I've had this book in my TBR for almost a year now (books tend to fall into my TBR; it's a black hole) and pulled it out this past weekend because I wI've had this book in my TBR for almost a year now (books tend to fall into my TBR; it's a black hole) and pulled it out this past weekend because I wanted a change of pace from my current reads. I'm so glad I did -- Jared and Matt now rank among my top same-sex couples in fiction (right up there with Adrien and Jake from the wonderful pen of Josh Lanyon -- so that's saying something!).
Matt Richards is so far in the closet he's finding Christmas presents. When hejoins the police force in the small town of Coda, Colorado, and meets shopkeeper/tutor Jared Thomas, a relationship other than friendship never entered his mind. Oh, he knows Jared's gay, but he's not bothered by that, because Jared's also someone to go biking with, someone to trash-talk football over a beer -- a goody buddy, and he defends his friendship fiercely against the more homophobic cops.
Jared fell for Matt, hard, but he respected Matt's supposed heterosexuality, and treasured the wonderful friendship he'd found, until Matt crossed the line himself. Then ran away. Could Jared get his best friend back, and maybe have more than he ever wanted?
I adored this story. It was so sweet, yet at the same time so realistic. You want to hate Matt for hurting Jared, but you just can't, because he's hurting himself too -- and you adore Jared, because he gets that about Matt.
I can't wait to try another book in the Coda series....more
I love omnibus editions, especially when they're stories I've had to put off b/c they're e-books. So when Josh Lanyon put out the I-Spy stories in anI love omnibus editions, especially when they're stories I've had to put off b/c they're e-books. So when Josh Lanyon put out the I-Spy stories in an omnibus, I was ordering it the second it became available.
Mark Hardwicke is a British special agent who wants to retire. He hopes that his lover, doctor Stephen Thorpe, will welcome him with open arms, but as Stephen heard the promise to quit except for "one last mission" over the past 2 years, he's moved on. In "I Spy Something Bloody," Stephen only allows Mark to stay with him because he's injured and basically begs. As Mark recovers, he watches Stephen and his new life -- quiet country doctor with a quiet life and a quiet relationship with a milquetoast of a man. Stephen refuses to believe that Mark truly means it, that he wants out of his old life, that the quiet life is what he really wants. Mark is on the verge of giving up on Stephen when a threat from his soon-to-be-old-life changes things forever.
"I Spy Something Wicked" is short, but for all that, it packs a powerful emotional punch. Mark is settling into his new life when another agent comes to him with a request from the Old Man -- his boss from his spy days. To salvage the Old Man's political career, Mark is being asked to go on one last mission to Afghanistan. Never mind that he's out of practice, that his network in country doesn't exist anymore, the Old Man needs him, his country needs him. Will he go? Will he risk his life and the fragile peace he's achieved?
"I Spy Something Christmas" is a marvelous vignette, in which once again, Mark's dangerous past comes back to haunt him and Stephen. Out of the blue, someone is trying to kill Mark, and for once, he has no idea who or why.
Having these three stories together is marvelous -- it's the arc of a relationship, from broken to happy ever after, with all the natural bumps along the way to the sweet reward....more
Gorgeous, evocative, intriguing, witty, and wry -- all the things readers expect of Josh Lanyon are here in Swift & Max's relationship and the smaGorgeous, evocative, intriguing, witty, and wry -- all the things readers expect of Josh Lanyon are here in Swift & Max's relationship and the small-town murder intrigue. Could not put it down; finished it in less than a day. Definitely going on my keeper shelf and will re-read at will.