Blind Side by Josh Lanyon

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Series: Dangerous Ground 06

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novella (138pgs)

ISBN: 9781945802157

Publisher: JustJoshing Publishing, Inc (30th January 2020)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4 1/2 Hearts

Reviewer: Maya

Blurb: The boys are back in town–for one last adventure!

It’s a good problem to have: more business than they can comfortably handle on their own.

But with resources already overstretched, the last thing former DSS agents and newbie security consultants Will Brandt and Taylor MacAllister need is another client—and the last thing Will needs is for that client to turn out to be an old boyfriend of Taylor’s.

Sure, Will has always known Taylor had a wild past, but he was kind of hoping he’d never have to sit down and have a beer with it. But golden boy Ashe Dekker believes someone is trying to kill him, and Taylor is determined to help, no matter the cost.

It’s a bit of a jolt to have Taylor for once totally disregard his feelings, but Will is equally determined that “the cost” won’t be their relationship—or Taylor’s life.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Kobo

Review: This is the last book in long running series and the boys certainly go with a bang!

I regretted not rereading previous books, because book throws reader in at the deep end from the beginning. Our heroes are at odds. Outwardly, they should be happy. Their business is finally getting of the ground they are in same place and together. Except a ghost from Taylor’s past seems liable to spoil everything. His old ex asks for his help, and he is resolved to give it, no matter his partner’s justifiable reservations. Their client is lying to them, they are short on manpower, the contract they signed needs to be fulfilled. They are both resenting the other one and the situation they are in, which doesn’t bode well for them: It’s possible that someone is gunning for them.

For most of the book the men are dealing with relationship woes. It was spurred into action by reappearance of Taylor’s ex, but exposes secrets and insecurities they both have, so the ground they are on is seriously rocky. They are trying to plod through trouble and it doesn’t look promising!

Then the villain gets revealed ( and up to this point I was ignoring suspense subplot, so I was shocked at twisty turn My congratulations to the author, definitely wasn’t expecting that). It’s another shake up for Will and Taylor.

It leaves them in bad place, which allows for everything between them which simmered during the book to get out in the open and for them to have happy ending.

It’s a fitting end to interesting series. Loved the book!

The Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon

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Series: The Art of Murder, #1
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 243 pages
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc. (February 29, 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.

For The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again.

ISBN: 9781937909826

Product Link(s): http://amzn.to/1UUgzKT

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/562285

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-themermaidmurders-1985129-340.html

Reviewer: Portia

Review: Special Agent Jason West has gotten saddled with super-agent Sam Kennedy. Unfortunately, Kennedy is being watched by Jason’s supervisor and oh yeah, he’s a bit of an arrogant asshole.

It has been a while since I enjoyed a mystery this much. From page one I was hooked.

Jason has a history with the town and the Huntsman. A history that he chooses to keep to himself. Kennedy has earned the wrath of some higher-ups in the FBI, but we’re kept in the dark as to his exact crimes. The result is that I couldn’t help but put both men on my list of suspects.

Then there was the romance. Forgive my political incorrectness, but they are such guys. They kind of fell into bed with each other, but god forbid they should talk about feelings and relationships.

As for the bad guy, I had my suspicions early on, but got caught by a few red herrings. Readers of James Patterson will appreciate the succinct writing style and well-crafted plot.

Highly recommending.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon ~ Audiobook

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Series: The XOXO Files, #1
Author: Josh Lanyon
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Genre: Mystery and Romance
Length: 2 hours and 48 minutes
Publisher: Just Joshin Publishing, Inc. (September 16th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there!

Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He’s got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he’s not at his boyfriend’s garden party when that window closes, it’ll be the final nail in their relationship coffin.
The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who’s scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy’s Halloween curse.

The opportunity to film a bona-fide professor examining the mummy is exactly the aura of authenticity Fraser needs. Except the grumpy PhD is a pompous ass on leave from his ivory tower. Yet something about Drew has Fraser using a word he doesn’t normally have to draw upon: please.

With no time to waste-and a spark of attraction he can’t deny – Drew reluctantly agrees to let Fraser follow his every move as he unwraps the mummy’s secrets. Soon they’re both making moves behind the scenes that even the dead can’t ignore…

Warning: Whoso shall ever open this tomb, er, book shall suffer the curse of the Pharaohs. Okay, maybe not. But set aside a chunk of time for marauding mummies, too many cosmopolitans, illicit sex in hotel rooms, and other non-academic shenanigans.

Product Link: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Mummy-Dearest-Audiobook/B00NJ1FQUQ

Reviewer: Tams

Review: Drew Lawson is a professor hoping to make tenure by publishing a paper on his authentication of the mummy Princess Merneith’s tomb. He’s travelled all the way Wyoming and pissed his long-term boyfriend off in the process to examine this mummy’s tomb. Unfortunately the doctor in charge of the museum has double booked the princess and left town over the Halloween weekend. Drew is forced to work with an extravagant reality show host, Fraser Fortune, who takes charge of the museum to film an upcoming episode.

The authentication of the mummy is just the tip of the iceberg for Drew and Fraser who wind up spending their down time in the quiet Wyoming town together chasing mummies, bar hopping and trying to figure out exactly who is in charge of the museum.

There was a sort of Boris Karloff feel to this story. If you are a fun of the movie, then you’ll figure little things about this short story out pretty early on. But it was a lot of hysterical, creepy fun hearing Drew and Fraser skirting around town in beat up converse, chasing the peeping tom mummy, getting wasted in a hick bar, then making out to the wee hours of the morning.

I do have to disagree with the part of the description that states ‘illicit sex in hotel rooms’… the sex in the story was simply hinted at, no descriptives and if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Narrated by Sean Crisden, need I say more? Sean C is one of the best narrators out there right now. I loved the voice he gave Fraser Fortune. At first you might think Fraser is an aging, pompous ass by the tone Sean C uses for him, but he’s not. He’s really an attractive guy that hosts a reality show and wears converse. I could almost picture the look on Fraser’s face a couple times when he was placating a slightly tippy Drew.

Overall I quite liked this story, well worth a listen if you are a fan of fun mysteries.

Comfort and Joy ~ Holiday Anthology

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Author(s): Joanna Chambers , Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox, L.B. Gregg
Genre: Holiday Anthology
Length: 231 pages
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc. (December 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Joy-Joanna-Chambers-ebook/dp/B00QO7ZR6A

Blurb(s):

18c88a5cedc427f9a99f2d63f3163bbc7e8ef9bcRest and Be Thankful by Joanna Chambers
Two stormy hearts find peace when feuding neighbors in the Scottish Highlands are trapped by a blizzard.

Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart, and following his very public argument with café owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast.

Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow. He can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.

Zane’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Written by Joanna Chambers, “Rest and Be Thankful” introduces Rob and Cam, two lonely men, an argument/slight misunderstanding with overreactions on both parts, a friendship (possibly more) cut short by said misunderstanding… the approaching New Year… a broken down vehicle… and the chance to kindle what burned out before it really started.

A short read, this could have been rushed or lacking in substance, but it wasn’t. Well written with plenty of character back-story and detail, this story certainly fulfilled its premise. Who doesn’t want a second chance at a rich and full life? At love? I was rooting for these two from the get-go.

I really liked Cam and Rob – both individually and as a couple. Bring on the hot, broody men who find first friendship, then sexiness, happiness and a future in each other, and just in time to ring in the New Year.

Short and sweet with a bit of sexy, just the way I like my holiday stories, this one is a keeper.

81ZUu1AGa2L._SL1500_Out by Harper Fox
Can a stranger unlock the courage and passion in a young man’s captive heart?

It’s Christmas at Edinburgh’s magnificent Barlinney Hotel, and chief housekeeper Cosmo Grant is in charge of the festivities. He’s already got his hands full when handsome Ren Vaudrey checks in.

It soon turns out that Ren is an undercover cop. Cosmo wants to help him, but unless he can do it within the Barlinney’s walls, Cosmo is stuck. A victim of crippling agoraphobia, he’s been a prisoner in this gilded cage for over a year. Cosmo gathers all his courage to do the right thing by Ren and Sam—and as a glittering Christmas Eve descends on the city, finds himself confronting his very darkest fears.

Cat’s Review:  ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts (more if I can steal a few)

Cosmo loves his job working at a plush high-end hotel. He has worked up to management but his supervisor George brace is a real meany.  All of the staff fear Brace.  Brace is taking advantage of Cosmo but when he wants Cosmo to be an extra service to some of the guests, he tries to put his foot down.

A new guest arrives and Cosmo finds himself very attracted but when Brace send him to Ren’s room Cosmo tells Ren he won’t be one of the conveniences of the hotel. Ren lets him know right away that he wasn’t expecting that, he needed information.  This is where even more twists start unraveling.

Wow this story is awesome. It was like reading a full novella in a short story. It is perfectly executed.  The characters are all interesting the storyline is intriguing the romance is hot, everything is amazing.

If you like romance with a bit of mystery and intrigue, fancy hotels, cops, lots of twists and turns, sweet romance, and a good holiday story I highly, highly recommend this one!

91PIrAsyN4L._SL1500_Waiting for Winter by LB Gregg
Some mistakes are worth repeating.

Luke always thought he and Winter were the perfect couple—until the day Winter announced he was taking a new job and they were uprooting and headed for Germany. No discussion. No debate. For the first time in his life, Winter miscalculated. Badly. Now Luke is trying his best to move on with his life, but Winter is back in town and he’s set on digging their relationship out of the deep freeze.

Tams’ Review: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Six months ago Luke’s boyfriend, Winter, walked out on him, their life and their home for a job in Germany. Now he’s back and he has one goal in mind, to reclaim what is his. Luke gives being angry and complacent a valiant effort, but Winter knows how to make him squirm, and it doesn’t take long until they are in very familiar territory, the bedroom. The sex is mind-blowing and reminds Luke of when they first met. He’s not going to wait around to be hurt again though, and this time he walks out on Win.

When Christmas rolls around Winter is back and once again trying to prove to Luke that he loves him and that they belong together. Luke is convinced that what happened over the summer was a mistake, the question is, was it one worth repeating?

A fast, fun read about the importance of communication and compromise. Luke and Winter have lost a year they could have spent together all because Luke wanted Winter to ask. But the blame doesn’t lie solely on Win’s shoulders, since Luke was too stubborn to be honest with him about how he felt. Now it’s Christmas, it’s snowing, they are trapped in a beautiful cabin with a glistening tree and two hearts that belong together.

Definitely worth the read and appropriate for the season!

916s3pdVZiL._SL1500_Baby, It’s Cold by Josh Lanyon
Or maybe it’s the flu. Breaking up is hard to do — especially around the holidays.

Talk about Kitchen Nightmares! TV Chef Rocky and Foodie blogger Jesse have been pals forever, so it should have been the most natural thing in the world to move their relationship to the next level. Instead, it turned out to be a disaster. But Christmas is the season of love, and someone’s cooking up a sweet surprise…

Leigh’s Review: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Rocky and Jess had three months together and two months broken up. They have been friends for years prior to that. So they decided to give it a go as boyfriends. Only their own insecurities got in the way and destroyed what they were trying to have. Jesse in a last-ditch effort decides to put together a surprise dinner for Rocky. Only things to not go the way he plans. Both MCs know they made mistakes and the reason they didn’t work. It takes them finally opening up to each other to see what they should have from the start.

This was a well-written piece. However, I was not really drawn into the story. There was just something missing, maybe an emotional pull that I didn’t feel.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

The Parting Glass by Josh Lanyon

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Series: In A Dark Wood #2

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Contemporary/Suspense

Length: Novella (72 pages)

Publisher: Just Joshin’ (September 29th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Two and a half years ago, travel writer Timothy O’Shay let NYPD Detective Luke O’Brien talk him into hiking into the New Jersey Pine Barrens to face down a monster.

Now Tim and Luke meet again under very different circumstances. The old attraction is still there — but so are some of Tim’s monsters. Is it too late to find their way back to each other?

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Parting-Glass-Dark-Wood-Book-ebook/dp/B00FIWNVRY

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: This book was passionate, compelling, painful, hopeful, and ripe with sexual tension that snapped and exploded in a good way! A large part of this storyline continued Tim O’Shay’s battle with alcoholism from the first book. I can practically feel his trembles as I’m reading through his temptations and encounters with friends at parties, dinners and other difficult situations that could easily knock him off the wagon again.

That ultimate sacrifice Tim made to cut his ties with his home and his friends to flee to California and seek help for his addiction was powerful for me. The fear Tim has of coming back and being confronted and tempted with his past are also huge parts of this storyline, handled beautifully and honestly. The pain, anger, heartache, and the desperate need Luke has to understand why Tim did it, why he cut him off so completely is palpable.

You need to read In A Dark Wood to get Luke and Tim’s back-story, but this book stands alone in its power, and is the stronger of the two by far.

I’m not one to easily hand out five star reviews…but this one deserved it, no question.

Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

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Series: All’s Fair # 2 Sequel to Fair Game

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Length: Novel (68K)

Publisher: Carina Press (November 10th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent, Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is—arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. straight-laced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much—”opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement—but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.
See how Tucker and Elliot’s relationship began in Fair Game

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fair-Play-Josh-Lanyon-ebook/dp/B00KV5Z7M0

Reviewer: GiGi

Review: Fair Play captivated my mind and kept me guessing at the puzzle throughout! I love a good mystery suspense, and this is an excellent one! Lanyon’s ability to layer in details, emotion, foreshadowing, character subtleties, and a twisting plot is why I come back again, and again.

Fair Play, as a sequel to Fair Game, knocks it out of the park! My mind was kept busy on three different levels: First and foremost, I kept trying to guess who was after Elliot and his Dad. Second, I was wondering what really happened to the rest of the Collective, were some of them really killed, are some in hiding, and what do they have to hide? Third, are Elliot and Tucker going to make it as a co-habitating couple?

There are moments where I really want to shake sense into both of them! When two very independent, hard-headed men try to tiptoe around each other’s boundaries it has to be challenging, let alone trying to find ways to define their relationship, their roles in each other’s lives.

My anxiety really amped up when there were whispers of deceit feathered in early on: Tucker staying in town, Tucker turning off his phone, Tucker becoming distant….I won’t say more but just, argh! But hey, maybe all you need is love…

About three-quarters the way through I still had three different theories as to whodunit, and I have to say that’s a great thing. I get a little disappointed when I can solve a mystery and predict the outcome right away, but this is not the case. Lanyon once again kept my mind chewing on this puzzle until the very end.

A superb mystery thriller, packed with action, suspense, some very intense sexual dominance, and I’m still wondering what is going to happen with Corian….where are those heads?

Kick Start by Josh Lanyon

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Series:  Dangerous Ground #5

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Contemporary, Action/Mystery

Length: Novella (122 pages)

Publisher: Just Joshin (November 29th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:
♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts

Blurb: Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle — and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.

Product Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kickstartdangerousground5-1359182-153.html

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This series is always fast paced, action packed and adventurous.

Now that the guys have quit the DS and are trying to work independently trouble seems to be brewing even more than usual. Trouble that is not only in the form of hunting down bad guys, but between Will and Taylor. Relationships are difficult enough. Combine that with swiftly moving in together, working together, and dealing with the debt starting a small business incurs and redefining boundaries. Throw in feuding family members and ghosts from the past and it spells stress and trouble for two of my favorite action heroes!

Will brings Taylor home to meet his father and soon to be shipped out marine little brother and things get even tenser. Because Will has not exactly explained the whole “I’m gay and this is my fiancé” bit, to little brother, and little brother has big issues with that once everything is out. But no matter what the relationship dynamics, gay or straight, there is always some tension between siblings and in-laws.

Lanyon plays this perfectly in my experience. Posturing is always happening whether it’s between the brother and the brother in-law, or sister vs. sister-in-law and I’ve seen boys duke it out until they come to a rather peaceable understanding. But will Taylor win over Will’s shocked and hurt little brother? Or will fisticuffs lead to a permanent rift?

Family aside, Will keeps running into people from his past, even ex gals that seem to have a hands on policy. Everyone seems to view Will as the hometown hero. And Taylor is dealing with a decent share of irritation, and sexual tension being that “alone time” is a rare thing, and he’s feeling neglected! Sprinkled among all this drama, is the fact that someone has been following Will and Taylor, witness protection is stabling a witness as Will’s father’s house, and someone Will’s dad sent to jail is coming for revenge. Yeah, not much of a vacation if you ask me.

I think Will and Taylor will be happy to return home after this debacle. If you love action this whole series is for you! Also, a hot sexual encounter while fly fishing in the snow…I must say that was a very creative scene!

In a Dark Wood by Josh Lanyon

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Series: Part of Arresting Developments anthology, has a sequel also: The Parting Glass

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Murder/Mystery

Length: Short Story (37 pages)

Publisher: JustJoshin (January 28th, 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:
♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: (Part of Arresting Developments anthology)

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house…

Camping in the Jersey Pine Barrens may literally turn out to be a first date from hell for travel writer Tim and the cute cop who persuades him to revisit a past that Tim has done his best to forget.

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/In-a-Dark-Wood-ebook/dp/B004LGS79U

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: I like how this short story flashes around in time, and while it’s a horror story about a serial killer in the woods, it’s also about darker, scarier things like alcoholism and codependency. And oh yes, a very harsh first date between detective Luke O’Brien and Tim the travel writer. There is plenty of action, suspense, and viable characters. One of the very reasons Lanyon is among my favorite authors is this added layer to his characters, they are flawed, they are believable, and there is always some bit of dark undertone to them. Great read, short, dark and a bit gritty…be sure to add The Parting Glass to your list, it fits this book tongue in groove.

The Haunted Heart: Winter by Josh Lanyon

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Series:  #1 in The Haunted Heart Series

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre:  Paranormal/Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Length: Novella (147 pages)

Publisher: Josh Lanyon (August 26th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Mild

Heart Rating:
♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: First in a new series!

Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle’s mysterious museum.

But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of…

The Haunted Heart series. Four seasons. Four ghosts. Two hearts.

Winter. Since Alan died, Flynn isn’t eating, isn’t sleeping, and isn’t spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention — because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.

Product Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thehauntedheartwinter-1271338-145.html

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: A ghostly murder/mystery in true Lanyon form. While this new series has a lot of the bookmarks of the Holmes & Moriarity series, the ghosts are all new, and the tormented and depressed Flynn gives me chills. The “agreement” he works out with his family haunted the back of my mind, having thought I knew what it might be, awaiting the big reveal. Now I must say I am a fan of Josh’s work. I am a murder/mystery hound, and when you throw in two hot lovers, it’s even better! The spookiness, the clues, and chasing down leads into the lady in the mirror kept me thoroughly entertained. The sexual content is not the main draw here, and while it was sensual, the bedroom scenes were merely a stepping-stone for this ghost riddle-solving new couple, or should I say roommates. I look forward to the rest of the series, and hopefully Kirk can work some sense, and sensuality, into Flynn’s life! If you love sleuthing, grab this book!

The Darkling Thrush by Josh Lanyon

Title:  The Darkling Thrush

Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: Mystery
Length: 149 pages eBook
Publisher: Re-released by author (April 12, 2012) Originally Loose Id (2010)
Heat Level: Moderate for this genre but it’s hot!
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts- OMG
Blurb: Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword’s Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches’ grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries’ old murder.

It should be nothing more than an academic exercise, so why is dour — and unreasonably sexy — Magister Septimus Marx doing his best to keep Colin from accepting this mission — even going so far as to seduce Colin on the train journey north?

Septimus is not the only problem. Who is the strange faery woman that keeps appearing at inconvenient times? And who is working behind the scenes with the sinister adventuress Irania Briggs? And why do Colin’s employers at the Museum of the Literary Occult keep accusing Colin of betraying them?

As Colin digs deeper and deeper into the book’s mysterious past, he begins to understand why Septimus is willing to stop him at any price — but by then, it’s too late to turn back.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Darkling-Thrush-ebook/dp/B007TWK2H8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334424207&sr=1-1

Reviewer:  Whit

Review:  Colin Bliss is a book hunter on the green side of his career and personal life. He’s working in an exchange program, across the pond, based on his professional gift and one very big discovery. Not knowing much about the culture and never being away from the United States leads to an affair with his married boss. Conveniently, he’s offered a job of finding a mythical grimoire right around the time he’s dumped by his lover. Colin accepts the side job out of the city mainly to get away from his situation with his boss and coworkers.

One of those coworkers, Septimus Marx, is a mystery to Colin. He’s dark, brooding but sexy as hell. He doesn’t want Colin taking the job and heading off the Isles. Colin doesn’t understand why but he’s determined to go. Of course, Septimus shows up on the train and the house Colin is staying at under the guise of another job. They quickly find out there is a strong attraction between them. Septimus is a surprisingly tender, but all-consuming lover. His passion for Colin is palpable, but Colin thinks their steamy encounters are just physical. We, the readers, realize his feelings for the younger man, even if the clueless Colin, who swears he’s not clueless, doesn’t.

Colin’s unknowingly dangerous hunt for the grimoire continues as the mystery behind the magical book unravels. Magic, Fae and power-hungry men add to the intrigue and nobody knows who to trust. Septimus struggles with guarding Colin and making the most difficult decision of his life. The ending will leave you wanting more. Josh Lanyon has built a beautiful and fascinating world merging magic, romance and mystery. I highly recommend reading this book. Then join me in begging Mr. Lanyon for more!

 

Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon

Title: Mummy Dearest

Series: The XOXO Files 01

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal

Length: Novella (85pgs)

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (4th October 2011)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there!

Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He’s got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he’s not at his boyfriend’s garden party when that window closes, it’ll be the final nail in their relationship coffin.

The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who’s scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy’s Halloween curse.

The opportunity to film a bona-fide professor examining the mummy is exactly the aura of authenticity Fraser needs. Except the grumpy PhD is a pompous ass on leave from his ivory tower. Yet something about Drew has Fraser using a word he doesn’t normally have to draw upon: please.

With no time to waste — and a spark of attraction he can’t deny — Drew reluctantly agrees to let Fraser follow his every move as he unwraps the mummy’s secrets. Soon they’re both making moves behind the scenes that even the dead can’t ignore!

Product Warnings: Who so shall ever open this tomb, er, book shall suffer the curse of the Pharaohs. Okay, maybe not. But set aside a chunk of time for marauding mummies, too many cosmopolitans, illicit sex in hotel rooms, and other non-academic shenanigans.

Review: Drew is expecting to examine an Egyptian Mummy at a small museum in Walsh, Wyoming.   What he doesn’t expect is Fraser and his film crew to mess with his schedule.  Fraser is at the museum making a film about the mummy’s curse of Princess Merneith.   He doesn’t expect the stuck up Professor but decides to use him in the filming.

I enjoyed this story as it’s a light-hearted read. Drew is having some doubts about his relationship and although Fraser annoys him he finds himself attracted to him.  Fraser is also attracted to Drew but he doesn’t have high hopes. We then see these two men drawn into the mystery of the mummy’s curse, while Drew tries to sort out his relationship. There are movie references and witty banter that has you giggling.   The interaction between the two MCs is good and the mystery surrounding the mummy’s curse was ok. It is written well and moves smoothly along.

This is a great Halloween romp which I will recommend to everyone who wants a light-hearted romp that will leave you with a smile on your face.

 

Dark Run by Josh Lanyon

Title: Dead Run

Series: Dangerous Ground 04

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Action/Adventure, Suspense

Length: Novella (151pgs)

Publisher: Loose Id (13th September 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The boys are back in town — and Paris is burning!

For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it’s c’est la vie.

Now instead of sipping wine and seeing the sights, the boys are chasing a wily and deadly foe through the graveyards and catacombs of Paris.

Of course, it could always be worse — and soon it is.

Review: Taylor MacAllister is finally getting to see the love of his life after 11mths.   But, nothing goes right.   from the second he arrives at the airport to catch his flight, Will Brandt is looking forward to Taylor’s arrival but everything seems to go wrong and everything he says is wrong.

This is an interesting time for Taylor and Will as we find out if their relationship can really stand up to the trials that are about to be thrown at it. I loved the story line.   It had a bit of grit, a bit of mystery and enough action and danger to satisfy me.   Oh…and it had heartbreak and love.  I think Will made mistakes and he knew they were wrong otherwise he wouldn’t have tried to hide them.  I also felt very sorry for Taylor and wished he hadn’t had to go through all the angst, I mean honestly how much can one man take.

This is a great Action/Adventure/Mystery with twists and turns that keep you reading and the turbulence in the relationship has you biting your nails as you wonder what will happen to them. This is a definite ‘got to be read’.

Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon

Title: Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Gay Contemporary

Length: Novel

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb:  Sometimes the adventure chooses you.

Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.

When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin—only to find out that the boy’s father is dead and the police are suspicious. In an instant, the stable life Swift has built for himself hangs on finding the boy and convincing him to give himself up before Max figures out Swift’s involvement in the case.

Max enjoys splitting an infinitive or two with his favorite nutty professor, but he’s not much for sonnets or Shakespeare. He likes being lied to even less. Yet his instincts—and his heart—tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poets society.

Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that Josh Lanyon’s smart, sexy, sophisticated stories may prove hazardous to your heart.

Review:  This is a great suspense/mystery that keeps you on your toes. Swift somehow manages to find himself in grave danger, just by helping a kid out. Max is furious that Swift helped out his murder suspect and is soooo not happy that he seems to keep holding things back.

From Swift’s musing’s I took a dislike to Max but as the book developed I realized my mistake and it was because Swift seemed to live in his own little world and didn’t notice anything but himself really, So it wasn’t so much as Max holding the relationship back, it was neither of them communicating and just letting things slide. The description of Swift’s battle with his addiction was poignant and his finally seeming to need Max made me smile as Max seemed very eager to help.

The Mystery is great and you really can’t see where it’s going until near the end, and you really do wonder how on earth did a Professor of Literature seemed to fall right into the middle of it all.

So all in all a cracking good read and you’d be insane to miss it.