Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Sometimes the adventure chooses you.
Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.
When one of his most talented student...more
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"You were motivated by kindness and the desire to help. I don't get a lot of that in my line of work. So I'll take the impaired judgment and good heart over…anything else I've seen."
Sebastian Swift is a recovering drug addict, a poet as well as a respectable college professor and the director of the prestigious Lighthouse MFA program of Casco Bay College in Southern Maine. Swift is ready to go home and on his way to his office when he sees a kid slumped in a c ...more
Sebastian Swift is a man at a time of his life where he has learned to live with the effects of his past bad choices and has found the strength to make better ones. He was a lauded poet once, and now he is a professor at a distinguished Literary program in a small university in Maine, he has a job he enjoys, he is a recovering cocaine addict six years sober, he has a house ...more
That is how I should start this review.
It was my first book of Josh Lanyon but for sure not the last one.
His writing is AMAZING...
And that is my review:
I love poetry.
Not like buying a poetry eBook, reading it and write a review after.
I love it like to have poetry paperback books on my real shelf in my real living-room. I like it like to pick up from time to time a suitable for my mood book and read a poem or two or even more.
I love poetry like writing it. Of course only for me....but I
Welcome to what is apparently opposite day on Goodreads, Heather edition. I started off the day by loving a book that most of my friends told me to skip, they disliked it so much (Bad Company) and ended it with feeling "meh" about a book that my GR friends love almost unanimously. I'm waiting for the devil to help an old lady cross the street and Mother Theresa to come back as the leader of the damned because things are just cuckoo loca around here for me today.
Well, I'll start off ...more
3.8 Stars - Well made, stylish and tastefully presented, but perhaps not breathtaking engaging
I've enjoyed all six books I read by Josh Lanyon so far. I can't but shudder of that wonderful expectant pleasure to immediatly throw me over yet another praised story by JL. My friends' reviews are very promising and JL's great admirer Lena recommended me to read this novel months ago.
‘There are few things in this life more bamboo-under-fingernails than good poetry read aloud badly...more
I fucking love this book. It's fucking awesome. Fuckity fuck fuck, it's so good it made me teary-eyed.
It's possible I may love it more than the Adrien English series.
That's right -- I'm super serious about my love for this book.
There's a lot of great reviews so I'll stick to this -- I love the way Josh Lanyon's love of books, his appreciation of other writers, creeps into everything he writes. In this book it's poetry and Choose Your Own Adventure books, in Adrien English and the Holmes and Mor ...more
Well, Josh has done it again. Written another amazing romantic mystery with realistic imperfect characters and such vivid imagery that I felt so connected with the story and the main characters. Only this time Swift made me cry even more than Adrien. Swift's struggle to stay sober was breaking my heart. I cried when he wanted to use and I cried when Max was there to save him. (Those that know me well, know that I hardly ever cry!!!) He only wanted to help a friend and believed ...more
Oh, Swift! You just can't win!
Spoilers here, there, spoilers in jars next to here and there!
I'd like to think I'm moderately well versed in the ways of Josh Lanyon books now, since I've been practically shoving the words into a blender and injecting them into the juiciest vein I can find, lately. I can't get enough. It's an addiction on it's own. That being said, this is one of my favorite Lanyon books. I ...more
THIS was exactly what I needed!
Josh Lanyon once again dazzled me with words, banter, men and mystery. Swift’s voice had me grinning ear to ear, chuckling, laughing out loud, and in tears.
I have said this before, but I need to shout out my love one more time—the settings and descriptions! The way Mr. Lanyon can pull me into a scene with every single one of my senses is my favorite part of the ride and read. I’m right there in the moment, in the room, and in the tension. With sound, a breeze, cup ...more
The way Josh Lanyon can "PULL ME"
into a book with the settings, the descriptions, the mystery and the love, it pushed all my buttons and worked beautifully for me. The whole book was perfect, there is not a word out of place.
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I enjoyed Swift's character, and his struggles. The specter of his drug addiction is a r ...more
Good...me likes. (and the 'choose your own adventure' angle is brilliant...I loved those books growing up!)
There are just those times that a Josh Lanyon book works. He’s good at bringing you out of a book funk. Nothing life-altering, just an easy escape…
His books are reliable (you know you’re always gonna get a 3-4 star read), entertaining (the man can write a good mystery)…yet always leave you wanting more (more steam, more connection, more of the MC’s, and a tidy “the end” that you’ll never ge ...more
Honestly? Fuck that. You don't care about that. I don't even really GAF about that stuff.
This book moved me the way Snowball in Hellmoved me. There are moments, in Lanyon's writing, when he exposes a deep human vulnerability, and it's not pretty, and it's not easy. While Adrien English is ultimately palatable, Snowball and Yellow Sands have a distinct bitter ...more
Former renowned poet and recovering addict, Swift is now a literary professor and living an idyllic life teaching in small town Maine. He is in a comfortable sexual relationship (minus professions of love) with local police chief Max.
Swift comes across one of his students Tad, who is beat up. He offers aid but later fails to discl ...more
While Max and Swift might have been together for a few years, its only as we watch that the two really start to show their true feelings. It’s wonderful to watch them finally realise how much the other means to them.
Max is the kind of hero I have come to expect from this author. He is abrupt and at times seems callous, and yet hidden under the surface we see glimpses of just how sweet he can be.
At first Swift reminded me a bit of Adrien Enlish but he soon became his own person, an individual, a guy who listens to Barber, like I do.
This book left m ...more
Don’t expect much steam, the MCs are at odds during the first part of the book and frequently apart.
Don’t count on a developing contrary romance to angst over. Both MCs are openly gay, they’re settled in a convenient relationship, they usually don’t lie to each other and they don’t agonize over their romantic feelings.
Swift’s characterization did it all for me, kept as it is on the edge of ...more
Like many other readers I felt that Swift was very easy to like and fall in love with (becau ...more
Overall, thing ...more
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 4.5
This is the first time I DISLIKED a character in a Josh Lanyon story.
I didn’t like Max in the beginning. Not at all. It was hard fought to get him into my good graces and I had to make a conscious decision to try and forget his behaviour in the first half of the story. He did redeem himself, but again, I kinda just wanted to throw his “change of heart” in his face.
He was so mean!!
Yes, of course I understand he was pissed, and even why. But ...more
I had a mixed reaction to this. On the plus side, the writing was absolutely lovely, and the depiction of Swift's childhood and later career teaching college writing were full of authentic details. Best of all was the picture of life as a recovering addict, which was simply excellent in every way--giving great insight into Swift's character as well as capturing the struggles, humiliations, triumphs and failures that addicts must face every day of their lives. I'll also put in a word here for ...more
I listened to the Audible version, the narrator was Paul Fleschner. First time I've listened to him and I think he did a good job with the characters' voices but I felt his pauses were awkward and often at the wrong times. He had a nice soothing voice though. I would definitely recommend!
A long time ago, before I started reading Lanyon (and by that I mean: a few months ago), someone told me I should read Come Unto These Yellow Sands. One series and a novella later, I've finally gotten here, and wow, now I know what they meant.
Sebastian Swift, a well-known professor and, oh, recovering drug addict has been dating police chief Max Prescott for several year ...more
Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the f ...more