Title: Dangerous Ground 2/ Old Poison
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Just Joshing
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M, action/adventure
Length: Novella (100 pages approx.)
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed during a week long camping trip. Now Taylor and Will are trying to see if true love is in the cards or if it’s just sex. Really, really good sex, granted!
But when Taylor receives a cobra bottled in rice wine for the birthday he nearly didn’t live to see, Will fears that something in Taylor’s past — something Taylor won’t talk about — is going to put an end to their chance of a future romance. Or any future at all.
Dangerous Ground Series
10 weeks after the end of Dangerous Ground reviewed here Taylor has only recently recovered from his injuries and he’s due back to work in a few days. He and Will have been a couple for one month and they are trying to work out “relationship” issues. Taylor can hardly believe that after 3 years as partners in the Department of Diplomatic Security he and Will are now in a committed relationship, although he has doubts that Will loves him and wonders if it’s just great sex to him.
On his birthday Taylor gets a present but it’s not from Will, instead the mailman delivers a dead cobra in a wine bottle. When Will shows up later he has some more bad news, but he doesn’t tell Taylor immediately because he’s not sure how he’ll take it. When Will eventually gets up the nerve to tell his lover his news Taylor is angry, as his dream of being Will’s partner again is put on hold. They have been assigned different cases and different partners, but Taylor is most upset and jealous that Will’s new partner is an old lover.
The action heats up pretty fast when Taylor receives death threats that seem to originate from the Far East, and the excitement doesn’t stop as there are kidnappings, shootings, a potential honour killing, and what appears to be the demise of Taylor with no Will on the horizon riding his white horse to the rescue. The edge of the seat action is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as we hang on and enjoy the ride.
Next to Jake and Adrien in the Adrien English Mysteries this couple is the one of which I am most fond. Taylor is hot headed, seemingly all action and not prone to thinking things through, while Will is sober, level headed and conservative; the only person who can get him all excited is the love of his life Taylor. Will is surprised at the depth of his feelings for Taylor and doesn’t entirely like it. He also hasn’t told him how he feels, which doesn’t give Taylor any confidence in the relationship continuing! Will’s love for Taylor is tested when an old flame that he still has feelings for, David Bradley, tries to get him to do the horizontal mambo between the sheets, and Taylor doesn’t know how to handle his jealousy.
The characterizations are, as usual, flawless. The prose and dialogue are exceptional, with smart and snappy repartee between our two protagonists interspersed during the action sequences. The race to the finish and the end will leave you breathless. Taylor has to bring all of his skills into play to try and head off becoming a statistic.
Unfortunately there is no camping holiday in Old Poison with action in a hot tub, but the sensual sex throughout makes up for the lack of water sports. The sex is smokin’ and I don’t know whether it’s the exotic Passion Oil that Taylor uses to enhance those intimate moments, or maybe it’s just passion – whatever it is works like a charm as the guys steam up the pages with lots of man on man action.
If you loved Taylor and Will in Dangerous Ground you won’t be able to get enough of them in Old Poison. The question you had about their relationship i.e. are they really in it for the long haul, is answered resoundingly in DG2. This is a wonderful sequel and I would urge you to snap it up. A fun read and highly recommended!