Fair Chance (LenaRibka’s Review)

Title: Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 13th, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller, MM Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 72,000 words
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Elliot Mills comes face-to-face with evil in this follow-up to Fair Game and Fair Play from bestselling author Josh Lanyon

One final game of cat and mouse…

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.

In many mystery series, a separate sequel presents a completed Story: at the end the case is solved, bad guys get what they deserve and the good-natured characters can sleep well until the next crime happens. Best with each other. It is why SOMETIMES you CAN skip one of the sequels.
But not HERE. You HAVE to read the previous books to understand Fair Chance and it would be better NOT TO READ THE BLURB. (It gives away a very important twist that is better to be introduced to while reading and not BEFORE)

The case in Fair Chance is based on the case of the Sculptor from the first book, and even if the case in the second book actually does not deal with the serial killer from the Fair Game DIRECTLY, there is still many useful information that will help you to get the whole picture.

I think if I had read this series BEFORE The Adrien English Mysteries series , this couple would have been my Josh Lanyon’s favorite one. It is true, that I have some nostalgic feelings about Adrien and Jake, but I think that I like Tucker and Elliot TOGETHER more. If an established relationship were NOT your first choice (until now), I’d INSIST that you give it a try. Maybe you will change your mind.

Andrew Corian, “The Sculpture”, a serial killer from the first book, is imprisoned and waits for the court case. With the mount of evidence against him, the death penalty is inevitable. However, some things have yet to be unveiled, and the only person Corian is ready to talk to, is Elliot. To Tucker’s concern. ( And I’m totally on his side here!) The idea of the FBI to make Elliot to a consultant on the Sculpture murderer case, doesn’t excite him, but they both have already enough fights recently because of Tucker’s overprotecting behavior. What Tucker understands under protective measure, means for Elliot the lack of trust. So…Tucker has no choice than to except this decision.

However Tucker is right, Corian is very dangerous, and even being in jail, he manages to manipulate people and still is able to play his vicious games.

The presumption of an accomplice was only vague suspicious at the beginning, but when the events take suddenly an unexpected turn, an existence of the mysterious accomplice becomes a thrilling reality that throws the lives of Tucker and Elliot off the track.

I have to admit, with all love and respect for Josh Lanyon’s books, I need a pause between them. To read Fair Chance immediately after I finished the second book in the series was not a smart idea. I need more variety in my books. Josh Lanyon , maybe one of those writers, who writes great stories, but also who doesn’t do experiments. What is not necessary a bad thing, why to change a formula, if it works perfectly. Maybe it was the reason why I had a bit slow start and why I paid more attention to the mystery itself and now I can tell you that…NO I WON’T.

The mystery was THRILLING, my NERVES! And the writing is, as always beautiful! And all these delicious details!…

I was drawn into the story, I suffered with! But…when I thought about it one day later, I was a bit confused. Really this person fooled all them? So easy?! And I, as an experienced mystery’s reader, just ate it up without any complaints? To tell the truth, I HAD some complaints while reading, and even now and them an eye roll. Bu…well…who cared?

It is DAMN EXTREMELY entertaining and…sighTucker and Elliot are just IRRESISTIBLE!

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


1 comment

  • I’m eagerly awaiting this book! I have to disagree though, about Josh not experimenting. Murder Between the Pages was a departure from what she usually writes, as was Curse of the Blue Scarab, Green Glass Beads and Strange Fortune. I think she stretches herself professionally quite a bit. But she always comes backs to the tried and true, for which I’m grateful.


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