[577]: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

25719256 Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon
Carina Press | November 16th, 2015
E-Arc courtesy of Carina Press and Net Galley
Adult Fiction | M/M Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine’s Europe in Style.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Josh Lanyon. If you must know, she’s one of those authors whom I trust when it comes to M/M romances. I don’t read too many of them nowadays, but I wanted to read some this month as my contribution to Queer Romance Month. Loving her work is almost as instinctual as loving Sandra Brown’s. I had a great time reading this book!


Jefferson Blythe decided to find himself after a recent break up from his fiance. Armed with an Esquire vintage travel book, he set out to experience Europe in all its retro glory. Adventure was waiting for him as soon as he landed in Heathrow. Mistaken for an artifact thief, Jefferson has no idea that a crazy stalker girl will only be the least of his problems. When his accommodations fell through, he had no choice but to reach out to a man from his past. A man who may not be willing to renew their friendship.


When they were young, Jefferson and George were practically inseparable. But when George came out, they’d become estranged. Jefferson wasn’t ready for the kind of bravery George pulled when he announced to him that he was gay. At the time, Jefferson was only too aware that he too might have some feelings for his best friend. George moved to England; severing ties with Jefferson. Their reunion was strained to say the least. On top of that, there might be some secrets as to what George does for a living. Years of being apart and with no communications doesn’t really make for a warm reunion. But readers will be able to tell that there’s some lingering feelings between the two that has nothing at all to do with friendship.


Trouble seems to keep finding Jefferson. Stalked, beaten, and kidnapped, Jefferson will find myself the centre of a FabergΓ© egg scam that will make him the target of a Russian mob family. And in the midst of it all, he’ll have to confront his true feelings towards George and entertain the thoughts of coming out to his family. In the backdrop is the classic beauty of London and the elegance of Paris. Lanyon does not really try hard to make the scenery a part of the story, but it’s there anyway. Though it’s plot-centric, she also spent a lot of time flaying the characters so the readers may be able to empathize with ease. This book is relatively clean as far as sex goes, but it’s never short on tension, suspense and pulse-pounding action.

This book reminded me of what I love about Josh’s stories. Not all M/M romances has to be sexually explicit for any enthusiast to enjoy. Sometimes, all you need is a little heat and a lot of excitement.


  • How fun this sounds! I am glad this author came through for you again πŸ™‚

  • Adriana C

    This one sounds really interesting. Great review.

  • Ohh, yay πŸ˜€ So glad you enjoyed this book sweet girl. <3 It sounds all kinds of awesome. I'm curious πŸ™‚ Sounds sweet. Thank you for sharing about it Joy πŸ˜€

  • I have a friend who I think will really enjoy this book, going to recommend it to him now! Great review Joy! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Catherine! I hope your friend will enjoy it.

  • This sounds all kinds of adorable haha! I myself was raised by a lesbian couple so I always find these types of books fascinating πŸ™‚

    • In some instances it was – especially the dynamics between Jefferson and George.

  • Wow… this sounds really interesting Joy. I like the idea of travelling by book! But geez… he lands in some hot water! Great review girl!

    • Thanks, Naomi. That was what attracted me to the book, but I tend to focus more on the romance between Jefferson and George. Lol.

  • Melliane

    Yeah you’re right about the mm romance maybe I should try this one.

    • Yes, you should, Melliane. It’s pretty sweet and sexy at the same time, actually. πŸ™‚

  • Oh this sounds great! I need to read some more M/M, so I’ll have to check this one out. Fab review!

  • I think sexually explicit is what drives me away from M/M books, I am all for diverse love, doesn’t mean I want to read what goes on behind the scenes. But I am glad this one worked πŸ™‚ I have read books where they had M/M, but it was not the main story.

    • Then this book might be your cup of tea, Lily. The romance is certainly a secondary element.

  • Sounds great – while I’ve heard go Josh Lanyon, I have yet to check out any of her books! Must remedy this! Lovely review.

    • Thanks, Hannah! I hope you’ll enjoy her books. πŸ™‚

  • Taylor Hill

    This seems like a great book. I’ve never heard of Josh Lanyon before but I will be sure to check this book out!

  • Maps and adventures? Gimme gimme. I haven’t read any MM Romances, at least not that I can remember, but I’m interested in starting the genre. I like the premise of this book and am curious about Jefferson’s character and the author’s overall delivery. Great review. As always, thanks for your honesty.

    • I love this genre. I must admit that I don’t read too many of them, but I want to remedy that as well. Good luck, Shane!

  • kindlemom1

    Another author you love I have yet to try! I need more hours in the day Joy!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m such a big fan of M/M romance Joy, but I haven’t read much of Josh Lanyon surprisingly, I need to remedy that immediately! And I agree – a lot of heat and teasing can be way sexier than all the dirty details:)

    • Ohhh have you read any books by Mary Calmes? Girl, that woman knows m/m.

  • Oh wow! I’ve never heard of this author before but she sounds like a must read author.
    It sounds like Jefferson goes through one heck of an adventure! I’ll check this one out. And I 100% agree with your last line!
    Great review, Joy!

    • An adventure and a half, to be honest. He’s got that face that trouble can’t resist, yanno?

  • I once did beta reading for someone who did M/M romantic suspense, so I’d be up for this. It sounds like a lot of fun!!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • I love M/M romantic suspense! Josh have written a few. In some ways, this one is one that can be considered as romantic suspense, I suppose. πŸ™‚

  • A little heat and excitement sounds more like it, and for me that would go for all books πŸ˜‰ I just want story

  • Like you I am very particular with my M/M romances. I can count on one hand the number I have read and been able to like. What I like about the sound of this one is the travel of the Europe which is always a plus for me because I love seeing different places. The whole relationship between Jefferson and George seems like a complicated and emotional one where history comes into play, and the trouble that he keeps finding himself in? It promises this will be more than the usual romance! I’m in!

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one, Olivia. Loved the romance, the suspense, the action. πŸ™‚