Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dead Run

Title: Dead Run
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-61118-464-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Action, Suspense Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

After living on different continents for nearly a year, the strain is beginning to tell on lovers, Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt. A week-long vacation together seems like the perfect answer to their problems so when they get vacation at the same time, Taylor arranges for a flight to Paris. A wrench is thrown in his plans when he spies a ‘70’s terrorist long thought dead trying to board a plane. Taylor still gets to Paris…just behind schedule and nothing goes as planned. He and Will end up fighting and instead of making up, they’re chasing a dangerous foe threatening the city with violence. Just when they think things can’t get worse…it does. 

Dead Run is the fourth release in Josh Lanyon’s Dangerous Ground series and begins at least eleven months after their job-forced separation. While some series start to lose steam after a few releases, this newest story of Taylor and Will’s life is just as fast paced as before, even more complicated…and with plenty of drama. Except this time they’re juggling some well scripted relationship misunderstandings with a terrorist subplot that threatens the city of Paris. I really liked this one. In fact, it might be my favorite. 

For someone who’s never visited the city of lights, the vivid details of historical Paris is deeply appreciated. It’s a great backdrop for this romance that highlights the uncertainty and vulnerability that Taylor feels about Will putting his career before their love for each other. Consequently, his reactions are often expressed without thought, leaving them upset and angry. Mr. Lanyon did a very nice job with their emotional upheaval and their inability to express what they are really feeling. This only gets worse after Will is injured in one of the rather dramatic twists and turns interspersed throughout the story.  

I like these guys more with each book. They’re smart, sexy, dynamic, loving and at times so bullheaded and dense, you want to hit them upside the head with a two-by-four. In this, at times bittersweet, story, Mr. Lanyon has crafted two men caught in a situation filled with resentment and loneliness. He’s covered an unbelievable amount of emotion with Taylor and Will in this novella length release, and he’s done with witty dialogue, passion, lots of angst, suspense and action. Read and enjoy.

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