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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  52 reviews
1943 Montana. Wounded in the Pacific, Police Chief Robert Garrett was hoping for a little much needed Peace on Earth, but finds himself chasing after a "fiendish" killer on Christmas Day--aided by eager young reporter Jamie Jameson.
ebook, 90 pages
Published April 29th 2019 by Josh Lanyon
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3.5 stars

A little disappointed that the final action that took down the killer was written off page. After all the excitements that happened to get the guy, I wanted the big bang.
The big climax happens off page. And we get the resolution on a fuck-you embedded newspaper clipping.

I remain unimpressed.
2.75 stars

Not one of Lanyon's best shorts, and she has written some outstanding ones over the years. Sadly, I'll forget all about this one in a few days.
Joyfully Jay
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

As always, author Josh Lanyon has done her homework and Slay Ride has all the right components to make it feel authentic. Despite this being a short story, the sexual tension between Jamie and Rob is realistic and intense and the chase to capture the killer is fascinating to read. I actually enjoyed this story despite the fact that we were dropped down into the middle of the action and an already established relationship that never really got going before Rob wen
C.S. Poe
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I absolutely devour any historical that Josh Lanyon writes. They are such a sweet treat when she shares them with us, and I know they're a labor-intensive project like no other. Lanyon fully immersed the reader in another place and time, successfully painting a great backdrop of historical detail that we never felt confused or bogged down by--a particular challenge for authors when it comes to lingo and technology of a begone era.

I was really taken with the decision to write a suspen
Sue~Always Reading~
I am reading this and really enjoying it and I feel the book coming to its climax and......nothing. I was so confused that one little newspaper clipping told what went down at the most important part of the entire story!!!! The story is centered around catching a criminal and one of the MC’s is in peril and the other MC is going to save him and we got none of it! Add to that the paltry epilogue and my bubble was burst. This is not surprising because I feel like some books Josh Lanyon doesn’t ful ...more
A surprisingly quick read with a decent romance but a bit of a womp-womp mystery plot. It was an odd choice to have the climax take place off page and the whole ending seemed rushed as a result, including the romance. Those things aside, my biggest issue with this story was the casual use of ethnic slurs in reference to the Japanese — it added nothing to the story, even for the sake of “historical accuracy”. I liked Jamie quite a bit but had a hard time warming up to Rob after he used a slur in ...more

Well it was kind of too short. Like some stories fit the small size and some don't: this is the latter. If I were to nitpick, I'd say the narrative was too sweet. I love Josh Lanyon's subtle humor and this story was lacking it (maybe because it was third person narrative I don't know). Anyways, I hold this author to a pretty high standard so this book didn't quite cut it for me.
k reads
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: quiltbag, read-2019
3.5 stars
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

This book is a short story by Josh Lanyon, one of my favorite M/M authors. I found SLAY RIDE to be a fun short story but because of the length, I do think that there’s a lot to be desired. I know a lot of other people I talked to felt that it was too short also and I think that’s because readers just wanted more.

The romance builds fast but in a believable pace and I really like Lanyon’s tone in this story. But for me to truly give a 5-star rating, I would have liked to see more full-length books with
Jordan Lombard
Title/Author: Slay Ride by Josh Lanyon
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genre/Sub-Genre: Mystery/Thriller/MM Romance
Book Format: Ebook
Length: 90 pages
LGBTQ+ Orientation: Gay
Abuse/Rape: I believe there was a brief mention of possible abuse, but not to/with either of the two main characters.
Violence: Yes.
Ratio of Sex/Plot: Heavy on the plot.
Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written, though mileage may vary with the ending.
Would I Re-Read?: Yes.
Personal Thoughts: This story drops the reader into a quiet town where nothing ever happens, just as the biggest, most terrifying event takes place over Christmas. Then t/>Personal/>Would/>Well/>Ratio/>/>/>/>LGBTQ+/>/>Book/>
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting and how the story played out. Maybe just 3.5 because it was so short. Would have loved to see their relationship develop just a little more. Robert was such a solid guy and Jamie is a real sweetheart. It was painful to see how the war had hurt so many families- a lot of raw wounds plus the killings in the book! Very well written.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it.only Four Stars bc it‘s way too short....😊
Jun 07, 2019 marked it as dnf
This was so not my thing, that I stopped reading, and I don't even know why. Therefore no rating.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this was really too short. tried to be a bit of everything instead of focusing on one thing or the other.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Slay Ride reminded me a little bit of Snowball in Hell, as in the main characters were a journalist and a police officer. They both had some elements of war affecting the protagonists. I found the mystery to be all over the place though.
Debra Guyette
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
There is nothing better than a Josh Lanyon story. I loved these two together but they did have lots of problems, not the least of which was the time they fell in love. To be together, they had to be creative and creative they were. Short and sweet but quite complete, this one is perfect for all of us who love MM ro mance.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For having waited so long for this story, I was really disappointed in the abrupt and unsatisfying ending. It felt unfinished.
(And be forewarned, if you are reading from an old Kindle, (2010), don't be surprised if you can't read/see the near-to-last-bit. At 2 in the morning I was not hunting around for a magnifying glass to read what I could mostly figure out for myself- by that point I didn't really care overly much.)
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Josh Lanyon does not disappoint. She has blended suspense and romance perfectly as well as set the scene for the WW2 era homefront. Robert having been wounded and discharged is now sheriff and Jamie, 4F who is disappointed not to serve. One of my dad's uncles was unable to serve and was told his services were needed here as he was a farmer. The disappointment Jamie feels is spot on, not that I expected anything less from the author. As with her other historicals, it is pretty obvious ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Some Mild Spoilers

At only 90 pages, there isn’t a lot of room for huge character and plot development, yet Lanyon manages to build two well-developed characters and a plot that was taken right out of actual 1940s headlines. The setting was well established, and the use of old, out-of-use phrases made the story sound like it came right out of the 1940s. In a time period when homosexuality was considered a crime, the author does a nice job of conveying the fear and unacceptability of t
Kat E.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Josh Lanyon book never satisfies me. As soon as I read the last page i am craving another story from this gifted mystery/romance writer.
Slay Ride has a riveting story-line in set in the rustic state of Montana. It's the 1940's and Robert Garrett is a chief police officer after returning wounded from a military stint in the Pacific. It's Christmas and he is desperately chasing a killer and much to his distress an eager young reporter is squirming his way into Robert's investigation.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A masterfully written novella packed with emotion and action.

This was a lovely piece of writing. The short length of this had me worried that it might lack characterization, but Lanyon is a master. In only a few pages I was drawn into the emotional turmoil of Chief Robert Garrett and cub reporter, Jamie. They live in a time when it’s dangerous to be gay, and yet, in a sweet moment at a birthday party, Robert gave Jamie one kiss. That kiss stayed with both of them.

Robert h
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
First, I should admit that I rarely read historical fiction. However, I love Josh Lanyon so I wanted to read the book. It was very enjoyable. It certainly provides a glimpse into what it was like to be gay in the 1940's. It also gives a realistic view of what it was like during WWII. I enjoyed both main characters. Robert Garrett is the Chief of Police. He returned from the war, injured, after winning the bronze star and a purple heart. Jamie Jameson was his younger brothers friend so they were ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

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From that review:Slay Ride by Josh Lanyon is a thrilling murderous little ride back into a United States still deep in WWII with all the means to that era.  There's a small town in Montana swamped with it's losses of men to the war, deep in grief and winter cold.  There is the references to the enemy, ones we find so offensive now but so common then, the food rationin
Listened to audio. 4* story 5* narration. Great investigative historical romance short. Very different tone for Josh Lanyon almost felt like a radio play of one of her longer books and I think I'll probably enjoy it even more on second listen because I won't be trying to match the story to my expectations of the author. The carrying on at home while the war continues abroad, isn't often used and it works really well here, Lanyon really sets the atmosphere, despite having little time to do it in. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t know if there are other books that fit with these characters since I didn’t see any mentioned but I wish there were.
This is a heartwarming story. Robert watched over Jamie and Joey (Robert’s brother) when they were young. As all of them aged situations caused each to have burdens to bear. The development of the relationship between Robert and Jamie is very emotional. They both want something but Robert is afraid for a number of reasons. Both characters are likable. The story really isn’
***4.5*** / Because I greedily wanted an epilogue.

Happy Early Christmas!

I'd read this story before but the audio, by Alexander Masters just came out, I couldn't resist, and I'm not sorry. No one does XX Century historical shorts quite like Josh Lanyon: nuanced and layered. Fully formed characters in a few deft strokes. She doesn't ignore the realities of time and place, but knows that people have always found a way to just be. Merry Christmas. xoxo
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the time period in which this story takes place. I liked the characters. But I couldn't give this book more than 2 stars because, for such a short story there were too many editing errors. A few errors in a longer story can be excused, but more attention should be paid to the editing in a short story such as this. Also the ending was pretty abrupt. It feels like the author took a short cut when they put a newspaper article in there instead of actually writing in more detail about what ha ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Things were far less fraught emotionally for Jamie than for Nathan of Snowball in Hell. The police chief, Robert, in their little Montana town had already expressed an interest in Jamie. The wild events of the story and the murder spree were based on a true story that occurred in Butte, Montana, Josh Lanyon said. Truth is stranger than fiction in this case, because I thought the killings were more implausible than the romance. I hadn't realized that being a chicken-thief was viewed so seriously at th ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. Even when this is not your usual Lanyon book. Writing in third person left out all those delightfully funny, ironic bits of inner thoughts that writing in the first person allows, which are, at least to me, Josh Lanyon trademark.

But I love how easy is to immerse yourself in the era through those seemingly banal details that come 'casually' into the narrative and put you. Just. There.

The romance was really sweet but it got balanced by the action-filled s
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

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 Itali
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