Monday, March 13, 2017

Release Day Reviews ~ Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon


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.

5 Unputdownable Stars!!!

Fair Chance is book 3 in the All’s Fair series and it can be read as a standalone, which is what I did. The author provides enough background information so that the reader doesn’t feel lost with the events that happened in the first two books. However, it was such an amazing read that I’ll read the first books ASAP, because I want more Elliot and Tucker.  

Elliot and Tucker are going strong one year after they got together. The Sculptor has been caught and it’s likely he’s facing life in prison. However, new developments seem to point to the possibility of him having an accomplice and they haven’t found the place where he disposed of the rest of the bodies of the persons he killed. Corian is intent on engaging Elliot in a game that might prove tragic and even if it’s the last thing Elliot wants to do, he might not have the chance to say no. When Tucker goes missing and Corian is attacked in prison and left in a coma, Elliot will need to step up to the plate.

I loved this book to bits! The love story between Elliot and Tucker, who are amazing together and have a magnetic chemistry. The emotional upheaval when Tucker went missing and all Elliot went through when that happened. This fast-paced, action-packed crime thriller had enough twists and turns to keep me wondering and theorizing and plain hanging on to every single word. The balance between the romance and the suspense was great, and the vast array of secondary characters gave more depth to the story and kept me guessing at their involvement. The writing was stellar and I was swept away into the complex, intelligent and witty plotline from the first to the last word.

Definitely a must-read for fans of crime thrillers and Josh Lanyon!

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure. ***

*Copy provided by NetGalley for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Fair Chance is Book 3 in Josh Lanyon's All's Fair series, and from my understanding, the last book in the series. This series should be read in the appropriate order for the most enjoyment as the characters are all reoccurring, plus, the resolution in this book comes from issues in Book 1.

Elliot and Tucker are still navigating their relationship together, both of them still struggling with communication. Tucker wants Elliot to remain out of the grasp of the FBI and focus on being a professor, but he's not going to get his way. When the serial killer from the first book reaches out to Elliot and refuses to give any information to anyone else, Elliot goes to the prison to speak to him. The serial killer is trying to pull Elliot back into the cat and mouse game but Elliot isn't interested and Tucker refuses to allow that to happen. The task force put together to clean up the lingering issues from the case are unhappy to have Elliot, a civilian, on their team. Elliot has pushback from all team members, including Tucker. Only there are higher stakes this time around when an acquaintance of Elliot's is killed, Tucker comes up missing, Elliot is attacked, and the serial killer is in a coma. Elliot struggles to get his head clear to investigate and find the love of his life before it's too late.

I loved the relationship between Tucker and Elliot in this story, they were a settled couple even though they still struggled with their communication issue. Once both men were able to be open and honest and express themselves, it was easy to understand each point of view and the fears each man had. This book was a lot more emotional than the previous ones as we had to read through Elliot's grief with the Tucker issues, and then Tucker's disappearance. My heart broke for Elliot. Though I understood Tucker's point of view and his protectiveness of Elliot, it also annoyed me. Elliot isn't just a professor, he's an ex-FBI agent and sometimes Tucker seemed to forget that Elliot is capable of more than standing in a classroom teaching.

I absolutely loved this story, it was the perfect addition to the previous two books but I sincerely hope there are more books to come! Elliot's been given the perfect opportunity for him, and for us readers, to continue this series with more cases. I love Elliot and Tucker and would love to spend more time with them. And if you haven't read this series, you absolutely must do so! This series is perfect for anyone who enjoys great writing, mysteries, and HEA!

Rating: 5++++stars!

4 Stars!!! 

This, I think, is likely to be the final in this series, and I'm glad the leads got there. More would be nice, too, though!

This is the third book in the Fair series, featuring ex-FBI officer-turned-uni-professor, Elliott, and his ex-and-current(again) partner, detective Tucker. I think it's the last in the series, as it had a feeling that everything, not just the on-going storyline was being tied up.

So, in this, Elliott's biggest case, The Sculptor, decides that he wants to initiate contact with him again, which the local PD seems conflicted over, though Tucker, seems to be, for once, fairly relaxed. Just as things are about to get interesting, Tucker goes missing and several seemingly unconnected things come into the mix and Elliott is on a race to find his partner.

The tale wasn't as full-on as some in the series, but what made it for me, is that the guys finally, finally veered away from 'take care' as their version of 'I love you' to actually using the words out loud. That this came before Tucker went missing had meaning and importance, as did another little thing that only came to light once Tucker was found.

I'd always thought that these guys would find each other at a time in their lives when it was right for both of them, when their lives and careers would align, and all of this happens in the tale, which is what makes me think it's the last. But, the author's left it open for many, many more tales, ones which may ignite these guys' relationship in ways other than the ones I've seen so far in the series, and which would no doubt mean some more really good reads.

ARC courtesy of Carina Press for my reading plea

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