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The Hell You Say (The Adrien English Mysteries #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,694 Ratings  ·  400 Reviews
After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, owner Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 6th 2006 by iUniverse
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Audiobook edition**

Dear Jake Riordan,

You are a diiiiiiickkkkk with a capital "D"

Adrien= doormat who accepts Jake's $hit and doesn't make a stink about it
Jake= selfish asshole
Me= livid that I give a crap, livid that I'm addicted to this infuriating series!

I'm sorry but this is not a romance series. This is a glimpse inside an abusive, dissatisfying relationship that serves as the evil background for the fascinating mystery writing.

I'm most concerned about (view spoiler)
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review completed January 23, 2013

"This symbol is a seal. A personal signature representing a demon. A high-ranking demon."
I certainly didn't want any low-ranked demons loitering about the place. "So…what does that mean? I've been cursed?"

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I assured him all was cool, although I couldn't help wondering: If God works in mysterious ways, why shouldn't the Devil seek temporary employment in a mystery bookstore?

The Hell You Say is the third book in the Adrien English series. Our hero, Adrien Eng
My life will never be the same
'Cause deeply closeted cop, you came and changed
The way I walk, the way I talk
I cannot explain the things I feel for you
But homophobic Jake, you know it's true

At least that was how it was SUPPOSED to go. The Hell You Say? What The Hell, you mean. Seriously, what the hell Detective Jake Riordan?!

I thought I would just lie down on the sofa this Sunday - since Holland is completely snowed in anyway - with a gigantic mug of hot chocolate and indulge in Adrien and Jake,
Rosa, really
Sep 15, 2014 Rosa, really rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Rosa, really by: Everybody

Jake Riordan: Total heartbreaker;
Source of considerable grief & distress;
But a more complex person than the douchebag I thought he’d be;
i.e. I might not have to punch him in the larynx after all.

(Uh, please do not mistake the above for my awkward attempt at poetry.)

(view spoiler)
Sep 13, 2012 Susan65 rated it liked it
Jake is a self serving, closeted bastard who treats Adrian like shit and then has the nerve to put his hands on him and threaten him? This guy has absolutely no redeeming qualities. None. Who told me to read this series again? to read book four...I am such a sucker for punishment.

Written May 28, 2014

4 Stars - Another interesting nicely solved mystery but also some heartbreaking sad moments

Book #3

I'm an impatient reader these days and just couldn't wait to continue to read (listening to) the further adventures for our dear hero, Adrien English. ~ I really liked the second part
A Dangerous Thing (4.3 stars), and at last started Adrien & Jack's love story in tiny small small steps.

Will it be more steamy nice moments and a lovely nice development on their way (hopefully)
May 24, 2012 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-gay, suspense
Jake can try... Try and try... Something will always betray his "I'm not gay" fake life

I love the book, hate Jake, and pity Adrien... I don't thing I should say more. Why? I must write a quick review. I can't wait to read more! Already starting Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mystery, #4) by Josh Lanyon


5 stars
This is the best installment in the series so far. The writing was, as always, excellent, the mystery was solid, the story paced, the characterisation strong. Just the fact that I didn't end up hating Jake's guts even though he behaved like a dbag almost throughout this book speaks volumes about the author's skill. He managed to make me understand Jake's side, his (re)actions, his hang-ups. He made Jake's douchebaggery bearable. And for that alone he deserves my five stars.
New name for this book titled: Lanyon wants to set you on a murderous, rampaging path in life.

What is this book? What is this? How do I rate this? I was torn between 1 (because of rage) and 5 (because of emotions) but I gave myself some time to cool my jets and here I am... at a comfortable 4.
I almost threw my iPad, and since my iPad is like a child to me, I'll admit I had some anger issues reading this book.

So, there's lots of spoilers and swearing below this point. Danger, danger.

First off, I
Jake Riordan is a stinking bastard.

Yep. That's my review.
Jul 19, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
”It was harder to avoid demons in dreams—especially when they were your own.”

It is official Adrien has driven me to drink! The Hell You Say, book three in the Adrien English Mystery series filled my heart and soul with such longing, sadness, and hollowed out hope. Not sure I’ll be able to convey the power of this ache in my chest, but I have never wanted to hug a fictional character more in my life.

It’s Christmas time, which for Adrien English means garland, twinkling lights, and of course—dead
Lanyon’s put a curse on me! It would seem I like this sleuthing thing.

These murder mystery stories are NOT my thing. Sure, I like all the intrigue and deducing as a side plot but this series is way too heavy on the whodunit element, and yet I find myself trapped and spellbound devouring every word. Yep, totally cursed I tell you!

There is so much going on here: kidnapping, satanic cults, multiple murder investigation, a lesson in the occult, Wiccan craft, sex magic, candle magic and demonology on
Wendy Ciliacus
Holy shit...Jake is such a major asshole !! I can't believe the shit he pulled in this book. Fucking douchebag !!

Still...I loved the book...and Adrien ofcourse, so even Jake's douchebaggery won't stop me from jumping right into the next book.

4 stars !!
Jenni Lea
Nov 21, 2013 Jenni Lea rated it really liked it

So... freaking... PISSED!!!!!!!

Off to read the next one. Lets just see how he plans to get back in my good graces. Hah! Like THAT will ever happen! Stupid freaking closeted assholes are stupid! *angry face*
May 24, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hell you Say is the third book in the Adrien English Mysteries and I can say I now fully understand the obsession some people seem to have with this series.
Not that I didn't like the first two books, I did. But this one I LOVED!

I love Josh Lanyon's writing. It's witty and engaging. It evokes emotion without being overly dramatic. Adrien doesn't spell out his feelings or his heart ache for the reader. The angst, the pain, the loneliness... it's there, but it isn't overdrawn. And yet it's st
May 19, 2015 MishyJo rated it really liked it
I couldn't keep all of the secondary characters straight. That's probably my fault. Besides that, I really really liked it.

On to the next one!
Lilia Ford
Mar 24, 2014 Lilia Ford rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 06, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
4.5 stars

Might be spoilerish.

Josh Lanyon is the master of the unsaid word. The Italians have a thing called 'Vedo Non Vedo' which translates in something like Seeing, Not Seeing, and it conveys the message that a partial nude with strategically placed clothing engages more the mind and imagination. If the imagination needs to work more, there is more engagement on behalf of the participant. Lanyon is the master of this in book writing. The achy desperation conveyed so subtly and quietly in this
Aug 23, 2015 Gaby rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe I'm rating this five stars. But I am. I got pissed off, sad, then enjoyed some witty, snarky Adrien remarks. And then got pissed off again.

And yes. Ended the book royally pissed off.

I hate what Jake did to Adrien, but I know there is way more to him that what meets the eye. So I am trying very hard to understand him, even if I know I don't have all the cards to read him right, yet. I hate that Adrien just... Lets Jake do his Jake thing... But when you really think about it, doe
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
The series just gets better as it progresses, I have a real fondness for these two and get deeply pulled into their highly dysfunctional relationship! Jake and Adrien hit rocky ground and their future is shaky but you just know that there's a lot more to come between them. Another complex plot, quirky characters, Adriens unique snark and Jakes brooding! Hubble , bubble , toil and trouble... Love these books. Even better a second time around.
Rating 4.5 stars

This series hurts me. It hurts me and I love it for that fact. See, I am a self-proclaimed angst whore and I live for stories like this. A few months back, I wasn’t sure I was going to read this series even though I wanted to. The reaction it gets from readers is intense but I had to see for myself and well…

So this takes place a few months after book two ends. Adrien and Jake are doing okay in their one foot – meaning Jake – in the closet relationship. I know, I KNOW I should hat
3,5 stars

The good news:

There are two great things in The Hell You Say- the writing and Adrien English. (view spoiler)

And the fact that I'm not able to put this series aside and pick something different for a change speaks for itself.

Though I didn't like it as much as I like the first two books.

And there are some simple explanations for it:

There was more mystery than I can tolerate, and there was not enough romance here for my taste. The healthy balance between mystery and l
Aug 19, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm really torn about these books. I want to LOVE them, but I'm never entirely that entertained, or enamored, by them. However, after ending each one, I quickly purchase, download, and consume the next in the series. (clearly I'm the problem here! ha!)

"The Hell You Say", book 3 of the Adrien English series was OK. By book 3, I've come to like and be loyal to our lead, Adrien. And by book 3, I think the author has found his voice with Adrien. Adrien is sharper, funnier, and stronger now.

Anna  (Bananas!)
May 06, 2013 Anna (Bananas!) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, thriller-mystery
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These books are compulsively readable...and I can't quite figure out why. Meaning, the mystery is so-so (again) and while there were some great moments between Adrien and Jake, overall things didn't go smashingly for our heroes. And yet I enjoyed the ride. I have to chalk it up to the writing. It flows so well that I can't help but keep reading. Maybe Josh Lanyon has cast some spooky spell on me.
The plot was 3.5 stars but I'm compelled enough to read the next book right away so I'm rounding up
My Adrien English weekend continues with demons and wedding plans from hell. The tension and connection between Jake and Adrien is delicious. Yep, Jake is a complete asshat, no HEAs anywhere to be found. I am guessing our evil author has something planned for these two, but I will be damned if I know what.

It has been extra fun for me reading a series that takes place in LA, and no doubt Lanyon is a local. And then he throws in my alma mater, UCLA and everything he says is spot on. That makes me
Aug 06, 2014 Therese rated it really liked it
And the story goes on…In this one, I must admit I had to re-read some sections that dealt with the mystery plot.
There are many plot points spread out in different directions, but they all managed to come together. It was like the author picked up all those threads and neatly braided them together in the end. And what an ending! The Grand finale had me turning those e-pages quickly, and biting my fingernails with excitement!
I am still surprised that it all came together, there were just so many
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This is not your standard formulaic pulp mystery novel. This book made me think and I love that. But first...

Josh Lanyon, I am very angry with you! You muddled me all up and now I don't even know whether I'm coming or going. Damn you for being a skilled writer who likes to play with my head.

Big fat stinking royally enormous spoiler regarding why I hate Jake: (view spoiler)
Apr 27, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, josh-lanyon

'The Hell you Say' is the third book in the Adrien English Mysteries.

The cult/satan topic of this book is not really my favorite but it's written very well and it was a better read than I expected. The little clues and hints gathered along the way of the murder inquiri are filled with mystery and suspense.

Adrien is still struggling with the closeted Jake. Their non-existent relationship made me growling and swearing and I wanted to kick Jake. Hard! Where it hurts!

Adrien annoys the fuck out of
Oct 06, 2012 Deeze rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Another great Murder Mystery. Again this is light on romance, but still manages to keep me interested.

The relationship between Jake and Adrien is so compelling. I know I should be appalled at Jakes attitude, and I certainly wanted to smack him towards the end of this book, but I can’t help but root for him still.

The mystery part worked well for me, but then I rarely guess the whodunits lol.

Hopefully Guy will not be around for long in the next book. I just don’t like him, but if he can get Jak
Beanbag Love
May 24, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
I almost gave this four stars because there's a bit of a change in tone, but it's so subtle I'm not sure I can even describe it. So, five stars it is.

This one had me on the edge of my seat at points, worried for Adrien on all levels. I'd been told I would absolutely have to get #4 to start right after this one and guess what I just downloaded.

I'm hooked.
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The Adrien English Mysteries (5 books)
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“A pause followed my greeting. Then “We’re watching you ” whispered the voice on the other end.
“Yeah? Did you see what I did with my keys? ”
Silence. Then dial tone.
These younger demons. So easily discouraged.”
“I know that asshole you were with in college --”
“Can we leave that asshole out of it?”
Please, gentlemen, one asshole at a time.”
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