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Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.

©2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2013 Josh Lanyon

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A Seamless Transition from the First Book

Josh Lanyon really outdid himself this time. This book is simply great. The story was so compelling I listened to the whole thing in one day! The book made a perfect transition from Fatal Shadows. If you haven't listened to Fatal Shadows yet, I recommend buying both and listening to them in order.

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 10-05-13

Number 2: Very Enjoyable...

Number two in the series and I must admit that the mystery plot was a bit less obvious than the first book and the budding relationship between Adrien and Jake was tantalizing, to say the least. The twinge of jealousy from Jake was a welcomed surprise and certainly opened the door for hope. On a side note, I have been more careful checking my mailbox since reading this story! Another great tale by Josh Lanyon and again Chris Patton’s narration was excellent and added to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series! Recommend!!

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  • Susinok
  • Norman, OK United States
  • 03-26-13

A wondefull follow up to Fatal Shadows

Chris Patton's narration is even better in the second book of the Adrien English series. The was a very enjoyable listen of one of my favorite series.

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  • KC
  • 07-06-13

Fantastic narration, awesome mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! I've recommended both audio and book to several friends and they've all enjoyed it. The mystery is great, i really like the setting and absolutely adore the characters. A Dangerous Thing is an all time favorite of mine, and the narration is perfect while somehow still getting better and better with each book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked best two things: the mystery, and the character arc. One of the reasons i like this book best out of the series is that the two main characters get to spend a lot of time together, figuring things out, both personal, and mystery-wise. I love the dynamic and the sense of humor.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I first listened to Chris Patton in Fatal Shadows, the first Adrien English mystery, and fell in love with his amazing voice and narration skills. He's exceeded my expectations and beyond, and he keeps getting better and better.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! It made me laugh many many times, and also sigh happily often, and be on the edge of my seat, and more. There's no moment with no reaction in this book. Josh Lanyon's books always elicit a wide range of emotions.

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  • Nic
  • Australia
  • 12-26-13

Continuing to love this series!

"Aren't you the guy who told me a cop's gut instinct is one of his best tools?"
"You're not a cop, baby. You're a bookseller. You don't have a gut instinct. You have knack for nearly getting yourself killed."

I love the blend of quick wit and humour with the intrigue of the murder mystery. But as good as the mystery is, of course I'm really only reading to see to the evolution of the relationship between Adrien and Jake.

I adore Adrien! He's the sort of guy I would love to have as a friend and as a friend, I want him to be happy. His admission (to himself) of love for Jake is painful because we know loving Jake won't be easy. Oh, but the first kiss with Jake - just beautiful!

I have been continuing to 'read' this series by listening to the audio version......Chris Patton does a stellar job of narrating this series. I loved the way he voiced Adrien - his inflection, his tone, the quality of his voice - and the sexy, gruffness of Jake is perfect!

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A dangerous thing - definitely recommended

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this and I have spent the last couple of driving trips listening to the story. I was so lucky.
Firstly, I have all of Josh's books both as ebooks and in print as well. I'm now going to add audio books to my collection. When driving long distances listening to an ebook is a great way to pass the time. The story is interesting and Chris Patton does a great job at narrator.
I can't recommend this author, this story or this format highly enough.

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Great Story!

I loved this story! Chris Patton did an awesome job with the narration, I found myself laughing out loud from all the little jabs and quirky conversations between Jake and Adrien with an E... Their relationship is so complicated and yet you find yourself hoping for a future for them. Another excellent chapter to the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. Now on to the next one, Great job!!!

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Engaging

The narrator is quite good, although I prefer it when the voices are more different. The story is engaging, although I didn't find it as original as the first book in the series. The character of Adrian, from whose POV the story is told, is likable and worthy of respect. I have no idea though, what it is he sees in Jake. It's not that Jake is unlikable, is more that at this point a) we still don't know much about him. He's like a well developed side character--still fairly 2 dimensional. B) He either doesn't get Adrien like we do, is a total player douchecanoe, is in complete denial about Everything, or some mix of the above. Consequently, it's hard to ship A and J. That means the book has to stand on its own as a mystery in a series of mysteries...and it does.

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Romance grade A......Mystery grade C

The best part of the book was the romance and chemistry between Jake and Adrien. The mystery itself seemed to be made up as Adrien went along. By made up I mean, it was hard to determine what the mystery focus was supposed to be, was it murder or something else?I won't describe the something else because it is a part of the story. It's one of those stories where, because there isn't really any character development you have to add more people to help create the story. I drifted quite a bit. I perked up when Jake and Adrien were front and center. He does an excellent job in this area. I'll listen to another book because of this fact. If you are looking for an amazing well-developed mystery, I don't think these books can give you that. I do think that they can explore a couple of gay characters and not make it solely be about sex or stereotypes. Overall, they are what they are and I'm glad there are writers out there creating this type of material.

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Traditional. Good Mystery Caper

Typical Lanyon. Enjoyable but lacked previous tension. Enjoyed it, nonetheless. Excellent narration, which helped maintain interest.

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  • Josie
  • 08-22-13

Wonderful Story

I love Josh Lanyons audiobooks. The Adrien English ones superbly narated by Chris Patton. This is the second Adrien English story and I enjoyed it as much as book 1, Fatal Shadows.

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  • Teddy
  • 05-16-18

Entertaining enough

Not bad story but loses points for the overly descriptive, and quite unnecessary sex scenes.

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  • JillB
  • 06-15-16

Excellent rendition of the novel

I love Josh Lanyon's Adrien English novels and since getting into audio books have been buying the sudio versions of novels I've already read and enjoyed in pixels and print.
The narrator Chris Patton really brings the characters alive and they don't ring false in the way they're portrayed. The speed of the narration is good and Patton doesn't just 'read' the book - you get good, dramatic delivery and I found myself smiling at humorous parts in the same way I would when reading.
Always recommend these books/ this author and if audio's more your thing then I can definitely recommend this book.