Book Review by Kristie: So This is Christmas, by Josh Lanyon

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So This is Christmas, by Josh Lanyon
Series: Adrien English Mysteries 5.5
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 30, 2015

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


God Help You Merry Gentlemen…

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, sometimes amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books–and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding his missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye…


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Private Eye
Bookstore Owner


I know I’m in the minority when I say that I’ve never been a huge fan of this series. It took the audio books for me to stop hating on them. There was just something about Adrien English I didn’t get, I suppose. I have, however, always liked Jake. With that, I was kinda excited to read this newest installment. I mean, I sort of like these guys now, you know? And just because I am not totally in love with a series, it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited for a new book.

Well, I’ll probably be in the minority again. You see, this was just a little meh for me. It’s not bad, it’s just short, and maybe a little boring. The mystery that Jake and Adrien are trying to solve felt thrown in… kind of filling a hole that was there because these books have all centered around murder mysteries, so the author needed to continue along the vein.

Because I felt the mystery was really not all that interesting, it distracted from the rest of the story. As far as timeline, it’s not been long since the ending of the last book, so I liked that, but the way that the relationship between Adrien and Jake progresses also felt rushed and uninteresting. There were a couple of moments where I thought I’d finally figured out the groove of the story, but really only one moment at the end made a lasting impact on me. This is largely due to the length, or lack there of, of this book. I think there was too much crammed in and not enough room to really expand on it.

It’s okay, just not what I was hoping for. Maybe we’ll get a new fully length novel in the future where issues with Jake’s family, Adrien’s family, and all the things in between can be addressed. I hope so… I’d like to see these thing expanded on and really fleshed out. Until then, I think I’ll go back and listen to the audio books for the rest of the series.


A distinct voice in gay fiction, and the bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure, and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.”

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads All Time Favorite M/M Author Award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Can’t get enough Josh? You can contact her via E-mail. If that’s not enough Josh, why not check out:
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


2 thoughts on “Book Review by Kristie: So This is Christmas, by Josh Lanyon

  1. Aww, I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you. I loved it so much but I just love the whole series in general, so it was kind of a given that I would enjoy it. Oh well, tomorrow is another book day 🙂


    • Thanks honey. I did enjoy parts of it… and I could have just said that it was amazing just because of the ending. But that would totally discount all the things I found lacking. If there is an audio of it, which I think there will be, maybe I’ll like it more. The audio books changed my mind on the whole series, so I’ll still give it another chance.


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