When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.
©2010 MLR Press (P)2013 Josh Lanyon
this is a review for the whole series. amazing writing, wonderful narration. a fitting audio version of this fantastic series. once again, I am bereft to be leaving Adrien and Jake behind
"Well Done Josh & Chris"
When I read this book, it was my least favourite of the series.
Chris performance was, as always, perfect. I had looked forward to hearing what he would do with this story. He went beyond my expectation. I spent half the book weeping.
Now I get to go back and listen to the whole series at once!
Thanks Josh for creating Adrien and Jake, and thanks Chris for helping bring them to life. Thanks for a great series...
Highly recommended series
"Perfect Ending for a perfect series."
In the top 5 out of several hundred over many years.
Jake Riordan has faced the reality of his situation with honor and dignity, paid the price and is ready to move on with his life in a positive way. Jake doesn't wallow, and he exudes a strength of character and a focus that is admirable and fairly rare in literature today and especially in M/M stories. When he needs to say something he says it, and when he needs to display emotion he does, but with an economy and style that speaks volumes about Josh Lanyon's skill and ability to understand and translate his characters into sympathetic and extremely compelling entities.
Josh Lanyon is a master of the detective genre, with a 21st century flavor. Lanyon's stories, plotting, characterizations, and relationships are bar none. His writing is subtle, elegant, funny and poignant and his scene-setting and pacing, a must in all books, but especially murder mysteries, is exquisite. He never insults his readers' intelligence by explaining in too much detail and expecting that they won't understand references from previous books in the series or songs, quotes or cryptic remarks sprinkled along the way. Everything makes sense in these stories and everything he writes supports the story. Characters act like real people in real and harrowing situations and they learn and grow and change in organic ways. The relationships he writes are rich and complex, never quick and easy--but when two characters finally 'get it,' they and the reader are rewarded in spades.
Chris Patton is the perfect narrator for the Adrien English stories. His voice IS Adrien and yet he is able to make Jake and every other character unique, distinct and believable. His pacing is great; the characters and story come alive with his skill and ability to inject drama, humor, sensuality, and tension in just the right degrees. He never mispronounces a word, even foreign words, and his character changes are lightning fast. Listening to Dark Tide after reading it brought an enriched dimension to the story and the writing that was highly satisfying.
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.
""Baby you win.You can take the brass knuckles off."
Jake Riordan character was written and performed beautifully in this story. Not to say Andrien's character wasn't performed to perfection as well!
It's just Jake's character is transformed from this hot headed, angry, self hating, confused, scared barely even human, to this beautiful man subdued and patient and in love.
How my heart broke when Jake finally explains what happened on that d@mn boat from book 4. - sigh-
This story is a mystery wrapped in a beautiful romance and a new beginning for Jake and Adrien. And good Lord do they need a new beginning!
The BESTEST MM romance mystery series yet!!!
"Josh Lanyon rules"
Awesome, Mysterious , Funny
Adrien I love his sardonic wit and its well exemplified it this series. Hes smart and sexy too .
the boat scene at the end of novel, It broke me down, built me up and broken me again. damn fine writing when a listener is so invested in the characters
Yes and I ran around all day doing so, and found myself listening to the entire series AGAIN. Chris Patton is a terrific narrator, each voice he used for the characters stayed the same the entire series and i knew the minute i heard the voice whom was speaking. Josh Lanyon weaves an incredible story, with realistic male and female characters kudos
I can say enough praises about these stories or the perfection of the vocal representation. Im sold I auto buy Josh Lanyon's stories and audiobooks.
"I hate that it's over........"
“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
There really are no words I can find to describe how amazing this series is, but I can tell you that The Dark Tide is the perfect ending to Adrien and Jake's story. I've seen some reviewers refer to this installment as 'sappy' but I couldn't disagree more. Romantic, yes! But it's poignant, intriguing, and steamy - and, most importantly it's my kind of happily ever after - hard fought, and well deserved.
Once again, Chris Patton has given the perfect voice to Adrien, Jake, and the entire story.
I'm heartbroken that this series is over because I've loved every moment I've spent reading it...every page, every sentence, every word.
"I hope this isn't goodbye ..."
Great American Novel.
Jake Riordan is more fully fleshed out in this latest whodunit/romance by Josh Lanyon -- an author whose prose is as clean and refreshing as sierra spring water. Through the intricately plotted mystery, Jake's inner-life of turmoil is cleverly revealed without breaking the character's penchant for few words. Getting to know Jake heighten the star-crossed romance with Adrien English, and elevated this novel to a new literary peak.
Chris Patton's reading is expert. Mr. Patton is able to modulate the tone, quality and speed of his voice to master eccentricities of each character. I wish Mr. Patton performed all of Mr. Lanyon's book, because less face it, all are not equal.
The most memorable character was Jinx/Jane Powers. She was fearless woman of power and prowess.
Josh Lanyon is good enough to write a great American novel that could qualify for the Pulitizer Prize in fiction.
"A favorite mystery - story, characters, narration!"
Mystery, life, love.
For really good mysteries with a touch of romance: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks, Stranger on the Shore, and The Dark Horse and The White Knight, also by Josh Lanyon.
I enjoyed every second of Chris Patton's performance. From (audio)book one in this series, i fell in love with his voice, and his rendition of characters i love so dearly is simply perfect.
This is an audiobook i'll be listening to many many times. Highly recommended!
"The Tide is High"
Yes I would. The mystery was intriguing and I like how Jake and Adrien are finally on the same page.
for me it was when they visited the owner of The Tide in the nursing home. I have made that trip quite often myself and relate to the situation all to well. Visiting a resident one day, and the next day they are gone with no warning. Brought back memories...
Chris is very talented and his voice is also quite soothing. He fits these novels perfectly and lately is seems as if pairing the right book with the right narrator is very challenging. I love these stories as the written word, but Chris adds an extra dimension to them. To me they are all worth the credits. Good job, Josh.
This is an Audible experience done right.
"Fear like a Dark Tide"
The end of Adien and Jake's story. Just as thrilling as the previous books!
The reading by Chris Patton is really excellent. Hours of pleasure and suspense...
"Please make more in this series"
I just love it! This witty and funny writing. To the family drama. You just have to love overbearing with the guilt Lisa. Please make more in this series.
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