REVIEWED by Christie
SERIES: All’s Fair, book 3
AUTHOR: Josh Lanyon
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 336 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
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.
Having been a Josh Lanyon fan for several years (and now being a book reviewer), I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Fair Chance. The first two books in the All’s Fair series were great, and I have enjoyed them over and over again, as I suspect will be the case with this current addition to the series. It was overall a great book.
**I do caution you with this, however: If you have not yet read Fair Game and Fair Play, books one and two in the All’s Fair series, you really should do so before reading Fair Chance. This book can be read as a standalone, but in all honesty you will not enjoy it nearly enough without the proper background that can only be found in the previous two books.
That being said, on with the review!
FBI agent turned College Professor, Elliot Mills, finds himself once again being sucked into a game he never wanted to play in the first place. Turns out that the brutal serial murderer known as The Sculptor (that Elliot helped to put behind bars, by the way) may not have acted alone. This causes the FBI to go back and reexamine everything they know about the case. And, when Elliot is told that The Sculptor will only agree to talk to him, this causes quite the issue with Special Agent Lance Tucker, aka Elliot’s boyfriend. So, not only are they dealing with a psychotic serial murderer who likes to play deadly games, Tucker and Elliot’s relationship is in jeopardy as well.
It was an enjoyable book, tho this is the first time I have regretted reading the blurb before indulging in the book itself. It set up certain expectations for me that were not realized until much later in the book than I hoped, and actually contains spoilers that I wish I had not known going into the book. That being said, reading Fair Chance was like revisiting old friends. With Fair Game, book one in the All’s Fair series having been out since summer 2010 (and my discovering the book in 2013), there is a sort of nostalgic feeling in being able to immerse myself in Elliot and Tucker’s world once again. They are a fantastic couple, and truly do love each other immensely.
All in all, Josh Lanyon has another winner in their hands with Fair Chance. Masterful writing, brilliant imagery, and spectacular story.