In this fast, fun, and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multiaward-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love, and comes out...all in the span of one wild summer
After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe-the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather's 1960 copy of Esquire's Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for...
In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he's someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help-and a place to stay, and perhaps something more-things become complicated.
Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction?
From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other hard while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable-in more ways than one.
©2015 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
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"Well this is different"
Yes I would. there is mystery. Crazy girl. Russian mafia, and a nervous kid.
the mystery. And the funny way the MC found himself in trouble. over and over
Jeff. Aaron was perfect for this book. I always wonder how narrators are chosen.
I must say Aaron was great all the way. Since the MC was only 22 his voice was perfect. And it was easy to hear the book without needing to read it (like some books where voices blend together wondering who is talking now?)
How to get in trouble in Europe?
this book is Josh Lanyon mystery book. Different from his other books:
MCs are young men, other books they were in their 30s or 40s.
No one was an artist, writer, cop, or professor/teacher.
"A superb, madcap, soul stirring adventure"
I listen to a great many audio books -- mostly MM of late -- including all of Josh Lanyon's offerings. Aaron Landon is hands down in my top tier of top tier performers. His animated and nuanced narration here is captivating. No caricatured voices, no over-dramatizing. Just pure talent for breathing voice to an already superb story. Mr. Landon graced each character with a distinctive and utterly appropriate voice. I was 100% engaged and entertained and will be looking up more of his work.
Blythe: Happy; merry. People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition. ~ Book of Gaelic Names
From the opening paragraph I was hooked on this superbly written, madcap, yet soul stirring adventure. Jefferson Blythe was a character I was immediately rooting for and intrigued by. The manner in which he followed his grandfather's old guidebook - in fact the inclusion of text from an actual 1960 copy of Esquire’s Europe In Style – was a brilliant thread throughout the story. It served to illustrate how important it was for young Jefferson to honor his grandfather while experiencing the world through his own eyes; while carving his own way. It also helped to make me feel as though I were smack in the locales of the story – during the 60s as well as now.
The whacky -and at times surprisingly dark - mystery surrounding Jefferson’s mistaken identity dovetailed perfectly with the poignant mystery surrounding his back story with George. And then there was the current mystery surrounding George’s employment… I must say I was a bit thrown by the seriousness of some incidents which occurred fairly early in the story. I was expecting a bit lighter fare regarding the mystery elements, but one knows what is said about expectations! Lanyon is certainly a deft hand at serving up entertaining - and often unexpected - twists! Jefferson's mixture of fortitude and vulnerability were something that really hit me in the heart.... I even cried a few times when Jefferson was feeling so confused and dejected about George. The pain and confusion experienced by both of them on their tentative road to romance was very moving.
The humor running throughout felt spot on and provided a great balance to both the emotional ups and downs and the seriousness of Jefferson's predicament with his pursuers. Throwing Colin (a character from a different Lanyon story) in as Jefferson’s savior in Paris had me grinning like a fool. I'm so glad in the end Jefferson brought his obvious trait of courage forward to embrace his own heart, and to help George do the same. This was a wonderful coming of age story wrapped in a zany mystery. The foundation is there for a solid romance between Jefferson and George. I have a good feeling about their future. I also have a feeling trouble may came looking for them both again!
I love it. Great story! I especially love the audible narration, the best reader I had ever heard. While I enjoyed every bit of this book, I felt the ending was not satisfying. Though happy ending, it wasn't enough.
"Fun, Silly, but Enjoyable"
This was a fun, crazy, silly, sexy, unbelievable story, but I loved it. The narrator, Aaron Landon, did a great job with the different voices. Jefferson came across as sincere but naive and George as confident, and at times, vulnerable. The plot was over-the-top, but it was simply too much fun to get on my nerves the way some silly stories do. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this, in large part because of the great narration.
"Improbable but cute"
Look, anytime you pick up a Josh Lanyon book you know you're going to roll your eyes at some of the plot elements, his characters are as charming as they are bumbling. Just suspend disbelief and go with it and you'll enjoy the ride.
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