Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ARC Review: Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water, #4) by Amy Lane

Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water, #4)
A Fish Out of Water/Racing for the Sun Crossover

Can a hitman and a psychic negotiate a relationship while all hell breaks loose?

The world might not know who Lee Burton is, but it needs his black ops division and the work they do to keep it safe. Lee’s spent his life following orders—until he sees a kill jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie isn’t a typical target, and something is very wrong with Burton’s chain of command.

Ernie’s life may seem adrift, but his every action helps to shelter his mind from the psychic storm raging within. When Lee Burton shows up to save him from assassins and club bunnies, Ernie seizes his hand and doesn’t look back. Burton is Ernie’s best bet in a tumultuous world, and after one day together, he’s pretty sure Lee knows Ernie is his destiny as well.

But when Burton refused Ernie’s contract, he kicked an entire piranha tank of bad guys, and Burton can’t rest until he takes down the rogue military unit that would try to kill a spacey psychic. Ernie’s in love with Burton and Burton’s confused as hell by Ernie—but Ernie’s not changing his mind and Burton can’t stay away. Psychics, assassins, and bad guys—throw them into the desert with a forbidden love affair and what could possibly go wrong?

Jewel's rating:

Hiding the Moon is the -- sort of -- sequel to two different Amy Lane stories. The most obvious of the two is the Racing for the Sun. I've read all of Fish Out of Water but have not read Racing for the Sun. In my estimation, as long as you've read the other 3 books in Fish Out of Water you'll be fine reading Hiding the Moon. I was never lost when Ace and Sonny (the MC's of Racing for the Sun) were on page.

We first meet Lee Burton and Ernie Caulfield in A Few Good Fish when Jackson's and Ellery's investigation leads them right back to Ace and Sonny. The stories of Hiding the Moon and A Few Good Fish run concurrently, so some things will be somewhat familiar. Not too much, though, because Burton and Ernie have their own story in these pages.

Lee Burton is a black ops assassin. His targets are always the worst of the bad, until he gets a jacket on Ernie Caulfield. Ernie is nothing like the other people that Burton is sent after. Ernie is good. So Burton watches him to try and figure out what is really going on, and ends up saving Ernie's life and they go on the run. Burton really needs to get to the bottom of the plot to kill Ernie, though, or he will never be safe, so Burton goes undercover and manages to get hired on by the outfit that is trying to kill Ernie.

Burton and Ernie spend a fair amount of time apart in this story. They're still connected, though, because Ernie is a bit psychic and he can feel Burton's emotions, plus the can occasionally text. So, even when they're apart, they're still very much together. And when they are together -- delicious delicious sex.

I enjoyed the story, and getting to know Burton and Ernie (even if I rolled my eyes a bit on the whole "Burt & Ernie" thing) and seeing Jackson and Ellery again. It's a fun, fast-paced, story with plenty of sex and tension and quite a lovely HEA/HFN.

I'd definitely recommend Hiding the Moon to those that have read and enjoyed the rest of the Fish Out of Water series.


ARC of Hiding the Moon was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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