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Out of the Blue

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Grieving over the death of his lover, British flying ace Bat Bryant accidentally kills the man threatening him with exposure. Unfortunately there’s a witness: the big, rough American they call “Cowboy” – and Cowboy has his own price for silence.
ebook, 111 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Liquid Silver Publishing (first published 2009)
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Written December 12, 2015

3.2 Stars - Rather short but hot, intense and fairly romantic - add that it is all set in a terribly dangerous WWI environment - ...a hundred years ago

I listened to Josh Lanyon's historical Out of the Blue novella. Three audiobook hours well narrated by Alexander Masters.

Jolly good, chaps! ...Or?
Not JL's very #1-class best book but for sure a nice and well done novella for three enjoying and interesting M/M romance audio hours. ~ 3 stars compared to Lanyon
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-mm

Another good Josh Lanyon tale, short but sweet, if you can say that about World War I

This was the tale of flying aces in middle of the first World War, and yes, the relevant episode of 'Blackadder' came to my mind several times I'm sorry to say.

'Bat' (Aubrey, yep, they mostly had crazy nicknames), was an ace pilot with a number of kills, who just happened to like one of the other pilots 'Owl' (Gene). Gene had unfortunately been killed, and Bat's mechanic Orton had discovered incriminating eviden
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Snowtulip
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, m-m, josh-lanyon
I better start this review with two obvious facts:

1) This story was about a British fighter pilot stationed in France during World War I.
2) I would never have thought that I'd enjoy such a story this much.

Out of the Blue is a perfect example of how talented and multifaceted Josh Lanyon is as a writer. I can only imagine the amount of research it takes to write a story like this one. And the amount of daring it takes, too.

There is certainly sadness about the story. I like the way the horrors of w
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

A good read. Extreme situations lead to extreme solutions.

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Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Beautiful little snippet into a sad time in the life of Bat.

Very gorgeous, stark, and just enough.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
OUT OF THE BLUE is set in 1916; story about two pilot/fighters. Again, it's a nice and light read. I wish that it is not a novella because I think it will be more interesting if it's longer. The setting can be epic, the love story can be more depth.
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-fiction
After the death of his lover Bat is a man who seems to have no reason to carry on other than leading his squadron into battle. There he takes unnecessary risks and is filled with despair. Things get even worse when, on the verge of being cruelly blackmailed, he accidently kills the man trying to extort money from him. Cowboy, an American pilot proves to be an unlikely ally after witnessing the crime and comes to Bat’s aid. Cowboy has his own agenda however and exacts a high price for his assista ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I think this is my least favorite book written by Josh Lanyon. I just had a hard time empathizing with the characters. Especially Cowboy's attitude towards Bat bothered me. Telling someone, I know you want it, while you're blackmailing him into having sex... I don't know, it really bothered me.
Emma Sea
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Typical Lanyon story: he made me cry yet again. I would have liked an HEA, rather than a barely HFN, but I loved the storytelling on the way. I'm not generally a fan for war stories but the dogfight sections were marvellous. Thank you for the great pick, Cheryl :)

Franch, 1916 - Lanyon really has a great style with action - not flowery and overly descriptive, but just enough that you can see the planes dog fighting above the trenches and the staggering loss of life. Bat, Cowboy, Tubby and all the pilots of A Squadron know that any day could be their last. Do you succumb to the terror and distance yourself from everyone, or do you grab life by the balls and hang on?
What did it matter really? Both he and Cowboy could also be dead the next day — within a fe
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio Version - also 4 stars, the narrator was terrific

That was so sweet, and so, so sad. I can't believe the MC is only 23 years old! What a terrible waste war is (I know, but it truly is). To think of those brave young men getting in their planes every day truly understanding that this could be their last flight, I just can't imagine it. These kinds of stories always get to me, but this one was so special because of the ending - it was really lovely.

I couldn't help but think to myself as I lis
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Again, I have to concede that Josh Lanyon is simply a master at writing short stories. This book again shows that you can put character depth and development, thorough world building, selective minute descriptions, and a rounded and satisfying story into a book length that (in the edition I bought) was less than 100 pages.
Having said that, I have to admit that this is not my favourite story plot-wise, but Lanyon's familiar writing proficiency, his talent for story construction and pace - all tha
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Poignant and beautiful story of men who face their mortality daily and the loss of lovers, friends, brothers, and comrades. Bat experiences passion and intimacy in Cowboy's arms. Through Cowboy's persistence, affection, and tenderness, (Bat) allows himself to live, love, and make the moment count...
Heather C
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this one and much of the sex was pretty much dubious, but I ended up really liking it in the end. I loved Bat and Cowboy and it saddens me to know that these two probably won't be together forever. :(
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I stayed away from this one for some time, because of the setting (WWI). And I was right, it made me cry.But it was also so very beautiful.

A poignant short novel about two pilots - it was simply beautiful.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romantics
Such a simple story, but so much packed into a few pages. The days of a pilot in World War I are recreated with loving detail. A romance between a Brit and a Yank, who could ask for more. Well, I could but that would be for the story to be longer. Another amazing piece of writing by Mr. Lanyon.
I absolutely consumed this book. It was one of the most readable historical books I've ever come across. Josh Lanyon is a wonder at pulling a reader in and evoking a depth of emotional investment in the main characters. This book was heartbreaking, suspenseful and sexy. Both main characters had charisma and sex appeal in spades. Their plight, however, was daunting.

Both men were ace fighter pilots in an elite squadron in WWI. The odds of either man surviving the war were slim. The odds of both m
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This historical romance novella was an intense and riveting read. Set in France during WW1, the story focuses on Bat, a British soldier who leads a squadron of pilots. The novella begins with Bat accidentally committing a crime, and then to his rescue comes Cowboy, a swaggering American pilot on his team who steps in to assist in covering things up. Only Bat realizes that Cowboy has a price, and that Bat’s relationship with his teammate, recently killed in battle, was not as secret as he’d thoug ...more
Ryan Loveless
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this - this is how a novella is done - it's almost unbelievable how much detail and development happens in 100 pages. This is one of the few authors from which I will consciously buy a novella. As a rule I don’t like them because I always end up feeling cheated that it's too short, too expensive, plain stupid and I typically will not purchase unless they are part of a larger story arc.

Even with a HFN ending and the threat of death to the MCs because of the war, it was still satisfying.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Okay guys, my last Josh Lanyon post but... price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US for Kindle! 6/14/13!
Bryl Tyne
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Military M/M romance fans
Out of the Blue is some of Lanyon's best writing. I loved this story.
Eh. An okay read set during the first world war. The characters were fine. Bat's grief over his ex was well written. Cowboy's refusal to let Bat give up on life was nice. I'm uncomfortable with the dubious consent, but the characters are both aware and seem to not care so I'm not that bothered. It would be interesting to read what happens after the war, if they both survive, do they go their separate ways?
It's really hard to say why I didn't like this story without giving away major spoilers. What I can say is the story was all over the place and the actions of the characters were at best stupid and at worst dubious / ludicrous.
I was incredibly moved by this story. It’s short but very intense, and it addresses many contrasting feelings: loss, hope, responsibility, fear, love and desire, all within the context of World War I, beautifully and sensitively evoked.
I was crying for so many young lives lost to a senseless war. I thought Josh was able to capture really well the spirit of the time. He can portray the background to historical events with accuracy, respect and sensitivity, and that's IMO an even more laudable eff
Nan Hawthorne
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From Our Story: GLBTQ Historical Fiction at

At an aerodrome in 1916 France, flying ace Bat morns for his lost lover, Owl, whose airplane crasshed during a dogfight. When a scoundrel threatens blackmail he haulss off and slugs him, and the man hits his head in falling and dies. bat is puzzled when Cowboy, an American flyer, offers to cover up the death. It is not long before Cat discovers that Cowboy has a little blackmail of his own, forcing Bat into a sexual relationship th
Barb ~rede-2-read~
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It was intense, hot, action-packed and typical Josh Lanyon perfect craftsmanship. I truly didn't think I could get so wrapped up in a story so quickly, but boy. was I wrong.

Aubrey, aka Bat, was the captain of the A flight team of RAF pilots in WWI. The love of his life, Gene, was killed the day before the story began. As it opens, Bat loses his temper with a mechanic who is attempting to blackmail him over his and Gene's romance.
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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 Italia) was the f

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