It’s here again. All the fun and excitement of getting ready for a trip to Europe. There’s special excitement, of course, because this is going to be a special kind of trip, but then every trip abroad is special.
—Esquire’s Europe in Style, 1960
Nothing teaches you about yourself and the world around you like travel. Especially travel in a foreign country. I think there is no more valuable or important experience for the young at heart. Or the old at heart. Maybe especially for the old at heart.
That said, I hate traveling. I hate packing, I hate airports, I hate sitting in tiny seats surrounded by coughing, sniffing, snoring strangers for hours on end while we hurtle through the clouds and I try to find a comfortable direction to stretch my legs.
Heck, I don’t even like long drives.
I recently took a trip to Scotland, and I must say I did love Scotland very much. But my luggage was lost for three days, I seem to have mislaid two hundred dollars, and I managed to get lost on Orkney. Granted, not for very long, but still. Getting lost on Orkney takes some doing.
I love the idea of travel though. Especially the idea of travel back when it was a luxurious undertaking. Grand tours and winters abroad. Trunks and portmanteaus stuffed with jewels and furs and summer suits and smoking jackets. Steamships and airliners with sleeping berths and cocktail lounges and “altitude conditioning.” Candlelight dinners on the Orient Express. No extra charge for a splash of poison in the soup.
I wanted to capture some sense of romantic travel and adventure in Jefferson Blythe Esquire, even though it’s a contemporary story and the geography Jeff explores is largely of the heart. So I selected key quotes from one of my all-time favorite travel books, the 1960 edition of Esquire’s Europe in Style and spliced them into Jeff’s journey with (what I hope is) comic effect.
In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer
After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe—the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather’s1960 copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for…
In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he’s someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help—and a place to stay, and perhaps something more—things become complicated.
Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction?
From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other, hard, while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable—in more ways than one.
A distinct voice in gay fiction, Josh Lanyon is the multi-award-winning author of nearly seventy stories of male/male mystery, adventure and romance. Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, and the first recipient of the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s Hall of Fame award.