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Fan Girl Friday

May 28, 2010 | Fan Girl Friday

Josh Lanyon blipped across my radar a few times before I actually bought one of his titles. The first glance happened at Loose ID, where The Dark Tide’s cover caught my eye. Over at The Naughty Bits, an entertaining and information blog–two factors that don’t always mesh–Mr. Lanyon’s covers flickered by on the top banner week after week. And then Mandi at Smexy Books (book reviews and more) recommended his stories, especially the Adrien English series.

First, let remove the element of suspense from this review. The entire series is carefully preserved for rereading on my virtual keeper shelf. Like most series, the five books are best read in order: Fatal Shadows; A Dangerous Thing; The Hell You Say; Death of A Pirate King; and The Dark Tide. Unlike most series, each book is better than the last, which is flat out amazing considering that the first is pretty damn enchanting.

On Mr. Lanyon’s website he describes his work as: “A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.”

The above is fine, as far as it goes. Personally, I’d drop the adjective gay. Then the copy would read even more accurately. The Adrien English series is romantic suspense; action packed, gripping, and poignant. The characters are sharp, the dialogue is crisp, the conflict intense, and the pacing taut.

What are you waiting for? Sally forth and buy the books.

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Fan Girl Friday”

  1. Teddypig Says:

    Don’t forget! Josh Lanyon can also be accused of being nice. Can you believe that combo?

    It must suck to be Josh Lanyon… talented and nice. Poor Josh!

  2. Evanne Says:

    Talented and nice seems kinda unfair, but I bow to your knowledge of the man. All I know about Josh Lanyon is that he writes very well.


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