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The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery

The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery - James Lear

Between 2,5 and 3 stars.

It is my first of [a:James Lear|38335|James Lear|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1214181109p2/38335.jpg] and I think I have to try more of his work to decide if I like his writing or not. Probably I had just a bad timing for [b:The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery|16129225|The Hardest Thing A Dan Stagg Mystery|James Lear|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367340363s/16129225.jpg|21954165].

There is a tiny disadvantage of reading really good books that wowed you - you suffer through a bad book hangover after and compare everything with these books, and the result is mostly not to beneficial to your current read.

I'm still finding myself in hangover state, and it is probably one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I originally hoped.

I have an impression that James Lear couldn't chose between the genres: Was it supposed to be a mystery or a porn or a satire or something else? I don't know. It could be a winner for those readers who think that focusing on a genre gets monotonous. But I expected to find a mystery a là Marshall Thornton or Josh Lanyon, and it was not.

I ought have had better to prepare myself for James Lear's prose, but I like to dive into a new book knowing nothing about it, and I like to develop a new author without any foreknowledge. Sometimes it goes wrong.

You should't pick up James Lear's book if you want in the first place a thrilling MM-mystery. The mystery part here is very illogical and in some situations very unreal, often even very close to absurdity. The way Dan Stagg solves his problems is very...er..unconventional but it works always. You are though on the right place here if your primary goal is a prolific erotica...Because it is rather a sophisticated porn.

I liked the first half of the book much more than the second part. Actually it was pretty good. And there are some really nice made things in the book, like the background story of Will, some funny situations and some sex scenes. But the second part and the ending ruined the story for me. Dan is suddenly bottom and enjoys this new role?!NO. I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between the MCs in the second part and I wasn't very impressed by the first person's POV - normally it is my favourite way of telling. The quantity and the quality of sex scenes in the book rather confused me than aroused. I don't mind if it helps to understand the story, but I don't like it if it brings you away from any sense of reality. It was why I got bored toward the end with the plot, with Dan Stagg and with his chaos of emotions.

Do I recommend it?

Of course! It is easy going, it is fun, and it is entertaining read, in a lowbrow way.

Just be prepared!

P.S. Don't let irritate yourself by the cover! This model has nothing to do with Dan Stagg. My Dan Stagg looks like Jason Statham.