Monday, August 6, 2018

The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson


Title: The Long Way Round
Author: Quinn Anderson
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series
Main Characters: Sam and Wesley
Release Date: August 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
A wrong turn could lead to Mr. Right.

Sam Cooper is the definition of an introvert: shy, bookish, and the sort to think a wild Friday night involves ordering takeout. He enjoys his quiet life, but after a bad breakup, he’s been yearning for a change of scenery. Luckily, his best friend and former college roommate has the solution.

Wesley Reed—a jokester and expert Sam-handler—proposes an epic road trip to a wedding across the country. They’re both between jobs and boyfriends. Why not hit the open road and make some memories?


Stuck in close quarters for the first time since their dorm days, they’re both surprised at the heat that springs up between them. As best friends, they’ve shared so much over the years, so why does sharing a hotel room—and occasionally a bed—make them want more? Chemistry this smoldering is hard to ignore, but there are road blocks to their romance. Wesley’s keeping a secret, and Sam can’t rely on Wesley to drag him out of his comfort zone forever. If they’re not careful, their relationship may take the ultimate wrong turn.
My Review:
An epic road trip with best friends? There's little doubt where this story is going to go, but there were some unexpected twists and turns along that route that I sure didn't expect at the beginning of the story.

A year ago, Sam broke off his engagement just days before his wedding. Now, his sister is getting married and he has to decide whether or not he's brave enough to face the fallout, anger, and disappointment from what happened a year ago. Up to this point, he's avoided the discussion...something he's VERY adept at doing.

Wesley is Sam's bff and he's the one pushing for this epic road trip. They're both in between jobs. He's doing some avoidance of his own. So, it's the perfect timing. But as they spend day in and day out with one another in very close quarters things begin to change. They've always prided themselves on being gay best friends that have never crossed that line of friendship...and even as the line becomes blurred, they both wonder if the risk is worth their bond they have right now...especially when they both have so many complications happening in the background. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I liked both guys and liked how close they are as friends long before this road-trip. I just wish there had been more of the core conflict (Sam's awareness of it) peppered in through the beginning of the story. As it was written, it almost felt like an afterthought and a bit contrived to make things more difficult within the story. 

I'll admit the ARC formatting was awful (something that I know I'm not supposed to hold against the story, because I'm sure it was fixed by release), but it was so bad, I kept getting pulled out of the story...and I honestly think that hurt my overall enjoyment and connecting to the book as deeply as I would have otherwise. 

But this is most definitely a 4 star read for me even with those minor issues. I enjoy road trip books (especially for my summer reading) and LOVE friends to lovers stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest and voluntary review.

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