Friday, April 22, 2011

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Title: Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-273-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Professor Sebastian Swift grew up in a renowned literary family and became a famous poet at an early age, himself. Many of the things he did under pressure as a young man gave him a bad boy reputation that continues to haunt him years later. Yet despite these things, his life is going along pretty well, including his relationship with the Wolfe Neck Police Chief, Max Prescott.

When one of his best students comes to him after being beaten, Swift volunteers his cabin as a place to get away, only to later discover the boy’s father is dead and that he’s the prime suspect. Suddenly Swift’s life is falling apart as he tries to find his missing student before his lover discovers his involvement.

Max cares for his lover but doesn’t like being deceived and doesn’t like that Swift is involved in his murder investigation. He hates it when it becomes apparent someone is attempting to frame Swift for the murder and if Max doesn’t identify the killer, the man he loves might just end up dead.

Come Unto These Yellow Sands is the newest release by multi-published author Josh Lanyon. It starts off at a steady pace, with Swift receiving a visit from his student who’s been beaten and it progresses through the remainder of his normal day, in many ways reminding me of a classic British mystery, filled with a wealth of vivid characters and rich locale details.

It also has its share of low simmering desire and passion between Swift and Max, but I didn’t feel I knew how their relationship would turn out until near the end. There were many times I wasn’t even certain Max wanted Swift for anything other than sex and then something would happen and Max would be there ready to defend him and I’d change my mind. Then there’s Swift’s troubled and checkered past. Talk about depressing and filled with angst. Take it from me…this suspense is not lighthearted. It’s well written, has deep, intriguing characters, a well plotted mystery and is filled with deceit, betrayal and fear. What more could you ask for? Oh, yeah. A satisfying end…you’ll get it.

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