“Cards on the Table”
Timothy North is writing a book about a
fifty year old murder. Some want the past left in the past,
but Tim is determined to uncover what really happened the
night a Hollywood starlet was killed. When things turn
dangerous, Tim turns to homicide detective Jack Brady for
help. Jack and Tim have a history together, one that Tim
would like to see repeated. Jack does not, but he is
willing to help him. He needs to keep Tim alive so he can
tell him how he really feels.
“Cards on the Table” is an interesting
mystery about a Hollywood fifties era murder. It sizzles
with unrequited feelings, desire, and tragedy on all sides.
Tim’s been through a lot and Jack seems insensitive at
first. As the story progresses, you get a better feel for
what happened in Tim’s past and why Jack did what he did. My
heart went out to Tim. A cast of colorful characters do a
lot of finger pointing in “Cards on the Table,” leading Tim
on a merry chase to find a killer, while Jack and Tim work
toward an inevitable and satisfying relationship.
While camping in the mountains, Taylor
MacAllister and Will Brandt discover a crashed plane that
authorities have spent months searching for. Will and Taylor
are good friends and partners at the Bureau of Diplomatic
Security. They were supposed to be on vacation. Taylor is
recovering from a gunshot wound that almost killed him. The
men’s relationship is on rocky ground since Taylor opened up
about his feelings for Will. Now, they have a case to solve
while being tracked by the bad guys. If Will and Taylor can
make it out of the mountains alive, they might have a shot
at saving their relationship.
“Dangerous Ground” is action packed,
suspenseful, romantic, and erotic. I love Will and Taylor.
When they’re not dodging bullets or running for their lives,
they’re driving each other crazy. Taylor is a little
impulsive and Will is more contemplative. They are sexy as
hell and they make a great team. “Dangerous Ground” has the
perfect balance of story and romance.
“In Sunshine or in Shadow”
Keiran Quinn and Rick Monaghan are
homicide detectives, partners, and best friends, so when
Keiran decides to make a drastic change in his life that
doesn’t include his partner, Rick is understandably shocked
and surprisingly hurt. If Rick can’t face is feelings, he’s
going to lose his partner, forever.
Keiran runs as far as he can from Rick
in “In Sunshine or in Shadow.” Rick’s hesitancy nearly broke
my heart. The angst in “In Sunshine or in Shadow” is nearly
overwhelming. Keiran and Rick are made for each other.
Although it’s shorter than most of Josh Lanyon’s work, “In
Sunshine or in Shadow” still packs a very powerful punch
with an excellent storyline and heart-warming romance.
“Snowball in Hell”
Homicide detective Matt Spain is
investigating the murder of a member of a well known and
wealthy family. It’s a case that will change his life, and
not just because of the importance of the case. Reporter
Nathan Doyle is hiding a few secrets that he is determined
to keep to himself. Is Nathan trying to help solve the case
or is he staying close to Matt for another reason?
From the first time they meet, the
chemistry between Nathan and Matt is obvious. Homosexuality
was not accepted (to say the least) in the forties so a
relationship between them seems impossible. The angst it
creates for them, especially Nathan, is intense and
tangible. The era “Snowball in Hell” is set in is depicted
with accuracy and done in such a way as to be part of the
story, but not a glaring history lesson. The
characterization is perfect and the storyline is
suspenseful. The ending is also excellent. It’s exactly what
I had hoped for.
Josh Lanyon Collected Novellas, Volume 1
is excellent. Not because the stories have overly mushy
romance or fairy tale endings, but because of the incredibly
talented and creative writing. Lanyon has the ability to
draw me into a story regardless of whether the setting or
circumstances surrounding the characters is initially
appealing to me. For example, I don’t usually care for
stories set in the WWII era, but Lanyon made “A Snowball
in Hell” the first one I thoroughly enjoyed. And I
don’t usually like to have my heart wrenched out and stomped
on, but the angst in Lanyon’s stories is fitting and
realistic. For M/M romance and hot sex, for angst, suspense,
and storyline, Josh Lanyon’s Collected Novellas Vol. 1
is a highly recommended read for this reviewer.