Author: Quinn Anderson
Book: The Long Way Around
Page/Word Count: 300
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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.
5✨s – This is my first book from Quinn Anderson and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I will have to look back through her previous works and add them to my TBR stack. We start off with our MC’s, Sam and Wesley, both stuck in a bit of a rut with college finished but no jobs as yet obtained. Wesley convinces Sam to drive across the country to reach his sister’s wedding but via cities that they want to visit. It’s a good premise for a story, I think these men are slightly older than other travel stories and they have enough life experience between themselves to have strong thoughts, feelings and emotions about the world around them. Having been best friends for years, they know quite a lot about each other but as this story slowly reveals, not everything is as it seems with one of them and being in such close quarters whilst driving cross-country, emotion and tension run high. When it comes to talking about the things currently happening between them, it takes a lot of work. Not as easy for them to discuss as things normally are but the heat and attraction between them seems to come so naturally. It’s very well written and I was completely drawn into the drama between the two men. It was so easy to start reading and just keep going, wanting to know what happens next? Do they talk? Kiss? ignore it all? The cities that are visited are made to sound beautiful and appealing, places that I now want to visit. I cannot recommend this book enough. A great friends to lovers romance. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.
About Quinn Anderson:
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
Where to find Quinn Anderson:
To celebrate the release of The Long Way Around, Quinn is giving away a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 11, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!