“Fair Chance” by Josh Lanyon

about

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.

review

I’ve read a lot of books by Josh Lanyon. Mostly because I know that I’m gonna get something I’ll enjoy in varying degrees between “like” and “love”. They’re my ‘go to’ reads. But I can’t remember the last time a Lanyon book really threw me for a curve.

Until now…

Fair Chance is book 3 in the “All’s Fair” series and Elliot and Tucker are one of my favorite of Lanyon’s couples.

Elliot is, well, damaged, I guess…physically and a little bit emotionally too. He’s got a bum knee from a bullet wound, he suffers from PTSD’esque nightmares, and he’s kind of in limbo in his professional life between what he really wants and what he can actually have. He’s complex and for that, I really love him.

Tucker is solid and once he allows himself to love Elliot completely, he’s also surprisingly tender…and sometimes needy even. He’s loyal and true and for that, I really love him.

And I love getting more of them in a 3rd installment, one that has their relationship progressing and growing.

But then there comes that curve…

This book turns dark, in a bit of a twisted, mindfuckery way. And when Tucker disappears one day, the book also turns painfully emotional as we see Elliot through his insecurities and fears of being abandoned…and eventually his fears of the worst that could have happened to Tucker.

Throw in more manipulation games from a serial killer obsessed with Elliot and I wasn’t sure I was gonna survive this book. But I did…thanks to some (per usual) fantastic storytelling by our author. And thanks to the desperate need to make sure that by the end, Elliot and Tucker would survive and be ok.

LikeThere is a full-blown, multi-faceted mystery going on here and it left me guessing for most the book. Actually, there were a few different mysteries going on at once and I was edge-of-my-seat waiting to find out the answers as the unfolded.

loveThis is my favorite book of the series. Elliot and Tucker’s relationship and their dedication to each other by this point was so satisfying to read. I love them!

bewareThis is book 3 of the series and it cannot be read as a standalone. The series progresses from book to book so if you haven’t read the first 2, save this one for later.

bookisforWell, it’s firstly for fans of the series. And of the three books, I feel it has the most solid mystery storyline as well as the best pseudo-romance storyline.

bookinfo
fair-chanceTitle: Fair Chance (All’s Fair #3)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 366 pages
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Buy Links: Amazon

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