Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Dangerous Ground
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground #1
Heroes: Taylor MacAllister/Will Brandt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 90 Pages
Publisher: Josh Lanyon
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. And when Taylor was shot a few hours later, Will felt his reluctance to get involved was vindicated. For Will, the team and the friendship have to come first–despite the fact that he hasn’t failed to notice just how…hot Taylor is.
Taylor has been in love with his partner and best friend since they were first partnered. There isn’t much he wouldn’t do for Will–but he doesn’t know how much longer they can stay teamed feeling the way he does. Still, he agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras–despite the fact that he hates camping–because Will wanted a chance to save their partnership.
But the trip is a disaster from the first, and things rapidly go from bad to worse when they find a crashed plane and a couple of million dollars in stolen money. With a trio of murderous robbers trailing them, Will and Taylor are on dangerous ground, fighting for their partnership, their passion…and their lives.
Taylor and Will are work partners. Both are gay, but it’s a bit of a sore subject that Will won’t let them take things further for fear of damaging their friendship. In addition, Taylor is still not back to 100% after his injury, and he is having a bit of a hard time with Will babying him. So, the tension is a bit high. In an effort to try and salvage their friendship, Will convinces Taylor to go hiking.
The trip doesn’t seem to be as productive as Will had hoped, and before long, they are distracted by their discovery of a wrecked plane. They discover it most likely belongs to a recent case of missing escaped robbers. Money is found and hidden, and the action picks up as the missing escapees show up in search of their loot. The bad guys take control, and there are a few close calls, all of which show Taylor and Will exactly what they mean to each other.
I had a little trouble in the beginning of this with the guys already in the middle of their issues. It didn’t feel like the first book of a series. But, it didn’t take long for me to get the feel of things. They had some great banter, which I always love. The mystery/suspense takes over most of this story, with the guys sort of taking a back seat for a bit, but it is that very mystery and ensuing action, that played such a major role in how these guys end up.
This was a pretty fast-paced read, especially once things heated up. It’s not very long, so it kind of feels like it’s over before it really gets going. That just made me want to jump right into the next book. I’m really looking forward to seeing Taylor and Will’s relationship grow as this series progresses and am curious to see what other hurdles they may face.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*