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Saturday, December 5, 2015

4/5 Review: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer

After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe—the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather's1960 copy of Esquire's Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for…

In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he's someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help—and a place to stay, and perhaps something more—things become complicated.

Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction?

From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other, hard, while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable—in more ways than one.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon is a book on finally accepting who you are and having the courage to follow through.  Jefferson takes a holiday touring a few countries, but he is really running away from having to deal with his family and friends after his fiancĂ©e broke up with him.  He never accepted the fact that he is gay and that ended up hurting the people who love him.  He hurt the love of his life the most, George, when he rejected him and the news that he too was gay.  Jefferson never opened any of the letters that George sent him and thought that he no longer had those feelings.  He of course was very wrong.  When he gets to London a woman begins to talk to him demanding that he hand something over to her.  He has no idea what she is talking about, but that meeting sets a series of events in action.  The events make him realize things about himself that he thought were long buried.  When calls George for help, he gets more than he thought he would.  They reconnect but George is scared of letting Jefferson in because of past experience.  Jefferson is dealing with his feelings for George and being kidnapped, beaten and essentially targeted because of mistaken identity.  This book ends on a happily for now with a let’s see how the future works out.  I personally do not like books that end this way, but that happens in life, so it is an appropriate ending.  I usually enjoy Josh Lanyon’s work, but I could not get into this perspective.  I read the action scenes happening but did not feel it, I wasn’t drawn in the way I usually am with Lanyon’s work.  The writing is well done as usual, but I just wasn’t drawn in, so I give this book 4 stars.  Based on the writing and it being a good story.  I will continue to read Lanyon’s work and look forward to new stories.


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