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Fair Game by Josh Lanyon
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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?

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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 job, he preferred working as a history professor. But he missed his former job tremendously. Elliot not only lost his job but also his lover and fellow FBI agent Tucker Lance. They hurt each other immensely by not wanting to talk about the painful "incident". Both of them overreacted and in the end they regretted it deeply.

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"The way I handled things?" Elliot snarled. "Christ. You've got a complaint about how I handled things? You're the biggest asshole on the planet, but you've got a complaint about how I treated you?(…)

The problem was that his newfound acceptance, this hard won calm, was too much like his reconstructed knee joint. It still worked, after a fashion, and it was mostly pain free, but it was not built to withstand prolonged, extreme stress--and nothing defined Tucker Lance like extreme.


Granted, their affair was rather short yet utterly passionate and intense. They never shared a lot of interests--except the same sense of humor and…fantastic sex. It was amazing how this wordless, instinctive sexual computability enabled each to give the other exactly what he wanted. Yet it goes without saying that they did not part on good terms.

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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--he still missed him, still felt like a huge chunk of his life had been ripped out by the same bullet that put him out of a job.


When students start going missing on campus, Terry Baker's parents ask Roland Mills if his son, Elliot, could look into their son's disappearance. Elliot accepts rather reluctantly since he was still trying to glue his life together, and he knew it would be a mistake to get involved in the case. Even more so when he knew who was the special agent in charge of Terry's case: Tucker Lance. When Elliot is confronted by his former lover unwanted memories are stirred up.

All that wordless searching and that was what he came up with? Typical Tucker. Throwing it right back on Elliot. His lips parted. Yes, it was too late. It was seventeen months too late. That's what he wanted to say, what his hurt pride goaded him to say. But if he said it now, it would be the end.


As it was Elliot and Tucker didn't feel happy about working together. In fact, Tucker's antagonism was utterly palpable and Elliot didn't know yet how to deal with it him. Even though this was first and foremost about solving a case, and (view spoiler), ultimately it was the crossroads. They had to make up their minds if they still wanted to pick up where they left off. Bottom line: while solving a case they must face their past and failures as well as their feelings.

Let the games begin.


Fair Game is a perfectly balanced story and pretty fast-paced and very engaging. There is a very good murder mystery, some highly thrilling and suspenseful scenes that will make your spine tingle as well as an intense "romance". Although I'm not quite sure if I should be calling it a romance. Anyway, experiencing these two guys together is extremely satisfying in every sense of the word. Elliot and Tucker are pleasantly flawed, possessive in their intensity, and despite their shortcomings very likable and authentic.

It goes without saying that I really enjoyed seeing these two strong-willed and stubborn men get past hurt feelings, anger and pride to find a way how to deal with their problems and shortcomings that would allow them to live a well-balanced relationship.
While the action and suspense caused by the murder mystery was exciting to boot, I totally loved their action between the sheets and their heart-to-heart was profoundly emotional.

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There was a terrible familiarity to it. A reminder that he had not forgotten nearly enough, nearly what he had reassured himself was far, far behind him. It was all there, buried deep but still flickering, like a short in his wiring, like an imprint on cell memory. Genetic code and the secret message was Tucker. The sudden unbearable sweetness of it made his breath catch and his eyes sting. Turned his guts to liquid with furious longing for that touch--that touch and no other.


Fair Game really thrives through plenty of emotions and feelings. The sex between Elliot and Tucker is indeed like thunderclouds tumbling through the summer sky. I'm not a huge fan of frantic sex scenes but I have to admit that Lanyon does them extremely well! Oh my, it was hot as all get out, erotic and oh-so lush. I totally devoured this book; it was a fabulous read!

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"Yeah?" Elliot murmured. "What I want, really want, is to be f@@@ed. I want you to f@@@ me."
"Oh God," Tucker muttered. "I want that. I don't think a week goes by I don't dream about it. The way it feels to move inside you. The way your body grabs on like tight velvet. The sounds you make, like having me inside you is the best thing that ever happened to you."

Just the astonishment of being naked together again, of putting hands on each other again. There was something about it, the concession of placing your trust--literally your balls--in another man's hands.


Lanyon's writing is excellent and beautiful. Despite the seriousness of the plot there is some well-placed banter to be found as well.

"I don't recall you playing much tennis. As for the gymnastics…" His sexy browl of a laugh seemed to snag Elliot in the guts. "Yeah, you do have some beautiful moves as I recall. They didn't require a lot of footwork."

"Okay. Thanks for staying on the line. You'll be pleased to know I feel like an idiot."
"Try the engine."
"Now you're just making fun of me."
"Well yeah, but try the engine anyway."
The engine purred into smooth life.
"All systems go."
"Roger, Houston. Have a nice flight."


Once again, it is so blatantly important that a couple must communicate. Lack of communication will always cause pain and misunderstandings. Elliot and Tucker never had a heart-to-heart about what happened and more importantly what followed suit: the fallout, hurt feelings, fears for the future etc.

"I know," Tucker whispered. "There's nothing you can say to me I haven't said to myself."


Also, I'm always amazed how much the author packs into his rather short stories. 216 pages is short after all but I never feel like something is amiss. I figured out who the villain was when (HUGE spoiler)(view spoiler) Overall I totally devoured this riveting story. In fact, I've only read three books by this author and Fair Game is the very best so far. If you enjoy a well thought out murder mystery with well developed and complex characters, great dialogue as well as some lascivious man on man action then don't miss this story. Highly recommended!
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Reading Progress

01/10/2013
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Man on man action...always a winner, certainly when it comes to Josh Lanyon. :D" 15 comments
01/10/2013
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Oh, this is good stuff! It certainly brightens my mood. "And I don't give a flying f@ck what you want." Aha. :)" 1 comment
01/11/2013
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The pain & disappointment are palpable...hmmm...this is so, so good! Loving' it!" 5 comments
01/11/2013
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The cavalry had most definitely arrived.(…) "Are you okay?"…"Groovy." I think I can't get enough of Lanyon. *beams*" 13 comments
01/12/2013
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I'm happy! It was absolutely fabulous! Did I say that I loved it? <3 <3 <3" 6 comments

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Breann Josh Lanyon. Always a win. :)


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Ilhem I'm keeping this little treasure for an extremely bad, depressed mood emergency!


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ßk☼lvr I almost picked this up to read next. Will wait for your review :0)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Breann wrote: "Josh Lanyon. Always a win. :)"

I think so, Breann. :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Ilhem wrote: "I'm keeping this little treasure for an extremely bad, depressed mood emergency!"

Lol Really? Well, it could be a good idea. Hmmm...come to think of it, I'm in a shitty mood, so it makes sense that I'm reading it NOW. :D


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Bk70lvr wrote: "I almost picked this up to read next. Will wait for your review :0)"

Will keep you posted.


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Ilhem Baba wrote: "Ilhem wrote: "I'm keeping this little treasure for an extremely bad, depressed mood emergency!"

Lol Really? Well, it could be a good idea. Hmmm...come to think of it, I'm in a shitty mood, so it m..."


Perfect timing.;)


deirdre this one will not disappoint :)


message 9: by Joy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joy I loved this one! Happy reading


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter deirdre wrote: "this one will not disappoint :)"

So far it's very good, Deirdre!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Joy wrote: "I loved this one! Happy reading"

Thanks, Joy. Really liking it very much so far. :)


Laura Lanyon is so addictive—isn’t he? Haha….Happy reading! Love these guys! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Laura wrote: "Lanyon is so addictive—isn’t he? Haha….Happy reading! Love these guys! :)"

Hell yes! Oh, Laura, this is great stuff, lovin it!


deirdre Great review for a great book!


Beanbag Love This was my first Josh Lanyon book. I always recommend it to anyone who hasn't read M/M before and is interested in seeing if they'll like it. I'm glad you liked it so much Baba. Great review. :)


Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Great review! Dying to read this now!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter deirdre wrote: "Great review for a great book!"

Thanks, Deirdre!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Beanbag wrote: "This was my first Josh Lanyon book. I always recommend it to anyone who hasn't read M/M before and is interested in seeing if they'll like it. I'm glad you liked it so much Baba. Great review. :)"

Thanks, Beanbag. Yeah, I believe this book is perfect for someone who hasn't read M/M before.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Heather K (dentist in my spare time) wrote: "Great review! Dying to read this now!"

Thanks, Heather! I hope you'll enjoy it. :)


Blacky *Romance Addict* Looking forward to your full review Baba :)))) So glad you loved this one <3


KindleRomance Reviews Great review! So glad you enjoyed it!


message 22: by Gina (new) - rated it 4 stars

Gina Excellent review Baba!


message 23: by Nic (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nic Brilliant review! I loved this book too.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Blacky wrote: "Looking forward to your full review Baba :)))) So glad you loved this one <3"

Thanks, Blacky! It's up now. :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Kris (KindleRomance) wrote: "Great review! So glad you enjoyed it!"

Thanks, Kris! I think you will enjoy it too. :D


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Gina wrote: "Excellent review Baba!"

Thanks, Gina! Fair Game is another great book for you. Enjoy!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter NicStar wrote: "Brilliant review! I loved this book too."

Thanks, Nic! Yes, I know. I checked out your review. :)


Giorgia ok, so really I need to get on the Josh Lanyon bandwagon!
Love your review!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Giorgia wrote: "ok, so really I need to get on the Josh Lanyon bandwagon!
Love your review!"


Thanks, Giorgia. I have to say that I was very apprehensive to give him a try but I didn't regret it. The man can write!! Enjoy!


message 30: by Em (new) - rated it 3 stars

Em Really great review Baba! I've heard a few people say how much they enjoyed this one and I really need to give Josh Lanyon some attention and read one of his books! I must be the only person who hasn't:)


message 31: by Dd (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dd Fabulous review Baba!!:))


Blacky *Romance Addict* LOve your review Baba! I suspected the same man, but after he said one line, it was REALLY suspicious :D but yeah the mistery was well done, the romance too, just great writing! So glad you loved it too!!!


Rach  *Feisty kitty* Sounds like a brilliant book, glad that you found a good one. I'm starting Afflicted tomorrow. So I may be able to do our buddy read soon hun. Yay!! :D :D


Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!* Great review, Baba!! Sounds like the author did an awesome job at balancing the action, suspense and romance... I swear that in itself is an art form few can master! ;)


Kelly Fantastic review, as always, B! I'm sold!! :)


Debra Great review! I really liked this one too.


Shelley Oooh I'm excited now! Fab fab fab review B! LOVE IT!


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Glamdring Great review, Baba! :)


Rain ~miss kinky knickers~ Wonderful review, sweets! :) Now I can't wait to read this!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Foolish wrote: "Really great review Baba! I've heard a few people say how much they enjoyed this one and I really need to give Josh Lanyon some attention and read one of his books! I must be the only person who ha..."

Thanks, Em! Fair Game is the perfect place to start if you want to give Lanyon a go. Oh my, the man can write!!! Enjoy, my dear!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Dd wrote: "Fabulous review Baba!!:))"

Thanks, D! :)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Blacky wrote: "LOve your review Baba! I suspected the same man, but after he said one line, it was REALLY suspicious :D but yeah the mistery was well done, the romance too, just great writing! So glad you loved i..."

Thanks, Blacky! Yeah, even though I figured who the bad guy was, the mystery was very well done. This was such a great read and I'm glad that I gave this author a try. Also, I'm happy that he has a huge backlist. :DDD


figuranta m/m lover omg Baba amazing review def i am going 2 read this book i have a thing for m/m lately :)


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Em Baba wrote: "Foolish wrote: "Really great review Baba! I've heard a few people say how much they enjoyed this one and I really need to give Josh Lanyon some attention and read one of his books! I must be the on..."

Thanks Baba:)


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Racht ~loves kinky messy fun~ wrote: "Sounds like a brilliant book, glad that you found a good one. I'm starting Afflicted tomorrow. So I may be able to do our buddy read soon hun. Yay!! :D :D"

Yep, I loved Fair Game, hon! I see you added it too; hope you'll enjoy it as soon as you'll get to it. BTW, I think you remember how much I loved Afflicted and Afflicted II. FYI, Afflicted II is really a book for you. HOT, HOT, HOT man sex. Yummy! Dunno if you will enjoy the first book but I'm sure that you would love the sequel.


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Alexis ~*Your official Book PIMP*~ wrote: "Great review, Baba!! Sounds like the author did an awesome job at balancing the action, suspense and romance... I swear that in itself is an art form few can master! ;)"

Lol Thanks, Alexis! Yes, very true. The author did a mighty fine job at balancing action, suspense & romance throughout the whole story. :D


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Kelly wrote: "Fantastic review, as always, B! I'm sold!! :)"

Thanks, Kels! I suspect this one could be a book for our shelf. :D


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Debra wrote: "Great review! I really liked this one too."

Thank you, Debra!


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Michelle [Helen Geek] Nice work!


Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter Shelley wrote: "Oooh I'm excited now! Fab fab fab review B! LOVE IT!"

Thanks, Shell! I really hope that you'll enjoy it. *fingers crossed and all* :))


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