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Fair Play

Written by: Josh Lanyon
Narrated by: J. F. Harding
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction, LGBT
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Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs. When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is - arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it's not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice. Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who's obsessed with Elliot and can't bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger.

Straight-laced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much - "opposing political viewpoints" is an understatement - but they're united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now. Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won't be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI's resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance. See how Tucker and Elliot's relationship began in Fair Game.

©2014 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • sandra♤
  • 27-06-16

Great sequel

Fair Play is a great sequel and I like Elliot and Tucker even more this time around as they go through their relationship dynamic.

The mystery and the history behind Elliot's father is also very interesting, with many twists and turns.

And the narrator is pretty awesome as well :)

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  • Wild Pig
  • 15-07-16

Another one that FINALLY sounds like Josh...

Good job Josh...and J.F., good job...I still have the urge to b*tch slap Elliot, but I love him. Bless Tucker's sweet heart...I love him more...Listener, you don't "have" to listen to the first book, but it will help to understand the second one a lot more. I kept it. I want another one in fact. This was pure Josh...thank God.

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  • nicole
  • 16-10-15

Great book

In my opinion this one was better than the first book and I am so very happy this narrator was chosen rather than the previous one. The narration is very good and the story is much easier to follow so all in all a much better book.

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  • Karma’s Mercurial Reads
  • 14-01-19

Highly entertaining sequel + excellent narration

Overall, I found FAIR PLAY to be appreciably better than the first book, FAIR GAME.

Storyline-wise, the writing was tighter and there seemed to be less glossing over or 'gaps' in the flow, despite the single POV of Elliott. The mystery/suspense plot was just as good as in the first book, but the relationship/romance between Elliott and Tucker felt more tangible.

Narration-wise, major thumbs-up to have J.F. Harding narrate this second book (as well as the final one). One of my favorite narrators, his cadence & vocalising are both more natural and varied to my ear.

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  • Annika
  • 03-05-18

Even better!

We are back in Seattle some six months after we left the guys in Fair Game. This time around tragedy strikes a bit too close to comfort when Roland's house is burnt down to the ground. All evidence points to arson and his old activist group being the motive. Someone might just kill to keep some secrets left alone and past events left forgotten.

While this book too is heavily focused on the mystery it also deals a lot with family in all its forms. Roland's past has come back to make a visit and some secrets are bound to come out - did they really cover up a murder of an FBI agent from back then - and what really happened to the teenage girl that just vanished?

There is also much more focus on the new relationship between Elliot and Tucker. How they navigate their lives together as their relationship solidifies, and a deeper trust is formed. But investigating Roland's past does put a strain on their new relationship. Out of the blue they also get a surprise visit in the form of Tuckers long lost mother and her new husband, but will they be accepting of Tucker and his love for Elliot?

There has been a switch in narrators from book one. This book is narrated by the fabulous J.F. Harding, and I for one is very happy with that switch. Normally I want consistency in my narrations, the same voice throughout a series, keeping the same voices for each character, start to finish and so on. But this time around I am happy with the switch. Harding narrates with feeling, he brings you into the story in a way that Allerde didn't with the first book. So changing narrators isn't always a bad thing.

All in all I very much enjoyed this book, I love mysteries and family secrets, so this was right up my alley. These boys are definitely well worth spending time with, so I think I'll jump straight on to Fair Chance.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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  • James E Kresge
  • 13-11-17

Oh my gosh Josh

I love your books. More story than sex. The perfect blend of the two. So many "romance" titles are just excuses for porn, but you are one of my favorite writers!

#Audible20

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-04-20

Keeps getting better and better

Story and performance is gripping, well done, and executed. Very hard to put down until the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

Twists and turns guaranteed to keep you on edge!

I literally could not stop listening!!!!! Sleep..... ?? Who needs it! I literally woke up at 5 in the morning just to continue listening. I felt like I was immersed in a blockbuster thriller and the character development was just in-depth enough for me to become invested in the auxiliary characters without feeling like there was too much exposition. It’s a fine line but this author nailed it. Def would recommend!! Downloading the whole series now!

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  • Jackie
  • 02-01-20

A Great Serie!

Waiting for book 3! Narration was clear and compelling. This is love. The ups and downs, the trust and suspicions, the family of it all. My husband gave me the look when he noticed the main characters are gay. Then he asked me to turn the volume back up. The mystery is that compelling and the characters are that loving/carefull with each other's heart.

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  • Donald
  • 22-11-19

Enjoyable...

I read Fair Game (the first book in this series) many years ago and was unaware that their was a series. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet Elliot and Tucker and watched how their relationship developed. I enjoyed meeting the discernable Roland and how he played such a role in the story. When I finished Fair Game, I thought the HEA was there and I was good. Now, stumbling on the second in the series, I see that there was more to the story. Though the concept of the story was a bit predictable, which is not typical in Josh Lanyon's writing, I did enjoy the story and I am glad that I discovered that there was indeed a series. I will now finish up with Fair Chance, because I see the strings left in this story. Narration by J. F. Harding was absolute and added to the story.