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BLOG TOUR – EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: “Kick Start” by Josh Lanyon

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Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle — and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.


The first four stories in the Dangerous Ground series are fairly angsty, given that Taylor and Will — especially Will — are struggling with the transition from partners and best friends to lovers. There are tender, quiet moments between them, but mostly there’s a lot of running, jumping, shooting, and arguing. So one of the pleasures of writing Kick Start was that their personal and professional lives are now more stable and there was a lot more opportunity to show them relaxed and playful with each other.

I hope you enjoy this snippet!


“Here you go.” Will tossed the plastic bottle of Tums to Taylor, who was already in bed and looking very much at home. Taylor popped the lid and shook two tablets out. He grimaced, chewed the orange tablets, and set the bottle on the bedside table.

“What do you think of Cousin Dennis?” he asked.

It was nearly midnight and everyone had retired for the evening. In fact, Grant had turned in not long after dinner, claiming he wanted to get an early start fishing the next morning. It was disappointing that Grant was being such an ass, but Will was hopeful once he’d had a little time to think things through, he’d come around.

Or maybe he wouldn’t.

Painful to think, but it was possible.

Will shrugged. “Seems harmless enough. Hopefully the marshals will yank him out of here tomorrow.” He opened the cedar chest at the foot of the bed and pulled out a heavy wool Indian print blanket. The blanket smelled of camphor and wood and something he couldn’t quite place but that reminded him of his boyhood. Liniment? His first aftershave?

“He’s no wise guy, but he’s no innocent bystander either,” Taylor commented.

“He’s also not our problem.” Will shook out the red zigzagged folds and let the blanket drift down and settle over the bed. “You warm enough?”


“You want a pair of wool socks?”


“It gets cold in this house at night.” Will pulled an extra pair of socks out of his suitcase and dangled them enticingly. “Pop doesn’t run the heater.”

“Thanks, but they make my feet sweat.”

Will went around to the side of the bed, pulled the blankets back and slid between the blue flannel sheets. “My, this is cozy.”

Taylor laughed. At home they shared a king-sized bed, so this was definitely a tighter fit.  “If I wasn’t your boyfriend before, I would be now.”

Will snorted. He reached over and turned off the lamp.

The darkness was instant and all encompassing. For a few moments they lay quietly, simply absorbing the depth and silence of night in the forest.

“That is one beautiful moon,” Taylor remarked as the window slowly filled with bright silver light.

“Yeah. Nice.” Will turned his head on the pillow, trying to make out Taylor’s features in the uncertain light. “So what do you mean you’re not going fishing tomorrow? I thought that was the plan. You love fishing.”

“I do, yeah. But I don’t want to break Grant’s heart.”

Will said tersely, “Grant is going to have to adjust. ”

“Sure. And tomorrow you can break that news to him.” Taylor yawned, wiggled his jaw. “Anyway, there’s plenty of time for you and me to go fishing, right?”

“Yep. What are you going to do then?”

“I’ll find something to keep me busy.”

“Don’t wander off into the woods.”

Taylor spluttered. “Right, because going for a long hike by myself in the woods is the first thing I’d think of to amuse myself.”

“I know, but you can’t do the other thing all day. You’ll go blind.”

Taylor started to laugh.

Will’s feet brushed Taylor’s and he jumped. “Christ, MacAllister. Your feet are like popsicles!”

“You’ll take care of that.”

Will did his best, folding Taylor’s feet between his own and rubbing them.

Taylor, who was extremely ticklish, gave a little gasp. Actually, it was kind of a squeak. Almost a squeal.

“That was manly,” Will muttered, trying not to laugh.

Taylor started to respond, but there was a heavy thump against the wall, as though someone had kicked it or thrown a boot at it.

“Are you kidding me?” Taylor lunged up and whumped the wall back, hard. Will winced, but Taylor was in the right. Grant was pushing his luck.

Taylor flopped back and gave that little irritated huff he made when he was nervous or worried.

“Hey.” Will wrapped his arm around Taylor’s bony shoulders and tugged him still closer. “I’m going to have another talk with him, don’t worry.”

“I know.”

“He’s my only brother. Please don’t kill him.”

“I won’t touch him. I won’t touch a hair of his backwoods head.”

Will grinned fiercely into the darkness and pressed a kiss on top of Taylor’s city boy head.

They lay in companionable, warm silence.

“What’s funny?” Taylor mumbled.


“I can feel you smiling.”

“Just thinking.”



“What about me?”

“I don’t know. Something about you being here now.  All those years I used to lie here and think about…I don’t know.”

Taylor tilted his face up, as though listening for what Will wasn’t putting into words. “What?”

“The usual stuff, I guess.”

“Homework? Football? Girls?”

“Yeah.” Will added softly, “And boys.”

Taylor gave a little shiver, and Will squeezed him tighter. “See. I knew you’d be cold.”

Cold? The opposite. Do you think –?” He rocked his hips insinuatingly against Will’s.

“No! I sure as hell don’t. With Grant’s ear pressed to the wall?”

After a pause, Taylor said, “I hope you’re kidding.”

“I’m kidding. But we can’t. You know that. We’ve got to –”

He floundered, and it was Taylor who drawled, “Slow their ascent so they don’t get the bends?”

Will laughed, but he couldn’t deny — and probably hadn’t been able to hide — that instinctive surge of panic. Panic at the very idea. He was ashamed of it, but there was no denying the idea of having sex within earshot of any member of his family was more alarming than exciting.

Taylor snorted. “Relax. Your virtue is safe with me.”

Will groaned softly. “It’s only a couple of days. If it helps, I’d feel the same if you were a woman.”

“Uh, no, Brandt. Actually, that doesn’t help. At all.” But Taylor was laughing, and Will began to laugh too.

After a bit Taylor said, “It wasn’t easy for you, was it? Growing up here. Small towns, small minds. You had it tougher than I did.”

“It was okay,” Will said, uncomfortable with Taylor’s sudden sympathy. “It was tougher being the son of the local sheriff.”


“Yeah. Every so often some asshole, usually one of the Dooleys, would accuse me of being a narc. You know what kids are.”

“A narc,” Taylor’s tone was derisive. “I bet. But you were the big varsity guy, right? Quarterback of your high school football team, then the big college star, then the marines.”

“I did okay,” Will admitted. “It was probably tougher for Grant.”

Taylor said unexpectedly, “Probably, yeah.”

Will thought that over, frowning into the darkness. After a time Taylor turned his face into Will’s shoulder and began to snore softly.


josh lanyon

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon has been writing gay mystery 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 and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

But, really…do you care? Probably not. More to the point, Josh writes gay or M/M romance — usually within the context of a mystery / romantic-suspense or action – adventure. Lanyon’s particular brand of erotic romance features sexy cops and smartass writers, tough Navy SEALs and sensitive artists, hard as nail special agents and…other hard as nails special agents.

Josh is an EPPIE Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his Significant Other. You can find out more about Josh at the Just Joshin blog on Livejournal/Blogspot or through Josh’s mailing list.

Just Joshin : Josh Lanyon’s Journal
FB Author Page (Fan Page)
GLBT Bookshelf


9 prizes in total

  • Grand Prize : Paperwhite Kindle with all DG books sent separately (including Kick Start) for winner to install.
  • Kick Start T-shirt
  • Kick Start Coffee Mug
  • Set of Magnets
  • 2 ebooks (1 prize) from Josh’s back catalogue
  • 3 audiobooks (3 separate prizes)  from Josh’s back catalogue from Audible
  • Top Secret Special Edition Mug
    Open Internationally

Enter the giveaway HERE

41 comments on “BLOG TOUR – EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: “Kick Start” by Josh Lanyon

  1. maarjao
    December 2, 2013

    I haven’t read this series before, but the excerpt makes me curious, I’d definitely like to win this. :)


  2. Debra E
    December 2, 2013

    Sounds like another good one. I’ve read Josh Lanyon but not this series yet. Just starting the Holmes & Moriarty series now.


  3. Jacquie
    December 2, 2013

    I’m not spoiling myself by reading the exert but I am really looking forward to this. Next up on my list to read.


  4. itmfiddler
    December 2, 2013

    Huge fan of Josh’s and am so looking forward to this book!


  5. Kim W
    December 2, 2013

    I started re-reading the whole series yesterday so I could remember everything before starting the latest. I think this is probably the third time I’ve read it because I had to do the same thing before book 4. It’s still really good.


    • JLanyon
      December 2, 2013

      :-D Glad they hold up to that kind of re-reading! That’s quite a compliment.


  6. Andrea M
    December 2, 2013

    This is one of his series I haven’t read – sounds like I need to.


  7. Mayra
    December 2, 2013

    Great excerpt. Hope Grant turns around.


  8. jenf27
    December 2, 2013

    I have read other Josh Lanyon books, and really enjoyed them, but have not read any of this series. It sounds great, though!


  9. Steve Leonard
    December 2, 2013

    I really enjoyed this latest installment. I liked the more relaxed (in a way) interaction between Will and Taylor, and appreciated how you started delving into some of the underlying issues in their relationship. Sometimes the biggest challenges facing us are in the realm of the personal and now that they finally have a ‘lull’ in their professional lives, it’s time to face some different music.


    • JLanyon
      December 2, 2013

      Good point, Steve. I liked the idea of exploring how the relationship would work when they AREN’T running for their lives. When it’s just the normal stuff every couple has to deal with.


  10. s0ph1ar0s3
    December 2, 2013

    I have only heard good things about Josh Lanyon’s books, but haven’t had the opportunity to read any- yet. This series sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  11. Allison
    December 2, 2013

    I haven’t read this series yet (one of the very few of Josh’s that I haven’t read) but I know it is super well-loved and I am dying to read it. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.


  12. JLanyon
    December 2, 2013

    Thanks for hosting the excerpt!


  13. Felix Duarte
    December 2, 2013

    I’ve just started this book so I didn’t read the excerpt here. No spoilers for me. It is a wonderful series though. Lanyon says this installment is more about the relationship. Can’t wait finish it.


  14. tarawojton
    December 2, 2013

    I am a big fan of Taylor and Brandt can’t wait to read it!


  15. Shannon
    December 2, 2013

    Thanks for the excerpt. Looking forward to reading the book.


  16. Lala
    December 2, 2013

    Love Lanyon’s books! Dangerous Ground and Adrien English series are my favorites)))


  17. Jan
    December 2, 2013

    I can’t wait to read it, its next up on the list :-)


  18. Barb
    December 2, 2013

    Aaaargh!! The torture! I never read excerpts…. but….. maybe just one exception to any rule is allowed…. right?


  19. Sarah baseley
    December 2, 2013

    Would love the chance to win some josh books, new to him and excited to know more


  20. Sylvia
    December 2, 2013

    Shall I read this as soon as possible or shall I listen to all previous audio books first? Decisions, decisions….


    • JLanyon
      December 2, 2013

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the audio books!


  21. Bex
    December 2, 2013

    Love his books can’t wait to read this one!!!!


  22. Antonella
    December 2, 2013

    I want to reread all the other books before I start this new one, delayed gratification is good sometimes. But I allowed myself to read the excerpt ;-). Thank you, dear Josh!


    • JLanyon
      December 2, 2013

      You have a will of IRON, Antonella@ :-D


  23. JLanyon
    December 2, 2013

    Thank you to those of you who already know and love the series! It’s so nice to know you’re looking forward to another story. I love writing these guys.

    And to those of you new to my work, GOOD LUCK IN THIS BRUTAL COMPETITION. :-D Luckily there are lots of prizes!


  24. Trix
    December 2, 2013

    Friends-to-lovers is always appealing to me!


  25. Denise
    December 2, 2013

    I’m really anxious to see Taylor and Will become more comfortable and solid in their relationship. Thanks for the excerpt, Josh.


  26. Otila
    December 2, 2013

    Just bought this today and I can’t wait to get off work so I can start reading. I’m thinking there’s not gonna be too much sleep for me tonight.


  27. Marti
    December 2, 2013

    Loved the “sneak peak” – especially the bit when Taylor squeaks! Manly indeed!


  28. Rachel
    December 2, 2013

    Definitely a Christmas present to myself… or perhaps a late birthday present…. Either way, a nice indulgence :)


  29. Lori S
    December 2, 2013

    I got the book, but I am currently working my way through the audio books. I am not sure I can hold out before delving into the new story. I keep hearing such good things about it! The excerpts are wonderful!


  30. jl
    December 2, 2013

    I read the whole excerpt with a smile on my face. This is my first taste of a Josh Lanyon book and I want to know MORE! :D I’m definitely going to check out what I’ve been missing so far.


  31. karen
    December 3, 2013

    I was saving this book for the weekend, but with these excerpts and all the discussion… not sure I’ll be able to hold out.


  32. Susana
    December 3, 2013

    I am really looking forward to reading Kick Start. I just love all the series, although it is making me suffer a lot. I hope this book doesn’t involve ex boyfriends or any kind of amnesia… The last one was almost too much for me!!!


  33. lamoiti
    December 3, 2013

    I am looking forward to this phase of Will & Taylor’s relationship.


  34. Ashley E
    December 3, 2013

    I’m not new to Josh Lanyon, but I am new to the Dangerous Ground series, and it sounds terrefic! I’m going to have to hunt down the first book soon. :)


  35. Ninna
    December 3, 2013

    Joining the chorus of people looking forward to reading it!


  36. Kirsten
    December 5, 2013

    Man, I love family dramas almost as much as mysteries. Really looking forward to this. I’m just not sure if I need a reread of the others first.


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