Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Stranger on the Shore
Author: Josh Lanyon
Heroes: Pierce Mather/Griffin Hadley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 226 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 5, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.
Review: This was really a great contemporary mystery read, and one with a few unpredictable twists popping up right when I thought I knew everything and had it all figured out. I found this to be quite the slow burning romance with the mystery aspect taking center stage. That, in my opinion, gave the story more depth and relevance and one that I quite enjoyed watching unfold.
The characterization and plot were spot-on and really well written. The relationship between Pierce and Griffin starts on very shaky ground. Actually, they really didn’t like or trust each other much at all; and by not knowing how they were going to end up until the end rang more believable than if they spouted love words right off the bat.
The mystery of the missing four year old heir, and the resulting pain in the grandfathers heart, was quite emotionally draining. I was really, really, hoping the loss the “second” time around wouldn’t send the poor old guy into the ground. I did not see that coming…at all. It threw all my theories right out the window.
The relationship building between Griffin and Pierce was very real life-like. They didn’t fall into insta-love, and they didn’t pretend to be something they weren’t. They had to work hard for it, but the “family” came first, and the mystery would be a huge chasm between them unless it could be solved or the questions answered to put Pierce at ease.
So, if a prominent mystery-slash-romance, where the romance is more subtle and in the background, is your thing, then you will love this book. Yes, the mystery is solved by the end. Yes, I guessed the ending, but not the way it happened. Yes, Pierce and Griffin end on a happy for now. And yes, it was well worth it.
Overall Impression:I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*