The Hell You Say

The Hell You Say

Josh Lanyon / Jun 01, 2020

The Hell You Say After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats owner Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult a hot and handsome university professor and his on again off again rela

  • Title: The Hell You Say
  • Author: Josh Lanyon
  • ISBN: 9780595385126
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, owner Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on again off again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan.

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    About "Josh Lanyon"

      • Josh Lanyon

        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 Granted, that was yesterday.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 Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the M M Group Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Favorite M M Author Lifetime Achievement award Josh is married and lives in Southern California.


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    1. Dear Jake Riordan, You are a diiiiiiickkkkk with a capital "D"Adrien= doormat who accepts Jake's $hit and doesn't make a stink about itJake= selfish assholeMe= livid that I give a crap, livid that I'm addicted to this infuriating series!I'm sorry but this is not a romance series. This is a glimpse inside an abusive, dissatisfying relationship that serves as the evil background for the fascinating mystery writing. I'm most concerned about (view spoiler)[the fact that Jake and Adrien have unprotec [...]


    2. Review completed January 23, 2013"This symbol is a seal. A personal signature representing a demon. A high-ranking demon."I certainly didn't want any low-ranked demons loitering about the place. "So…what does that mean? I've been cursed?"I assured him all was cool, although I couldn't help wondering: If God works in mysterious ways, why shouldn't the Devil seek temporary employment in a mystery bookstore?The Hell You Say is the third book in the Adrien English series. Our hero, Adrien English, [...]


    3. My life will never be the same'Cause deeply closeted cop, you came and changedThe way I walk, the way I talkI cannot explain the things I feel for youBut homophobic Jake, you know it's trueAt least that was how it was SUPPOSED to go. The Hell You Say? What The Hell, you mean. Seriously, what the hell Detective Jake Riordan?!I thought I would just lie down on the sofa this Sunday - since Holland is completely snowed in anyway - with a gigantic mug of hot chocolate and indulge in Adrien and Jake, [...]


    4. Jake Riordan: Total heartbreaker;Source of considerable grief & distress;But a more complex person than the douchebag I thought he’d be;i.e. I might not have to punch him in the larynx after all.(Uh, please do not mistake the above for my awkward attempt at poetry.)(view spoiler)[Although it's been clear from the beginning that Jake is deep in the closet -- it becomes explicit in this novel just how actively Jake is lying to everyone in an attempt to protect the secret of his sexuality: th [...]


    5. Re-read 8/8/17 and many other times :PChances are if you are reading this review, you have already read book 1 and 2. If you haven't go back !! You need to start with the first book and believe meese books are worth the read, don't let this review scare you off :PThat saidis book pissed me off so freaking bad I hate Jake so very very much !!!I have known that Jake is deep deep into the closet since book 1. I also know that he is a coward and a cheat. I hated him for all of this, but he was hones [...]


    6. My thoughts on Jake:My thoughts on Adrien:And yet I'm hooked. It's like a train wreck. I just can't look away. Yes, they're highly dysfunctional and should probably run as far away from each other as possible (especially Adrian, because fuck Jake). But I want to see exactly how messed up they can get. Am I delighting in a fictional character's misery? Probably.Also, their adventures are entertaining. While I thought that there were a few too many characters and potential suspects in 'The Hell Yo [...]


    7. Jake is a self serving, closeted bastard who treats Adrian like shit and then has the nerve to put his hands on him and threaten him? This guy has absolutely no redeeming qualities. None. Who told me to read this series again?Okayoff to read book fourI am such a sucker for punishment.


    8. Jake can try Try and try Something will always betray his "I'm not gay" fake life I love the book, hate Jake, and pity Adrien I don't thing I should say more. Why? I must write a quick review. I can't wait to read more! Already starting:-)5 stars


    9. Written May 28, 20144 Stars - Another interesting nicely solved mystery but also some heartbreaking sad momentsBook #3I'm an impatient reader these days and just couldn't wait to continue to read (listening to) the further adventures for our dear hero, Adrien English. ~ I really liked the second partA Dangerous Thing (4.3 stars), and at last started Adrien & Jack's love story in tiny small small steps.Will it be more steamy nice moments and a lovely nice development on their way (hopefully) [...]


    10. This is the best installment in the series so far. The writing was, as always, excellent, the mystery was solid, the story paced, the characterisation strong. Just the fact that I didn't end up hating Jake's guts even though he behaved like a dbag almost throughout this book speaks volumes about the author's skill. He managed to make me understand Jake's side, his (re)actions, his hang-ups. He made Jake's douchebaggery bearable. And for that alone he deserves my five stars.



    11. New name for this book titled: Lanyon wants to set you on a murderous, rampaging path in life.What is this book? What is this? How do I rate this? I was torn between 1 (because of rage) and 5 (because of emotions) but I gave myself some time to cool my jets and here I am at a comfortable 4.I almost threw my iPad, and since my iPad is like a child to me, I'll admit I had some anger issues reading this book. So, there's lots of spoilers and swearing below this point. Danger, danger.First off, I'd [...]


    12. Could it be SatanChristmastime in LA with Adrien playing his own Cloak and Dagger. When dead bodies start appearing bearing the markings of ritual sacrifice and everyone starts acting squirrelly, Adrien is thrust into the case. There's a slew of personal upheaval as every segment of Adrien's life gets put through the ringer simultaneously, from work to family to love. This is pretty angsty and readers get another ride on the Adrien/Jake rollercoaster, which really isn't fun. You can't tell someo [...]


    13. Lanyon’s put a curse on me! It would seem I like this sleuthing thing.These murder mystery stories are NOT my thing. Sure, I like all the intrigue and deducing as a side plot but this series is way too heavy on the whodunit element, and yet I find myself trapped and spellbound devouring every word. Yep, totally cursed I tell you!There is so much going on here: kidnapping, satanic cults, multiple murder investigation, a lesson in the occult, Wiccan craft, sex magic, candle magic and demonology [...]


    14. Sad.That's how I feel after reading Adrien's third adventure.The story is just the right mix of suspenseful and creepy. A Satanic cult is out to kill people as human sacrifices and Adrien (no surprise there) manages to draw the cult's attention to himself and the people around him. 'Extremely closeted' asshole cop Jake is in charge of the case and does his best to hide any connection Adrien has to the case - and more importantly to him.Despite the awesome plot and many quirky characters, I was l [...]


    15. ”It was harder to avoid demons in dreams—especially when they were your own.”It is official Adrien has driven me to drink! The Hell You Say, book three in the Adrien English Mystery series filled my heart and soul with such longing, sadness, and hollowed out hope. Not sure I’ll be able to convey the power of this ache in my chest, but I have never wanted to hug a fictional character more in my life.It’s Christmas time, which for Adrien English means garland, twinkling lights, and of co [...]


    16. 3rd Reread (audio) - 10/23/16__________________________4.5 stars***Audio edition re-read!***I'm bumping this another half star for the perfection that is the narration by Chris Patton. Perfection I tell you!__________________________________________The Hell You Say is the third -- and possibly my favorite -- installment of the Adrien English Mysteries. I adore Adrien’s voice in these books but if he doesn’t stop sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong the phrase "curiosity killed the cat [...]


    17. So freaking PISSED!!!!!!!Off to read the next one. Lets just see how he plans to get back in my good graces. Hah! Like THAT will ever happen! Stupid freaking closeted assholes are stupid! *angry face*


    18. 4.5 starsMight be spoilerish.Josh Lanyon is the master of the unsaid word. The Italians have a thing called 'Vedo Non Vedo' which translates in something like Seeing, Not Seeing, and it conveys the message that a partial nude with strategically placed clothing engages more the mind and imagination. If the imagination needs to work more, there is more engagement on behalf of the participant. Lanyon is the master of this in book writing. The achy desperation conveyed so subtly and quietly in this [...]


    19. Utterly riveting and fantastic. I loved the entire series, but this is the book that had the greatest impact on me. Major Spoilers: (view spoiler)[fairly early in the book, Jake informs Adrien that his girlfriend is pregnant. The news is shattering enough at the time, a bitter reminder of something that Adrien and the reader have allowed themselves to forget because of our affection for Jake Riordan. But Kate exists: through no fault of her own, she has been, to borrow Lanyon’s metaphor, a sil [...]


    20. 3,5 starsThe good news:There are two great things in The Hell You Say- the writing and Adrien English. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]And the fact that I'm not able to put this series aside and pick something different for a change speaks for itself.Though I didn't like it as much as I like the first two books. And there are some simple explanations for it:There was more mystery than I can tolerate, and there was not enough romance here for my taste. The healthy balance between mystery and love [...]


    21. The Hell you Say is the third book in the Adrien English Mysteries and I can say I now fully understand the obsession some people seem to have with this series. Not that I didn't like the first two books, I did. But this one I LOVED! I love Josh Lanyon's writing. It's witty and engaging. It evokes emotion without being overly dramatic. Adrien doesn't spell out his feelings or his heart ache for the reader. The angst, the pain, the loneliness it's there, but it isn't overdrawn. And yet it's still [...]



    22. The series just gets better as it progresses, I have a real fondness for these two and get deeply pulled into their highly dysfunctional relationship! Jake and Adrien hit rocky ground and their future is shaky but you just know that there's a lot more to come between them. Another complex plot, quirky characters, Adriens unique snark and Jakes brooding! Hubble , bubble , toil and trouble Love these books. Even better a second time around.


    23. Rating 4.5 starsThis series hurts me. It hurts me and I love it for that fact. See, I am a self-proclaimed angst whore and I live for stories like this. A few months back, I wasn’t sure I was going to read this series even though I wanted to. The reaction it gets from readers is intense but I had to see for myself and well…So this takes place a few months after book two ends. Adrien and Jake are doing okay in their one foot – meaning Jake – in the closet relationship. I know, I KNOW I sh [...]


    24. I cannot believe I'm rating this five stars. But I am. I got pissed off, sad, then enjoyed some witty, snarky Adrien remarks. And then got pissed off again. And yes. Ended the book royally pissed off.I hate what Jake did to Adrien, but I know there is way more to him that what meets the eye. So I am trying very hard to understand him, even if I know I don't have all the cards to read him right, yet. I hate that Adrien just Lets Jake do his Jake thing But when you really think about it, does he? [...]


    25. Another great Murder Mystery. Again this is light on romance, but still manages to keep me interested. The relationship between Jake and Adrien is so compelling. I know I should be appalled at Jakes attitude, and I certainly wanted to smack him towards the end of this book, but I can’t help but root for him still. The mystery part worked well for me, but then I rarely guess the whodunits lol. Hopefully Guy will not be around for long in the next book. I just don’t like him, but if he can get [...]


    26. I'm really torn about these books. I want to LOVE them, but I'm never entirely that entertained, or enamored, by them. However, after ending each one, I quickly purchase, download, and consume the next in the series. (clearly I'm the problem here! ha!)"The Hell You Say", book 3 of the Adrien English series was OK. By book 3, I've come to like and be loyal to our lead, Adrien. And by book 3, I think the author has found his voice with Adrien. Adrien is sharper, funnier, and stronger now."'There a [...]


    27. These books are compulsively readabled I can't quite figure out why. Meaning, the mystery is so-so (again) and while there were some great moments between Adrien and Jake, overall things didn't go smashingly for our heroes. And yet I enjoyed the ride. I have to chalk it up to the writing. It flows so well that I can't help but keep reading. Maybe Josh Lanyon has cast some spooky spell on me. The plot was 3.5 stars but I'm compelled enough to read the next book right away so I'm rounding up to 4 [...]


    28. Re-read July 2016Good ridance, Jake, you fucker! I want to punch you in the throath! Repeatedly! With a hammer! Man, if you were a real person, I would cut off your balls and shove them up your ass!!!


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