Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon

Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon

Author:Josh Lanyon [Lanyon, Josh]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: gay mystery gay romance erotic romance los angeles lapd adrien english amateur sleuth glbt closeted cops bookseller big band nazi
Publisher: Josh Lanyon
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Jake seemed thoughtful as we stepped outside the nursing-home’s front doors.

I said, “What do you think?”

“I think he’s pretty lonely, and maybe we’ll have better luck next time.”

“You didn’t think we learned anything useful?”

“We learned plenty that was useful. Mostly between the lines, because what he was telling us was largely a pack of lies.”

“He’s still in love with Jinx Stevens.”

Jake snorted.

“Hey. Call me a crazy romantic. Hale was smitten. He’s still got smite marks all over him.”

Jake was gazing consideringly at the distant freeway. “The traffic’s at its worst now. You want to have dinner up here, or should we start back?”

It had been a good day, a great day, but all at once I was done. Dinner and bed. That was what I wanted. The idea of sitting in a car for another half an hour — let alone two hours or more in traffic — was intolerable.

It must have been there on my face to read, because he said immediately, “No? What’s up?”

“Nothing. I guess I’m more tired than I realized.” I made a face. “You know when you had me call my doctor to make sure I was okay for traveling?”

The lines of his face sharpened. “So help me, Adrien. If you lied about that, I’m going to strangle you.”

“Of course I didn’t lie. But he — my doctor — suggested that if a trip was longer than two hours, it might be a good idea to stay overnight.” He made a smothered sound and stared skyward as though requesting God to stop him from committing a mortal sin. I forged on. “Would you, er, mind if we found a hotel tonight? I’ll pay, obviously.”

He put both hands on his hips and glared at me. “You think it’s just about the money, do you? What about my time? You realize I’ll have to cancel my date for tonight?”

“Your…date?” I regret to say that my shock at the idea was only too obvious, and that was pretty stupid too, because why the hell wouldn’t Jake have a date? Wasn’t I the one who had predicted it’d be all wine, women and — well, wine and song with him for the next decade or so? So why was I stricken at this unsurprising news?

I blinked at him. He stared right back at me, tough and unsmiling, and then a tiny, malicious smile touched his mouth. “Gotcha,” he said.


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