Guest Reviewed by Trish
Title: Fair Play
Author: Josh Lanyon
Series: All’s Fair #2
Heroes: Elliot Mills/Tucker Lance
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.
When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is–arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.
Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much–“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement–but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.
Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.
Fair Play is the 2nd book from the All’s Fair series. It was great to re-visit with Elliot, Tucker and Roland. Fair Play concentrates on the mystery surrounding Roland’s past and the book he’s writing about his life in the Collective. It also addresses the common issue in any new relationship, communication.
Elliot and Tucker have been together for 6 months and their relationship is strong. Then an explosion at Roland’s house starts an investigation that sends Elliot’s life into a tailspin. And not just his relationship with his Dad is jeopardized. He and Tucker experience some relationship growing pains.
The story is written well, but the mystery didn’t blow me away. We find Elliot as a lone ranger for most the book as he tries to figure out who was after his father. The mystery with Roland and his past was not as captivating as I hoped. I didn’t have a connection to any of the players involved, and I think that was my biggest issue. Elliot is pursuing every angle to find out who is after his Dad, and at the same time, Tucker is behaving oddly which makes Elliot feel insecure about their future. Tucker has his own issues from his past which places more strain on their relationship. For Elliot and Tucker fans, this will pull at your heartstrings, but, this is where Josh shines as an author so keep the faith.
I loved the sweet and tender moments with Elliot and Tucker in this book but also the struggles. Life throws them a few curve balls, and it gets a bit dicey, but in the end, their love conquers. The chemistry between them is still off the charts, and they have no problems communicating in the bedroom. Josh Lanyon writes solid couples who are not perfect, and I enjoyed their dynamic more than the mystery portion of the story.
Don’t get me wrong, the mystery was interesting and well written, but I was not invested in any of those characters. However, the love and respect Elliot and Tucker have for each other shines and their journey in this book was definitely worth the read. So if you loved Fair Game and need an Elliot/Tucker fix then you will not be disappointed.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*