Fair Chance (Crabbypatty’s Review)

fair-chanceTitle: Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 72,000 words
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

Ever watch a movie trailer and then, after seeing the movie, realize that the trailer basically gave away the entire plot of the movie? I really enjoyed “Fair Chance” but damn it, the book blurb gives away too many plot points and those elements don’t really come into play until over halfway through the book.

Elliot Mills and Tucker Lance are now firmly a couple in the third book in Josh Lanyon’s “All’s Fair” series. Their relationship feels grounded and secure, and in the aftermath of the Sculptor case, Elliot has returned to teaching and Tucker is still with the FBI. But when it appears that the Sculptor may have had an accomplice, everything Elliot knows about the case shifts on its axis.

All aspects of the Sculptor case need to be reexamined and reevaluated. In much the same way, Elliot may have to reassess his relationship with Tucker when it turns out that Tucker did not go to Idaho to reconnect with his mother and stepfather for the weekend. Elliot wonders is Tucker missing or taking a break?

I loved this plot — a case we thought we knew becomes even more terrifying with pieces of new evidence, a few red herrings, some personality conflicts — and Elliot has to work the case without Tucker’s insight and guidance. I really don’t want to give away more of the plot (Book Blurb … I’m glaring at you) but suffice it to say that this is a real page-turner that will keep your interest until the last page.

There are only a few (very steamy) sex scenes in “Fair Chance” but the take-away is how far Elliot and Tucker have come in their relationship and how they have grown in understanding of one another. Despite an ending that seems to wrap everything up, I’d like to think there is another book in the “All’s Fair” series dealing with Tucker’s feelings after the ordeal and a possible new case. I definitely recommend this book!

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Galley copy of Fair Chance provided by Carina Press, via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.


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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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