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Fair Game (All's Fair #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,934 Ratings  ·  560 Reviews

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little

Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Carina Press (first published 2010)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review completed January 13, 2012

Fair Game is a prime example why I love to read M/M novels. Wow! These are the reading moments I live for! Did I say that I loved it?


After sustaining a terrible knee injury, former FBI agent Elliot Mills is now a college history professor. As much as Elliot enjoyed teaching, he had loved law enforcement and he had always loved believing that he was making a difference in the world. He truly enjoyed setting right a few wrongs. However, instead of accepting a desk
Blacky *Romance Addict*
“It was dark.”
“I’d know you in the dark, Tucker.”
Tucker’s eyes flashed up to meet Elliot’s. He said curtly. “Yeah. I’d know you too.”

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Fair Game was my first, but I think it was a good choice because I absolutely loved it

"And he missed Tucker. He’d been missing him for seventeen months. Even though he’d told himself that there had been nothing between them but sex — and the profession they both loved — h
Mar 04, 2014 Dd rated it really liked it

"If you even try to die, I’ll kill you myself."

Hello Readers!!

How do I not love this book after this???

This book was the perfect cocktail....

It had,my personal favourite,two very hot hunks.One of them,a wounded hero.



Sexual tension.



What else do you want?? Grab it and just sit back and enjoy!!


Now,the story---

It starts with a vibrating cell phone....

Elliot Mills is a newly appointed professor of Puget Sou
Please don't slam a corkscrew into my throat, ladies!

Oh, and could you drop that penknife?

That anvil you're about to use to drown me... Honestly, it'll ruin your back!

And I did like Fair Game. I really did! It's another decent formulaic mystery romance by Lanyon. I don't mean formulaic in a bad way here. It's great to know what to expect, and does Lanyon ever disappoint? However, compared to the Adrien English series, Fair Game didn't make much of an impression on me. That would have been spect
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
May 13, 2014 Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* rated it really liked it
Shelves: delicious-m-m

Officially a Josh Lanyon fan. I know, I am late to the party!

I can't believe I enjoy mysteries that much. How about adding a little bit more romance next time, Mr Lanyon? hehe

Read this, you won't regret it.







A young man has gone missing at the campus, so Elliot is asked to look into it as a favor from his father because he used to be an FBI agent. But because of
Written February 14, 2014

4 1/2 Impressed Stars - comfortable and moderately slow, stylish, well-written, thrilling exciting, funny, thought-out and also so tender-cute romantic finally
“All cynics are disappointed idealists.
The more stars in the eyes, the harder the fall.”

This was my first attempt (..or venture) with a M/M novel by Josh Lanyon. A lot of friends here have been telling me that JL's books are so very good. I'd big hopes...

...And they are met. This was a wonderful blend of crime
Rosa, really

This section of the review is entitled: Elliot Mills, you giant sack of poo.

Elliot, buddy, I mean it sincerely when I say I love you but if you say there’s nothing but sex (and Nissans) between you & Tucker one more time, I’m planning on borrowing the nearest penis & making violent love to him myself. You ask yourself, how the hell could you be homesick for a place that had never been home? Um, cause you love him? Cause he was your home? Maybe? DUR. You seem to come to your senses by t
Jun 11, 2015 Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» by: Baba ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

RATING: 5 "This is how M/M should be read!" Hearts!!!! <3 :D


You know you’ve picked up a great book when every aspect of it instantly draws you in, completely consumes your day and night, and doesn’t let go even long after the last page is turned. Ecstatically, Josh Lanyon’s Fair Game captivates from beginning to end, an ex-FBI agent turned history professor forced to work with his ex-lover to stop the victimization of young men midst the unraveling of a killer’s sick mind games before he hims
Jan 21, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of audiobooks is such a great one, isn’t it? Convenient! You can listen to books when you don’t have the hands free to be reading them. And if you’re one with a long commute or loads of laundry to do or cooking dinner, its awesome.

Except for the fact that (I’ve noticed) most audiobooks are 10+ hours long! And, well, I don’t have a car. My commute is a 15 minute walk or 2 subway stops. I am forced to send my laundry out (no laundromat nearby) and, erm, my cooking typically consists of
Mar 23, 2013 Vilda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Suspense and/or M/M lovers!
Recommended to Vilda by: Dd
"It was good between us, Elliot. You know it was. We both know it was. We just needed more time."

While I'd been curious about Fair Game for some time, I admit I'd kind of forgotten about it a bit, so I'm extremely glad I decided to pick it up for a challenge when nothing else worked for me! I can't believe I might have missed out on this awesomeness if I hadn't.

I really loved Fair Game! It was exactly what I needed; in the middle of a chaotic life, it was the one book that managed to capture
Mar 29, 2016 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
3.5 stars

This is definitely a case of it's me and not the book. It was good overall, I just personally found it to be a little slow. I had to cheat at the halfway point and look ahead to see if anything was ever going to happen with the romance, because I was getting bored. I didn't mind that the book focused more on the mystery, but for some reason I didn't find that part of the storyline to be all that riveting. I liked the Puget Sound backdrop and the two main characters. I liked it, just did
BR with Sofia, Rosa, Therese!

Josh Lanyon's books and me are fully compatible.
We are harmonised together.
We were born to match each other optimally.

In Fair Game Josh Lanyon combined skillfully - as always - an exciting criminal case with the personal fate of its protagonists. The whole story was spiced up with a pinch of subtle humor, that made the reading even more pleasurable for me.

The well written mystery kept the pages turning - Josh Lanyon managed to maintain consistent tension up to th
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This is why Lanyon is one of my favorite authors ever. Fair Game has everything I look for in a novel: good standalone plot, good mystery that I didn't solve until just before the MC did, good sexual tension, good sex, good suspense, several viable suspects, a reasonable reason for the MC to get involved in a case, good suspense and action, individual characters, strong women characters, and lots of danger and near-death and oh-my-God-I-was-so-scared-I'd-lose yous to make me ecstatic. It was so ...more
Trisha Harrington
This book is getting a sequel! Hallelujah!

Because this is my favourite Josh Lanyon book so far, I feel like I must write a review for this. But I am unable to write something that would sum up my feelings for this one. I read it before I reviewed books. Back then I was unsure of what I liked or didn't like in m/m. But I soon found this was the epitome of what I love in an m/m thriller. It was also what I love in second chance stories. There was just something beautiful about this book and the wr
Sep 19, 2015 Deeze rated it really liked it
While this is another interesting and exciting Josh Lanyon mystery, there is very little relationship action between Elliot and Tucker.

The mystery was great, I had no idea until the very end when Elliot figures it out lol.

But I really wanted more interaction between Elliot and Tucker, and less focus on all the politics and stuff.

Overall this is another great story, but I found myself struggling at times to stay focused. More a 3.5.

ETA Nothing much to add except I'm curious (view spoiler)
❂ Endless
Dec 12, 2012 ❂ Endless rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All mystery and romance buffs
I l-o-v-e-d this book! Josh Lanyon knows how to cajole his readers with evocative descriptions that takes us on a journey with his characters. It's a beautiful experience to read his mellifluous way of writing. This book had a strong storyline with a great mystery. I was hooked till the very end guessing about the "whodunnit". Intertwined with fabulous romance, as usual Josh Lanyon's multifaceted "human" characters drew me in completely and I cared about both of them very much.

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May 14, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: itmfiddler
Shelves: glbt-gay, suspense
Great book and I really like the only narrator's (Elliot) mind... He is a perfect detective!!!!!

yeah... Much better than Batman

This book isn't good... This book is AMAZING! 5 stars are not enough! It's perfect and I love it!

I adore the suspense and was completely fooled by the writer!!! I was certain that the crazy stalker/killer was one person but NO!!! i was completely wrong and was scared discovering it!!!! And I loved it!

I think a great triller must do it! Fool us, taking the readers
Jenni Lea
Jul 09, 2015 Jenni Lea rated it really liked it

3.75 stars rounded up

You know, that was pretty danged good. It doesn't hold a candle to the Adrien English series but it was thoroughly enjoyable. I liked both Elliot and Tucker well enough. I couldn't help feeling a bit disconnected from them though. I never really felt them if that makes any sense. The depth of emotions that I was looking for just wasn't there. Still, I liked this story; enough to immediately jump into the sequel. I would recommend to mystery fans more than I would to romance
This wasn't the perfect crime book. But the writing was awesome (seriously, AWESOME!) and I loved it nonetheless.
Apr 20, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Beanbag Love
This was only my second read by Josh Lanyon, but it was enough to earn him a spot in my (not so coveted, LOL) list of favorite authors. I just love his writing!

Elliot Mills is a former FBI agent who's trying to come to terms with his new life as a history teacher at Puget Sound University. After being seriously injured in the line of duty, he couldn't deal with the idea of a desk job so he chose to quit the Bureau - along with the man he loved, Tucker Lance - and leave his career in law enforcem
May 25, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

Elliot was forced to give up his job as a FBI agent due to a knee injury and is now a history professor. When a student goes missing he is asked to look into it. When he goes to speak to the FBI agent in charge it turns out to be his ex-lover Tucker (not a comfortable situation). It was refreshing to see these two did not fall into bed together right away. Actually they don’t appear to like each other much, but they find a way to work together to solve the crime. This felt like more of a crime m
4.5 stars
After being disappointed with the last few novellas by Josh Lanyon, I must say with this novel, he bounces back into my life, with flying colors. Yep, this is the familiar territory, the familiar kind of setting that I come to love from Mr. Lanyon. Endearing characters, great mystery, and one intense relationship between Elliott and his ex-lover, Tucker, in the backdrop of city like Puget Sound, Seattle ... that is just one hell of a ride.

Elliott and Tucker's relationship rings resembl
Mar 03, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it
Oh, this one was great alright. Don't read a lot of M/M books - a few I have read are just a little too graphic for lil' ol' me. But this one was fantastic. The suspense was great it, kept us guessing right to the end. Loved the 2 main characters. Poor Elliot, the wounded hero, who had to leave his job when he was injured and start teaching at a local college. And Tucker, you big sweetheart - all tough, big guy but deep down he was a kitten. Both had been hurt by the end of their original relati ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Xing rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Josh Lanyon has a formula, and it works well. You have the physically disabled, ex-Fed and current college professor: Elliot. Elliot has been off the force for 17 months, ever since his knee cap got blown to smithereens and he had to get a prosthetic replacement. During a normal day in his new life as a history professor, his father asks Elliot to "unofficially" take on the case of a family friend's missing son, who happens to go to the university that Elliot teaches at.

And let'
Beanbag Love
Jan 02, 2011 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like m/m romance and a good mystery
Excellent mystery, lovely romance, great writing. This was my first Josh Lanyon and I'm just about to order my next. I may have found a new addiction.

Elliott Mills is a professor at Puget Sound University. Up until about a year and a half ago he was an FBI agent. He got kneecapped in a shootout and had to leave the job he loved.

Tucker Lance is Elliott's ex-lover. He's larger than life, ticked off at Elliott and in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of one of PSU's students. An in

It's not often that I re-read books these days, but before starting Fair Play, I wanted to remind myself of Elliot and Tucker. Listening to it on audio has made it much easier, and I enjoyed revisiting the professor and an FBI agent.

I'm so glad there's a sequel because I really want to know more. These two guys are still on quite a shaky ground. I can't wait to see what they'd be up to next.

***4 stars***

Nov 11, 2014 MishyJo rated it really liked it
This was my first full length Lanyon book (I had previously read 3 novellas/shorts). The parallels between this story and Come Unto These Yellow Sands were striking. The MCs were the same kind of guys in the exact same kind of relationship. The mystery was a little bit different but since for me it's all about the relationship, this felt more like a reread for me instead of a new read. Still, I enjoyed it. I just hope this isn't going to be a long term pattern of formulaic rewrites of the same s ...more
May 25, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: own
3.5 Stars

So easy and comfortable.

I forgot how seamless a read Lanyon gives. Pleasurable and entertaining without resorting to extremes. There's a delight in the understatement, in not everything being the Fox News' delivery style with screaming and shouting to make a point.

Elliot's in transition and change is never easy, but he's making strides and found a level of comfort even with the constant pain of an injury. When a request sets his world tumbling again. Thrust back into the remnants of hi
Nov 10, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
"Fair. Where did this idea come from that everthing was supposed to be fair? What about life was inherently fair? Was it fair that bombs fell on noncombatants? Was it fair that some people were born rich and some people were born poor? That beauty wasn't matched to goodness?"

Not sure how many times I can say I love Josh Lanyon's writing. I love his sentences--love his mysteries--I thought I knew who the killer was--then that suspect ends up dead--my next suspect was the killer--I liked Elliot an
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