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A Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon

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Bottom line up front:
As a mystery, it wasn't very mysterious. But that could be because I was significantly less interested in whodunit than whether Jake and Adrien were going to be Together Forever.

The rest:
What's an Adrien English story without a dead body? Luckily, we'll never have to find out. As expected, there's dead people in the final installment of this much beloved series.

So our dear Adrien is expanding his bookstore and taking over the entire building now. Unfortunately, the other half of the building needs extensive renovation. It is during the renovations that the contractors come across some dessicated bones. Really, Adrien has the worst luck ever. Or not, since this is old meat and not the freshly killed variety he's been dealing with.

Some guy who lived in the building some fifty-odd years ago when it was a lodge came up missing and was presumed dead. Somebody else knows more than they're telling, because they keep trying to break into the building at night to find something. Curious Adrien hires this PI he knows...guy by the name of Jake Riordan...to investigate and find out what the heck is going on. Along the way, a few other people come up dead too, right after Jake interviews them.

It's all very interesting, I'm sure, but what I really wanted to know is: what happens between Jake and Adrien? Are they getting back together or what?

Much to my surprise, I was totally Team Jake in this book. Jake bucked up and swallowed the acid and all that at the end of the last book, and was just kind of waiting around for Adrien to forgive him. Adrien had gone through years of Jake's crap, and to top it off, the guy was cheating on him pretty much from jump street with another guy, not to mention the wife. Still, Jake retired from the force and came out to his family and did everything he could do to get Adrien back, and Adrien just isn't having it. Sadly, some things just aren't meant to be, yanno?

Tossed in like glittering diamonds amidst the rotted corpses of people and dreams were bright flashes of trademark Lanyon humor. This scene in particular nearly had me peeing, since it came at a crucial point in the story:
He spoke so quietly I had to strain to hear, “You remember asking me if I’d ever begged?”
I wiped the corner of my eyes, sniffed. “Is this about to get kinky?”
"Do you want it to?”
“Mmm.” I hastily wiped my nose. “Maybe. I read this thing about silk scarves and feathers once. I wouldn’t mind trying that one of these days.”
His mouth quirked. He said gravely, “I’ll keep that in mind."
Outside of the funny, you just can't go wrong reading anything Lanyon. The writing is, as always, crisp and clever and captivating and all the other cool 'c' words.

I almost didn't want to read the end, because it would be over. But then I remembered that I have all the books...the first edition print versions (pre-Loose ID), in some cases...so I could start at the beginning and read it all again.

You can get The Dark Tide here on Dec 22nd. If you're one of the deprived few who haven't even started the series, pull your head out of your ass and go get the books here. Go ahead, give yourself a Christmas pressie.

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annedouglas
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I've not read one Adrien English yet. But now that the last one is here I will be able to! Yay! I've been putting it off, waiting until I could glom the whole lot at once.
emmyjag
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
yanno, I hate finding a book I really love, only to be told it's the FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES. then you have to wait months, sometimes years, for the next? no. but this series is done, so get started *thumps*
wedschilde
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
but i want it NOW NAO! damn him. :::grins:::

and yeah, i have all the print :D

i don't want them to go.
emmyjag
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
you shall has it next week. wait! geez. some people are so impatient. he can't love on everybody and send them ARCs, yanno XD
wedschilde
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
yes. yes he can. :::sniffs:::: damn it! i paid good money for these stalker seats! i did! :::sobs:::
krisngoodbooks
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I wanna know if Jake gets maimed??
emmyjag
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
uh...what's your definition of 'maimed', precisely *weg*
krisngoodbooks
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Don't be getting my hopes up. That would be mean.
emmyjag
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
well, I ask because there was this one scene where....eh, just read the book :P
jgraeme2007
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well, thank you for this lovely review, Kitteh Kat. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And that you're cutting poor old Jake a break.

It's all very interesting, I'm sure, but what I really wanted to know is: what happens between Jake and Adrien? Are they getting back together or what?

Coffee goes down wrong way...

You know I worked quite a bit on getting that mystery right! And I very much fear most people will be skimming right over those parts. *g*
emmyjag
Dec. 19th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I very much fear most people will be skimming right over those parts. *g*

I very much fear you're right, because that's pretty much what I did the first go round...flipped to the end of the book and backtracked until I found the answer I was looking for. I put the book down and sobbed some, THEN went back and read from the beginning.
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