Once a bad boy, the only lines Professor Sebastian Swift does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. When a student he helped to disappear becomes a suspect in a murder, he races to find the boy and convince him to give himself up before his police chief lover figures out he’s involved.
Max likes being lied to even less than he likes sonnets. Yet his instincts–and his heart– tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet’s society.
I’m not sure how I missed some of Josh Lanyon’s earlier books, but the fact that a lot of them are being re-released is helping me catch up. Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of those books and although I wasn’t quite sure about it in the beginning, it didn’t take me long to get totally wrapped up in the suspense.
To be honest, part of what held me back in this one was Max. Sometimes getting just one character’s POV can skew a reader’s perspective. That’s not a bad thing, although it can be frustrating. Sometimes, even without the other characters POV you can still see things from that character that can clue you in to what the main character may not see. Not so with Max. Fair or not, I didn’t like him from the beginning and got caught up in Swift’s emotions about their relationship. Turns out we were both wrong – it took a while for him to redeem himself though, which just added to the suspense. Swift had no idea where he stood and for a while had no idea whether or not Max had his back.
There were a lot of twists and turns in Come Unto These Yellow Sands and a lot of players. It was hard to tell the good guys from the bad and in the end readers still aren’t sure that everyone was brought to justice. For the record, I love it when an author proves me wrong about my initial reaction to a character – and Josh Lanyon has done that more than once, so I shouldn’t have been surprised this time. I wouldn’t mind another story centered around this duo, which I most definitely didn’t see coming. 😉