Friday, August 5, 2011

Mummy Dearest

Title: Mummy Dearest
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-536-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Professor Drew Lawson is running out of time. He’s expected at a party hosted by his lover’s mother, meaning he only has twenty-four hours to authenticate the remains of Princess Merneith, a mummy kept in a small town museum. If Drew doesn’t make it home on time, he can kiss his rocky relationship good-bye. The problem is he has an assertive but good-looking documentary TV host, Fraser Fortune, getting in his way.  

They strike a deal and Drew agrees to allow Fraser to tape him as he examines the mummy, trying to decipher her secrets. And what about the supposed curse? With no time to waste, Drew gets to work, but being close to Fraser has Drew’s libido on overdrive, making him realize his unstable relationship is in more trouble than he thought. Soon he and Fraser are jumping into bed with each other, and later chasing a guy dressed up in a mummy outfit. Its Halloween…what’s going on and who’s behind it? 

Mummy Dearest is the first release in the new series XOXO Files that’s virtually guaranteed to become another keeper. I admit it. Josh Lanyon’s a favorite of mine and then when you add a plotline that contains a mummy, I’m all over wanting to read it.  

People have been fascinated by mummies, their ancient civilizations and curses for generations, so using them as a backbone for this story is a great idea. The premise is placed within a well written, fast paced plot that’s filled with interesting characters in Drew and Fraser, a unique museum locale, some strange goings-on, a supposed curse and plenty of fun, snappy dialogue. Add in some undeniable attraction and sizzling passion and you’ve got everything needed for a release that keeps a reader’s attention from beginning to end. Mr. Lanyon even threw in a jerk ex-lover of Drew’s to fill a little of a villain role and there’s someone shifty running around at the museum too, for some suspense and mystery. Put it all together and you’ve got an entertaining read that I’ll be enjoying again in the future.

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