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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....

Title : The Hell You Say
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ISBN : 9780595385126
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Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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The Hell You Say Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-12-22 01:12

    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 unprotected sex (mentioned multiple times) and Jake still banging his "woman" and god knows who else, getting his girlfriend pregnant, and Adrien just TAKING IT!?!?!?!?!? I'm not even going to mention Jake getting physical with Adrien, that is just icing on the cake (hide spoiler)].**DEEP BREATHS, DEEP CALMING BREATHS**I'm going to settle myself down enough to write something coherent. In a minute.ONE MORE MINUTE... STOP PUSHING ME.Okay, okay, I'm ready...First of all, I'll mention that the audiobook for this series is AMAZING. The narrator is spot on, just perfection. He nails every aspect of every character and I think he is instrumental in making me love this series. The mystery is also incredibly well done. I keep guessing and guessing along with Adrien. Josh Lanyon really knows how to write an engaging mystery story and mystery isn't my genre. All in all, book three had me most engaged (see raging above) and the fact that I got so emotionally involved gives this book 4 stars. But Jake better do some freaking hands and knees groveling in the next book or I'll be the one committing murder. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Baba
    2019-01-01 17:05

    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, is a bookstore owner as well as a mystery writer and a part-time amateur sleuth. Adrien's young employee, Angus, is receiving weird and creepy phone calls. The Boy is terrified. Adrien doesn't know a lot about Angus except that he is a student. Angus is finishing up a program at UCLA that seemed to entail plenty of courses in folklore, mythology, and the occult. In fact, Angus is a (view spoiler)[member of a satanic cult. (hide spoiler)] Adrien encourages him to talk to his lover Jake who is a detective and might be able to help him, however Angus declines Adrien's offer. Adrien gives him some money and tells him to take a little vacation until everything blows over. When Adrien is getting strange phone calls and Gabe Savant, a bestselling author who is heavy into the occult goes missing, as well as dead bodies begin to turn up, he starts his 'own' investigation. Savant has uncovered evidence of a real-life, secret cult, an organization which has preyed upon young and naïve people in Los Angeles for the past two decades. Savant planned to expose that cult and its leaders. Hence, while trying to help Angus and Savant, Adrien has set himself up as a target too.(…)and hauled me outside, where I had an up close and personal view of what appeared to be a pentagram drawn in blood on my threshold.If you want to peruse the dark side then read this story. The Hell You Say is not uber creepy but it has its thrilling moments that will make your spine tingle, that's for sure. There is plenty of talk about the occult and Satanism, candle magic, Wiccan etc. Funny thing is, even though the story has a kinda disturbing feel to it I've had to laugh a lot. Believe me it was so much fun! In addition, the cast of secondary characters is vivid and well-developed. You can’t help but love the interaction between Adrien and his somewhat over-protective as well as overbearing mother, Lisa. As always, Lanyon's writing is excellent, smooth, intelligent, witty and very engaging. The plot/mystery is well thought out and will keep you turning the pages. Add in the fact that Adrien is at his snarky best and you have another Lanyon winner."Sure. Tell him Sarah Good called. He knows the number."(…)Sarah Good. One of the first of the Salem witches to be hanged. Cute.Well, on the bright side, at least the kids were getting some history at school."He's a powerful Duke of Hell who commands twenty-six legions. He appears as a beautiful noblewoman riding a great camel. It is his office to tell of all things past, present, and future."My demon was a camel-riding transvestite? The Devil Wears Prada, indeed.Jake RiordanAt 28 % I've had my first WTF moment. Jake and Kate. Kate and Jake. Kate (view spoiler)[is the woman he was sleeping with when he did not sleep with Adrien. And dear ole Jake got her pregnant. (hide spoiler)] Not sure what to tell you. Hell, I mean at 66 % I was fuming when Jake (view spoiler)[told Adrien that he was getting married. WTF?! "This is my chance for a normal life. I'm taking it." (hide spoiler)] Yep, Jake, I have a serious crush on you but take (view spoiler)[your chance for a normal life (hide spoiler)] and go to hell (pun, anyone?). It was beyond words! Jeez, I guess I've had a heart condition too at that very moment. I swear I was close to throw something at him. Although it’s too bad that he is a fictional character and was hiding out in my Kindle.(view spoiler)["I'm not going to apologize. You knew the score going in." (hide spoiler)] Duh? Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Jake, spare me, you…you…that's not well-worded…I can't tell you. Grrrrrr!It's time to make up your mind, Jake!The relationship between Jake and Adrien is very precarious and they have a long way to go yet. Jake telling Adrien he wouldn't compromise an investigation to protect himself was a lie if I ever heard one. Oh, I was furious! Jake, Jake, Jake…you are such a gutless jerk!My friend Lenore told me to cut him some slack. He comes from an Irish Catholic family after all and to top it all off, he is a cop. Poor Jake. *pets* I'm all for honesty and straightforwardness, though. You can't lie for your whole life. You can't deny who and what you are. As a matter of fact, you just can't go on like that. I want Jake to come out to everybody and I want him to live his life and to love the person he was meant to be with in the first place. And (view spoiler)[that's not Kate. (hide spoiler)] Ugh.Rant over. That's all. Oh, wait…The Hell You Say rocked! I'm off reading book 4, Death of a Pirate King.“So, this demon’s seal at a grave site would indicate what? Human sacrifice in exchange for treasure and sexual favors? It sounded like a frat boy’s dream come true.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-01-02 00:33

    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, struggling their way through another entertaining mystery, tentatively and tenderly exploring their feelings for each other. Guess I was out of luck! And I should probably comment on the story itself instead - the mystery was excellent and engaging and Lanyon gets wittier with every new Adrien English installment - but still, The Hell you Say has left me feeling hopeless, like a depressed emo kid. Immediately moving on to Death of a Pirate King to recover seems like a good idea.. *keeping my fingers crossed*.

  • Rosa, really
    2019-01-11 23:34

    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: the police department he takes pride in representing, his parents whose relationship he emulates, his friends (except his police partner, Chan – after all he needs someone to cover his ass), his new fiancée. Himself.Sounds like a worthless jerk, doesn’t he? A cowardly asshole that refuses to live out & proud like Adrien, who he in no way deserves. I thought that would be my reaction – but instead I feel only sympathy.Ok, sympathy with a touch of impatience. I did feel, at times, like giving Jake's head a firm slap while screeching, “Just make us all happy & come out already!” But then I’ve never been in Jake’s position. I don’t know what it’s like to be scared shitless or nervous or relieved or any of the myriad of emotions one might have when they decide (if they ever do) to announce they're gay. But I know what it’s like to lie. I know what it’s like to be different, to feel like an outsider, to fake being something I’m not just to feel like I’m part of the world. To take a drink so I can pretend for a little while that I’m not a socially awkward recluse. I know how it feels to wear that social mask over my heart, to want to believe my own lies so badly they become truth.Whatever kind of lies we tell, big or small, we’re all familiar with the nausea, embarrassment & shame a lie told may cause.Can you imagine the pressure Jake must be under? The man is 40 years old – it’s possible he’s been living a lie for as long as 20 or 25 years. He’s been telling himself that he’s abnormal, his feelings are abnormal, that men who identify as gay are abnormal. He tosses around epithets like “queer” & “fag” as if to remind himself that “that lifestyle” is unacceptable. (As if to remind Adrien of his feelings, as well.)His relationship with Adrien only seems to make it worse – the fact that he’s able make love to another man, touch another man with gentleness. The more proof he has that a life with Adrien is a viable option, the more he pulls away. For 20 years he’s believed that his chosen “normal” path is the only one available to him. A belief that entrenched doesn’t just disappear because you fall in love with a man.Like Adrien says, as Lilia talks about in her awesome review, Jake is living “a profound and cancerous deception.” And that cancerous deception – that denial of who he is – is eating away at his identity. He’s losing himself as the loyal friend, the honest man and the good cop. He falsifies police reports; he’s angry, suspicious & see’s deception & threats everywhere. Finally he turns to physical violence.I don’t have to hate Jake, he hates himself enough.As for Adrien, funny, sweet Adrien…He’s definitely showing more confidence in this novel. He’s starting to realize he’s a competent person, capable of solving a murder, "dodgy heart" & all. Of course, this crime-solving habit of his gets him in a lot of trouble, but he’s able nonetheless. (It probably doesn’t hurt that for once he’s not accused of being the murderer – there’s nothing like a lack of jail time hanging over your head to give one’s self-esteem a boost.)Confidence in his murder-solving skills aside, Adrien's loneliness permeates this novel. He wants to spend Christmas with Jake, he wants to plan vacations with Jake, he wants to hold hands in public, he wants a relationship with Jake. Adrien doesn’t want to spend his life alone. He compares himself to Joseph Hansen (whose books I’ve got to read) at the end of his life:If Hansen was that forsaken at the end, what chance did the rest of us have, especially those who had never quite managed to find someone to share their life? I tried to cheer myself by reflecting that with my heart there was no way I’d make it to eighty anyway. The problem was, I couldn’t imagine feeling much more alone than I did right then.(Patty Griffin’s song “Rain” is mentioned twice in this novel. Watch this youtube video: it explains Adrien’s feelings so well, as well as possibly making you a smidge weepy.)Lanyon just about killed me when, after Jake is hurt, Adrien has to casually walk past his hospital room to see that he’s really alright. What he sees is Jake laughing, surrounded by his family & new fiancée. I think that’s when it really hits him; he can no longer deny that he’s the “other man.” It really haunted me when Adrien mention’s the fiancées full name: Kate Keegan. I think Lanyon must have a whole character work-up on this woman. Just knowing her name made her a real person, who also cares for Jake, and not just another impediment to Adrien & Jake’s happiness. (hide spoiler)]What I love about this series (this particular book), and why I wholeheartedly recommend it, is that all the grief & distress in it are caused by actual problems. There is no angst for the sake of angst. The issues keeping Jake & Adrien apart are complicated and they can’t be solved just by sitting down and having a heart to heart. I truly appreciate the work Josh Lanyon did on this series. To create such complex characters, whose problems with themselves & each other, their inner & outer turmoil – it's so well done. Adrien & Jake's issues dovetail so perfectly.As for the mystery – though I hate to say it – it wasn’t my favorite. I’ve tried to read several novels with a satanic cult as a subplot & my reaction is always the same: meh. If the satanic cult worshiped an actual demon that walked among them – that would be creepy. But a bunch of asshats standing around going, “I smite thee” is not my idea of a good time. Though I did love that Adrien seemed less than impressed as well:A pause followed my greeting. Then, “We’re watching you,” whispered the voice on the other end.“Yeah? Did you see what I did with my keys?Silence. Then dial tone.These younger demons. So easily discouraged.Anyway, Josh Lanyon, with just a pen or a keyboard, succeeded in ripping into my heart in this novel. I’m really counting on him to repair the damage in the next two books. I can’t wait to see how he does it.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-25 00:11

    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 me....these books are worth the read, don't let this review scare you off :PThat said....this 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 honest about how he felt and Adrien knew....he knew all about this.Adrien wants more though...more with Jake. But when Jake is hurt and Adrien goes to the hospital....he comes face to face with Jake's other world.  Adrien finally comes to realize that he doesn't want to be "the other man". He deserves more than that.For the life of me I couldn't understand how Adrien put up with this for so long but as I have said a million  times before...the heart wants what it wants.What pissed me off the most about Jake though, beside him being an asshole of epic proportions, was the way he not only hurt Adrien emotionally, but fucking physically as well !! That's what pushed my anger into pure freaking hate !!Maybe some will say what he did wasn't as extreme, but to me it was. He knows about Adriens condition. In the end I was happy to see his ass go.We all know he will be back though.... But let's hope that when he does, he will be crawling on his hands and knees ....Now my raging review might make it seem like I didn't like the book, but I did, I seriously did. I love a book that makes me feel and this one sure hit that mark !!

  • Adam
    2019-01-20 20:30

    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 You Say', I still enjoyed the ride. Lanyon is a master at murder mysteries.Though I wish Adrien would stop running towards the fire. Refer back to my Judge Judy gif.Plus, Chris Patton's narrations of the audiobooks for this series have been excellent so far. The audiobooks have kept me captivated, maybe even more so than if I were reading these books on a tablet.This book, really this series, is frustrating. The main character is pitiful and his love interest is wholly unlikable. Adrien's tendency to attract murder is baffling. And yet I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Hell You Say'.On to the next one!

  • Susan65
    2018-12-30 18:09

    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? to read book four...I am such a sucker for punishment.

  • Bookwatcher
    2018-12-30 00:28

    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

  • Ingela
    2019-01-05 23:22

    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) to eternal happiness and grand love —maybe even a start for a HEA— in this third book?...No, no, no!! This is the part in this series when I really begin questioning Adrien's whims and emotions for this thick-skinned and so cowardly (deep in the closet) Jake at all. I was mostly angry and disappointed this time.***********************************************************My favorite struggling crime author Adrien English life is an adventure as 'always'. The Christmas holidays approaching and to Adrien's horror and dismay must his, since almost a year, bookstore clerk Angus flee after some terrifying death threats. Oh no, Adrien is yet again in the midst of "something"....again.Pretty soon is there a long line with unexplained unsolved mysteries. ~ A missing famous crime author, a female corpse, his missing clerk, new odd bookstore clerks, threatening girls and a flirting goodlooking university professor. ~ Strange things are happening and they are all pointing at an mysterious Satanic cult.Adriens personal life is also quite chaotic. It's Christmas season and a lot to do in the bookstore, a mom who's getting married, a bunch of 'new' chattering sisters and of course his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan.***********************************************************There isn't much to say about Adrien's relationship with Jake, **sigh!!** ...more than it starts to look like a painfully sad disaster. (view spoiler)[I sincerely hope right now that Adrien will catch sight of someone much better to invest his own emotions, love and energy on. (hide spoiler)]‘He was right. I knew the score. He’d never pretended it was other than it was—whatever the hell that was. I’d never kidded myself there was any chance for us. Well, not often anyway. I guess my mistake had been in believing he was too smart and too honest not to eventually realize… Not his feelings for me—because I didn’t think what he felt for me was that significant—but his own true nature.’ The crime adventure in The Hell You Say was good and exciting as always. There was some new interesting characters. ~ We have to see what this new nice male acquaintance leads to in the next and fourth installment (#4 - Death of a Pirate King).***********************************************************I warn you; You have to be more than just patience. You will have to wait quite a long time for some proof of these two MC's possible future together. When you at last get a few yummy and smexy moments is it just so wonderful nice. (view spoiler)[...But will it be more of that now? I don't know. ~ Jack is for sure not my favorite book hero for the moment.(hide spoiler)]In between, you'll enjoy adventurous hunts for cruel murderer (a bit in true Film Noir spirit), odd people, fun acquaintances, sharp sarcastic comments and of course Adrien's hilarious inner dialogue. He is in any case a true hero.***********************************************************These Adrien English Mystery books may be more of hard-boiled crime novels, than steamy sweet M/M romances - but "yeah" they are so [email protected] great to read. ~ And of course listening to (perfect 'crime voice' narrated by Chris Patton)Highly recommended if you like to solve mysteries mixed with "guys who loves guys".I LIKE - yap, although I now have a broken heart~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ...highly recommended: The Adrien English Mystery ~ Josh Lanyon's 5 part series#1 - Fatal Shadows (4.3 stars)#2 - A Dangerous Thing (4.3 stars)#3 - The Hell You Say (4 stars)#4 - Death of a Pirate King (x stars)#5 - The Dark Tide (x stars)...and don't miss the opportunity to listening to the audio books with the splendid narrator Chris Patton.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lenore
    2018-12-27 01:34

    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.

  • Jenni
    2019-01-08 17:07

    Jake Riordan is a stinking bastard. Yep. That's my review.

  • Natasha
    2018-12-21 21:17

    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 like to extend a personalized message to Jake Riordan:Run fast and run hard, motherfucker, because if you were a real person I would hunt down your whole family on and ruin your entire linage. Great. Now that that's out of the way, I can move on (but will likely revisit this issue later).The writing. Fantastic, as per usual. Lanyon really drew me into the relationship on this one. I guess it is book 3 so I should be somewhat invested. The story was very interesting but to be honest... I didn't retain as much of the story line as I did the romance. The "romance" and the situation between Adrien (with an "e") and Jake was too intense, and then add Guy and I was pretty much frantic.But yes, cults... rituals.. demons.. missing people... dead people. All awesome elements to a really sweetass story.God, Adrien, you idiot. You lovable, fantastic idiot. Stop helping out sketchy people. Trust your damn gut. Listen to your jackass cop boyfriend, and for god's sake, stop running a muck like a turkey in the rain (would this make a good book series? No, obviously not, but I feel the need to express my frustration with him). He's too kind sometimes and I love him for it... wouldn't change a thing. But sometimes I just want to shake him and be like "SNAP OUTTA THIS BRO!"My jaw dropped when you said you were involved with someone else. Your "boyfriend" isn't. Well, he is, it's just not you. You're the other woman. But you're not a woman, you're a man. You're gay and your boyfriend hates gays and hates you and hates himself. Just date the god damn pipe-smoking prof and have a long, sane life. Please, god, please.Guy was such a cool character. Such a cool guy. I really liked the addition of him into the story. He seems smart and into the same kinds of things that Adrien is. He's attractive and listens to Adrien but also supports him and seems genuinely caring. And most of all... UNASHAMED. I'm really looking forward to reading more of him in the next book and I hope that nothing happens that makes me dislike him.I had to take a break from this book after finishing it. I want to know more, learn how Adrien plans to forgive Jake for Kate Fucking Keegan, but I don't think my weak little heart can put up with it right now. I will definitely be picking up this series again soon, but not tonight. I need to be able to sleep without picking a fictional character in a pool of his own blood and tears. I really liked Jake, maybe I will in the future, just not tonight. Or probably not tomorrow. (Sorry to my Jake loving friends! I love you... but not him)Final thoughts:If you read my review up until this point, you probably seen this coming.Parting "words" to Jake Riordan concluding this book:

  • Vivian
    2019-01-11 21:27

    Could it be Satan...Christmastime 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 someone that they deserve better; they ain't gonna listen. The heart wants what it wants. This was well written and engaging. A bit on the hyperbolic side, but when you invite Satan in, it's bound to be hairy. Overall, a most satisfying addition to the series. 3.5 rounded up to 4 because Adrien's adorable and slightly crazy, which I can appreciate. <<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>==<<>>Oh my! Secret Santa came early this year!Thank you, SS!

  • Shelley
    2018-12-29 18:11

    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 one on one. Phew - it's nuts!Adrien once again sets himself up as a target for the bad guys, the demons, the cops and yes ... the heartbreak too. Plus there is a whole cast of new characters that seem set to remain for the duration of the series. While all this is going on, the Jake and Adrien saga reaches a final tipping point. The witty narrative is welcome in the face of darkness and drama's. I found (to my surprise) the subject matter fascinating and it holds my attention – up to a point. I didn’t feel I needed to know everyaspect of ALL the occult’s in order to understand what was happening here. Jeez, just the bare arsed bones would have sufficed.That said; the story is brilliantly crafted in true Lanyon style, well researched and full of angst ridden suspense. Adrien’s growing paranoia is most contagious with the introduction of so many new characters, and I found myself judging EVERYONE as a potential dodgy suspect, and believe me, everyone seems guilty. It’s bloody exhausting this sleuthing.Now let’s deal with the huge elephant in the room: ADRIEN & JAKE!(view spoiler)[I knew it was coming; I’d have to have my head screwed on backward to NOT know, but dammit all to hell, Lanyon still manages to land some stinging slaps and a nasty punch to the gut. Adrien knows about the other woman and has done for a long time. WTF! I am stunned! I thought he would walk if he ever had confirmation. He’s so nonchalant in this that I can’t help thinking – ‘Who the hell are you?’ I want to shake him and slap him upside the head!How can he be the bit on the side? How can he do that to another woman? Yes, I see Kate as a victim here. They are both a victim of Jakes cruel and selfish behaviour. Jake doesn’t even use a condom with either of them! WTF!!! Is he insane?! Why can’t Adrien see that he is worth more than a fuck on a Monday and Wednesday night behind closed and bolted doors!?Why can’t Kate ( a cop) deduce what her lover is up to on a Monday and Wednesday night? What about the S&M stuff? I bet he hasn’t given that up either! Of course he hasn’t, he’s way too self-centred to see what damage he’s doing to people’s hearts, let alone give up control of that!So why do I still find myself feeling an empathy for Jake? It’s obvious that he is torn and suffering but determined to stay buried in denial. "How could he deny who he was? How could he choose to live such a profound and cancerous deception?" - Cos he’s a twit who’s scared of YOU Adrien as much as his own sexuality. That’s why!Bravo Mr Lanyon, how you manage to influence me against my better judgement and gut instinct is a testament to your skill. I should hate Jake, but I cannot. I prefer to feel sorry for him and to be angry with him.I’m glad Jake’s gone, he doesn’t deserve Adrien. I want him to go and play happy families, go live his normal life. I give him 6 months before he’s knocking on Adriens’ door again. I hope Adrien moves on, not with Guy though … he’s a bit of a sleazy douche and not good enough for Adrien, and I don’t trust him. I feel sad, bitter and angry about the outcome of this relationship but I also feel relieved … for now. Cos it ain’t over yet, is it?(hide spoiler)]Once again I am totally in awe of this author’s talent. This is probably the strongest book so far in terms of writing, plot and characterisation. Fabulous stuff!Moving onto the next right now!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Martin
    2019-01-03 20:19

    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 left feeling sad and subdued by the end.While I wanted to run Jake through a meat grinder during the book, Adrien's overall attitude of life saddened me deeply.Not only did he allow Jake to play with his feelings after 9 months of having 'something' (apparently not a 'relationship') with him, he accepted every blow Jake dealt him with a Jesus-like attitude of accepting his fate in silence.Any friends he might have had to share the troubles of his personal life with are either dead (thanks to book one) or turn out to be Satanists and murderers, leaving Adrien alone in his apartment above his bookstore, wishing for someone gentle who welcomes him home each night and is just there for him.Adrien is the most adorable guy: Handsome, smart, humorous and a talented and curious hobby investigator, even though his writing endeavors seem to be on the back burner in this story. More importantly, he's loyal and faithful, even when he has to assume his 'lover' isn't.Still he feels that people always drop him and he seems to think that his medical condition is a reason for this. Apparently his previous boyfriends were scared of one day having to care for an invalid.That totally breaks my heart.True enough, though, that Adrien is digging an early grave for himself with his special type of hobby, given his problem (or his mother...)I need to continue with book 4 right away, hoping that I finally get to see Jake suffer and crawl back to him on all fours. I hope Adrien finally stands up for what he wants and doesn't just swallow everything with a subdued "Okay."This story totally riles me up...Still 5 stars for a character that really made it into my heart and whom I want to see happy and loved. He sure deserves it.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 17:19

    ”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 course—dead bodies galore! :) Toss in a gaggle of girls, witches, demons, wedding talk, heartache, and a few of Satan’s minions—our sleuthing mystery writer has his hands full once again. This is my favorite mystery so far in the series, but I have always been a sucker for the black-candled-666-cualdron brand of fun and crazy. Never fails to captivate my imagination and sadden me a bit, when lost souls turn to the underworld for leadership, guidance and fashion accessories. This adventure is filled to the brim with devilish humor, new characters at every turn, and shocking developments with some of our favorite sidekicks. But for me, the true awe inspiring star of the show here is Josh Lanyon’s writing quietly tugging at my heartstrings.”The friendly bump of noses, the flickering of eye lashes, the slow, quiet exchange of breaths.”Mr. Lanyon can go from such silent, soft tenderness and pain to wickedly witty and hilarious in a blink of an eye. The tone, humor, and emotion are there on the page—not hidden, but just so quiet and subtle. You won’t realize you were jabbed in the heart until your eyes sting and water. Beautiful, bittersweet power pours out of every page, word, gesture, or non-gesture. But once again what is not said here is the true punch to the heart and gut. An emotional reading experience like no other. Now on to the oh-so frustrating romance between Adrien and Jake. I wanted to shake both of them—snap out of it! One so scared to ask for more, for what he deserves and the other so terrified to show his true self and risk more. Heartbreaking and painful in a composed, quiet sort of dig-my-heart-out-with-a-spoon type of way. It was as if they were both waiting for the relationship to blow up or break. Both so scared to say anything that might shatter and end their time together. Just hoping… Oh, look what I did. I made this all sound so hopeless and sad, but truly Adrien’s world has become my home away from home. His humor balances the pain and mystery perfectly pulling smirks, grins, and laughs out of me. I love spending time with Adrien surrounded by characters, books, and mystery. He feels like an old friend at this point. :)Off for more mystery….I had to leave at least one giggle:”There are things you don’t understand.Well, yeah, starting with the popularity of reality TV and moving on down to adult men who wear Capri pants.” :)

  • Breann
    2018-12-29 18:32

    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" is going to have a very personal meaning to him.Adrien’s employee, Angus, has been receiving threatening phone calls while at work. These phone calls seem to be coming from a satanic cult that Angus is a part of. Instead of going to the police, Adrien offers to help pay for Angus to disappear for a while. After Angus is gone the Satanists come looking for him at Adrien’s bookstore. Adrien, being himself, can’t leave the problem to the police (i.e. Jake -- bleh.) but decides to try and investigate a Satanic cult all on his own. When dead bodies start turning up the police have to get involved and they are not too happy to find Mr. Adrien English in the middle of yet another murder scandal. I just love Adrien's curiosity and determination. He doesn't leave any stone unturned and when he thinks he finds a lead he is convinced that he has cracked the case. Then to find out that it lead to nowhere. It’s refreshing to see a character with flaws, who doesn't always know the answer right away, or ever. I did have some (read: many) issues with Jake. I really want to really like him. I did at first and almost felt sorry for him. He has such a deep hatred for his love of the dick and it makes me want to sing and dance for him "YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY BABY!"^^I LOVE THIS WOMAN^^During the investigation, Adrien did meet the supposedly sexy (he was described as kind of looking like Prof. Snape...) Guy. Adrien somehow convinced Guy to follow him in his "let's pretend I'm a PI" shenanigans. They seem to hit it off and I can sense romance in the next book. Maybe some seething jealousy will help Jake see what is right in his face.I really enjoy this series and can't wait to see the trouble Adrien finds for himself in the coming books. It’s sure to be full of fantastic fun and hopefully an HEA for our inquisitive hero.

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-01-01 20:24

    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*

  • Sofia
    2019-01-21 21:35

    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 book is heart breaking. I had read that the 3rd book was going to be difficult and it is. Aaaghh it is painful. Adrien and Jake are making me cry. Adrien in the painful position of being the other 'man'. Being the other man or woman is no easy thing, always on the side, the loneliness, the anxiety, the insecurity. Then the heart ache of the breakup. Lanyon re-woke in me that desperate feeling you get after a break up and left me with an ache in my stomach.I do not envy Jake for one bit, the self hate he lives with, the anger, the desperation the duplicity he must enact, . I hate him for this while feeling sad for him at the same time.There is no way in hell that I am not going on to the fourth book, with my heart in my hands, wish I did not have to work today.

  • Lilia Ford
    2018-12-23 00:22

    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 silent cancer, and in this volume the disease finally blooms into stage-four destructiveness. It is a measure of my investment with these characters that I found myself divided between numb horror and agonized heartbreak when Jake tells Adrien he’s getting married. Lanyon’s writing here is gut-wrenching:He was right. I knew the score. He’d never pretended it was other than it was--whatever the hell that was. I’d never kidded myself there was any chance for us. Well, not often anyway.I guess my mistake had been in believing he was too smart and too honest not to eventually realize…Not his feelings for me--because I didn’t think what he felt for me was that significant--but his own true nature. How could he deny what he was? How could he choose to live such a profound and cancerous deception? I don’t think I’d ever understood closeting before this book: this is not a harmless or humorous secret; it is a soul-destroying disease, a hideous betrayal of those things that should be most precious, which in Jake’s case reaches its ugly apogee when he physically knocks Adrien to the ground, one of the more disturbing scenes I’ve ever read. The parallel with a sociopathic murderer is not as strained as one might think. For someone as fundamentally honest as Jake Riordan to live that kind of deception is the real perversion: that he fails to understand this is both believable and frightening. And though Lanyon doesn’t dismiss the bigoted aspects of our society that impel someone to make such a choice, in the end he places the responsibility squarely on Jake.(hide spoiler)]The later two volumes wrap up their story beautifully, but this book stands out for forcing me to understand on a visceral level something I’d never had to face before.

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-01-08 18:09

    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 story that I've admired in the fist books was destroyed.There was not enough of Jake, or better to say, there were just 2-3 scenes where Adrien and Jake were TOGETHER. By themselves.I can say now for sure that I prefer the mystery of ancient legends and old tales of the book2 to the mystery of occultism and Satanism of The Hell you Say.I was bored with all this stuff. Honestly. I can't understand hatred toward Jake of most readers. I feel only pity for him. You won't be happy living in a growing web of lies. And I hope he'll understand it very soon. Not because of Adrien, but first of all because of himself. And I hope I can get more of the romance between Adrien and Jake in the next instalment!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mel
    2018-12-24 01:28

    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 very palpable and heart breaking. I really felt for Adrien in this book. Besides that: I think I'm the odd one out, but I liked the mystery more than the previous book's mystery story line. I understand other readers' comments about Adrien doing stupid stuff. But I don't agree. Sure he's careless and he doesn't always make the most wise decisions, but it's needed for the story. We can't have Adrien sitting at home, being a good boy and waiting for the police to handle things. Same thing like we can't have Adrien having post traumatic stress disorder, regular nightmares, being in shock... what with the killed friends and the shootings, the death threats and intimidations he all had to endure. We simply wouldn't have a story if Adrien were to do what every other sensible person would do. All in all, this was a great book (4,5 stars, rounding it up to 5) and I'm already on to the next!

  • Josh
    2019-01-04 00:18

    Third in the Adrien English series. Demons, death threats and Christmas shopping, oh my!

  • Macky
    2019-01-19 23:29

    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.

  • Sara
    2019-01-03 00:12

    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 should hate Jake for that, but I can’t. Not yet. I have a thing for the boys in the closet and the bits that Jake gives of himself to Adrien just kill me. I mean, how the hell does reading two sex scenes in this book make me break down and cry into my pillow so I don’t wake the man sleeping next to me? How would I explain that an act, so intimate and so seemingly foreign for Jake, when he does it and doesn’t expect nor want reciprocation, turns me into a sobbing girl? JHFC, yeah I was a mess and those moments are why I adore the holy hell out of him.Now I will admit, I did want punch Jake in the nards a few times with the shit he pulls but WHY does Adrien put up with it? I mean, he is a grown man and I know his feelings are strong with Jake but, FFS dude! Man up and do something about your non-relationship!I won’t bore you with a review of the story, this has been out for a bit, but I will say that this was the best mystery of the three books so far. I loved the layering with Angus and then meeting the handsome Guy Snowden. The whole occult business was fun and the bits of true Los Angeles history throughout the story really had my heart squeezed twice. Once again, Lanyon writes local and the small inclusion of the Beltane holiday had me in full swoon mode. *whispers* Beltane is my birthday. Yeah, I was born on an important pagan holiday where they dance naked around a fire under the full moon… if that doesn’t say something about me… *grins*Adrien, while I think you are a bit of a doormat at times, I loved how strong you also were in this. You have come into your own and your wit is stunning. I highlighted so many one liners you tossed out because they were too good not to remember, as if I could forget. Back to the story, I admit to skimming the mystery parts of the first books to get to the Jake and Adrien good stuff but this one, I read every last word. What I thought was going to happen, never happened and what did happened was all twisty and good. But then, then we get to the other stuff and that bit in the bookstore with Jake and Adrien… I still can’t form a proper thought on how angry and hurt I am at that. I mean, I get Jake to a point. I do. I understand his survival mode he goes in to but that? It hurt everyone in that scene and by everyone that includes me. Yeah, Jake. You hurt me.So, the mystery has been solved and we are where we are with Jake and Adrien. Or well you know… you know? Ugh. I can’t say I hate Jake yet, I don’t think that will ever happen but I am disappointed in him, beyond the beyond I am disappointed. I know he loves Adrien, the things he does when he lets go shows me that but good lord, knock the shit off will you Riordan? I have a heart problem too… don’t break it.Please.

  • Gaby
    2019-01-17 22:05

    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? He does stand up for himself and in his very Adrien-ish way, he does call Jake on his bullshit... Most of the times anyway. What I see is a man who actually sees the man behind the mask, so he's being as patient as possible... Even though we know how that ended.. For now, One thing - I do not appreciate cliffhangers. I was planning on reading another book and then continue my Adrien journey, and that will not be possible. Because the imbecile of Guy is on the freakin' phone as we speak!!! And I need to stop him! Gah!I hate Guy, I know my dislike of the guy (Hahahaha) is completely unjustified, (or is it?)... I want him gone. At the same time I want Jake to see more of him, though. Only a bit. The mystery part was not my favorite. This could've been a topic I would have loved, and while it was worked pretty well. There was something that didn't quite made it for me. I still enjoyed it a lot.Now, on to the next one.God help me. And to the book I was going to read: I'm so SO SO sorry. I promise I'll get to you soon.PS. I would have loved to see a bit more of Jake, but at the same time i liked how the book worked out like this.

  • Deeze
    2019-01-18 21:12

    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 Jake moving in the right direction ie: towards Adrien, then I guess he will have had a use lol. I am so glad I have all the books in this series as I would be extremely frustrated if I couldn’t continue to read straight away. ETAI am struggling to remember why I rooted for Jake.

  • Susan
    2018-12-25 00:26

    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 are things you don't understand.' 'Well, yeah, starting with the popularity of reality TV and moving on down to adult men who wear Capri pants.'" Hysterical.I've disliked Jake, and his deeply closeted, thus, deeply selfish ways, from the beginning. He is, in my mind, despicable and doesn't deserve Adrien at all. There were some painful, heartbreaking moments in their relationship in this book, culminating in a realization on Adrien's part:"How could he deny who he was? How could he choose to live such a profound and cancerous deception?" At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these books are almost TOO heavy on mystery (the entire satanism storyline got really dense and convoluted...borderline ridiculous) and definitely TOO light on romance. But, I continue to invest more and more into Adrien so I'll read on...

  • Anna(Bananas!)
    2018-12-30 18:23

    These books are compulsively readable...and 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 for the whole experience. I want to know what happens to these two.

  • Natalia
    2019-01-17 17:16

    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!!!