Stranger on the Shore

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Expected Release Date: May 5, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.joshlanyon.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Favorite Tropes: Enemies to Lovers

Official Blurb:

Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.

What Worked For Me:

  • Though I did figure out  the main “twist” very early on, I did enjoy the runaround Mr. Lanyon gave us on that point.
  • Even though the chemistry wasn’t quite up to par for what I’m used to from this author, I did enjoy the back and forth between Griff and Pierce, and the angst that resulted from several of the scenes.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • The book got off to a much slower start than I’m used to for this author’s books. Though the reasoning behind this became apparent later on,
  • I solved the mystery — well, both mysteries, actually — rather early on, which was rather disappointing. One of the things that I usually enjoy so much about Josh Lanyon books is the mysteries, but this one fell flat.
  • Unfortunately, the romance, too, fell rather flat to me. There’s usually such lovely chemistry between the protagonists in Josh Lanyon novels, and the one things I can look forward to is the angst between them being complemented by this chemistry.  This just wasn’t the case in this book.  Don’t get me wrong, we still get the angst, and there’s still the asshat of a love interest for our main character, but I never really felt the chemistry between them.

Honestly, this wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Josh Lanyon.  I’ve been a big fan of his for many years, and was so excited when I saw this book available that I jumped at the chance to read and review it. Unfortunately though, it fell a bit flat for me, both in the romance aspect and in the mystery.

It still had the trademark angst and a lovely amount of tension between our heroes, and as always, he does write an enemies to lovers story oh so well.

For me, though, while I love the romance aspect of the story, I crave a strong mystery to go with it, and in this particular case, I simply wasn’t feeling it.

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible way to pass the day, but I think I’ve come to set the bar a bit high when it comes to Josh Lanyon, and unfortunately this one simply didn’t feel like it hit the standard he’s set in the past.

3half3.5/5 Stars