Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/16/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer
After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe—the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather’s1960 copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for…
In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he’s someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help—and a place to stay, and perhaps something more—things become complicated.
Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction?
From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other, hard, while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable—in more ways than one.
I’m usually a big fan of Josh Lanyon’s stuff and have been for years. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t do it for me. It might be my least favorite Lanyon book ever.
The flow of the book was uneven for me and the character’s somewhat unlikable. It wasn’t that I disliked the main characters of Jefferson and George, but I certainly never connected with either of them.
Jefferson is a young man fresh out of college—and a broken engagement—and traveling Europe. He’s also a bit on the lost side, figuratively speaking. While in London he has plans to stay at a family member’s house but when that doesn’t happen he reaches out to George, an old friend. George and Jefferson had a falling out years prior and they’re both still a little sore about it, though they’re reluctant to discuss it.
I usually like how Lanyon seamlessly blends romance and mystery but that doesn’t happen here. Jefferson gets in trouble thanks to a case of mistaken identity involving a woman who thinks he has something of hers. This results in Jefferson getting taken captive more than once and George coming to his rescue.
There’s more to George than is seen at first, but we don’t get to know him too much because of Jefferson’s self-absorption. Jefferson does a lot of soul searching but it still takes him forever to actually do anything about it. It’s more like things happen to him rather than him being proactive. Of course the one time he does make a decision regarding George he does it at worst possible moment.
The back-and-forth pace of the novel annoyed me. Jefferson is in Paris then he goes back to London for a minute, then he’s back in Paris. George shows up in Paris, goes back to London, then back to Paris. It felt like a lot of travel that wasn’t necessarily needed.
One of the most confusing parts of the book is when there is an armed man after Jefferson and he’s saved by an American named Colin. Colin has ninja-like skills and takes Jefferson to his place, where Jefferson stays the night. The next day Jefferson leaves and doesn’t see Colin again. Colin might as well has have been named MacGuffin because that’s basically what he was to the plot.
The lack of romance was my biggest disappointment. There was forward movement in Jefferson and George’s relationship but I hesitate to call it romance. Even the sexy parts weren’t all that sexy.
I’m not sure if Lanyon plans to write more with this couple because the ending certainly isn’t an HEA, not even really a HFN. More like a possible HEA if they both work on it.
Certainly not one of Lanyon’s best and not a novel I’d recommend for first time Lanyon readers.
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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