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Stranger On The Shore by Josh Lanyon

We welcome our new reviewer Barbara who gave 4 stars to Stranger On The Shore!

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Stranger on the Shore

Stranger On The Shore

By Josh Lanyon

The blurb..

Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.

So what did I think?

Journalist Griff Hadley has always been fascinated by the lives of the rich, so when he is invited to write a book about the unsolved kidnapping of four-year old Brian Arlington, he jumps at the chance. The Arlingtons are extremely wealthy and Brian was taken 20 years before in the middle of a costume party at the family’s lavish estate.  One of the family servants was jailed for the crime, but Brian was never found.

When Griff arrives at the estate he finds himself unwelcome in the extreme.  Only the family patriarch Jarrett is kind. The rest of the family and servants are hostile, fearful that Griff’s research will turn up too many family skeletons.  Worst of all is Pierce Mather, the family lawyer.  Pierce is handsome, well-groomed, and an imperious jerk who tries to buy Griff off on the very first evening.

Griff is undeterred by the general hostility and throws himself into the research, uncovering many details that the police never knew.  He also uncovers a softer, although confusing side of Pierce during an awkward one-night stand.  Just as Griff is making progress putting together the pieces of the kidnapping and the pieces of Pierce’s story, a stranger appears who claims to be the long-lost Brian.  It seems as though the Arlingtons are due for a happy ending but something still isn’t quite right.  It’s up to Griff and Pierce to find out the truth.

This is a great mystery and a very satisfying romance.  There are lots of twists including one big whopping one at the end, and it was the kind of plot that I like where the reader can’t solve the mystery until the characters do.  The characters and setting were very well done, and even though murder in the mansion is a common plot device, it was handled with originality. The author was very smart- he carefully referenced the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and The Great Gatsby both of which added a lot of atmosphere.

I liked the romance a lot.  Pierce is that kind of Mr. Darcy type who you hate at the beginning and like more and more as the story goes on.  He and Griff are both complicated characters who don’t fall in love easily, and that added the satisfying level of erotic tension to the story.

I recommend this book highly!  Good plot, good characters.  What more can you ask for!

4 stars

Reviewed by Barbara

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To find out more about Josh Lanyon and his books visit his website.

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☊☊☊ The Adrien English series – books 2, 3 and 4 – on audio ☊☊☊

A brilliant series and audio book – highly recommended!

The Adrien English series:

  • Fatal Shadows (book #1) – click here for review
  • A Dangerous Thing (book #2) – in this review
  • The Hell You Say (book #3) – in this review
  • Death of  a Pirate King (book #4) – in this review
  • The Dark Tide (book #5)

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A Dangerous Thing 

A Dangerous Thing by Josh Lanyon and Narrated by Chris Patton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Adrien English Mystery Series #2 Suffering from writer’s block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them–no matter what the cost.

So what did I think?

“Aren’t you the guy who told me a cop’s gut instinct is one of his best tools?”
“You’re not a cop, baby. You’re a bookseller. You don’t have a gut instinct. You have knack for nearly getting yourself killed.”

I love the blend of quick wit and humour with the intrigue of the murder mystery. But as good as the mystery is, of course I’m really only reading to see to the evolution of the relationship between Adrien and Jake.

I adore Adrien! He’s the sort of guy I would love to have as a friend and as a friend, I want him to be happy. His admission (to himself) of love for Jake is painful because we know loving Jake won’t be easy. Oh, but the first kiss with Jake – just beautiful!

I have been continuing to ‘read’ this series by listening to the audio version……Chris Patton does a stellar job of narrating this series. I loved the way he voiced Adrien – his inflection, his tone, the quality of his voice – and the sexy, gruffness of Jake is perfect!

 

The Hell You Say


The Hell You Say
by Josh Lanyon and Narrated by Chris Patton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, owner Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan.

So what did I think?

As usual, this series continues to impress!

Definitely a good book in the series, made so because of the character of Adrien English. There is lots and lots of humour and witty comments – Adrien is the king of the fast comeback!

It’s a thriller mystery although with a little less action than previous books and Adrien doesn’t seem to be getting himself into so much direct trouble. There is lots of sleuthing as he tries to help his bookshop assistant who is part of a cult and accused of a crime Adrien doesn’t think he committed.

At first I wondered why Adrien was so passionate about getting involved but I think his nature didn’t give him any choice! As a writer of mysteries he doesn’t have it in him just to sit back and not follow the clues.

Jake only makes a minimal appearance in this book. I would have like there to be more on-page Jake although he was an asshole!

All in all – a great book, a mystery not a romance. The ending was a little bit fast and sudden but luckily there was another book for me to launch straight into!

The narration captures the essence of Adrien. The other characters are voiced well too – Guy, with his slight British accent and Lisa.

Death of a Pirate King


Death of a Pirate King
by Josh Lanyon and Narrated by Chris Patton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English’s writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane.

But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien’s former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD — which may just drive Adrien’s new boyfriend, sexy UCLA professor Guy Snowden, to commit a murder of his own.

So what did I think?

Of course I was going to love this book because I love the series!

As with the other books it is a perfect blend of intriguing plot,lots of witty humour and wonderful characters.

The mystery was interesting as Adrien starts to mix with some Hollywood types and celebrities. The mystery takes up more page time than the relationship between Adrien and Jake but the relationship somehow still seems integral to the book.

The author wonderfully conveys so much about Jake and Adrien without necessarily using words. Every look nad action tells so much about their feelings. The relationship between Jake and Adrien just seems so honest and real, despite the secrets and all the thing unsaid. It seems so natural for them to be together despite the other people in their lives.

One more book to go! Please, please, please give me the perfect ending for Adrien and Jake!

Once again, as with earlier books in the series, I listened to this one via audio book and can’t speak highly enough of the narrator – brilliant!

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To find out more about Josh Lanyon and his books visit his website.

Buy the series from Amazon.

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☊☊☊☊☊ Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon ☊☊☊☊☊

A brilliant audio book – highly recommended!

The Fatal Shadows series:

  • Fatal Shadows (book #1) – in this review
  • A Dangerous Thing (book #2)
  • The Hell You Say (book #3)
  • Death of  a Pirate King (book #4)
  • The Dark Tide (book #5)

Fatal Shadows

Fatal Shadows

Written by Josh Lanyon

Narrated by Chris Patton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Someone’s out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he’s getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious “admirer”. The cops think he’s trying to divert suspicion from himself—with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan.

Is Riordan really such a great detective—or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect—to the wall?

So what did I think?

It took me a while but I finally ‘read’ my first Adrien English mystery! I’m not sure why I waited so long particularly with all the rave reviews about the series. And really, being Josh Lanyon, it was always going to be a hit!

I say I ‘read’ the book because I actually listened to the audio version from Audible. I do own the Kindle version but when I saw that Audible had the first three books for only $1.99 each I could not resist. It was one of the best decisions I have made – I was totally prepared to Whispersync back to the written version but found I LOVED the audio version.

The story is narrated by Chris Patton who did an absolutely fabulous job. Yes, he had a wonderful, quality story to work with but he so totally did justice to the book! His voice and style seemed to match the story and he lent a perfect voice to Adrien. His strength is his ability to perfectly capture the emotion of the story and I loved the way his inflections and tone replicated what was happening. For example, if he narrated the words “he grumbled” then the dialogue was actually grumbled. Dectective Riordan had a deeper, sexy voice and even the women were well done – Lisa, Adrien’s mother being voiced fabulously!

I really enjoyed the whole story and the mystery. I liked the descriptive style of the story and loved Adrien. Maybe a touch more romance wouldn’t have gone astray but with another four books to go in the series, I am sure it will get there!

4 Stars

To find out more about Josh Lanyon and his books visit his website.

Buy Fatal Shadows from Amazon.

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★★★★ Lone Star by Josh Lanyon ★★★★

This was a really nice story!

Check out the Book Trailer and the recipe at the end of the review!

Lone StarLone Star by Josh Lanyon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Part of Men Under the Mistletoe Anthology from Carina Press; but also available separately. (26,000 words)

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans’ ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid.

The last person Texas Ranger Web Eisley expects to see four days before Christmas is his first love. He hasn’t seen Mitch since they quarreled over coming out to their friends and family years ago. Though he’s not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. And his bed.

The attraction between them is as strong as ever, and it doesn’t take long for the men to pick up where they left off. But is love enough to keep Mitch in town in the New Year?

So what did I think?

It’s fairly short and tells the tale of Mitch, a ballet dancer, who returns from the city to his father’s ranch in Texas. His father passed away six months previously but it is only now that Mitch is returning as he needs somewhere to run after being betrayed by his boyfriend. On his way to the ranch he meets up with Web, who was his first love.

This is a story of misunderstandings that have kept the men apart for years. On the night that Mitch wanted them to come out and spend a life together, they argued. Mitch then came out to his father who immediately threw him out and he hasn’t been home since. All those wasted years!

The re-ignition of the flame between Web and Mitch, Web’s wonderful family, the ex-boyfriend showing up, the truth coming out and final admission of true feelings – I love a happy ending!

The only thing that has me puzzled/worried was the reindeer hallucinations that Mitch seemed to have. Maybe he needs a check up!

I thought I would also include a link here.  In the story there is mention of Arroz con leche…“Sweetened condensed milk, rice, and raisins. It was usually served for dessert, but Mitch had always loved it for breakfast and it touched him that Web remembered.” I’d never heard of it but was intrigued so I found a recipe which I am going to try out. I’m not sure if this is the recipe Josh would recommend but it sounds good!  Click here for the recipe.

Check out the Lone Star book trailer!

For more information on Josh Lanyon and his books visit his website.

Buy Lone Star from Amazon.

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