Fair Play by Josh Lanyon ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

Fair Play Title: Fair Play

Author: Josh Lanyon

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars


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. Straightlaced 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.

Josie Goodreads’s View:

Fair Play, set six months after the end of Fair Game dives straight into the action. Elliot and Tucker, now happily settled into domestic bliss on Goose Island, are woken by the type of call we all dread, Elliot’s father Roland’s bungalow has caught fire and it’s burnt to the ground. Rolland’s unhurt but soon enough the cause is revealed as arson. Roland is about ready to publish his long promised memoirs and it appears somebody doesn’t want the manuscript to see the light of day. After Roland moves in with Elliot the two men are attacked during an evening stroll and after an argument between them over who might be trying to silence Roland he disappears saying he plans to sort it out himself, without involving Elliot. Elliot is left trying to find his father and stop the killer before Roland is silenced for good.

I enjoyed this immensely, I love a good mystery, and while I don’t know anything about American politics in the sixties I didn’t find that bothered me at all. I found Roland’s story quite interesting, and I enjoyed finding out about his dark past along with Elliot.

Elliot comes across as quite frustrated most of the time. He’s learning far more about his father than he ever wanted to know and he’s finding it difficult to understand and accept, especially the whole ‘my dad would happily blow up things’ bit! He’s also very frustrated that Roland is determined to sort out everything on his own, he doesn’t want Elliot involved at all, and if there’s one thing Elliot can’t handle its being left on the sidelines.

I really liked Tucker in this book, we got to see far more of him than we did in Fair Game, and the side story involving his mum showed us in a visual way why Tucker is so protective of Elliot, and their relationship. He truly loves Elliot and would do almost anything for him. I say almost anything as although Tucker tries to help Elliot with Roland’s disappearance, he also has a job to do, and responsibilities to the bureau that he can’t put aside, as much as he wants to, even for Elliot. I actually felt quite sorry for Tucker, he really was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, and I felt Elliot should have been a bit more understanding, especially as he used to be in the FBI so he knows exactly how the system works.

The story is told from Elliot’s view point, and because if that we get his thought processes and internal monologues, I like that style of writing, it allowed me to get to know Elliot more. I was fascinated by the dynamics of his relationship with Tucker, both equal partners, yet Elliot is a true submissive in bed. And that scene, yes ‘that’ scene (you’ll know exactly which one when you get to it) blew me away, I was really worried when it started, seeing a side of Tucker I didn’t like but afterwards, when I analysed it (as did Elliot) it was obvious Tucker knew Elliot inside and out, he knew exactly what they both needed. It’s one of the best sex scenes I’ve even read from Josh, a real surprise.

Overall I found the story interesting and absorbing. Josh Lanyon knows exactly how to layer a story so that it captivates the reader. Fair Play was full of interesting characters, plot twists and suspense. While it seemed to move slowly I didn’t actually feel it was slow paced, more that I had plenty of time to absorb and digest all the little nuances before we moved on to the next bit. There were plenty of red herrings to keep me hoodwinked and I never worked it out, not before Elliot anyway. What more can I ask for, except maybe more of Elliott and Tucker. Well Josh, will be get anymore books? I certainly hope so, after all the Sculptor case from Fair Game isn’t finished yet, those heads still remain hidden, surely that needs resolving?

For lovers of Josh Lanyon and Elliot and Tucker this was well worth the wait and I highly recommended it.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Fair Play by Josh Lanyon ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

  1. Can’t wait to start this one! Already downloaded to my Kindle. Just need to finish Eden Winter’s Manipulation (which is also great). 🙂

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