Author ~ Josh Lanyon
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 13th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
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.
I’m going to start this review off with a bit of a warning. If you haven’t already read the blurb, DO NOT read it before reading the book. When I’m invested in a series that has a new book coming out I don’t generally read the blurb or reviews before adding it to my TBR. I hate spoilers and I’m going to read it anyway. Lucky for me that applied here because the blurb gives away some plot twists in the story and had I known what was going to happen, it would have definitely taken some of the enjoyment out of the story for me.
This is a series you need to read in order. Fair Chance picks up after Fair Play (Book 2) and continues the Sculptor murders storyline from book one, Fair Game. The Sculptor has requested that Elliot come visit him in prison and SAC Montgomery has finally gotten Elliot to agree to go, much to Tucker’s chagrin. Elliot feels some obligation towards the victims’ families so he agrees to a meeting knowing full well it will be full of head games, but the Sculptor drops enough vague hints to get everybody working on this case again. I’m not going to go further into any real plot points, but there is a lot going on in this story. There are characters returning from the two prior books, as well as a number of new players and I was glad that I had re-read those books prior to jumping into this one.
Told from Elliot’s POV, it’s nice to see that yes, Tucker and Elliot are a solid couple. Of course that doesn’t mean they don’t have their issues, but they know what the issues are and they do try to deal with them. Outside of the romantic aspects of their relationship Elliot also has a lot to work out on his own with respect to his career and his father’s expectations of him. The relationship with Roland has taken a hit and it was sad to see them at such odds and so awkward around each other. Tucker is also involved in family drama, making plans to visit the mother he found in the previous book. Knowing she disapproves of his “lifestyle” adds extra tension to the situation as he and Elliot decide it’s best for him to visit on his own.
Elliot may be the ‘star’ of these books, as we’re in his head, but I’m a big Tucker fan. He is so good at giving voice to his feelings and I do love how he tries to get Elliot to voice his feelings as well. Although Elliot has some lingering insecurities that rear up once in a while, Elliot is generally secure in their relationship and Tucker doesn’t let him forget that he’s in it for the long haul.
Josh Lanyon’s writing is always top notch. The interpersonal relationships are complex and the mystery is well done. As Elliot tries to tie up the loose ends of the case things seem to get more confusing, but all is revealed in the end. The only real downside to this story was that Elliot and Tucker are not together for a good portion of it.
There is a very happy ending to this story and although it seems that this was intended to wrap up the storylines in the series so far, there is definitely an opening left that leaves me hoping we’ll see more of Tucker and Elliot in the future.
All’s Fair Series Reading Order
Fair Game (Book #1)
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.
A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.
Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game...
Fair Play (Book #2)
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. Straightlaced 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.
Meet Josh Lanyon
A distinct voice in gay fiction, and the 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."
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 Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads All Time Favorite M/M Author Award.
Josh is married and lives in Southern California.