Slick’s Review – The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson

Posted August 6, 2018 by DiDi in GLBT, LGBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

The Long Way Around was an enjoyable story with a lot of emotion. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

I love friends to lovers romances so I was excited to read The Long Way Around and while I did like the story at times I felt it moved too slow and got bogged down with the same arguments over and over. The fact the two heroes had been best friends since college and were both gay but had never considered a relationship was interesting and watching them realize that their feeling had changed was at times heartbreaking and at others exciting. Overall, The Long Way Around was an enjoyable story with a lot of emotion.

Between jobs Sam Cooper, a shy and somewhat introverted man and his best friend Wesley Reed, an outgoing, fun loving man decide to take an epic road trip to Sam’s sister’s wedding. Being around each other 24 hours a day things heat up between them leaving them conflicted and trying to decide if sex is worth ruining their friendship.

While I like both Sam and Wesley, I felt their characters were written a bit too much in their respective places. Sam overly introverted and Wesley way over the top. The stops along the way made the book interesting although honestly I feel they wasted time going to places so close to where they lived since they could have done those in a weekend trip, but that was to set up the major conflict towards the end. Wesley has a problem and I felt that once it was out in the open it wasn’t treated with the seriousness it deserved. To be honest the whole I idea of Wesley wanting to do this trip to run away from his problems was a big laughable because what he’s dealing with isn’t something you can run away from.

While I enjoyed the characters, the plot seemed rambling at times making the book difficult to read for any length of time. However, I do appreciate the relationship aspect of this book and the fact that they were both willing to put in the work to make it happen.

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Posted August 6, 2018 by DiDi in GLBT, LGBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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