I really enjoyed this fast paced new book from author Josh Lanyon. This story has some classic Lanyon elements with a new twist. Jefferson is just out of college and adrift in his life. His girlfriend has just broken off their engagment and he's due to start working a job he has no interest in. In an effort to figure out some things about himself he heads to Europe for a vacation. Immediately after arriving he finds himself mixed up in a criminal plot and sees an old friend for the first time in years. An old friend he just might be in love with. An old friend who challenges everything he thinks about himself.
As previously stated this has the same basic structure that many Lanyon books have. The MC is self-depricating and going through a difficult time in his life. He stumbles in to a criminal plot and spends the rest of the story trying to not get killed and to solve the crime. And while it is a common theme for the author it always works for me. It's a perfect formula of action, adventure, romance, self discovery and great characters. This book was no exception and I loved the new adult twist. While Jefferson was young he was not immature. I loved watching him trying to figure out who he was and what he wanted in his life. There were a few scenes where my heart hurt for him. I remembered those pangs of loss over first loves and the mistakes we sometimes make as we learn to be in relationships. I also cheered for him as he figured things out and started to fight for what he wanted.
I was a little worried going in to this one because I'm not generally a fan of new adult stories. I am a fan of this author though so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did because I really loved this book. One of my favorites from this author. I'm hoping we will see more of Jefferson down the road,
Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine's Europe in Style.
Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you're in your twenties.