Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Old Poison
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: Dangerous Ground #2
Heroes: Taylor MacAllister/Will Brandt
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Just Joshin
Release Date: 2011
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Happy Birthday, Taylor! Taylor has pretty well recovered from his shooting, but not everyone is happy to see him reach his next birthday. Does a cobra pickled in a bottle of wine means someone cares enough to send the very death — best?
Review: In book 1, Will and Taylor agree to start a relationship that Taylor has been coveting for a long time. In book 2, we see that relationship take root and begin to grow. Taylor is still very insecure, he feels more invested in the relationship than Will and it causes arguments.
It doesn’t help that the two are separated for different assignments (not relating to their relationship) and Will is paired with an old flame.
As far as the mystery is concerned, Taylor is the target. He receives a bottle of wine with a cobra in it “old poison” and some other, stalkery-type things occur until he is ultimately kidnapped and held by … well, that’s the mystery.
Later, Taylor is returned, safe and sound. When Will hears the explanation about why Taylor was kidnapped he says: “It was like those convoluted schemes the villains in Batman came up with.” Yes. Yes, it was.
When I first read Dangerous Ground (book 1), I didn’t realize it was part of a series, and I was mad! The “mystery” took up most of the story, and the romance was not at all satisfying. It just kind of left you hanging, with a vague HFN. Now that I know better, I realize it did exactly what it was supposed to. Introduce everyone and place our two MCs in each others arms.
Book 2, Old Poison, is a far more satisfying. We begin to learn more about who these guys really are, and we start to actually see that they care for one another. Taylor is easily the more interesting of the two. He’s got a checkered past, he’s so passionate about everything, he’s a little kinky and …he’s easily injured. He’s the Scully in the relationship. (Always getting shot or kidnapped.)
Will is more steadfast. The rock. The steadying presence that keeps Taylor from flying away. Because of that, when Will does “emote,” it means more and he does a little “emoting” in this book. It’s nice.
As a side note, one thing I really appreciate about this series (and Josh Lanyon because of it), is the use of the Diplomatic Affairs Officer as a job title. What a great plot device! Nobody really knows what this job is, if it even exists in real life. It’s judicial. A little exotic (the boys travel all over the world eventually in their careers). It’s a little like police, but not exactly. Sort of militaristic, but not exactly. It’s a great job that Lanyon can manipulate to suit his whims, and I congratulate him for choosing it.
Obviously, if you’ve read and enjoyed Dangerous Ground, you’ll want to read this. It’s better than book 1 (IMHO) and moves the story along very well. They mystery is interesting and the romance is really nice.
**Another side note – this entire series is done as one Audiobook package – narrated by Adrain Bisson. He does a really nice job with the voices. Will has this lovely deep, growly voice and Taylor’s is a little more flighty. I enjoyed listening to the series as much or more than reading it and would give the Audiobook a 4 of 5 stars as well. **
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*