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REVIEW: “Everything I Know” by Josh Lanyon



Connor loves teaching. He loves working with kids, he loves feeling like he’s making a difference. And the kids — and parents — seem to love him. Until the afternoon he makes a small error in judgment, and an angry father’s thoughtless comments start the kind of rumor that destroys careers. And lives.

Now everything Connor thought he knew about himself and his world is in doubt. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected direction.


Josh Lanyon is my BFF. We go way back (all the way to last December, in fact), and he knows just what I look for in a book. The down-on-his-luck, slightly needy, shenanigan-inflicted MC + the handsome, stubborn, manly, sexy man’s man MC = the key to my heart. I know Josh writes these things just for me and me alone. Like I said: BFF.

Alrighty, class. Today’s word of the day is…misunderstanding.

Everything I Know follows young-ish teacher and master’s student Connor Meyers through a low point in his career. He’s been fired from his job because of a colossal misunderstanding. Connor’s a sweet guy; he really just wants to help others, especially the people he cares for, but in the heat of the moment, mistakes happen. (I’ve been there, Connor, I get it.)

Wes Callahan is a powerful guy. He’s in the construction business and has connections all over. He’s gruff and straightforward. He takes things too literally and is very cut-and-dry in his approach to life. Let’s face it: attitudes like that often lead to misunderstanding people’s actions and intentions. (Wes, Wes, Wes. You gotta communicate with people, buddy.)

Connor and Wes come together when Wes tries to right a wrong. They’re a couple of guys who are looking for the same things in their personal lives; they just don’t know it yet. Wow, did they have super chemistry! Lanyon is the freaking master at creating tension and angst and good old fashioned attraction that feels so super genuine, and he does it here with just 93 pages?! It confounds me, I tell you, but it was there, and it was delicious. I did think Connor was a little too forgiving when it came to Wes misunderstanding Connor’s actions, but this is a novella, kids. Things are supposed to happen quickly.

So. Five star read, with half a star deducted because it ended. That’s right: I’m deducting a half star because I needed more. Let’s not have this misunderstanding with page requirements again, Josh, and I’ll give you the full five stars next time, oaky? ;)



Ami – 3.5 stars


1515519Title: Everything I Know
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher:  self-pub
Pages: 93
Release Date:  May 29, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon, ARe

4 comments on “REVIEW: “Everything I Know” by Josh Lanyon

  1. gaycrow
    June 7, 2014

    I was disappointed with this story, even though Josh is one of my favourite authors. I couldn’t accept that Con forgave Wes so easily after what Wes said. :(

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jenhuff03
    June 9, 2014

    I get that–and I think a lot of folks felt that way. :( For me, I felt so much chemistry between them that I got why Con forgave him. It felt like what someone would do in the real world, ya know?


    • gaycrow
      June 9, 2014

      In real life, I think Wes should’ve had his face slapped. ;) (I’m pleased to say I just finished and loved “Stranger on the Shore” though. That brought back my faith in Josh’s writing. :D )

      Liked by 1 person

      • jenhuff03
        June 9, 2014

        HA! You do have a point there! I have Stranger on the Shore–I’m looking forward to reading it soon! :)


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