Fair Play

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Fair Play

All's Fair, #2

Fair Play is another really good read by Josh Lanyon. This story picks up awhile down the road from the end of book one. Tucker and Elliot are now living together on the island and they are both at the same jobs. Their relationship is stable and they are both happy. One night they get a call that Elliot's father's home is on fire. Upon arriving they find that Roland has been a victim of arson. With Roland's controversial past as an anti-war activist in the 1960's and his pending book release there is more than one person who may be targeting him. Elliot wants to investigate what is going on but while Roland and Tucker generally do not agree on anything they do agree on Elliot staying out of this. Of course Elliot being Elliot does as he pleases.

For me this author can do no wrong. This book, like all his others, was well written. The story moved along at a great pace. His characters all stay consistent in their actions and behaviors. The things they say and do make sense and seem like what average people would do. I loved the development of Elliot and Tucker's relationship in this story. We saw them grow closer and some of Tucker's disclosures were really touching. I just adored him in this book.

The plot itself was entertaining. I enjoyed how we saw Roland's past and how we got to meet all of the different characters from that time. Interesting to see the people they all became after they grew up I enjoy the parallel between radical Roland and conservative Tucker and poor Elliot, caught in the middle between the two men he loves the most.

This book can be read as a standalone. The plot is independent from book one although you will probably enjoy the dynamics between Elliot and Tucker a little more if you've read the first story. If you're already a Josh Lanyon fan you will enjoy this book. If you haven't tried him yet you should. A great mystery with just the right amount of romance. A definite recommend.

Book Blurb for Fair Play

Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.

When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is—arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it's not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.

Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who's obsessed with Elliot and can't bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much—"opposing political viewpoints" is an understatement—but they're united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.

Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won't be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI's resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.

See how Tucker and Elliot's relationship began in Fair Game

68,000 words

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 4.00