Clear Water by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was reviewed for NetGalley
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.
This was a sweet tale of a damaged man road to recovery. Patrick is an annoying little pip squeek to start with but as the story progresses and we learn more about him he becomes sweet and gentle and a lot naive. Watching the growing healthy relationship between Patrick and whiskey was at times like pulling teeth but in a very weird way also enjoyable. I did like seeing Patrick start to believe he was not only good enough to be loved but worthy of it as well. All in all a very satisfying tale that is heart-warming as well as life affirming and a book I will be recommending to friends.
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