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Mexican Heat

By Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon

Crime, Thriller, Law Enforcement

Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli -- including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli's hired guns. But Gabriel's best laid plans may come crashing down around him when he falls hard for Antonio Lorenzo, the sexy, suave lieutenant of a rival Mexican drug lord.  Turns out Antonio may have a few secrets of his own: secrets that could destroy both men and the fragile bond between them.

Mexican Heat is a collaboration by long-time M/M favorites Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon.

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Mexican Heat’s heart-pounding action becomes heart-warming emotion by the end. Its two parts blend perfectly to make one outstanding story.  Gabriel is very guarded and yet Ortega sees right through him. He sees what Gabriel wants and maybe more importantly, what he needs. He pushes Gabriel, which is how, in part two, he won my heart. His unwavering loyalty and love for Gabriel is awe-inspiring. Mexican Heat is action-packed, thrilling, and full of twists and turns. It has very hot sex, intense emotion, and an angst-filled romance. Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach have penned a story that is impossible to put down until its dramatic ending. Once done, it’s impossible to stop thinking about. I’m looking forward to more from this dynamic duo.
Joyfully Reviewed - A Joyful Recommendation
Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon have written a powerful, multifaceted story that illustrates their undoubted skill as writers and demonstrates why their books are so highly regarded. Their blended "voice" is unique and new and although there are elements of their individual writing style, highlighted by the wonderful prose in this book, Mexican Heat is completely different from anything either author has published before.
Reviews by Jessewave Rating: (5+ stars out of 5 )
Gabriel is an intelligent, dedicated cop with good instincts. Since he has no family and friends, he focuses all of his energies into his work. Gabriel has learned to not show his emotions and to hide his fears with a cocky attitude. Caught between Botelli who does not trust him, Sanchez who does not like his pretty face and his secret desires for the opposing team’s handsome lieutenant, Gabriel can see things are not looking too bright for a healthy future. The extraordinary talent of Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon has produced an exciting action-packed thriller that will keep you hanging on the edge of your chair. The plot is well paced and intense; the action is heart stopping and the love scenes are tantalizing. This is a brilliant story that is almost impossible to stop reading until the end".
A Golden Blush Recommended Read from Literary Nymphs
I love how Ms. Baumbach and Mr. Lanyon bring these characters together with hot spicy sex and dangerous bad guys with guns.... Bring on the Mexican Heat you will love it! 
A Recommended Read - Two Lips Reviews
Josh Lanyon is known for his superior writing skills featuring gay characters, and along with Laura Baumbach, they have written one of the best books I have read this year. Mexican Heat is one of those reads that grab you by your throat and will not let go.
Fallen Angels Reviews
Mexican Heat is filled with violence and adrenaline and I-don’t-want-to-want-you-but-I-do-anyway sex and romance. It’s a fast-paced trip into a dark underworld that will have lovers of action and adventure hanging on tight and enjoying the ride.
Book Wenches Reviews
Seriously this book should come with a warning on the cover: may spontaneously combust. The chemistry between Gabriel and Miguel is incendiary. It begins the minute the two meet in a Mexican bar almost on the first page where Gabriel muses on the truth of his lonely existence. He doesn't need or want entanglements. Or so he tries to convince himself. What follows is an intense roller coaster ride through the underbelly of the Mexican drug world. Will Gabriel and Miguel, on opposite sides of the law, survive and will they reconcile their differences? Can they? One is good, one bad. Or will the heat burn out and leave them in ashes?
This is the first time Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon have paired as a writing team. I don't know if they plan to do it again any time soon, but if they do, I'll be in line to read the results, with a bottle of tequila on the table and a dozen limes...
PA Brown for Gay/Lesbian Fiction Book Reviews
Mexican Heat takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and danger as the combined talents of Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach produce a novel that will stay with you for some time after the last page is turned.
Sensual Ecataromance Reviews
Mexican Heat is an excellent and suspenseful action pack story, as well as a romance that singes the pages with its heat. The attraction both Gabriel and Ortega have for one another is smoking hot, and one of the best romances I have read this year. Mexican Heat is definitely going in my top 10 for 2008.
KatieBabs for Blogher
What drew me in was how well the characters fit together. Gabriel was feisty and fiery with Miguel being a perfect conterpoint with his smooth and charming nature. It also made me laugh several times when Miguel is trying to be somewhat romantic and admittedly getting just a little dribbly and Gabriel just scoffs at him. Towards the end Gabriel has the most classic line, “Jesus, the shit you talk, Antonio. Go on.” It was so perfect and had me sniggering. Such a heavy moment and yet it was this ability to poke fun that made me feel that the novel had a lighter side and did not take itself too seriously. I think, that had it lacked these moments of levity the characters would not have been as diverting as they were and I would have been a little more dubious about the premise.
Rain on the Roof
Ms. Baumbach and Mr. Lanyon have created a fast paced story filled with action, suspense, erotic scenes hot enough to burst into flames, and a love story that will ensnare the reader. The mystery of Miguel Ortega is one Gabriel can’t wait to uncover. Ortega’s mixture of sarcasm, machoism, and romantic feelings for him keep Gabriel off balance as he tries to keep his head above water in this dangerous world of subversive and deadly intent that pervades the drug cartels. The game of cat and mouse is one Ortega is good at and Gabriel refuses to loose. Come follow Gabriel and Ortega as they fight not only for their evolving feelings, but all the dangers that are present in the underworld of drugs and the dangerous people inhabiting that world. Thanks go to Ms. Baumbach and Mr. Lanyon for an incredible story!!
Rainbow Reviews

Mexican Heat

Trade paperback
October 2008
MLR Press
February 2009
Samhain Publishing, Ltd
No Longer available



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