Old Poison (Dangerous Ground #2)

OldPoison_coverlgTitle: 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

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 THE BLURB

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

 THE REVIEW

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!

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24 comments

  • Josh

    Before I end this dialogue-

    >>And I love the fact that you’re nearly as bit a nut for action-adventure as I am. There’s not much of it in m/m fiction!< < ** I was probably reading action adventures before you first thought of writing them. I have a couple of recs. if you would like to read a few action/adventures that you didn't write. Email me. *8 I can't wait for the new adventure starring the guys.

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  • “That’s such great news that the guys are going to be back. I hate to tell you this but if you have more than 2 books starring the same protags it is a series. I’m strapping myself in for all the other books starring this couple who are fast becoming my favourite JL protagonists.”
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    That’s true. I guess these feel episodic, so I wasn’t thinking of them as a series, but truthfully, this kind of dynamic and storyline could run forever.
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    er, NOT that it will, mind you.

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  • Hi Eve

    I really love this couple because in many ways it’s an equal relationship, except for the “who loves whom the most” part.

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    Thanks for agreeing with my rating on this book. I am always concerned that I don’t come across as a fanyon, because I’m not. However as a reviewer I love Josh’s writing – the prose and dialogue as well as the pacing are exceptional.

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    And, yes, I too can see another story or two from this pair. I wish DG had been the new series in place of the AE series, but you can’t have everything.

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    • Thanks Wave. If it makes you feel better, I always know I’m going to get an honest review from you — that you’ll simply grade the book based on the writing and the enjoyment level and not whether you think you’ve given me too many good reviews — or whether others have.
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      And I love the fact that you’re nearly as bit a nut for action-adventure as I am. There’s not much of it in m/m fiction!
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      Oh — there will be more Will and Taylor adventures, by the way. I already contracted with #3 with Loose Id. It’s called Blood Heat and it’ll be out next summer.
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      I don’t really think of this as a series because the stories are novellas, but…actually, technically it is a series. I plan on doing about five or so “episodes.”
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      They’re kind of my own treat to myself. I love writing these two.

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      • Josh
        That’s such great news that the guys are going to be back. I hate to tell you this but if you have more than 2 books starring the same protags it is a series. I’m strapping myself in for all the other books starring this couple who are fast becoming my favourite JL protagonists.

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        Re your other comment, one of the reasons I ask Lynn to review some of your books is I want to give the readers another perspective. Sometimes if I’m enthusiastic about a book it might come across that I’m not giving an unbiased review when I really just appreciate excellent writing. A review site always has to review the books for the readers not the authors.

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        I love action adventure, fantasy, murder most foul etc. Much more enjoyable than a regular contemp.

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  • I love these two guys! And I’ve just finished the story at 1am last night 🙂

    I like the dynamics between these two. Like you said, Taylor probably broke more hearts than Will ever did, but in this relationship, he always sees himself as the one “who gives more” and Will also holds the card (in a way) because Taylor thinks he doesn’t “want to love Taylor”… talk about complex human condition. I think Josh addresses this problem a bit in this sequel, but there’s still something not totally resolved… and yeah, this series can definitely carry on.

    I am also pleasantly suprised by the thriller element of story – despite the light(er) tone, it’s still very gripping to read. Well deserved 5-star from you 🙂

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  • I lurved DG muchly, one of my favorite of Josh’s books. So yummy — nom, nom, nom. I agree that this is also one of my favorite couples, so I am very eager to pick this one up. Fab review, Wave.

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  • This sounds like such a fun series! The sense of fun and the fast-pace really comes through in your review. I should go pick up that first book and start reading. Interesting that these two characters have such problems communicating: Taylor won’t tell Will about his past, and Will won’t tell Taylor that he loves him. Good blurb, too. 🙂

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    • Val
      In case you couldn’t figure it out, I love action/adventure books and I try to read as many as I can. They are so much fun – much more fun than a straight (?) contemporary M/M romance which is just boy meets boy, they have a Big Misunderstanding, then they make up at the end of the book and live happily ever after. Action/adventure, murders, fantasy – just give me more.

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    • Hi Elyane
      This book was originally scheduled to be released on November 24 but I don’t know what happened – maybe LI ran out of books. 😀 Luckily I had the review written.

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      • In fairness to LI they had originally said it might be the 17th or the 24th, but it seems like my dates are always that later ones, so I just ASSUMED it would be. Not that I’m not happy to have the earlier release. The earlier the better with all the other stuff coming down the pipeline.

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  • Awww, no hot tub sex? Heh. I love these two and I loved the first novella so I definitely want to read this one. In fact, I want to read anything Lanyon writes.

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  • I am just amazed at the number of great books that Josh has had published in a very short period of time — and all of them are getting fabulous reviews. I am behind on my Josh reading but I am going to be adding this one to my list. One of these days I’ll catch up!

    L

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    • Leslie
      He is a terrific writer. I have probably read 90% of his books and I still can’t believe that he hasn’t gone into a swan dive. I’m waiting for a crappy book so that I can show that I’m not a fanyon. 😀 I hate it when writers do this to me and I sound as if I phoned in the review. Lynn has reviewed quite of a few of his books on the site as well, with the same result – 5 stars!

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    • JFM
      If you loved DG you won’t want to put Old Poison down. It’s a wonderful sequel and I hope that Josh Lanyon can do as well in Dark Tide.

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      Old Poison is available today I believe.

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