Jefferson Blythe, Esquire, by Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin (November 16, 2015)
Genre: Gay (M/M) Adventure; Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
“Why are you so afraid of being different?”
If I had to describe this novel in three words, those words would be quirky, delightful, and unique. Thankfully, I get more than three words to talk about how much I enjoyed Jefferson Blythe, Esquire! Reading this novel was an adventure unto itself, with surprises around every corner and the kind of fantastic character growth and emotional impact that you can expect from a Josh Lanyon book!
Jefferson has been toeing the line his entire life. He does what he’s expected to do: got a degree in the field his father wanted, got engaged to the girl next door, and plans to join the family firm. But after his fiancée breaks up with him, he decides to go on a trip to Europe, using the journey to shed the “old him” and rediscover himself.
“Jefferson, you’ve just started this trip. You’re on this… journey. It has to be about you right now. Not us. Do you see what I’m saying?”
And at the heart of it, that’s what this novel is all about. Jefferson has to face a lot of hard truths about who he really is, and what he wants in life. At times, it’s overwhelming, but he’s determined to keep moving forward, with the advice from The Book– his grandfather’s 1960 “Esquire’s Europe in Style”. It’s more than a guidebook… it’s a roadmap to the person Jefferson wants to become.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
There’s also a delightful mystery/adventure mixed in, which I really enjoyed. Jefferson expects to have new experiences in Europe; he doesn’t expect a case of mistaken identity! When a lady insists that he’s an international criminal, Jefferson suddenly finds himself dodging goons and bullets across London, Paris, and Rome!
Now, for a guy who suddenly finds people waving guns at him, Jefferson is a bit *too* cool under pressure. He doesn’t panic, like a normal person might. He doesn’t freak out. I would have liked to see the character act a bit more human when confronted with things straight from a crime thriller novel, but Jefferson accepts and moves on as though it’s nothing.
Still, a really fun novel, with a really excellent main character. Jefferson is a delight, and watching him become his own man and accept what he wants in life made for a really fantastic read!
* I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange
for a fair and honest review. *