Fish Out of Water is an outdoorsy opposites-attract romance

Fish Out of Water is an adorable and stakes-filled story from Katie Ruggle.

Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle. Image Credit to Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle. Image Credit to Sourcebooks Casablanca. /

Valentine’s Day is almost here and you might be on the hunt for some new releases. If you’re looking for a unique romance, look no further than Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle.

One of my predictions for 2024 was that we’d see more opposites attract romances and that’s exactly what Fish Out of Water is. I mean if the title didn’t give you a clue, then I don’t know what else would.

As my first Katie Ruggle, I can confidently say that this book won’t be my last as it was fun while still having a more serious plotline. Ultimately, it managed to toe the line perfectly and was a book I finished in two sittings.

I’d like to thank Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me a print ARC and for making me want to build a campfire.

Fish Out of Water is a fun opposites-attract romance.

With a title like Fish Out of Water, I’m sure you can guess what this book is about. The story follows Dahlia who heads to a small town to find her sister, Rosie who is in trouble. She ends up finding out about Winston who they mention talks to Rosie and she goes on the hunt for him.

Of course, Winston lives in a secluded part of town and isn’t up for visitors. That doesn’t stop Dahlia from going after him and convincing him to help find her sister. While she’s a certified city girl, Winston looks like a lumberjack in the best way so it’s clear these two are going to have a romance.

While it is a bit of a slow burn, Winston and Dahlia spend many nights together in a camp, on the hunt for Rosie. Their romance blossoms in the best way as it was so unexpected. They couldn’t be more different yet they complement each other perfectly. I just loved seeing them both get out of their comfort zones and enjoy their time together while also being a little bit afraid at the same time.

The only thing I didn’t love about this book was the “third-act” conflict. I won’t get into too much detail but it felt a little bit out-of-place. I can see why it was added yet it didn’t make sense to me. Either way, I can see why Katie Ruggle chose to write it the way she did and I’m sure it will work better for others.

Whether you’re craving something with lots of snuggling, an opposites-attract romance, or just love a slow-burn, Fish Out of Water is a great one to pick up.

Fish Out of Water by Katie Ruggle is out now where books are sold.