"In A Dark Wood"
When Tim was a kid, he and some friends
got lost in the woods and stumbled upon a dilapidated house.
Many years later, Tim tells the tale at a friend’s dinner
party, spurring a camping trip with one of the guests.
Detective Luke O'Brien is eager to get Tim alone and see the
spooky house. It’s a camping trip they’ll never forget.
"In A Dark Wood" is one of Josh
Lanyon’s scarier suspense stories. Luke is an all around
great guy and my heart went out to Tim. I was happy to see
how things ended with them. Before I got to the happy ending
I was sitting on the edge of my seat, wide eyed with
anticipation. The suspense was killing me! "In A Dark Wood"
is a spooky, suspenseful story that is as scary as it is
erotic and romantic.
“I Spy Something Bloody”
When British spy Mark Hardwicke is
injured on the job, he calls Stephen Thorpe for help. Mark
and Stephen were lovers, but Mark’s job keeps getting in the
way. Mark is thinking of settling down, but it seems that
Stephen has moved on. While Mark and Stephan sort through
their feelings, Mark’s job gets in the way again, except
this time, it threatens their lives.
“I Spy Something Bloody” is an angst
filled romance shrouded in suspense and action. The superb
writing, engaging storyline, and in depth characterization
kept me glued to each page. Mark leads a very interesting
life. It’s dangerous and exciting, yet lonely. Stephen is
wonderful. He’s intelligent, and strong in body and mind.
“A Limited Engagement”
Desperate times call for desperate
measures. Adam wants his boyfriend Ross to know how he feels
about him before Ross leaves. He goes about it in a very
drastic way. Will Ross appreciate the gesture, or call the
cops and have Adam arrested?
Josh Lanyon can take an eighteen page
story and make it seem like a novel. “A
Limited Engagement” is intense, passionate,
sexy, and full of angst. The storyline is surprisingly deep
for such a short story. Adam’s longing for Ross and his
desperate attempt to hold on to him is risky and romantic.
Ross’s reaction is understandable. Waiting for his response
kept me on edge until the end.
LAPD detective Daniel Moran was Sean
Fairchild’s bodyguard when Sean was being stalked by Paul
Hammond. Now, Dan and Sean are boyfriends and Hammond is
dead, or is he? Sean is getting postcards again, just like
the ones Hammond used to send. If Hammond isn’t sending
them, who is? As the plot thickens, the danger grows. Who
can Sean trust when he isn’t even sure he can trust himself?
“Dark Horse” is a complex story. First
there is Sean’s past and his insecurities that constantly
rear their ugly heads. Then there is Dan, his alpha-male
boyfriend, who is sometimes dismissive and callused, but
really hiding his true feelings for Sean. There were times I
wanted to hate Dan, but I found myself loving him (as much
as I love Sean), instead. There’s also Sean’s relationship
with his manager, his relationship with Dan, and an
intriguing mystery. The angst-filled ending nearly did me
in. Josh Lanyon put me through the ringer with “Dark Horse”
and I loved every minute of it.
“Ghost of a Chance”
Rhys Davies is a history professor
moonlighting as a paranormal investigator. He’s spending the
weekend at his friend Oliver’s house so he can investigate
the Berkeley House and the ghost that supposedly lives
there. Rhys thinks he’ll be alone all weekend, so it’s a
huge surprise when Sam Devlin, Oliver’s nephew, is already
at the house. Sam is a cop. He’s suspicious by nature and
doesn’t believe in ghosts. Somehow, Rhys has to do his
research while dealing with his feelings for Sam. If he can
just figure out what that shadow is in the middle of the
road he’ll be alright.
Ghosts, a sexy cop, a spooky cellar,
and a little sex and undeniable attraction fill the pages of
“Ghost of a Chance.” While it’s obvious that there is
chemistry between Rhys and Sam, Sam’s overbearing and
overprotective nature keeps getting in the way, causing Rhys
to do things Sam might not like. Sam is very endearing. I
liked him a lot. He’s sweet and tough and all muscles, but
not very fair of face. He deserves what he gets in the end.
Josh Lanyon’s men never lay all their cards on the table.
There is always something elusive and mysterious about them
that keeps you guessing. From 'is he still interested?' in
“I Spy Something Bloody” to 'is he the bad guy?' in “Dark
Horse”, I’m always wondering: what’s he thinking, what’s he
feeling, and then, where is Josh going with this?? Josh
Lanyon’s literary juggling is impressive. He develops angst
between his characters and describes sex scenes in achingly
hot detail while maintaining a high level of suspense.
Josh Lanyon Collective Novellas Vol. 2
is an impressive array of stories that feed your imagination
and your heart.