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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Fair Play” by Josh Lanyon



Setting up house with his new lover was tricky before arson landed his former radical father in the guest bedroom. Now ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills has to figure out who is willing to kill to keep Roland’s memoirs from being published.

Meanwhile, a serial killer insists he will only make his confession to Elliot, putting added strain on Elliot’s still fragile relationship with Tucker.


I love me some Lanyon. But I REALLY love me some Lanyon’s Elliot and Tucker.

I think we all have our favorite Josh Lanyon books and couple. The world would probably say Jake and Adrian. But me? Elliot and Tucker. Fair Game was one of my favorites and their hard-fought road just to get to a happy-for-now…shouldn’t have worked for me. But it so did. (also, if you’re an audiobook type, you really should listen to book 1, Fair Game. I quite enjoyed the narrator, Ray Ramano)

I wasn’t sure if Lanyon would come out with a book 2 but I almost sobbed tears of joy when I heard it was being released.

WHAT A TREAT. I loved it! Elliot and Tucker in this book were PERFECTION. Their relationship growth, with real life adult challenges and heavy emotion, yet with deep commitment and actual communication? YES! So few books actually have 2 grown men TALK to each other and FIGURE things out. And I couldn’t get enough of the two of them. I hadn’t realized how much I missed their friendship, their partnership, and what revealed itself so thoroughly in book 2, their love. It wasn’t all roses for them. The battle of who can be more stubborn and sometimes over who can be more self-righteous reached epic proportions. But, the affection and the eventual compromises and just the honesty had me swooning.

I have to admit that the mystery element to the story, didn’t entirely work for me. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t really fascinating. It was just very detailed and I was sometimes lost in the side characters…who was who and was with who. And sometimes when side characters play too prominently in a story, I get a little irritated. I felt this way about Elliot’s dad, to be frank. And because I was SO loving the Elliot & Tucker parts, the mystery stuff was a distraction (I’m a bratty reader, I know.)

Still, I didn’t want the book to end. And I’m hoping Lanyon will be doing more Christmas Codas this year and we’ll see another little scene out of Elliot & Tucker’s life together. *sigh*. I just…want more of them.

If you haven’t read Fair Game, do so immediately so you can jump right into Fair Play.

If you have read Fair Game, Fair Play is a FREAKING FEAST! Enjoy it!



Ami – 3.5 stars


21880559Title: Fair Play (All’s Fair #2)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon

3 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Fair Play” by Josh Lanyon

  1. Barbra
    October 21, 2014

    I cannot believe you’ve already gotten your hands on this one. I’ve read Fair Game MULTIPLE times and was excited when I found out we were FINALLY getting our sequel. Squee!!! I can’t wait. :-)


  2. H.B.
    October 21, 2014

    Darn, I’m so jealous right now that you guys already got your hands on it and read it. Thanks for the review. I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.


  3. Waxapplelover
    October 29, 2014

    I loved Fair Game. So excited to hear that the follow-up is just as good.


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