It’s been a while since I’ve read any Josh Lanyon. I know, big shame on me! I love the author’s writing style and the characters…add a little mystery or murder, and you’ve got a rather intriguing story. Did I mention the sexy guys?? Oops, my bad!
I read A Case of Christmas in no time. I couldn’t help it. The story sucked me right in and wouldn’t let me go! Oh, and thanks to Lanyon, I now want to visit Catalina Island. *Note to self: add to travel bucket list*
Before I get too carried away, here’s the blurb:
Christmas on Catalina Island–it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Injured in the line of duty, FBI Special Agent Shane Donovan is longing for a few days of peace and quiet. Some nice meals, a couple of good books, and maybe a bottle of the best. No family, no friends, no Fa la la la la…just a little time on his own to think things through.
But an offshore storm, a geriatric treasure hunter, and the guy who dumped him without a word two years earlier are about to unwrap all Shane’s carefully laid holiday plans.
Poor Shane…brokenhearted and recently gutted. He sure has some kind of luck (and not the good kind!). Despite pressure from his family, he heads to his vacation cottage on Catalina Island for some rest, recovery, and a peaceful Christmas.
Needless to say, there’s not a whole lot of rest. Guess who’s hanging Christmas lights on his cottage across the street? Yep, Norton…or at least that’s what Shane knew him as. Well, Shane and Norton have history, and while the sex was good, the rest wasn’t so good, especially the part where Norton leaves without so much as a wave.
The story is about them overcoming what happened (after some lengthy explanations and maybe even some apologies). The storm and power outage adds to the suspense as does the nosy, treasure-hunting neighbor (who just happened to mow down Shane with his golf cart). See, all kinds of action in this story. *grins*
One of my favorite lines in the story comes at 85%. This is what’s going through Shane’s mind.
Anyway, maybe you need a little pain now and then to help you recognize and appreciate happiness when it was yours. To remind you not to give up without a fight.
Hopefully this don’t spoil to much, but at 90% (Linus is Norton):
Linus shrugged a bare, broad shoulder. “All I can think is, I must have been a very good boy this year.”
4.5 stars! I know this was meant to be a short story, but I wanted more! I wanted the hunt for treasure to develop into something significant…maybe even some murder…I guess I will have to keep my fingers crossed. Maybe Lanyon will decide to write a longer follow-up!