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Colin Lambert is in Paris to study art and escape his domineering grandfather when he runs into ex-FBI Special Agent Thomas Sullivan. Once upon a time Colin had quite a crush on Thomas, but Thomas had rules about getting involved with clients -- especially underage ones. Now Colin is all grown up and Thomas has a one night layover in Paris…...

Title : The French Have a Word for It
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ISBN : 9780984766956
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 30 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The French Have a Word for It Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-05-20 04:54

    Very good, very short story from Josh Lanyon. I try to read all his mysteries, and I love them, but I also love it when he writes these little romances. They're always bittersweet and the language is just right. This one gets major bonus points for being set in Paris.Big kiss with lots of tongue to Giulio for recommending this.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-05-05 22:57

    Kindle freebie 2/25/16

  • Sofia
    2019-04-20 22:01

    3.5 starsHad this with tea in bed this morning. It was a nice little breakfast, definitely a good way to start my day.

  • Irina
    2019-05-17 02:59

    AudioQuite nice little story about a young artist and his ex-bodyguard. I would've loved it to be a full size novel though. ***3.7 stars***

  • Katharina
    2019-04-22 00:48

    The French Have a Word for It is a lovely and very sweet short story set in Paris. It features Colin, a painter who wants to make it on his own without the help of his very rich and overbearing grandfather, and Thomas Sullivan, Colin's former bodyguard that he hasn't seen in 10 years. Meeting Thomas in Paris by chance brings back memories for Colin, good and bad, as well as hopes for the future. Thomas was once Colin's first love and now, 10 years later, Colin is finally ready to let him know. But trust is a fragile thing, especially for Colin, and while he is great at painting the greys in his work, acknowledging them in real life is a whole different matter.I really enjoyed this story - although it could have been much longer for my taste :-D Colin and Thomas were interesting characters that I'd like to know more about and although the short story leaves on a hopeful note, many things aren't straightened out yet. What I loved were all the colours that are mentioned. Colin is a painter and the world he describes is full of sensory stimulation and colourful nuances. Very fitting!Recommended!

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-05-04 20:53

    Buddy read with my girls, because they love me and I love Lanyon and they waited for me. Here is to hoping Mish gets some sleep and getting Cat out of her DIY shit. Sweet. I couldn't help but think of Nick for reasons. Huge Lanyon fangirl and this was comforting. Thanks for waiting girls. Now I need some on page sex.

  • Tina
    2019-05-10 23:37

    Aww... Paris. The people, the wine, the food, the artists, the colours... Josh Lanyon takes us along to a short (too short!) trip to the City of Love. Yeah, we all know the word(s) in french: Je t'aime!After ten years Colin meets Thomas again, the man he could't forget. And still he has that little something... 'je ne sais quoi'.Josh weaves a beautiful, melodious, colourful and emotional story around two guys and second chances. I enjoyed the light read that left me wanting more...

  • Bark
    2019-05-05 01:40

    This was a sweet, beautifully descriptive short about a young painter, making his way in the world, who meets up with the man he idolized and secretly loved as a young teen. Though there is no sex here, there is great characterization and sexual tension. I'm definitely going to search out some of this author's longer work.

  • Ami
    2019-05-02 00:43

    I read this last year -- wonder why I never put it here. Maybe because it wasn't in the database before? I thought, as a short, it was romantic. A young guy reacquinted with his old crush. And it's Paris! The City of Love. Need more stories around Paris :)

  • ~~~Heather S.~~~
    2019-05-10 03:58

    Very sweet, subtle short story that left me with a smile on my face! Beautiful imagery- I almost felt like I was in Montmartre with Colin and Thomas, experiencing the sites, smelling the food. My first official m/m love story, definitely not my last and not the last I read of Josh Lanyon's work.

  • BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions
    2019-05-07 03:41

    I loved this short story. very cute and sweet

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2019-05-20 02:37

    A tender story of a young artist who had survived a kidnapping in his youth and the man who had saved him and protected him. Colin is living in Paris trying to make it on his own as an artist. When he was a teenager he had a crush on his bodyguard. He has had no contact with Thomas since leaving for college. They meet as adults in Paris and the chemistry is there. The Montmartre setting is the perfect background. I am a little prejudice on that as I think Paris is the perfect city and Montmartre is romantic. This is a true love story with two deserving people. The story touched my heart with it's simple beauty.

  • Tully Vincent
    2019-04-26 23:55

    Short set in Paris. Sweet but predictable. Well-written as always.3.5 rounded up.

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-04-18 20:46

    Nice, but it doesn't belong to my favourite of Josh Lanyon. A bit kitschy for my taste.

  • Alex
    2019-05-14 22:59

    Overall:A brief, sweet tale of long ago crushes returning. Colin is hiding from his grandfather when he meets his old crush Thomas. But all isn't what it seems. It was moving and rewarding (although not hot) in a very short space.What I likedEmotions. While a short piece, we easily get attached to our narrator and experience his emotions. Story. We are given plenty of back story without bogging down current events, and everything is fleshed out smoothly. We understand the characters without being told everything and our main voice has weakness while not being weak. What didn't workThere wasn't anything that didn't work, my only disappointments were the lack of a sex scene (which isn't vital, but was kind of teasing) and I wish it were longer, which isn't a failing, since the story is self-contained. But I did want more...I think that says good things about this short story.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-04-23 23:41

    Colin Lambert, only heir to a massive fortune, was kidnapped at age 14 and subsequently rescued by handsome F.B.I.agent, Thomas Sullivan who instantly becomes Colin's fantasy man. Traumatized and constantly under his grandfather's thumb, Colin rebels as soon as he is of age. Determined to put as much space between himself and his grandfather, Colin moves to Paris to study painting. Thomas appears out of the blue right infront of the now grown Colin in Paris. Was it really out of the blue or something planned? A fun, light read that leaves you wanting more.

  • Alisa
    2019-04-20 21:46

    This was just ok for me. It was well written as usual by this author but a bit of the plot made me uncomfortable. Yes, nothing happened between them when Colin was a teenager (starting at age 14) but Thomas admitted he was attracted to him at age 17. There's talk of how their "friendship" developed when Colin was between ages 14-18. It all just creeped me out. My inner mandated reporter was screaming so loudly in my head I couldn't concentrate on the story.

  • Dani
    2019-04-25 22:54

    3,5 stars.Very interesting relationship dynamic - and as so often Lanyon describes the stomach-dropping sensation of betrayal so very well. Together with the Christmas Coda this might even be 4 stars.

  • Erin (PT)
    2019-05-10 22:47

    This is like a carefully selected piece of candy. That is, you know exactly what you're getting from the story's outset but that's totally okay, because you picked because that's what you wanted: a delicious bite of sweetness.

  • Chris
    2019-05-08 21:41

    Very good short m/m romance about a young man painting in France who runs into the bodyguard who rescued him from kidnappers when he was a teen.

  • jaxnsmom
    2019-04-20 00:48

    3.5 stars. I would have loved to see a longer story, but there was enough here to let me be in on what was happening and not feeling like I walked in on the middle of something.

  • Johanna
    2019-05-07 00:04

    This short story was oh, so romantic - and aesthetically written. It was more than just a short story, it was almost like a painting, too. And maybe like a chanson hummed by an artist while sketching in Montmartre. I truly enjoyed the multidisciplinary feel of Josh Lanyon's writing.I found the description of Paris very poetic and beautiful. My favorite part was this one:(view spoiler)["... but he was happy just the same. Happy in a way he had never been before. It had something to do with pursuing his life's dream. It had something to do with finally being on his own - and surviving. And it had something to do with the way morning light steamed through the old windows and the way the silver moon shone over the grey slate rooftops. It had to do with the rustling leaves of the chestnut trees, the old Parisian songs, and the muffled laughter from the cafés below." (hide spoiler)]The description is so lovely that I can actually see and smell and hear and feel everything in it. And the best part of it is that it's full of hope. It also made me savor a memory of a happy day many years ago, when I was wandering in a huge flee market of Clignancourt with my husband and when we ended up in a strange (but wonderful) cafe Chez Louisette with Edith Piaf chansons. That's the wonderful thing about cities like Paris - you never know what kind of surprise is waiting for you around the corner. And that's why Paris was a perfect choice for the setting of this story of two men getting a second chance! And I actually felt like the city was the third main character. :)

  • jerica
    2019-04-23 05:04

    1. I adored the descriptions in this book. The imagery was vivid and I could see where they were and the atmosphere of the place, despite never having been to France.2. It's a short story, so the characters weren't developed as well as they could have been--that said, I can see why the development was so little, but I was still disappointed. There are plenty of short stories that have been able to put great characterizations even if they're only less than fifty pages (The Chaser, A Clean Well Lighted Place, The Jewels, just to name a few), but I guess since this is a fluff story, the author didn't feel a need for a deeper characterization? It was just a teeny bit disappointing, since Lanyon's strength is in his characters.3. Lastly, I wished the title had more to do with the story than the setting. The French Have A Word For It, why not base or at least have a part of the story focus on a feeling, moment or happening that the French have a term for but doesn't have a direct translation (or indeed, a translation that does it justice) in the English language? Like La douleur exquise, L'esprit de l'escalier, chômer, and so on? All in all, it was a nice relaxing quick read (vividly described, sweet and engaging) in between heavier books --if that was it's sole purpose, it achieved it.

  • Kaetrin
    2019-05-17 23:42

    3.5 stars. Last month, when I bought Heart Trouble, I also bought a number of other novels and short stories by Josh Lanyon (Twitter is my book enabler). This is a sweet short about an American guy in Paris, there to pursue his painting career and get out from the watchful eye of his wealthy grandfather. When he was 14, Colin was kidnapped and Thomas was the bodyguard who rescued him and then make sure of his safety until Colin went off to college. Colin thinks of Thomas as his first love but realises that part of that was youthful infatuation and the unique circumstances which made Thomas very much a hero to Colin. When Thomas turns up in Paris, 10 years have passed and Colin has grown up. They connect and there is the very beginning of a relationship. I would have liked maybe another couple pages to get a better handle on their potential future (because I’m not a fan of ambiguity) and I could easily have read more than that, but it was an enjoyable story and perfect for a night when I didn’t have a lot of time to read.

  • Vio
    2019-05-07 21:44

    3.5 starsA Lovely reunion in Paris, Colin and Thomas meeting up again after 10 years, finally there chance at happiness is realised. Sweet and romantic and Paris is the perfect setting for this tender romance.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-03 01:04

    Lovely short story. Probably would have been a full 5-star read for me if not for the fucking FADE TO BLACK after making these men wait 10 years for their shot at happiness together.

  • Khaoula
    2019-05-15 01:57

    i know it's a reasonable ending but.....i wanted more! i always want more of you Josh ......

  • Ayanna
    2019-05-07 04:56

    Cute. I'm still confused about the significance of red other than "RED IS THE COLOR OF SEX!"

  • Kendra T
    2019-05-03 03:04

    Short, but sweet. Colin runs into his old bodyguard whom he had a crush on when he was younger. Thomas is in Paris working on a job, and he runs into Colin who is trying to separate himself from his controlling family. Their romance is sweet, and it feels like there could be so much more written about these two. I enjoyed this.

  • Ng
    2019-05-20 03:47

    A very short read but feels complete.