Monday, November 16, 2015

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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.

Review: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is in the realm of possible but all that happens to Jefferson on his trip to Europe is not likely to occur. However, that's half the fun! Using a vintage copy of Esquire Magazine's Europe in Style that his grandpa used around his age, Jefferson takes off to Europe to enjoy London, Paris, and Italy. As soon as he lands in London, something is off. A girl in the airport is insistent that she knows Jefferson and that he owes her something. Jefferson tries to tell himself it's just a mistake, but the girl keeps showing up and soon, Jefferson knows his life is in danger.

Throughout all of this, Jefferson meets up with an old friend named George who now lives in London. George is out and very much okay with his sexuality, but Jefferson wasn't nice to him years ago about it, afraid of his own feelings toward men, so their relationship is a bit strained throughout the book. Eventually more and more feelings and thoughts are shared and the two realize that they both like each other very much, but can they make a relationship work? It's also not the best time to be thinking of commitment when people keep trying to kidnap and shoot Jefferson.

When it comes to the mistaken for a criminal aspect of the book, I thought it was really entertaining. It makes you want to flip through the pages quicker to find out what he heck is going on and if Jefferson will stay safe. Again, it's not something that will happen in everyday life to a normal, average American twenty-something, but it's exciting and interesting nonetheless to read about! I could almost see this one as a film.

As for Jefferson and George, there is a lot of past hurt and questions between the two. You'll surely root for them and want them to work things out, but at the same time, you know why it might not. Lanyon did this very well and I love that the physical moments were sweet and passionate without being overly explicit.

Every time I read a book by Josh Lanyon, I know I need to read even more, so definitely check him out! This book made me want to travel all over Europe - minus criminals chasing me!


Erika Sorocco said...

Okay, I totally want to check this one out - it sounds fab!


Tracy Terry said...

This sounds like one of those intriguing reads which as you say has you turning the pages.

Karen Alderman said...

Oh this sounds fun!

Karen @For What It's Worth

Kindlemom said...

Glad you found a go to author, his reads sound amazing!

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I like the sound of the mystery and all the action, plus the European setting.

Ksenia said...

I love this cover, it has this travel, have fun vibe. I like books which allow readers travel through reading. Lovely review, Lauren!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

I love travel books, and this sounds so interesting! Great review. :)

Joyous Reads said...

Really enjoyed this one! Glad you did, too.

Talk Supe said...

I missed Joy's review, I think, as this is the first time I'm seeing this book. Sounds interesting and how suspenseful! Thanks for the intro!