Fair Chance

All's Fair, Book 3
Narrated by: J. F. Harding
Series: All's Fair, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.7 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One final game of cat and mouse...

Ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot's hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn't acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again - thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner's gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it's the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of Elliot's life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor - but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer's twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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What a Book!

Would you listen to Fair Chance again? Why?

Absolutely. I rarely write reviews but was so blown away by the book and the narration that I couldn't resist.

What did you like best about this story?

Pretty much everything!

Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?

Tucker!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did . . . took several hours out of my day (and evening). I couldn't sleep so finally listened to the last two hours of the book starting about 2 am.

Any additional comments?

I generally like books by Josh Lanyon (and own quite a few in ebook format and audio) and this book was no exception. Prior to this series my favorite was the Adrien English series. However, with the last book in the "All's Fair" series this one wins hands down for me. I wonder if this is the last in the series . . . it seems like it . . . sadly.

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The End

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A very satisfying conclusion to a favorite mystery/suspense trilogy. Very good narration. Highly recommended.

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Utterly satisfying ending of a series.

J F Harding did a brilliant job on narrating this book.
He nailed the voices of Elliot and Tucker and the other characters as well.
At no time did I have to figure out who was speaking.
The story was told with a steady pacing and captured the inner turmoil of Elliot, the creeping dread he felt at the events unfolding, the helplessness and the terror he felt were all there displayed for us by J F Harding.
The lighter moments had me grinning along with the characters.
With an audiobook the story might be outstanding but if the narrator does a bad job then it can spoil the story.
I didn't read the book first but listened to the audio.
I would listen to this guy read the classifieds and he would make it interesting.
Great book and even better listening to the audio.

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Wow

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As a big fan of MM and a devoted fan of Josh Lanyon, I think this may be the most well-written MM book I have ever read. The story was fast-paced as well as easy-to-follow. And, as someone who has read just about every one of Josh's books, I sense a real elevation in the quality of the storytelling. Not to say anyone should avoid the earlier books--they are very well written. It's like if Josh was the Beatles, this would be "Revolver." (And I imagine an "Abbey Road" is yet to come.)

Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Lanyon again?

Certainly

How could the performance have been better?

Considering the narrator brings a somber serious tone to this book (I remember him from the previous book in this series) I was pleasantly surprised that he can bring in a number of characters (male, female, serious, folksy). (The somber serious tone was appropriate and I hope the narrator continues with the series.)Folksy can be problematic. It's a tough line to follow if you're trying to portray an older local law enforcement officer without sounding like Wilfred Brimley. If you want an example of how this can go dreadfully wrong, check out the audiobook of "Middlesex."Given this is one of the stumbling blocks of fiction audiobooks, I'd say the narrator did a great job of handling these. Though, I swear, his elderly foster mother was a dead-on Joan Rivers.

What character would you cut from Fair Chance?

Well, given I hate bad guys, I'd say Corian. But then there wouldn't be a story.So I might say the Japanese-American FBI agent, because she came across too stereotypical. If she were simply portrayed as an FBI agent who happened to be Japanese-American, it would have been better

Any additional comments?

"Fair Chance" has made several hours of driving a much more interesting and pleasurable experience

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Great way to end the series

Fair Chance , the third and final entry in Josh Lanyon's superior All's Fair series, is the strongest of the trilogy. And given the fact that Tucker is missing for nearly 2/3 of the book, that really says something about Lanyon's ability to construct a rich story around these two men that's so packed with drama, humor, and action, that it's easy to forget that one of them is barely there. Tucker and Elliot have settled down together, moving into a new home, and thinking about marriage. Tucker, on his way to see his parents, disappears, and soon Elliot discovers The Sculptor - the most deadly adversary Elliot has ever faced - is working with an accomplice to bring him down. Once he realizes Tucker is missing, he sets out on a one-man quest to track down the man he loves, and bring the person (or persons) who took him to justice. Initially working with a cooperative FBI, Elliot eventually finds himself on the wrong end of an agent and the head of the investigation, losing all of his connections and resources. As the days go by, Elliot's quest to find Tucker becomes more desperate. As if this weren't enough, Elliot is forced to deal with a sleazy columnist who's tried to get Elliot into his playroom, and his bedroom, since the first time they met. I was so entertained by their back-and-forth, passive/aggressive relationship that a small part of me was actually hoping he'd convince Elliot to get his subby self into the playroom. A very small part, because there will be no cheating on Tucker. And once they find each other again, sparks fly. This series could go on for a while, and I'd keep up with the pair. But Lanyon has said she has no intention of returning to submissive Elliot and gruff Tucker. Since that's the case, she wrapped it up perfectly.

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what's with the breathing!!

the story was good. other people can review it. my problem was with the gasping breaths! after ever few sentences, there was a super distracting gasping inhale. the second book had the same narrator and he didnt do this so, what? was he recovering from pneumonia? reading while at high elevation?? it either got better over time or I started getting used to it, but in the beginning it was terrible and really distracting

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a must-read series

JF Harding makes this story come alive his voice his compassion every time I see his name I get the book just because he is one of a kind narrator in regards to the series I say it's a good series a book one is a good book but the narrator didn't sell me until I got his book two and then I was sold.

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Fantastic series!!!!!

I hope there’s more but even if there isn’t this is well completed and I loved the whole series!! I adore these guys and the mystery aspect was well done as well! Fantastic and I’m a huge fan now of author and narrator

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Riveting story and narration

The master storyteller has topped himself with this third book of the series. The twists and turns of the plot woven to keep the reader baffled until the end. Excellent read, excellent narration.

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Great Series

I really enjoyed this series, the story retained my interest throughout all 3 books (even though the narrator of the 1st book was dreadful), and the main characters were both very likeable.

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Well narrated thriller

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I was really looking forward to this final outing for Elliot and Lance, but in the end, it was a mixed bag for me. The narration was solid, but I found there was a nasty hiss with the 's' sound at the end of sentences for the first few hours of the book. I'm not sure if it got better as the book went on or if I just tuned out and got into the story more.

The first half of the book dragged, and the plot meandered all over the place with red - herrings a plenty. I found it really frustrating at times, especially the way Lanyon had written Elliot's internal monologs. Some of his thought processes were repetitive and nonsensical like she was dragging things out to hit a specific word count. (I really hate it when authors do that.) I wondered at times how the hell Elliot ever became an agent if that is how his mind works.

Suffice to say that when a major plot point occurred and Elliot didn't act straight away I was completely aghast. I'm not in law enforcement, and I have zero crime training but any fool knows that the fact they were investigating a serial killer who had a thing for Elliot meant they needed to be on guard 24/7.

I was expecting a more explosive ending but it was kind of taken out of Elliot and Lance's hands much too easily and ends were tied without either actually being involved. Anyway. I'm sure Lanyon mega fans will eat this up no matter what.

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