Book Review: Dead Run by Josh Lanyon

Dead Run by Josh LanyonTitle: Dead Run
Series: Dangerous Ground, #4
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: Romantic Suspense, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from author
Published: September 2011

The boys are back in town -- and Paris is burning!

For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it's c'est la vie.

Now instead of sipping wine and seeing the sights, the boys are chasing a wily and deadly foe through the graveyards and catacombs of Paris.

Of course, it could always be worse -- and soon it is.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Will broke my heart along with Taylor’s in this novella. Sniff, sniff.

The Set Up: Will is excited Taylor is visiting Paris after they’ve been separated nearly a year. But while the men just want to reestablish their relationship, bomb threats plague Paris and Will gets injured in one.

Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed this romance and series greatly.

What I Liked: I adore the realism of this novella. Unlike a lot of romances, this book captures the awkwardness of long-distance relationships and the disconnection it can cause. This made the moments when Will and Taylor are quietly talking in bed post-coital all the sweeter. Even the sex in this book is gentler and matches the tentative tone of Will and Taylor’s romance. This is so well written.

The terrorist plot, while a tad convoluted, is fast paced and had good twists and turns. I didn’t know how the suspense would be resolved but liked how it did.

What I Didn’t Like: Will breaks Taylor’s heart and in doing so mine a little too. I can’t say too much about it because it would be a huge spoiler but Will’s ex-boyfriend, now friend, plays a big role in this book. Taylor is so emotionally vulnerable to Will and can’t hold anything back that it was heart-wrenching to read his pain. I know most of this is resolved by novella’s end but it wasn’t enough for me. Taylor may have forgiven Will, especially since it wasn’t really Will’s fault, but as a reader I didn’t forgive Will. There wasn’t enough emotional vulnerability on Will’s part and what there was felt rushed.

IMO: I don’t know where this romance or series is going but I’ll continue to read it, if just to watch out for Taylor’s heart.

J9’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

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  1. I wasn't aware of this series! And OMG?! What happened between them? Did he cheat?!?! Now I must know.

    1. Ha, Brie, I can't tell you that! But it was b.i.g.! I doubt it'll have the same emotional impact if you haven't read all the novellas but even if you just read this one it'll be heart wrenching. Poor Tay!

  2. I still scared to read this one. I want to know if this is their last story.


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