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I Spy Something Christmas

I Spy Something Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
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Nothing says Christmas like a bullet with your name on it. Mark is used to death and danger. Stephen will never be okay with violence -- or Mark's attitude toward it.

Like the holidays weren't tough enough on a romance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 207 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Just Joshin' (22 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASBPT16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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3.0 out of 5 stars its more of a short story 5 May 2013
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josh lanyon can do no wrong (mostly) but this was way too short. a little more build up would have been good. but it was good have something by him again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class as always. 31 Dec 2012
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Everything written by Josh Lanyon seems to be excellent and
this is no different.Its more than just the usual Christmas story
with a warm Christmas feeling.This one is more interesting with a
crime to solve and two great guys to work on it.
A great story well written one that as soon as I started reading it
knew that I would not be able to put down until I reached the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Present 24 Dec 2012
By Susan - Published on
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Josh Lanyon has returned from sabbatical, and he hasn't lost his brilliance while he was away! His latest in the 'I Spy' series is a delightful treat for those who are fans of Mark & Stephen.

One of the hallmarks of these stories has always been the way Josh writes Mark's character; his feeling of desperation and fear at the possibility of losing Stephen for reasons that seem outside his control. Then in this story, add in one of the funniest scenes ever describing someone's Christmas-decorated home, and you have a story that never disappoints.

Thank you, Josh, for giving us this lovely holiday present!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Lanyon's couples 2 Jan 2013
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Speechless. This must be one of my favorite couples written by Josh Lanyon. This is not a review, it's me raving. I love Mark and Stephen. I like Stephen because he's an older protagonist, he's one of those gorgeous men of fifty who have nothing to prove anymore, who have seen their shares of events, who are sane and there. Paired up with a younger guy like Mark, who is sort of unreliable because of the circumstances and who's still insecure of his lover's affection, it's the potential for a gut-wrenching story.

In this story Josh doesn't only write about this couple and what happens to them around Christmas time, he does more, he paints all the shades of trust in a relationship: demanded, given, betrayed, misunderstood, wasted. Trust between lovers committed to a relationship. Trust between people committed to a cause. And it declines all the shades of forgiveness based on understanding and acceptance of what can't be changed.

To say I loved this is an understatement. Best way to spend the first hour of Christmas night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little story! 31 Dec 2012
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I'd forgotten about the I Spy series, this brought it back to me. I love Mark and Stephen, they each have issues and an ex boyfriend floating around.... Decent plot for a short story, a bit of action, a bit of loving, a bit of holiday cheer!

Josh is such a fantastic author, anything he does is wonderful, even a short story like this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked revisiting Mark and Stephen 27 Dec 2012
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Well, Josh Lanyon is Josh Lanyon :). I could just leave you with this deep philosophical statement :). High quality is expected from his work. Mark and Stephen is one of my favorite couples from his stories, I think what I enjoyed the most in this story is that I was not annoyed that we are reading more about them. I loved the second story, but it truly felt as if their story is over. But here it feels very believable that the guys still have their insecurities and we can see that Mark still has to learn a lot about relationships and that arguing is not the end of the world :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another wonderful Christmas story from Josh Lanyon 28 Dec 2012
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Yet another wonderful Christmas story from Josh Lanyon -- and this time about a couple we've already met before. This is a perfect treat -- at any time of the year.

I've always felt that Mark and Stephen might be one of the most not-so-obvious couples of Lanyon's. Their backgrounds are so different from each other, the way they think, the way they react to the problems. Still, they love each other so much -- and that is enough, nothing else matters in the end.

I Spy Something Bloody (I Spy #1) was the second Josh Lanyon book I ever read and the one that officially got me hooked on his writing -- hook, line, and sinker. And I still find Mark and Stephen irresistible. Maybe the fact that they have such a long history together has something to do with their charm? They have been romantically involved with each other before the series begins, the fact that we know through some flashbacks in the earlier books.

Mark's and Stephen's chemistry is intriguing because it shifts throughout their story. In I Spy Something Christmas we meet again Mark and his stark feeling of inadequacy and on the other hand Stephen, who is very unselfish, very down-to-earth. The strong, impulsive, adventurous, mysterious one ends up being the weaker, more insecure one when the relationship stuff is concerned. And the more ordinary one ends up being the stronger one in so many ways. I find Stephen's calm way to take things as they come very reassuring. It's definitely a feature of his character, but I can't help thinking that the way he sees things might also have something to do with their age difference. Him being older and wiser and all...

One thing that keeps reader on her toes is the fact that Mark is still in this third story of theirs unable to read Stephen clearly. And that he keeps making the bad situations worse. I can't even count the times I've stand with Mark in Stephen's study heart in my throat while everything is going to hell. And every single time I've been sure that "This is it. Stephen is going to throw Mark out for sure. No Happily Ever After for these two." And WHY does Mark always laugh when he really should not? That is a great detail in his character and tells us so much about his people skills (and specifically about the lack of them).

I think that the best thing about I Spy Something Christmas is the fact that it shows us how much both men try to make their relationship work by making some sacrifices. Although Mark gives it his best shot a little later than Stephen, he really tries to change for Stephen. And it feels to me that sometime along the way Stephen has realized that he can't make Mark change and that he's just going to adjust to the fact and love Mark anyway. After all, we can't really order someone to change for us, all we can do is change ourselves for that someone. Right?

Josh Lanyon always manages to surprise me by making me feel so strongly. For example I found it very touching when Mark went to see Stephen's ex, Bryce, and while he watched Bryce's Christmas decorations and him being busy baking with his spatula and reindeer-patterned apron, Mark thought how well Stephen would have fitted in the picture:

"There must be times--times like last night--when Stephen wished for something less complicated. More snicker doodles. Fewer bullets."

Those lines are so funny, they made me laugh out loud, but at the same time they are so heart-rending. So sad. And no doubt, they are at least partly true. I can easily imagine Stephen wishing something like that -- even though that doesn't mean he would ever leave Mark for Bryce.

I'd like to think that in the end of this Christmas story Mark was finally in peace with himself and that he'd realized he doesn't need to be perfect to succeed in a relationship. As long as there is love, everything else can be inadequate.

Don't miss this little gem. Do yourself a favor and read it -- you won't be disappointed.
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