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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Jason West and Sam Kennedy are back!

All those late night conversations when Sam had maybe a drink too many or Jason was half falling asleep. All those playful, provocative comments about what they'd do when they finally met up again.

Well, here they were.

The last thing Jason West, an ambitious young FBI Special Agent with the Art Crimes Team, wants - or needs - is his uncertain and unacknowledged romantic relationship with irascible legendary Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy.

And it's starting to feel like Sam is not thrilled with the idea either.

But personal feelings must be put aside when Sam requests Jason's help to catch a deranged killer targeting wealthy, upscale art collectors. A killer whose calling card is a series of grotesque paintings depicting the murders.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Josh Lanyon

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Brilliant Story

I was nurished by every word. The character development was excelllant. not enough sex! LOL!

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I Like!

It's been eight months since we said goodbye to Jason and Sam and their tentative beginning of something more. Life and cases has kept them in different parts of the country. That all changes when a German national ends up murdered and Sam calls in Jason for help as a painting resembling Monets works has been found on the scene.

In the last book, I never really warmed to Sam, but I did have some hope by the end of it that he had and would continue to change going forward. Lo and behold, it's now 8 months later and he's back to square one. I wasn't happy. Relationship-wise I feel like we just started over, like the first book never happened. I was back to disliking Sam. Feeling Jason was back to being a bit of doormat who constantly being kicked around by Sam and that's not a feeling I particularly enjoy. While we got to know Sam a bit more and understand his reasons for pulling back from Jason, I still don't feel like that was enough. The constant back and forth with Jason is getting a bit tedious and exhausting, almost like watching a tennis match.

I'm deliberately not talking much of the mystery as I don't want to give anything away - I mean, what fun is a mystery if you already have all the answers? I will say that as always Lanyon delivers a great mystery plot with lots of twists and turns – just as it should be.

I feel like Kale Williams struggled a bit with this book. The voices he had for Sam and Jason were at times exactly the same so the read wasn't as effortless as it could've been or was with the first book. I still very much enjoy listening to his voice, and the narration of this book, I just wish he differentiated more between the different characters and keep them differentiated throughout.

The Monet Murders should be read for the mystery, not the romance. The mystery will keep you on your toes and guessing who the culprit is right up until the explosive end. While I didn't enjoy aspects of the book, the mystery alone made this a very enjoyable read, which is why I'm jumping straight into the next book in the series.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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What a great story

Great story, liked the the MCs
Excellent narration.
Will listen to the prior books.
I recommend this one for sure.

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West! Kennedy!

After listening to book 1 I knew book 2 was an auto-buy.

What I liked: Kale Williams is fast becoming my favorite narrator. His voice is all sorts of things: intriguing, soothing, and hot as heck. I’ve already searched through audible to find other books he has narrated....

What I like part 2: I am in love with this couple. They are so different yet you can understand why they are drawn to each other.

What confused me for a bit: someone else mentioned in their review that West had sex with someone else and this seemed to not sit well. I get that however it was an important part of the plot and the relationship of West and Kennedy. Note: West was not cheating on Kennedy.

What irritated me: Jason West has a lot of inner dialogue with himself and at times I wanted to scream GET ON WITH IT!

Book 3 has recently been released (but not yet on audible). I’ll be warring with myself re: should I wait for the audible version or if I’m going to break down and buy the kindle version.

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Great Book

Josh Lanyon is in fine form. It’s a good mystery and he wrote with the confidence to leave loose ends. I enjoyed this thoroughly.

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Good addition to this series

There were only two things that stopped this from being a 5 Star read for me. For the majority of the book, they were not together and we saw so little of Sam. The other was Jason hooking up with someone on page. Yes they were not a couple so technically it wasn’t cheating but, he was in love with Sam. The mystery was really good and I loved the investigation. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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LOVED!

The Mermaid Murders was my favorite book of 2016 and I was so happy to read this new chapter in Jason and Sam's story.

I really identified with Jason's struggle to understand what was going on with Sam. His hurt and bewilderment were painful to read, but Sam eventually came through and the ending was perfect! The mystery was well done and had me guessing until the end.

This was definitely a 5 star book and I loved the audio version too!

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The Monet Murders

One of my favorite audiobooks and series. I don’t even know the number of times I’ve listened to this! The author has written a fantastic story and the narrator does a great job bringing it to life!

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Great book and audio!

After reading and listening to this second book in The Art of Murder series I may just have found my favorite in the MM genre. The writing is top notch and the narrator brought the book to life!

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  • Keith G
  • Montrose in Houston TX
  • 10-09-17

Decent, but a missed opportunity for better

This is an okay listen that never lived up to its full potential. I appreciate male to male romance fiction that does not fit an overused pattern of being written as if it were a female romance bodice-ripper. I have three Josh Lanyon books in my library and I appreciate how this author writes stories about people who are doing things in the world and also happen to have a gay relationship to nurture or not, as the case may be.

I really enjoyed the mystery narritive of the story. What was problematic for me this time was the personal relationship between the two main characters and how that relationship was explained to us. Josh Lanyon is a female author who I think tries to provide a more realistic view of the male psyche and then many of her male to male romance female contemporaries.

Nonetheless, she can slip into using a cliched and hackneyed form of presenting male characters in a way that would be most pleasing to female readers and not actually indicative of the male emotional behavior. It can be a subtle difference but a difference there is. In the Lanyon books I have read, she certainly likes to have a "daddy" cop in the mix. As often as not, those characters are a bit stiff, and not in the more useful way.

And then there is Jason the main character, whom I really like. However, if I were an FBI agent I would want him nowhere near any important action I was involved with. Law enforcement officers, from the federal level all the way down, all have the same protocols for discharging firearms. In the climatic scene, special agent Jason violates that protocol in such a way that I would imagine an after-action review would see him benched - possibly for good. This was not done to show any inner turmoil on his part, but in order to make the scene evolve in a way that was more productive for the author. This choice took me out of the headspace of what had been a fairly well written scene.

And finally there is the narrator. The guy has got a perfectly fine voice which I would otherwise really enjoy listening to. However, he chooses to pop the last consonant of almost every word he says - even soft consonants like m or n. I never got used to it and fact found it highly distracting since it is an affectation used by Clint Eastwood, particularly in his Dirty Harry roles.

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