His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno - but is Reno all that he seems?
**This title contains gay erotic content**
©2008 - 2013 MLR Press (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
It took a little time to get over the narrator so I could enjoy the mystery.
No, I'm not into gay sex.
A different narrator would be good. The "gay" needs to stay. It doesn't take away from the mystery and helps develop the relationship between the two guys. It wouldn't have been the same story without it..
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The characters are incredibly complex and not at all what you believe them to be when you start to listen/read this book. Like 'real' people these characters are very complex, and like good friends, you get to know them over time. In this case the time span occurs over the span of story. The characters are revealed as the story continued. They are revealed not by just the words of the story but also by their actions within the story. The mystery is a very nice and well done way to see these people interact. The performance is great, each character distinct and very well acted. Every new book I pick up by Josh Lanyon leaves me spell bound. Every character distinct, every story enjoyable. This particular story will probably become one of my favorites.
I have not read this book before, and the story was very entertaining. The narration of all the characters, even for the secondary characters with their East Coast accents was extremely well done.
I loved Perry. Such a sweetheart. I laughed when he turned down an offer of a beer because he had already brushed his teeth that evening.
Good voices, nice inflection and professional narration.
I like the name as it is. What kind of question is that?
A classic “CLUE” game whodunit very well written. The relationship between Perry and Nick grows into something unexpected. For Perry, I thought it was a coming of age – reaffirming his manhood and adulthood all in one. For Nick, letting go and embracing who he is, what he wants and eventually what warms his heart to complete him.
At first Perry seems somewhat fragile but he is not – just a little naive and inexperienced but in all reality he is just young. Nick on the other hand – X- Navy Seal has been there; done that and has very little patience for anyone let alone a mystery.
I love the “target practice” scene – ANY questions ??? LOL
A very touching romantic story
The reader took a little to get used to, but I've noticed that's the case for me with most books I listen to. But once I was into it I loved it. This is one of my favorite books and being able to listen to it while doing other things is absolutely wonderful!
Bought the book based on an Audible recommendation. I didn't realize it was from the gay fiction section. The synopsis made the mystery aspect sound intriguing, but didn't mention the gay part. If you read many mysteries you will be way ahead of the story.
Although Perry is revealed to be gay early on, the slow developing romance with Nick was not mentioned. I'm sure those who were actually seeking a gay love story will find this book more appealing. I was looking for an off beat mystery.
I'm not going to trash the book as it just wasn't for me, but sounds like others missed the explicit gay sex warning too. This happened to me once before with another book that featured explicit straight sex. If those scenes had been in a movie it would have had a XXX rating. Not a prude but not looking for explicit sex in my listening.
Audible should do a better job with warning buyers of graphic sex content. I will now look closer as I'm sure by buying this book I will now see more recommendations for gay themed books
Not sure if it was the author or the reader, the beginning was slow and felt like "canned" writing, a bit too descriptive in a weird way. I am glad i stuck with it, enjoyed the story. This was my first novel by Lanyon and gay/male fiction. Thought it was well done.
This story was interesting enough and very well preformed but there were displays of homosexual activities which I prefer not to experience. I stopped listening 75% through because I became uncomfortable.
This story is one of a million generic tell-by-the-numbers bodice-ripper. The only difference is it sounds like it's being read by Kermit the Frog. All voices are read in a monotone - even the yelling. The characters are flat and formulaic, the plot utterly predictable. Overall, I found it silly....just silly. And that was not what I was looking for.
I would. I think I missed some clues and liked the love story part of the story a lot.
Nick is really enjoyable. He seems like the ideal man in many ways, however, I didn't like Max Miller's voice for him. That part could have been better.
The land lady. That voice was a surprise and well done, I felt. All of the secondary characters were quite good.
I really liked both Nick and Perry. I was left wishing there was a follow up book.
On my screen, I couldn't see the warning that this book contains explicit gay erotica. I'm not a big fan of erotica of any variety and I wouldn't have purchased it if I had seen the warning. My 16 year old son was home sick from school and I was packing for a trip. So I played the book so we could both hear it. We both really liked the first couple hours and my son commented on what a good writer Josh Lanyon is. He asked me not to listen to the rest of it without him, so I started re-listening to it, but I just couldn't wait for him to have the time to finish it with me. Thank god! I didn't see where it was going until it got there, and it is not something I would have enjoyed listening to it with my son, or he with me. So if like me you listen to audiobooks while making dinner with the kids doing homework, you might want to listen to this book at another time. I texted my son at school and told him of the warning I had not read. He texted back, "Mom, you saw that coming, didn't you?" Obviously not. I just can't imagine someone would want to listen to this with their mother, no matter how good a book it is.
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