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Don’t Look Back Novel

Novel: Don’t Look Back

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genres: Mystery, Crime

Released: 2009

Part of Book Series: Standalone

SummaryHe was chuckling, a deep, sexy sound as he pushed Peter back on the satiny cushions. Was this for real? Was he going to go through with it? Peter blinked up as his tie was unfastened, tossed aside, his shirt unbuttoned, laid wide. The evening breeze — scented of smog and jasmine — felt cool against his overheated skin, like the lightest breath…

Peter Killian, curator at Constantine House in Los Angeles, wakes in the hospital to find himself accused of stealing a tenth century Chinese sculpture. Peter knows he’s not a thief — but that’s all he knows. Why is hot and handsome Detective Mike Griffin so sure he’s guilty — and so hell-bent on seeing Peter arrested?

And why is Peter having these weird dreams about an unseen lover who somehow reminds him uncomfortably of Michael Griffin?

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

Interesting story from Josh Lanyon. Don’t Look Back had my attention from the first pages. A theft? An attack? Loss of memory? I was just as curios as Peter was to find out what happened. Well, the matter was more urgent for Peter.

Apart from the theft I was curious about Peter’s private life as well, which seemed to be in shambles. A cop who obviously knew more than he let on, a married best friend who he had feelings for, and being accused of theft? So much happening already.

I enjoyed reading how everything came together and how Peter managed to figure out what the people around him meant to him. Trying to make sense out of his own life was very interesting to me. Peter had to investigate himself and he did a pretty good job.

I would like to think the outcome would have been the same even without the amnesia. The conclusions Peter reached in the end had already formed in his mind previous to the attack and I liked him so I don’t want to believe he wouldn’t have had the guts to do what he knew was right, and to grab what he wanted.

I liked Mike too, he was pretty awesome, but I would have also liked more of him. And of him together with Peter. I don’t feel like I spent enough time with the main characters and that’s the only minus from me, because otherwise the novel was great.

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