Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon

Book: Out of the Blue

Author: Josh Lanyon

Publisher: Liquid Silver
Published date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59578-578-7
Genre/Theme: Historical Military Romance
Length: Novella
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France, 1916. During WWI, high above the trenches, British and German aces fought for control of the skies. Strain and tension of war coupled with keeping one's love discreet leads to risky choices. When British ace Bat Bryant is threatened with exposure, he panics, killing the man intent on blackmail. To make matter worse, there's a witness—American pilot Cowboy Cooper. Cowboy, it seems, has his own ideas of rough justice.

Though not a huge history buff nor fan, I couldn't resist picking up Josh Lanyon's novella, Out of the Blue. And I'm extremely happy I did. Of all the Lanyon books I've read to date, I would have to say, Out of the Blue is some of Lanyon's best writing yet—Witty, charming, amazingly sensual, and funny—Well, that describes all Lanyon books, but there was something different about this one. I noticed the style is different compared to his other books, but if anything, his choice aids in the action, making the action concise—faster—better. Lanyon hits all the right buttons with his story of lost love and new beginnings set in France during WWI. British ace Bat Bryant and American pilot Cowboy Cooper seem an unlikely pair, yet Lanyon fashions the perfect scenario, feeding into a confrontation that plays out well. Against the odds and despite their wills, Bat and Cowboy work—and they work each other over pretty darn well throughout this story—did I forget to mention this story is hot? And Lanyon writes in these two men's emotions so perfectly, the story is utterly romantic on top of erotic. I give Out of the Blue the ultimate 5 whips, because I have read the story three times in the past week and have laughed aloud and gotten hot and bothered all over again with each reading. It is that good, truly. Readers of historical military and/or M/M erotic romance will absolutely want this one!

Rating: 5 whips
Heat level: Erotic
Other: m/m, anal play
Reviewer: Bryl R. Tyne

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