Blood Heat (Dangerous Ground #3)

Title: Dangerous Ground 3: Blood Heat
Author:  Josh Lanyon
Publisher:  Just Joshing
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length:  Novella
Rating: 5+ stars DIK




Summary Review: This is Josh Lanyon’s best action/adventure and love story so far. I’m in love with Taylor and Will.

THE BLURB

Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners forever and lovers for four months, but their new relationship is threatened when Will is offered a plum two-year assignment in Paris.

Will believes the posting only means postponing what they both want. Taylor fears that kind of separation will mean the end of their new and still-fragile relationship.
It’s a bad time to find themselves in the middle of the New Mexico wilderness responsible for the health and welfare of a suspected terrorist. Especially when everyone else they run into seems determined to see their prisoner — and them — dead.

Dangerous Ground Series

THE REVIEW

Whenever I start a new book by Josh Lanyon it’s like a box of dark chocolates because I know that when I taste it, behind the delicious rush as it hits my tongue will be the bittersweet, melting, rich flavour that is orgasmic. Blood Heat, the third book in the Dangerous Ground series is definitely the darkest chocolate.

If you have not read any of the books here is a very brief synopsis of the series. Special Agents Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners for 3 years and lovers for 4 months. They are still getting used to being lovers, working out relationship issues and a few other grievances such as Taylor daring to get shot in the chest and almost dying in Book 1, which is still a sore point between them even though he is now back to full field agent status. In Blood Heat, in addition to hunting down and trying to recapture a fugitive who was accused of killing a Director at the Agency, Will had been offered and was considering taking a prestigious job in Paris which Taylor feels will be the end of their relationship. He believes strongly that Will should give up the promotion, even though he understands what it would mean to him to lose it, and in addition, if he were the one offered the assignment he would have turned it down flat.

The book opens with Taylor and Will fighting over Will’s pending offer, while at the same time having a job to do by finding their fugitive, Hedwig, the girlfriend of a Russian drug kingpin and murderer, before anyone else does. It didn’t take them long to run her into ground where she was hiding out in New Mexico with her ex high school BF Reuben Ramirez, a dog breeder. After disposing of Reuben, they find Hedwig but surprise! surprise! She’s 8 months pregnant! Could things get worse? Hedwig swore she was an informant for the Department and had been framed for the murder of the DDS Director by someone high up in the department, but who would believe a suspected murderer? Right when they have their captive and believe they are home free, on the way to returning her to her rightful place – behind bars – they encounter a new obstacle, their car had a flat tire. If that wasn’t enough, they have a much bigger problem, literally and figuratively, in the person of Fugitive Recovery Agent (or bounty hunter) Nemov who had a very big gun trained on them, one that was likely to go off at any moment. After handcuffing the Special Agents together and taking their car keys, Nemov left with his bounty to collect the very substantial price on her head. But would our hardy and resourceful heroes give up and slink away with their tails between their legs? Not very likely.

I won’t tell you how they managed to free themselves but eventually they drove away, none the worse for their adventure, in the driving rain which soon turned into a flash flood with enough water to wash away a small town.  They eventually had to abandon the car or drown. This was just one of the many adventures that poor Will and Taylor had to endure, and I loved all the action in the book which kept getting more and more perilous and death defying. This book was so action packed that I hardly caught my breath before they would be facing a new threat. The pace was so fast and furious I had to take a break a few times, I was exhausted. But much as I love a good action/adventure, and this certainly exceeded my expectations by a long shot, what raised this book to new heights were the palpable emotions between Taylor and Will.

If you’re looking for a romance where the love was exquisitely portrayed you don’t have to look any further than Blood Heat. This couple had never been very open about their feelings or demonstrative about their affection for each other, at least not at the same time, and it was no secret that they found it difficult (especially Will) to express their feelings. In Blood Heat all the emotions are on the surface and the barriers are down as they face the real possibility of 2 years apart, should Will accept the assignment.

There was one kissing sequence that was very sensuous:

Will leaned in, and his mouth covered Taylor’s, rough but sweet, his tongue seeking Taylor’s. Taylor opened willingly to that kiss, forgetting for a second his scratched, scraped hands and the rain running down the back of his neck. They kissed a lot these days, especially for men who had never been much for kissing. Taylor had become expert in all Will’s kisses, from the hungry, lustful kisses that always made his own cock rise so fast it hurt, to the tender, almost cherishing kisses that Will generally saved for when he thought Taylor was sleeping. That dawn kiss beneath the pine trees rippled through him like an electric shock, a reminder that, tired, wet, and lost as they might be, so long as they were together, they were all right.

Better than all right.

Much better.

The sex was exquisite.

Taylor’s breath caught as Will’s mouth trailed, tasting, kissing from his collarbone to his chest. The combination of soft lips and sharp teeth was maddening in the best possible way. He ran his fingers through the damp, dark silk of Will’s hair, raised his head to kiss Will’s ear, which was all he could reach. He groaned and dropped back as Will’s mouth closed around one of his nipples. Excitement and pleasure arrowed straight to his groin. He gasped, arched up, pushing the hard, sensitive nub of flesh into Will’s mouth.

“I like that.”

“I know you do.” Will was smiling indulgently

And this, in the end:

He could hear the slow, heavy pound of Will’s heart, and though he was not much for poetry, he suddenly remembered lines from some forgotten time and place — all his times and places having led, it seemed, to this moment.

The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats,

Wakeful they lie.

Blood Heat was an exquisite, tender love story and kick ass adventure, rolled into one incredible package.

There should be skid marks as you run to Loose Id on October 12 to buy a copy of Dangerous Ground 3: Blood Heat. This book can be read as a standalone, but I would strongly recommend reading the first two books in the series Dangerous Ground, with that erotic hot tub scene in the woods, and Old Poison first.

I confirmed that the release date is now October 19 so get those credit cards ready. 🙂


OVERALL

56 comments

  • 19th?! 19TH?!! Oh the horror! The ache of unfulfilled desire for a sumptuous three-quel by a great author reviewed (IN DEPTH!) a week and a day before release! *Sob*

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    • Sorry Ebi
      Not my fault. The publisher sets the dates and up to a week ago October 12 was the release date. 🙁 Even the 19th is not a sure thing. I will contact Josh again closer to the date so that he can get official confirmation from Loose Id.

      A box of tissues is on its way as well as a box of dark chocolates. LOL

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    • Sunshine
      I swear that this was not a plot I hatched. LOL October 12 was the last release date Josh had a week ago from the publisher but I guess there was a hitch at the last minute, as there sometimes is.

      Just think of this as anticipation, like a favourite treat. 🙂

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  • Um…guys? It’s not released yet. Still listed on the coming soon page, not on the home page with the four new releases.

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    • Wren
      You’re correct. The last information Josh had was that the book was being released on October 12. I guess publishers don’t notify authors when they change the release dates.

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  • I’m ashamed to say this here (since you gush about him all the time!), but I’ve never read a Josh Lanyon book – but this review has me intrigued so I guess I’ll head over and get started on this series. Sounds really good!

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    • What!?! Oh, Angelica, you innocent. 🙂 Read this series. Then read the Adrien English Mysteries series. Then read the rest. All of them — the shorts, the novellas, the novels, the collaborative efforts. Go. Run, don’t walk.

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    • Hi Lily
      Thank you. It was always a toss up for me which series I loved best and this last book has them really neck and neck, but Taylor and Will have always been my best loved pair of heroes.

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  • I did not realize until today DG 03 was out tomorrow. I fell in love with Will and Taylor during the 1st book. I should re-read the first 2, but after your review, I want to start as soon as it comes available. Decisions, decisions.

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  • I. Must. Have. *crawling across the sand of my living room toward the oasis of that is this installment* I didn’t even read the review. A 5+ is enough for me.

    Luckily I need to re-read the first two to get me ready, so I have some time to do that before this one is released.

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    • Lynn
      It is a wonderful book. I love this pair but Blood Heat shows their tender as well as their tough side. You know how much I love Adrien and Jake? Well Taylor and Will, who used to be my second best loved pair have probably shot ahead with this book, it was so poignant.

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      • I just finished re-reading the whole AE series, so I am very in tune with my beloveds right now, and I am starting this one tonight. Luckily the push back in release date will allow plenty of time for that. Like you, Will and Taylor have been second in my heart for pairings.

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  • Waaaave! How can I possibly fit another book in this week? You pile me up with books to review and THEN you post a review of Josh’s latest? And I didn’t even get a holiday this week to catch up on all my reading. LOL
    You realize that I will have to have get this book tomorrow of course, so there will be no reviews from me until I finish it.
    Very poetic review – I’m duly impressed. You make my reviews look like high school books reports.

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    • TJ
      It’s a novella so for a fast reader like you it should only take 2 – 3 hours (unless you have a cutie under the sheets while you’re trying to read.) LOL

      This is not punishment – it’s like cherry on top. 🙂

      We all have different styles of writing and sometimes a book inspires me. I chose my excerpts carefully so you can enjoy them until you get the book. 🙂

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      • Wave,
        You know men… all I saw in your reply was … “you … should … take … a cutie under the sheets …This is not punishment – it’s like cherry on top… you can enjoy them until you get the book.”

        Wonderful advice – that should help get me through the night.
        Thanks Wave!

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  • I saw the picture, raced over to Loose ID….and was disappointed!

    There’s a name for people like you, ya know 🙂

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    • I’m so sorry Sherry, but I did say in the review that the book was available from LI on October 12th. 🙂 I guess those were YOUR skid marks I saw. LOL

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  • Josh is already an automatic buy for me, and this review points out why. The 12th can’t get here fast enough.

    I also agree that although someone may want to buy this without having read the 1st two stories, it is much better to read them in sequence and get all the great character background and storylines for Will & Taylor.

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    • RDAFAN7
      This is an enjoyable, fun series and the guys are truly delightful, as you are aware. I can’t imagine anyone picking up this book and getting the full nuances to Taylor’s and Will’s relationship without reading the first two books in the series.

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