Melissa reviews Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3) by Josh Lanyon Expected publication: March 13th 2017 by Carina Press.
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.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: Really, you have to ask? Elliot and Tucker are two of my favorite characters and I was NOT going to miss this latest installment.
I am a super fan of Josh Lanyon and Fair Chance is just the latest installment in why Josh Lanyon deserves statues and parades created in her honor. I am the type of person that when a character really grabs me, I don’t want to let go and cross my fingers that there will be a sequel. And Fair Chance is the reason sequels (now trilogy) exist. Elliot and Tucker are now an ESTABLISHED COUPLE. They are IN LOVE and are planning to stay together forever. I do love me an established couple; they are happy and are the best match for the other.
I’ve read a few reviews about this book and some have said the blurb gave away too much. I’m not sure what they are talking about: Tucker going missing or The Sculptor being comatose in prison. Personally, I was happy to know that information as it adds to the tension and drama – what’s going to happen?? – and I was kept wondering is this the moment that happens. I was on pins and needles the whole time, really.
The byplay between Tucker and Elliot is very quick and clever, and even though they still have uncertainties between them, they work hard not to let that interfere with their life. It’s especially tough when Elliot becomes involved once again in the Sculptor case. Even though the killer was caught (book 1 Fair Game), that’s not the end of the story. It’s gory but fact; the heads from the Sculptor’s victims are missing and the FBI are still not sure if all the victims have been identified. When the Sculptor demands to talk to Elliot, and only Elliot, what choice do they really have?
I was drawn into this story, partly because I’ve been waiting so long for another installment into these tough yet gentle men, and mostly because Lanyon is one hell of a storyteller. In addition to the Sculptor case, Elliot is dealing with the fallout with his dad from book 2 (Fair Play); it broke my heart to see Elliot struggle so much. You know Lanyon is not going to leave us hanging and everything works out in the end, but boy, the pages from start to finish really made me sweat.
I have to talk about the book cover, though. Who are those men supposed to be representing? First, Tucker is a ginger, second, Elliot and Tucker are not in their twenties and the cover models seem to look in their late 20’s, maybe very early 30’s. It’s a beautiful cover, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t match the characters.
I think Josh Lanyon is an amazing writer and this latest installment in the All’s Fair series is wonderful and I highly recommend you read them all. They absolutely must be read in order; these are not standalone novels.
Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.
Josh is married and lives in Southern California.