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Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5) [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Will is finally braced to bring Taylor home to meet the folks. Unfortunately, not every member of the Brandt clan loves Taylor the way Will does. Then again, not everyone loves the Brandts. In fact, someone has a score to settle -- and too bad for any former DS agents who get in the way when the bullets start to fly.


Product Details

  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JustJoshing Publishing, Inc. (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H0KQG2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars Kick Starting a New Life and Career December 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Blurb: Will and Taylor have left the Diplomatic Services and are starting their own security consultancy, but it isn't all caviar and champagne starting a new business, becoming business partners, and life partners. Throw family dynamics into mix as well and you have a great set up for the next chapter in our dynamic duo's new life.

What I enjoy about a Josh Lanyon story is his ability to actually write a story and not rely on gimmicks like frequent action sequences, gratuitous sex, or continual emotional torment of the main characters (he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me...ad nauseam).

While reading "Kick Start" what becomes clear, is the laying of a foundation or bridge to the next stage in Will and Taylor's life. I loved how Will and Taylor begin to really understand their personal boundaries in context of their relationship - the understanding that here be our end if they do not respect each others' emotional limits. In "Kick Start" we get a glimpse of Will and Taylor's families and what helped form their adult characters - I absolutely loved Will's father - he's the rock of the family and steady influence whose guidance allows him to grow into the man he is with Taylor. I thought it was an absolutely realistic choice to have the younger brother react in a less than favorable light. Grant idolizes his older brother; however, his core beliefs and assumptions about him are suddenly shaken. It didn't make him a bad guy - it made him young and less mature as I would expect from a young man in his twenties. It adds nuance and complexity into the story and gives Taylor an opportunity reach out to him as well.

I think "Kick Start" is as the title suggests - the launching of the next phase of Will and Taylor's career and bond as partners and lovers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will and Taylor together again November 30, 2013
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The story starts out with our dynamic duo about to be ran down by a car. This really hasn't been their week or month, things haven't turned out the way they had hoped when they quit their jobs. Money is tight jobs are scarce and the boys are rethinking their plan of becoming security consultants out on their own. I felt this instalment was the most realistic story so far. Everyone can sympathize with money troubles, and the boys are irritated at each other and frankly scared of where their life is headed. So they take a road trip to visit Wills family out in the boonies. This actually turned out to be a good idea. This ends with a cliffhanger so I hope the next book is in the works. a short read at only 1934 locations , but well worth the money to reconnect with Will and Taylor!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to Will and Taylor December 2, 2013
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This book was a great addition to the series. It has action as well as solidifying the relationship between Will and Taylor. It has the snappy dialogue that we have come to love and the predicaments that are unique to Will and Taylor. I love that the books sets us up for more to come. Josh said on his website that there are three more books in the series. As this is my all time favorite series, that makes me very happy. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but too short! December 19, 2013
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Josh Lanyon is a fantastic writer so anything he writes will be great. As this was. I forgot how much I like Will and Taylor, it made me want to go read the other books again. I've forgotten most of their story.... This one is not particularly exciting, it felt more like a beginning to a story. More about the internal drama of Will and Taylor figuring out themselves as a couple, and dealing with Will's family. A nice break in Oregon for some family drama, but no real action. It didn't move their story forward much, other than setting them up financially for the next book. I'm not disappointed exactly, I enjoyed it, but there wasn't a lot of meat to it. Good, but not a great plot.

If you've read the other books you need to read this one, but I'm looking forward to the next more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Lanyon, and that's great December 9, 2013
By bill m
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If you like Josh Lanyon's stories you'll eat this one up. It has all the hallmarks of his stuff - at the heart of it is the romance between Will and Taylor and there's a tale yet to be told that's an obvious mystery. It's hard not to like these stories told by the master of m/m romance mystery and it's equally difficult to have to wait to see where this duo's future lies since this tale says that there's a lot left "to be continued."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Taylor & Will January 6, 2014
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This review is for the entire SERIES to date (Dangerous Ground).

This is another excellent series from Josh Lanyon. Taylor & Will are a great couple & their journey is compelling & exciting. As with other Lanyon series, each book has a conflict that the MCs work through, but their relationship grows throughout all of the books in the series, all of which were excellent.

I liked both of the MCs but Taylor was my favorite. For supposedly being such a 'player' prior to his relationship w/ Will in book 1, he was definitely the more solid, unfailingly loyal, & steadfast partner in their relationship. He was unwavering in his feelings for Will & was mature in his handling of some of Will's decisions.

Having said this, it's not that Will was 'bad,' but I thought he was the less mature, more selfish of the two in the course of the series. Case in point, his contd determination to maintain friendship w/ Bradley, knowing how Taylor felt about it & knowing of his own contd attraction to this ex. To me, this illustrates a certain level of selfishness on his part in not honoring Taylor's misgivings. Yes, they trusted each other, but did he have to throw his ex in his face? He could have 'sacrificed' that relationship in favor of Taylor, at least until some time had passed & they were on more solid ground as a couple. This really hurts Taylor in Paris, although unwittingly on Will's part. The other huge decision was Will's acceptance of the Paris assignment knowing it would mean a long separation from Taylor. It was a good career move for Will but not one that Taylor would have chosen if he'd been presented w/ the same opportunity.

It was a little frustrating for me at times that Taylor was so accepting of Will & his decisions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars His Books are Always Excellent
Listened to the audio book on this one, and I love this series. I'm always a sucker for family meetings where someone doesn't take the news too well, but it wasn't overly done or... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mandy Rosko
2.0 out of 5 stars boring, and scattered
Disappointing all around. Overpriced, boring, and scattered. I was really hoping for better. There is one element in the story that probably sets up a future book, but it's not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story. Only wish it were longer
Another great story. Only wish it were longer.
Published 3 months ago by Terri Castles
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Excellent fun read with a visit to Will's family and a few shenanigans thrown in for good measure. Not too sure of the fellow who followed Will and Taylor around California though. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. S. Jansen
4.0 out of 5 stars action and romance!
I received this book for an honest review
Let me just say Josh Lanyon writes great thrillers that combine fast action, emotionally engaging characters and passionate romances. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sharon Stogner
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as eventful as the others
Kick start is mostly a lead in to the next phase of life for Will and Taylor after they leave DDS. They're living together and trying to get their new security company off the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jewel Cardwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but short.
Another good installment in this series. The book is a little on the short side but the story is good and I like the main characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Verville
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Fulfilling Read Than Normal
Josh Lanyon is one of my favorite authors, especially in this genre. I've adored the Dangerous Ground series but this book felt a little lacking. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ileana
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love it
Nothing Josh Lanyon writes is mediocre. His style and command of plot, character, setting, and dialogue is unusual (and more so the more I read other authors). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reading Fool
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of this series
Normally I love Josh Lanyon's books (especially the Adrien English and Dangerous Ground series) so much that I feel the need to borrow extra stars from other reviews. This on, eh. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Mayor
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More About the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery 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 and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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