M/M Novels

The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks Novel (Series)

Novel: The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Romance

Released: 2008

Part of Book Series: Series – Duology (Book #1)

Summary: His romantic weekend in ruins, shy twenty-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat — and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that’s not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the “Northeast Kingdom” of Vermont? Perry turns to help from “tall, dark and hostile” former navy SEAL Nick Reno — but is Reno all that he seems?

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

This is the first book in the The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks duology. The sequel to this book is called The Ghost had an Early Check-Out.

This book explained the meeting between our main characters Perry Foster and Nick Reno who had been neighbors for a short while but were brought together reluctantly (at first) by unique circumstances. When Perry stumbled upon a dead body in his bathtub, he bumped into Nick and the older guy drew the short straw to go check. Things started getting weird from then on and in the midst of them all, Perry found himself feeling safe whenever Nick was by his side.

In true Josh Lanyon’s fashion, one of the MCs would be an outright dick, but Nick Reno is by far the most caring dick I have seen in his works. He was not as cold hearted or a condescending SOB, at least not toward Perry. The only problem I have with him was he kept referring to Perry as “kid” and convinced himself that he was “cradle robbing” when Perry had told him plainly that he was already twenty-three and they were only about ten years apart.

Perry on the other hand was the least pushover MC and had some good backbone on him. He knew that getting involved with Nick was temporary, and he didn’t whine or pine. Yes, he felt a little lost thinking about life without Nick in the future, but he had accepted the possibility and didn’t want to push his luck. Despite that, I do think Perry rebounded very quickly from Marcel to Nick, but there wasn’t anything real with Marcel in the first place. Still, the confession at the end was rather premature in my opinion since they didn’t spend that much time together.

As usual, the mystery in this book was well thought. I do feel like there were too many bits and pieces to be fitted into a novel of this length, but it worked. Their relationship seemed a bit too fast, but it all made better with the sequel. I recommend reading both books.

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A former otaku, I have retired from manga and anime and found my love in M/M novels. I have a soft spot for angst with happily ever after, but a little critical on cliches. I like uncomplicated stories, a little hint of mystery and crime as well as something that is not too heavy on the drama.

I read and write mostly in English. Unfortunately, since I started late with my English studies, I am still working on it. I'm pretty much well versed in context, but don't count too much on my grammar.