Dana reviews the audiobook of Dark Horse, White Knight by Josh Lanyon. (Published by JustJoshin Publishing, January 3, 2017. 236 pages. Released on audio November 4, 2015. Narrated by Derrick McClain. 7hrs 47mins length ) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Collected in print for the first time. The Dark Horse and its sequel/prequel, The White Knight.
The Dark Horse
Paul Hammond is dead. That’s what tough and sexy LAPD Detective Daniel Moran tells his lover, Hollywood actor Sean Fairchild – and Sean wants to believe him, but what about those threatening postcards in Hammond’s handwriting? What about the fact that he’s seeing Hammond everywhere he goes? Yes, Sean’s had some emotional problems in the past, but that was a long time ago and he’s not imagining things, so why is Dan looking at him that way?
The White Knight
It’s a Hollywood cliché: the hot and handsome bodyguard. But in the case of LAPD Detective Daniel Moran, it’s all true. Dan is everything Sean ever wanted in a leading man, but Dan’s kind of an old-fashioned guy. It’s his job to keep Sean safe and in one piece – happy is someone else’s problem.
©2010 Josh Lanyon (P)2015 Josh Lanyon
The narration – I have listened to Derrick McClain a few times and I find him to be enjoyable to listen to. He does vary his voice slightly and I am able to distinguish between which characters are speaking in a conversation. His voice is incredibly soothing to me. I find him very easy to listen to and would listen to more from him, for sure.
The story – I have never read or listened to a Josh Lanyon story that I haven’t liked. I am a big fan. This book is not an exception, but it is told in a very strange order that leaves me wishing for a full length novel or even series detailing how Sean and Dan fell in love and more details of the mystery that brought them together.
Dark Horse starts the story. Sean has already survived a crazy stalker who threatened to kill him, Dan and he have entered a relationship of sorts. The groundwork of their relationship was formed prior to the book. Things for them are looking good, except that someone is threatening Sean again, and Sean’s ex-lover/manager is expressing concerns regarding the new relationship and Sean’s career direction. It is a good mystery, because it isn’t clear if his old stalker is still alive or if someone else is taking advantage of Sean’s past terror. The two most important people in Sean’s life are pulling him in different directions at the same time, and there is no lack of tension in the first half of the audiobook.
The second part of the story is White Knight, which is a prequel and a sequel in one. The story takes place after the ending of Dark Horse, Sean has been injured, and he is suffering from memory loss. The story continues with Sean experiencing memories from the time he first met Dan and up to the accident that caused the amnesia. Slowly he pieces his memories back together, but there are things that don’t quite add up. It didn’t really seem like this was a mystery at first, but those pieces that don’t add up paint a picture that someone was behind Sean’s fall.
I really enjoyed the story. Dan and Sean are both likable characters and their relationship seems strong because usually they are willing and able to talk and work things out. I do feel like I didn’t connect with them as well as I would have liked, and I think it might have been the style of flashbacks. Even though holes were filled in retrospect, I didn’t feel like I went through experiences with the characters. It was still mysterious and thrilling, with a touch of romance. I would recommend it to any mystery fans and any Josh Lanyon fans.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.
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.