Book #1 in the XOXO Files series
Contemporary, Action-Adventure, Comedy
The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there!
Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He's got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he's not at his boyfriend's garden party when that window closes, it'll be the final nail in their relationship coffin.
The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who's scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy's Halloween curse.
The opportunity to film a bona-fide professor examining the mummy is exactly the aura of authenticity Fraser needs. Except the grumpy PhD is a pompous ass on leave from his ivory tower. Yet something about Drew has Fraser using a word he doesn't normally have to draw upon: please.
With no time to waste -- and a spark of attraction he can't deny -- Drew reluctantly agrees to let Fraser follow his every move as he unwraps the mummy's secrets. Soon they're both making moves behind the scenes that even the dead can't ignore!
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
When you have a hankering to read the best in the m/m genre, look no further than a Josh Lanyon book. The first installment in the XOXO Files is a perfectly charming and entertaining read. The writing is crisp and the banter between the main characters on point. Drew and Fraser are complete opposites but their attraction to each other is sizzling. The story is very funny with wonderfully written witty dialogue delivered by two of the best character's I've read in a long time. Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, you've got competition for my heart. Although a short novel the characters and the story have depth, the reader isn't shortchanged at all. I must give a sly wink to the author for paying homage to the old Mummy movie classics, it was a hoot. This book was a thrill to read and gets my happy dance recommendation. I'm looking forward to reading more. Well done Josh.
Beverly for The Romance Studio
The plot is fun and fast, and I found myself smiling and chuckling through a lot of the story, especially the scene in the bar with our two toasted heroes laughing at each other... and everything else. But underneath the fun are more serious themes of being true to yourself and that while relationships are about compromise, itís possible to give in too much.
Mummy Dearest is a great start to a new series. My guess is that it will be a while before we are treated to the next installment considering that Lanyon is taking a year-long sabbatical in 2012, but Iíll be first in line for it. I canít wait to spend more time with Drew and Fraser.
Aunt Lynn for Jessewave Reviews (a Recommended Read)
This is a great Halloween romp which I will recommend to everyone who wants a light-hearted romp that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Portia for MM Good Book Reviews
Mummy Dearest was a joy to read all the way through.It's fast-paced and fun, with snappy dialogue and endearing heroes. I couldn't ask for more from Mr. Lanyon -- except, perhaps, for the next XOXO FILES story. Even though Mummy Dearest has a wonderfully satisfying conclusion, I canít wait to see where Mr. Lanyon takes Drew and Fraser next!
Lily for Romance Junkies reviews
With a huge load of laughs, Josh Lanyon takes two men from different worlds and throws them together. Add to the mix Drewís lover who may be cheating on him with a former lover and the situation is bound to explode. Drew and Fraser cannot seem to be able to keep their hands off each other, but the appearance of a ìliveî mummy can toss cold water on any liaison. Any fan of old horror movies will love the main references to favorite characters and dialogue. The reader will laugh out loud reading this story and still enjoy the growing love between Drew and Fraser.
Candy Bezner for Sensualreads.com
Mummy Dearest is a delight from beginning to end. Fun to read and imagine, Josh Lanyon paints a picture with his words that is vibrant and realistic. While he leaves us with some laughs, he also imparts a message of being true to yourself. You should never try to mold yourself to someone else's demands. Since this is the first book in the XOXO Files, we can look forward to enjoying Fraser and Drew for some time to come. Josh Lanyon is quite a versatile writer and Mummy Dearest shows us that so very clearly. I highly recommend Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon. Try it; you will like it!
Elise for Sensualreads.com
Mummies, legends and some Forties Hollywood schlock blend beautifully with a burgeoning relationship to deliver the fun romantic caper, Mummy Dearest. Josh Lanyonís writing is delightfully energetic in this first installment of The XOXO Files. Mummy Dearest was a joy to read all the way through. It's fast-paced and fun, with snappy dialogue and endearing heroes. I couldn't ask for more from Mr. Lanyon -- except, perhaps, for the next XOXO Files story. Even though Mummy Dearest has a wonderfully satisfying conclusion, I can't wait to see where Mr. Lanyon takes Drew and Fraser next!
Lily for Romance Junkies
I sat down with Mummy Dearest expecting a light, tongue-in-cheek holiday novella. I got all that, but I also found that the story had deeper and more nuanced characters than I had anticipated, and as a result this tale of a quickie meet-cute attraction felt like something more substantial and enduring. The solution to the mystery seems particularly apropos, and I look forward to more installments with Drew and Frasier.
Sunita for Dear Author
What I love about Mummy Dearest and Josh Lanyon's other books: They are extremely sweet, even when sad. His heroes have realistic problems and obstacles to overcome and only each other to help. Drew is torn between what he's known and the life he's been missing. Fraser sees someone he wants but is afraid of being left behind at the end of the day. The way Lanyon writes will pull you in and tie you up in knots. His stories are so tender, and this novella is no different. If you're looking for a quick, light, sensual, sweet read, I urge you to pick up Mummy Dearest.
Jessie Potts for USA TODAY
Combine this tragic main character with a twisty whodunit and you have the ideal makings for a mystery novel with romantic influences. Highly recommended.
Lasha for Dark Diva Reviews
September 2011, Samhain Publishing
Narrated by Sean Crisden