrick’s ex. Patrick’s father. Drug runners. Patrick’s ADHD… the list goes on. But, together, they navigate the rough waters and find a deep and abiding love.
I fell in love with Patrick right from page one. He is one of my favorite Amy Lane characters. He is so genuine and open and honest, and he’s simply been misunderstood for most of his life. All he wants to do is the right thing, but he can’t manage to connect the right dots. Whiskey and Flybait are other favorites, cynical yet hopeful, jaded yet still able to recognize a good thing when they see it and under their crusty shells, big- hearted softies.
The sex scenes between Whiskey and Patrick are both so touching and yet sexy and then also, really funny, too.
This is one of my favorite Amy Lane books and I give it a 5 of 5 stars.
Review – Audiobook: I haven’t run across Robert Neiman before or since, but I really enjoyed his narration here. His version of Patrick is hysterical, and I thought just perfect. There were times when I thought he could have benefited from slowing down a bit and some mispronounced words here and there, but overall, I thought his style really matched the tone of the book, and I was really happy with the overall results.
I give the narration a 4 of 5 stars.
Overall a 4.5 of 5 stars, I highly recommend both the book and the audiobook.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*