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Fair Chance

All's Fair, Book 3
Narrated by: J. F. Harding
Series: All's Fair, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

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 Elliot's 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.

©2017 Josh Lanyon (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Well narrated thriller

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I was really looking forward to this final outing for Elliot and Lance, but in the end, it was a mixed bag for me. The narration was solid, but I found there was a nasty hiss with the 's' sound at the end of sentences for the first few hours of the book. I'm not sure if it got better as the book went on or if I just tuned out and got into the story more.

The first half of the book dragged, and the plot meandered all over the place with red - herrings a plenty. I found it really frustrating at times, especially the way Lanyon had written Elliot's internal monologs. Some of his thought processes were repetitive and nonsensical like she was dragging things out to hit a specific word count. (I really hate it when authors do that.) I wondered at times how the hell Elliot ever became an agent if that is how his mind works.

Suffice to say that when a major plot point occurred and Elliot didn't act straight away I was completely aghast. I'm not in law enforcement, and I have zero crime training but any fool knows that the fact they were investigating a serial killer who had a thing for Elliot meant they needed to be on guard 24/7.

I was expecting a more explosive ending but it was kind of taken out of Elliot and Lance's hands much too easily and ends were tied without either actually being involved. Anyway. I'm sure Lanyon mega fans will eat this up no matter what.

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  • HappyReader
  • 16-03-17

What a Book!

Would you listen to Fair Chance again? Why?

Absolutely. I rarely write reviews but was so blown away by the book and the narration that I couldn't resist.

What did you like best about this story?

Pretty much everything!

Which character – as performed by J. F. Harding – was your favorite?

Tucker!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did . . . took several hours out of my day (and evening). I couldn't sleep so finally listened to the last two hours of the book starting about 2 am.

Any additional comments?

I generally like books by Josh Lanyon (and own quite a few in ebook format and audio) and this book was no exception. Prior to this series my favorite was the Adrien English series. However, with the last book in the "All's Fair" series this one wins hands down for me. I wonder if this is the last in the series . . . it seems like it . . . sadly.

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  • Kathleen
  • 21-03-17

The End

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A very satisfying conclusion to a favorite mystery/suspense trilogy. Very good narration. Highly recommended.

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  • kim Tobin
  • 15-04-17

Utterly satisfying ending of a series.

J F Harding did a brilliant job on narrating this book.
He nailed the voices of Elliot and Tucker and the other characters as well.
At no time did I have to figure out who was speaking.
The story was told with a steady pacing and captured the inner turmoil of Elliot, the creeping dread he felt at the events unfolding, the helplessness and the terror he felt were all there displayed for us by J F Harding.
The lighter moments had me grinning along with the characters.
With an audiobook the story might be outstanding but if the narrator does a bad job then it can spoil the story.
I didn't read the book first but listened to the audio.
I would listen to this guy read the classifieds and he would make it interesting.
Great book and even better listening to the audio.

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  • Stephen
  • 26-03-17

Wow

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

As a big fan of MM and a devoted fan of Josh Lanyon, I think this may be the most well-written MM book I have ever read. The story was fast-paced as well as easy-to-follow. And, as someone who has read just about every one of Josh's books, I sense a real elevation in the quality of the storytelling. Not to say anyone should avoid the earlier books--they are very well written. It's like if Josh was the Beatles, this would be "Revolver." (And I imagine an "Abbey Road" is yet to come.)

Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Lanyon again?

Certainly

How could the performance have been better?

Considering the narrator brings a somber serious tone to this book (I remember him from the previous book in this series) I was pleasantly surprised that he can bring in a number of characters (male, female, serious, folksy). (The somber serious tone was appropriate and I hope the narrator continues with the series.)Folksy can be problematic. It's a tough line to follow if you're trying to portray an older local law enforcement officer without sounding like Wilfred Brimley. If you want an example of how this can go dreadfully wrong, check out the audiobook of "Middlesex."Given this is one of the stumbling blocks of fiction audiobooks, I'd say the narrator did a great job of handling these. Though, I swear, his elderly foster mother was a dead-on Joan Rivers.

What character would you cut from Fair Chance?

Well, given I hate bad guys, I'd say Corian. But then there wouldn't be a story.So I might say the Japanese-American FBI agent, because she came across too stereotypical. If she were simply portrayed as an FBI agent who happened to be Japanese-American, it would have been better

Any additional comments?

"Fair Chance" has made several hours of driving a much more interesting and pleasurable experience

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  • Curt
  • 01-10-19

Both Fun, sexy and exciting!

Author Josh Lanyon, in traditional style, pulls off another wonderful and sexy romance between two men in conflict... the continuing story is welcomed...
The narration was very well done and was a great match for the story being told!

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  • Bunty
  • 30-09-19

WOW FANTASTIC ENDING

Excellent conclusion though more adventures in this series will be appreciated! Full of action and anxious moments. Elliot and Tucker are so connected to each other. Their love is beautiful. Very good performance by J F Harding. I love Josh Lanyon's books. Excellent writer. I hope there will be more new series to come.

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  • padme35
  • 19-09-19

Great Mystery with Delicious Blend of Danger & Rom


Once again there really isn't anything new I can add to my previous reviews as to how amazing this trilogy is. Sometimes when the reader recalls the whos, whats, and whys it makes it hard to re-visit the mystery but not in the case(pun totally intended😉) of Josh Lanyon's All's Fair trilogy. Tucker and Elliott are just as entertaining both on the personal front as well as occupational. I found the secondary characters to still be just as necessary, none of them are page-fillers, from the one-to-two-scene characters to the in-almost-as-much-as-the-main, they all serve a purpose.

There is two different narrators for the trilogy, Sawyer Allerde reads Fair Game and JF Harding reads Fair Play and Fair Chance. Both voices are perfect for the story and the characters, making for a very enjoyable listen and though I may not re-listen super often, I do look forward to doing so again and I know that I'll be just as intrigued and sucked in on the 100th listen as I was with this first time.

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  • Judy F
  • 29-06-19

Excellent conclusion to the series

An enjoyable conclusion to a great series. Tucker and Elliott are an appealing couple across all three books. The narration of the audible books was excellent! I wish it had been the same narrator across the series, but book 1 was a different person---good, but not as good as J.F. Harding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-18

They just keep getting better!

I'm hooked on Lanyon as well as Lance and Mills. I sure hope there are more in the pipeline and the addition of Sheba to the family is the icing on the cake!

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  • Nel
  • 16-07-18

The best mystery I’ve read/listen to all year

The whole series is a must read! They are all well written, funny, intriguing, and captivating. On a whole all the books I’ve read by Josh Lanyon are sooo good. I love his writing. So intelligently written.