I have so many MANY reviews pending for you! Will have a lot of stuff in the next couple of weeks. First up, the always amazing, Josh Lanyon has stopped by for a glass of W, and a chat about her latest release, the final novel in the All’s Fair Trilogy, Fair Chance. In this thrilling final installment we visit again with Elliot, Tucker, Rollie and of course The Sculptor. I have loved reading this series, and as much as I hate to say goodbye, this novel was a very satisfying end to it. The mystery was top notch, and Elliot and Tucker were fantastic.
Before I go to the interview, of course have to talk about what wine you should be looking for to pair with this delicious book. I chose a Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend from Washington State winemakers Charles & Charles. These wines are produced in the Columbia Valley, and I have yet to have a bad bottle, they are also very affordable, this bottle goes for a bout $11.99, to total deal. The wine is bold, spicy and highly drinkable, if you find it, get more than one bottle!
So, back to the book. If you have been in the gay romance game for any amount of time, you almost certainly have read Josh Lanyon, and know that when it comes to mysteries, she sets the standard. Fair Chance completely lives up to that. I loved this story, because even three books in, she managed to build on the arc of the past two novels, and delivered a fresh mystery, as well as whole new point of view in our heroes’ love story. As always dialogue and characters were on point, and all in all, I wish we could have Elliot and Tucker coming back to us forever.
I had some questions for Josh on the book, and of course on wines…She was kind enough to oblige, SO without further ado, here is my Happy Hour Chat with Ms. Lanyon:
TTB: Josh! Thanks for visiting and welcome. So, they’ll be back right?
JS: Maybe in a coda. But the story of Elliot and Tucker is now complete. 😊
TTB: May I ask why you decided to stick with Corian throughout the series? There was certainly enough there to keep us very interested, but it is not your usual approach.
JS: All’s Fair is the first deliberate, conscious trilogy I’ve written. Up until now it’s either been sequels or full on series. The demands of a trilogy are a little different, in that there has to be a clean, tight storyline connecting all three books. It’s a short, intense journey from book I through book III—with compact, structured character and plot arcs.
You’ll see something similar happen in the Art of Murder trilogy, though I don’t want to give too much away. 😉
TTB: Other than Tucker and Elliot, of course, my favorite character in the series was Rollie. Who was your favorite character to write in the series?
JS: It’s hard not to love Rollie in these days of anti-intellectualism and the rise of the alt-right. He’s a difficult and complicated character—probably the most complex character in the trilogy. He’s got such an interesting history—possibly the most interesting history of any supporting cast member I’ve written. I love that readers are really split when it comes to Elliot’s pop. He rubs some people the wrong way, but that’s not a bad thing when you’re hoping to create a memorable character. 😉
TTB: Now as you know other than the books, this blog is about food and wine. For this story I had thought of doing a cocktail but then found a bottle of my favorite Washington State winery Charles & Charles and decided to go with that. Do you have any favorite Washington made wines?
JS: I am astonished to find that I don’t seem to be familiar with any Washington wines. Oregon, yes. But as I was studying wine lists for Washington (because, yes, I’m also a wine geek) I saw two I would love to try based on label alone. 😊
Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2008 and Sleight of Hand Cellars The Archimage Walla Walla Valley 2007. Granted these are both getting a bit long in the tooth now, but still.
TTB: One last question, so we learned what Tucker’s favorite meal was in this story, can you tell me what would be Elliot’s favorite thing to come home to after a hard day at work?
JS: For Elliot it would not be so much what he ate as what he cooked. He’s got a healthy appetite, and he loves pizza and seafood, but he’s not someone who gives a lot of thought to his meals. He does find it relaxing to cook, and particularly to cook for Tucker.
That is all for today folks, thanks again to Josh for the interview and insight into the series. If you have not read this series yet, please do, you will not regret it.
Cheers and Happy Reading!