Collected in print for the first time. The Dark Horse and its sequel/prequel, The White Knight.
The Dark Horse
Paul Hammond is dead. That's what tough and sexy LAPD Detective Daniel Moran tells his lover, Hollywood actor Sean Fairchild - and Sean wants to believe him, but what about those threatening postcards in Hammond's handwriting? What about the fact that he's seeing Hammond everywhere he goes? Yes, Sean's had some emotional problems in the past, but that was a long time ago and he's not imagining things, so why is Dan looking at him that way?
The White Knight
It's a Hollywood cliché: the hot and handsome bodyguard. But in the case of LAPD Detective Daniel Moran, it's all true. Dan is everything Sean ever wanted in a leading man, but Dan's kind of an old-fashioned guy. It's his job to keep Sean safe and in one piece - happy is someone else's problem.
©2010 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Josh Lanyon
These are two novellas that are combined to make a great listen. The first story, Dark Horse is the story of Paul, an actor who meets Daniel (a cop) as a result of Daniel protecting him from a stalker. In Dark Horse, Paul and Daniel are already a couple, and it is told post stalker drama. The second book White Knight is more of a flashback of how Paul and Daniel met and includes the story of the stalker, as well as some trouble in the couples relationship. To be honest, I didn't really warm up to Paul for a while; he seemed whiny and very self absorbed. I thought Daniel had the patience of a saint and really didn't get why he put up with Paul. But through Josh Lanyon's excellent storytelling, it was all good in the end. On top of a great story was Derrick McClain's performance. He does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life. Highly recommended!
We are dragged down by the over-focus on Sean's neurosis and Dan's omniscient and slightly condescending stance. There really are two sturdy plot lines that could do well without all the whining and pop-psych.
Saints, preserve us.
The author could write good mystery-thrillers (with or without sex) without drowning us in incessant dithering by the overly nervous.
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