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Dangerous Ground (Dangerous Ground #1)

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Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. And when Taylor was shot a few hours later, Will felt his reluctance to get involved was vindicated. For Will, the team and the friendship ha...more
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Published April 22nd 2008 by Loose Id, LLC (first published April 2008)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

3.5 stars

Buddy read / my first but certainly not my last Josh Lanyon read


Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, have been partners for three years. When Taylor tells Will how he really feels about him a lot of things changed because Will refused to get romantically involved with his partner. Will liked stability, reliability and predictability and he thinks that the commitment-shy Taylor is a bad relationsh...more
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
This is a fun little read...no great shakes! 3.5 Stars


The novella starts with our two MC's stumbling on a crashed plane in the High Sierra's National Park. The plane had been hijacked 4 months previous by a gang that had ripped off a Casino for the tidy sum of 2.3 million, killing two deputies in the getaway!...Oooh but they didn't just stumble on it by accident, no, they had been up in the Sierras camping most weekends, actively looking for the missing plane or some clues at least to it's wher...more
Written September 8, 2014

3.7 Stars - A promising start at full speed for another good romantic crime series

Book #1

The first part in the audiobook Volume #1 - Armed and Dangerous: Four Dangerous Ground Novellas. ~ A three hours listening.

I felt that good familiar feeling immiedetly. This was another gentle, slow lingering start to a wonderful intense love story from Josh Lanyon's skillful pen.


From the book blurb:
** Special Agents for the

Dangerous Ground is book one in a series by Josh Lanyon revolving around Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, two agents for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Partners on the job, best friends, and perhaps more.

As much as my head appreciated the concept of kicking off a series with a couple under pressure, uncertain, and in turmoil—I just couldn’t talk my heart into the idea. The emotion and air felt too unclear and shaky between Taylor and Will, which was the point actually. They were on danger...more
2.5 Stars

This was just an ok start to Lanyon's Dangerous Ground series. Taylor and Will are openly gay federal agents who are both partners and friends. Taylor wants more, however Will doesn't want to ruin their friendship or work relationship by taking things any further.

Lanyon has a great way of bringing everything alive around you. While Taylor and Will are camping, they stumble across a plane crash site along with a couple of million dollars. They find themselves in the middle of a chase whi...more
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Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated...

Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras -- despite the fact that he hates camping -- because Will wants a chance...more
This was my first book by Josh Lanyon and it was an enjoyable little read. Will and Taylor were a very cute couple, there was plenty of action and witty, snarky dialogue. My only complaint was it was too short! I'd like to read more from this writer, hopefully a full-length novel next time.

Thanks ladies from the Corrupt Me group for reading this with me. It was fun!

Dangerous Ground is the first book of the same-named series and No. 17 in my Josh Lanyon shelf.

Guys, what an awesome read! Take two hot guys, suspense, crime and some breathtaking moments of danger, a not too long read.... and fortunately four more follow ups and you see a happy Tina. :D

Four stars for the introducing book. And now straightaway to book two 'Old Poison'.:)
Vanessa North
very short but pleasant enough action-packed read. Not really a mystery in this one, it was much more about the romantic relationship between the two guys.

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One of my favorite story lines is law enforcement partners attracted/in love with each other, so I really liked Dangerous Ground.
Taylor has been in love with Will for a long time. They’ve been partners for three years and both are openly gay. When Will starts dating a Naval officer, Taylor realizes his love for Will won’t ever be returned. He gets drunk and while drunk tries to get Will to sleep with him. Will rejects him because he thinks their becoming intimate will ruin their partnership and...more

Group "Corrupt Me" - Buddy Read

This book was nothing special. I did like the characters - being introduced to Will & Taylor made me like their chemistry enough to read on in the series.

But the book itself was 1) too short and 2) too generic. Having read the Adrien English series, I realize that Josh Lanyon has a way of ending books in a way that makes me feel like he was in the middle of a sentence and just stopped. After each book, including Dangerous Ground, I'm left with a "huh?" in my he...more
Heather C

I read Dangerous Ground last night and really enjoyed it. I must say that its been awhile since I've read M/M written in 3rd person POV and had forgotten how confusing all the "he"s can be. Lol. But I liked getting both characters perspective, too. I really liked how it started right in the middle of Taylor and Willl's conflict and I was given only bits and pieces of their past at a time. I can't wait to see wear their next adventure takes them.
LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131
Jan 15, 2013 LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: m-m, gay, spy, cops, special agents,
Recommended to LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog by: Andri

The aptly named Dangerous Ground is a story of two men who are trying to keep hold of a desirable relationship. The two are Special Agent partners who mesh well a a team. As the story moves forward we learn about their past and come to realize that there is, indeed, something to hold on to. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, if you like an element of instability in a story) the author keeps both men very precariously tip-toeing around their troubles.

At first, I was really only interested in one...more
Like the Josh of the Damned or Darwin's Theory series, here's another series of novellas that I'm gonna read in a month - tops.
I don't know why I waited so long to read this. I'm a huge Lanyon fan, but I had the misconception that most of the time in this novella the MCs were going to be apart, and while that could be an interesting concept, I'm usually interested in more... "close-contact" romance ;P
Anyway, obviously, this was great. Adrenalinic action and a marvelous romance - plus, that bath...more
This was a short story, so I really loved that it didn't waste time and just threw me into the events. It was interesting to get to watch the MCs figure out their changing dynamic and I must admit that the conflict between them was not what I thought it would be from the blurb and I found it refreshing. The plot was rather fast-paced and full of action and kept my attention up the whole time. I had a blast reading this book and can thoroughly recommend it ;)
May 04, 2013 JR rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a great book
Wow, just wow. I read this in one sitting. Loved every word, every punctuation mark. I think I licked my tablet to get all the goodness. Have I read a plot like this before, yep. Did this deter me, NO! It pushed all my buttons and I pushed right back.

This is a story about partnered Special Agents Taylor and Brandt. They are the best at what they do because they fit so well together. When they find out that they even share being gay, well that becomes the icing on the cake and the thorn in Tayl...more
Enjoyable if short m/m crime thriller. Loved the partnership of agents Will and Taylor.
Taylor's lashes lifted. "Did you mean it? What you said before about taking it one day at a time?"
"Yeah I meant it. Of course I did. I'm not letting you go without a fight."
Nice story with a good pace, interesting plot and good characters. Relatively short but follow up books in the series continue the story of Taylor and Will. This book (number 1) focuses on the start of their relationship and Will's reluctance to move beyond work partners.
I'm not familiar with the whole "gay romance" genre -- but I got curious after reading someone's review here on Goodreads of a different Josh Lanyon book, so I decided to check him out. In fact, I read all four of these Dangerous Ground novellas....I believe each one would be around 100 pages converted into a dead tree book, so all four together make about one novel's worth.

These were actually not too bad. Certainly there are some of the overblown emotions and the unrealistically sexy heroes tha...more

3.5 stars. A buddy read and my first josh lanyon.

I had to think about how to review this as I battled with my feelings throughout the read. I quite liked the story although I felt that it was too big a story to be packed into a novella. The bits and pieces we were told about the past as the story went on I feel should have been told chronologically instead. If we had been able to live through their relationship, then that awkward night, then the shooting, then the camping trip I feel this would...more
This is one of those that took me fucking forever to read. After many false starts over a period of months, I finally through the whole of it while sitting through a Physical Geology lecture.

All in all, I rather liked it. Typical Lanyon fare, as I know it, anyways. Action/mystery/romance. I like that the romance in this is really atypical and somewhat WTF. Taylor kind of comes of as "in need of therapy," so it was kind of weird. Sounds like there's a bunch of angst fodder to come, though.
This book wasn't bad, but from the reviews that I had seen I was left expecting a little more. I have quite a vivid imagination and find that when I read I always like to be able to picture the scenes and the characters in my head, and this usually comes easily to me. For some reason, I found that quite difficult in a few places whilst reading this. I'd still like to read the following book in this series to see what happens next, but I might wait a while.
Not sure this was a 5 star read the first time around but any book that I can read twice and enjoy every bit as much the second time as the first earns 5 stars in my world. It's been awhile since I read this series and damn I forgot how seriously hot these two men are. That was fun. Will and Taylor are definitely 2 men worth spending more time with.
Mar 31, 2014 Richard marked it as to-read
Shelves: aaa, kindle-lending

We are moving to Canada-thanks for the invite Catherine

Emma Sea
This reminded me of what I wanted Sticks and Stones to be. Very enjoyable. Sex in the hot spring was pushing belief though.

Meet Taylor MacAllister and DDS partner William Brandt.
These two are partners at work, both gay, and best friends. They’ve known each other around three years and know pretty much everything about one another. Taylor is written as the playboy commitment-phobe, and William is the down-to-earth traditional family man. Somehow, this isn’t exactly how it seems to play out in the series though.

IMO, this book had a bit of a slow start. I had a hard time getting into it and started it once a f...more
I don't believe this is the same author who created Adrien English. I love Adrien. I don't know where to start with this one.

The story has two government agents, a group of criminals, lots of arguing and then chasing and some sex ((view spoiler)).

The first part was unbelievable. I couldn't see any chemistry between them at first. They did nothing to make me accept them as a couple. We are simply told about their feelings, their fears, their pas...more
Whenever I want something quick and fun to read, I'm starting to realise that I should just pick up something by Josh Lanyon, since there's plenty of his work I haven't read yet (and isn't that a lovely feeling?). Dangerous Ground is more action/adventure than mystery, but the build-up of the relationship is as well-done as ever, and I quite liked the way he handles the action/adventure aspect. I liked the history between the two characters, and their helpless misunderstandings of each other --...more
My favorite JL book so far. I really liked that these two guys were both gay "police" partners from the beginning and not one thinking he was straight. For three years they were best friends and partners and then Taylor asks for more but Will turns him down. Not because he doesn't want him, he just doesn't want to ruin their friendship. Of course rejection has a way of doing that anyway.

What follows is Taylor getting shot and then withdrawing from Will. Will convincing Taylor to go hiking to try...more
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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-...more
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