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The Dark Tide (Adrien English #5)

4.47 of 5 stars 4.47  ·  rating details  ·  4,310 ratings  ·  411 reviews
As if recovering from heart surgery beneath the gaze of his over-protective family wasn’t exasperating enough, someone keeps trying to break into Adrien English’s bookstore. What is this determined midnight intruder searching for?

When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and hands
ebook, 187 pages
Published December 2009 by Loose Id
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Gif-y review with the help of my boyfriend, Chris Martin, beginning in...




Thanks for that intro, Chris, that was spot on. The final edition of the series was a Jake sap-fest... and I, for one, needed that. No, Jake was NOT back in my good graces after book 4 and I needed him to suffer a bit, to put his feelings out in the open and on the line. *I'm evil, I know* I wanted Jake to show some emotion and I got that in this story.

Lots of people were annoyed with Adrien's waffling but I l
Did I mention that I'm a sucker for scars? But an open heart surgery scar, like Adrien's, that's A LOT OF SCAR. Especially when it's still fresh, bloody and zipper-y. I just discovered that Skeet Ulrich had open heart surgery when he was 10 years old though.

And it hardly shows anymore, don't you think? So Adrien will be just fine in the end and..'s your loss Mel, stupid fuck.


Now that Adrien's ex-lover, who shouldn't have been in the picture in the first place, is o
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review completed January 31, 2013

He smelled like soap and sleep and bare skin. He smelled familiar. Not the déjà-vu familiar of Guy or Mel. Familiar like…the ache in your chest of homesickness, of longing for harbor after weeks of rough seas or craving a fire’s warmth after snow—or wanting back something you should never have given away.

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Adrien was sleeping on his sofa when he heard a faint but persistent scratching. Someone tried to break into his bookstore Cloak and Dagger. Even though he is
When I have collected my thoughts I will attempt to review, that's if I can do it justice. It seriously deserves one even if I have to suffer trying to write it. This has been one of the best series I have ever read. You get the best of both worlds. Fantastic writing, good mystery, killer romance and the wonderful frustrating Adrien English. A sorrowful brilliant character who is adored, loved and worshiped. Gorgeous and truly loved.
Written May 31, 2014

4.7 Stars - the last part in an fantastic series and a big thunderous applause - what an AMAZING romantic adventure this was

Book #5

Wow, woot, oh yeah!!!! ~ Directly to the shelf for all time favorite M/M series and high on my list for "most loved book-couple".


These last days has this lady, Ingela, more or less, being absent from RL and occasionally also completely unreachable. I've not wanted to sacrifice a single fre
Jenni Lea

Series review

What a ride that was! I have to tell you, I did not expect to love this series as much as I did. I’m not a big mystery fan and I think that was why I put off reading this series (and Josh Lanyon) as long as I did. But let me just say this: I’m so glad I finally gave in and tried it.

Josh Lanyon has an amazing ability to create characters that are so believable; so fleshed out that you feel as if you know them personally. They are so complex and alive. These characters are nowhere ne
*This review contains spoilers*

I'm not happy, Mr Lanyon. Not happy at all.

I know I was angry at Jake in the previous two installments but you made me angry at Adrien in this one. What was that behaviour about? At some point I seriously thought you were going to use his heart surgery as a plot device to make him have a "change of heart." Seriously.

And what exactly was Mel, the self-centered, heartless (pun not intended) ex, doing appearing in this book? Tsk tsk tsk. I thought you weren't one of
Have you ever read a book when you get so attached to the characters, that your chest aches - constricted with emotion because of what the characters are going through?

That is what happens with me all the way through.

This is the final Adrien English book. While I enjoy reading the mystery, it is the relationship between Adrien and Jake that is sitting on driver's seat. This one is filled with sentiments from the two of them. How they are dealing with what has happened after Jake's big decision

If I have to judge only the mystery part, then I'd say that the last book of the Adrien English Mystery The Dark Tide was the best.

But it was different.
And our two guys, Adrien and Jake, that I have taken into my heart, were different, they have changed comparing to the other books.

We were shown totally new sides of their characters.
One can argue if it was favourably for the both MCs but it was for sure a benefit for the romance between the two.

I experience different inconsistent emotions afte
Nooooooooooooo its finished

You know a book or series is really good when you read the last page and feel both happy and sad at the same time.

The final book was as well done as the rest Mystery wise. The 50 year old murder and all the suspects kept me intrigued and interested.

Lisa is one of the few female characters I adore, and surprisingly even Natalie did not annoy me. I could be wrong but I even thought there might be a little something about to go on between her and Angus lol.

But the roman
Jordan Price
I gobbled the book down all in one day. I'm sure I'll need to re-read the series from the beginning to appreciate all the arcs. The ending felt very satisfying! Hard to say more without spoilers. But I suppose it doesn't spoil much to say I despised Mel. Loathed him. Would love to suckerpunch him. And there's something fun about being able to hate a character like that.
Can a book emotionally torture you while you are loving every word? Yes it can...Like the first four I loved this fifth book in the Adrien English series. My first thought as I read the last line was..."Please someone tell me he is writing a sixth one".

In this book, two years have gone by since we first met Adrien and Jake. Jake has come out of the closet, filed for divorce and left the police force. He wants Adrien, but Adrien has just had heart surgery and is unsure of what he wants. Mostly he

Spoilers down der.

Ah, the dramatic conclusion to this series. I think I've said most of what I had to say in the other book reviews.
In this book, I didn't really care as much. I didn't care who killed Skelly, I didn't really care about the people snooping around. Well, saying I didn't care if strong. I didn't care as much as I previously have.

I felt like I liked Jake 10% more for a while, then 5% less.. so technically now I still like him more than previously, but maybe that dislike has transfe
Adrien with an "e", I love you. Usually at the end of a series I'v already had enough of the MCs. But not here. I want more.
Kaje Harper
The Adrien English series fully deserves its reputation as the best m/m mystery series around. This installment is my favorite so far, which is saying a lot. The plot is solid, but in this book the emotional connection between Adrien and Jake is front and center. The result is a satisfying narrative that had me fully engaged in every moment, amused, afraid, and emotionally caught up in the story. If you haven't read the others yet (and why not???) go do that first. Then read this one and expect ...more
The Dark Tide is the final book in the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon and I'm so sad it's over. But I also have to say: I'm glad Lanyon stopped the story where he did. Eventhough I'd like to see much more of Adrien and the people in his life, it's better to leave us wanting more.

This book had the same ingredients as Lanyon's other stories: good, engaging, witty writing with humor and heart. It wasn't my favorite in the series though, but the rating (4,5 stars) is more based on the serie
Macky ~ Sinfully...Addicted To All Male Romance
This series was one of my first forays into LGBT fiction, a genre I don't think I would have explored had I not bought my Kindle and what a treat I would have missed! Since reading all the Adrian English series I have become a big fan of gay fiction and can honestly say have found some of my favourite ever reads within it, as well as some utter dross but that covers all book types. Most m/m fiction is written by straight women ( like mills & boon romances written by men ) and read by a lot o ...more

”There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
--Raymond Chandler

Hearts can stutter, skip, flip-flop, ache, long, love, and break. They say a broken heart heals with time. But can we truly open up again after being hurt? Or do we just carry on, move through life, play it safe, and settle? Can we love again after heartbreak? Maybe….If it wasn’t for that big, damn obstacle and side effect lurking in the corner of every shattered heart—FEAR.

The Dark Tide, the final book *sobs* in th
Mandi Schreiner
The fifth and final book of the Adrien English Mystery Series *SOB*. It is always hard when a series ends for me, especially one so beloved as this one. It was exciting to read the final book to see where Adrien and Jake end up, and to reflect on their journey in the series and Josh Lanyon gave them a goodbye that they much deserved.

I picked up Fatal Shadows, the first book in this series, on a whim one day. It is only 150 pages and I read it all in one sitting. I still remember reading it and t
Overall rating for whole series 5 stars

Spoiler alert

So this was the last book, bringing to some sort of conclusion to the one relationship between Adrien and Jake and 5 mysteries.

When a relationship is broken and people are hurt, you cannot automatically put them back together (like we would want to). The hurt has to be acknowledged and some sort of reparation has to be. This is what happened in this book, with Adrien unsure, afraid to choose the way forward. I admired the fact that Jake accepte
I can't believe this, but I actually feel rather let down by this finale. I got everything I wanted ... I guess. But to be honest, I think I preferred all the angst and suspense. I realise now that it was much more entertaining being angry with Jake than it is sympathising with him. This new needy Jake is all kinds of dull.

The mystery was okay, because I sussed it quite early on - Go me! My newly discovered sleuthing skills are starting to pay off (all credit to Adrien English).

I wasn't all that
Sooooooooooo... now MAYBE Adrien will be able to be together with the love of his live?

I can't tell... I'll not spoil your fun... you must read to know if FINALLY Adrien and the deep in the closet Jake will have the opportunity to be a couple...

Love this book. The humor was something I was not expecting and I really laugh. Even in the saddest moments, Adrien is always funny.

Great story, again amazing writing, and certainly a 5 stars story!

BTW... Adrien desired by EVERYONE? Niiiiiiiiceeeeeeeee
Anna  (Bananas!)
This one struck a chord with me. The overall theme of accepting yourself, of NOT living in the closet, and the gentle way in which that theme was handled, was very touching.

Part of the reason I related is that my brother is in the midst of trying to talk our mother into truly accepting him. And also for me personally coming out as bi was very important and meaningful. You should always be proud and unafraid of who you are. The people who matter will love you.

So, as usual, the mystery was the le

A great final book in this series. This one answered all my questions in regards to Jake/Adrien as well as having an interesting cold case mystery.

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The Dark Tide picks up a few weeks after the end of The Death of a Pirate King. Adrien is recovering from a combined bullet removal/heart surgery and is pleased to get back to some normalcy, whilst also frustrated at the weakness he still feels. When a fifty year old skeleton is discovered during the renovations to his bookshop, Adrien becomes convinced it is linked to a series of recent attempted break-ins. He calls on Jake, who now runs a PI business to find out who is trying to get into his s ...more
CAW CAW CAW! BURP! That is the sound of me eating crow. Yes, I KNOW. I have been going on for 4 books now about how much I absolutely hate Jake. Jake's a douchebag. Jake's a fucktard. Jake's a toolbag. BUT ARGH! I admit it! I LOVE JAKE! So why do I sound so angry? I hate being wrong and I would've bet my last dollar on the fact that there was absolutely no way that Josh Lanyon could lure me to the dark side. But fit me for one of those giant black helmets and call me Darth because I. LOVE. JAKE. ...more

FINALLY! I read all 5 books in a weekend. Through books 1-4, I felt so-so about the stories, had increasing loyalty and favor for Adrien, consistently hated Jake, and wanted, hoped, prayed for the very least, a HAPPILY EVER AFTER for Adrien. My persistence paid off!

Book 5 finally brought the series up to its potential! It had it's usual Adrien English series mystery, which I'm liking more and more. But, the best part of this book...FINALLY, Jake is out of the closet and...I L
4.5 stars

A nice ending to the series, The Dark Tide is really about Adrien coming to terms with what he wants in his future, and finding closure and dealing with his past. The mystery only serves to further this end.

Just weeks after DoaPK ends, Dark Tide picks up with Adrien recovering from his surgery and hospitalization. He has asked Jake to give him space and time to think, but that isn't easy with his family hovering as usual. After a break in at his bookstore he calls Jake in to the rescu
Kade Boehme
Holy sh*t! I SUCK at reviews but my emotional response to this book/series is too overwhelming not to come sing the praise. I just read thru this entire series over the weekend and I have to say the final scene in this book where Adrien grieves for Jake's self-tortured life was one of the most powerful endings to a series I've read and above and beyond what I could have asked for. It's like after a long LONG and heartbreaking journey they found home and it fell into place. It wasn't pretty, it w ...more
Favorite of the series? Maybe.

Let me ramble for a bit. *clears throat*

The saga of Jake and Adrien, with an e, has come to an end. An end that had to happen and good fucking lord it was about time it did.

I wanted to punch Adrien through most of this though, recovering from open heart surgery or not, he was so... just ARGH! But then, he had this moment, on the phone being told about the dark tide and it all hit me like the damn Cross the mystery was about.

THESE TWO! I mean... THESE! TWO! You k
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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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  • Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1)
  • A Dangerous Thing (Adrien English Mystery, #2)
  • The Hell You Say (Adrien English Mystery, #3)
  • Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mystery, #4)
Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1) Fair Game (All's Fair, #1) A Dangerous Thing (Adrien English Mystery, #2) Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mystery, #4) The Hell You Say (Adrien English Mystery, #3)

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“Why can't you say it?" I hardened my voice. "Because I'm telling you, you never have. I'd have remembered."
He stared at me with disbelief. [...]
"Love you? Of course I love you. Baby, I fucking worship you.”
“I love you," Jake whispered. "Are you strong enough for this?"
I made myself comfortable. Said over my shoulder, "Sure."
"Would you tell me if you weren't?"
I grinned. "Maybe. I can't think of a nicer way to commit suicide."
"That's good. I can't think of a more pleasant way to commit murder.”
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