Fifty years ago, Roland Mills belonged to a violent activist group. Now, someone is willing to kill to prevent him from publishing his memoirs.
When ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills is called out to examine the charred ruins of his childhood home, he quickly identifies the fire for what it is–arson. A knee injury may have forced Elliot out of the Bureau, but it’s not going to stop him from bringing the man who wants his father dead to justice.
Agent Tucker Lance is still working to find the serial killer who’s obsessed with Elliot and can’t bear the thought of his lover putting himself in additional danger. Straightlaced Tucker has never agreed with radical Roland on much–“opposing political viewpoints” is an understatement–but they’re united on this: Elliot needs to leave the case alone. Now.
Tucker would do nearly anything for the man he loves, but he won’t be used to gain Elliot access to the FBI’s resources. When the past comes back to play and everything both men had known to be true is questioned, their fragile relationship is left hanging in the balance.
I picked up Fair Play because I wanted to read Fair Chance. I read the first book in the series and since the storyline follows the same couple I didn’t want to miss out on the relationship development between the two. I also enjoy from time to time the mysteries Josh Lanyon puts together.
Fair Play is a mixed bag for me. The writing was tight. The weaving of the plot, mystery, plus the relationships kept me reading even though I fumed. I continue to adore Tucker and his character developed wonderfully. The mystery revolved around Roland and his history. The author drew lines between the radical groups of the 1960s to present day, eluding to how their concerns are still applicable. It showed the vast difference between Roland’s beliefs and Elliot’s and how they maintained a relationship that didn’t break their family bond. All of this I liked and enjoyed immensely and would’ve bumped it up to a 4 star read for me but Elliot not only disappointed, and by the end, disgusted me.
Elliot not only disrespected his father but broke trust in so many areas. Roland asked him to leave it alone, ensuring Elliot that he was taking care of things. Elliot ultimately did what he wanted, going so far as to break laws and employ the college students under his supervision to break laws. Elliot fiercely protected his boundaries but blatantly disregarded not only his father’s but Tucker’s as well. If Tucker didn’t tell Elliot absolutely everything then Elliot accused him of keeping secrets. Hypocritical much? Elliot creates his own issues with Tucker, often jumping to the wrong conclusions (that whole not respecting boundaries thing). He gave lip service that he trusted Tucker, but he didn’t and didn’t even realize he didn’t. Elliot is a jerk and I think he was wrong. I understand that he worried about his dad and didn’t believe his dad could take care of himself, when time and again Roland had proved that he could. Elliot got away with all the law breaking and if I agreed with what he did, I might as well sit back and let the government come in and search my house without a warrant just because they are “concerned” me. In this, I completely understood Roland.
The narrator was good, having distinct voices for all the characters that kept me from getting lost during the dialogue. I think those who enjoy flawed characters will like this story. I’m just hoping my disgust of Elliot doesn’t flow over into the next book in the series.
Story – 3 Stars
Narrator – 4 Stars
Overall –4 Stars