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When young boys go missing, psychic Kevin Quinn is called in to help the police department. Quinn's partner is Connor Dougal, a newer detective on the force, and a skeptic when it comes to psychic abilities. That is until strange things happen to Kevin when he touches objects belonging to the missing kids. Even more disturbing is the way Kevin can participate in Conner's d When young boys go missing, psychic Kevin Quinn is called in to help the police department. Quinn's partner is Connor Dougal, a newer detective on the force, and a skeptic when it comes to psychic abilities. That is until strange things happen to Kevin when he touches objects belonging to the missing kids. Even more disturbing is the way Kevin can participate in Conner's dreams. Conner's past is more tied to the current case than anyone realizes and it's only by lancing the pain of the past there is a hope for the future.


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When young boys go missing, psychic Kevin Quinn is called in to help the police department. Quinn's partner is Connor Dougal, a newer detective on the force, and a skeptic when it comes to psychic abilities. That is until strange things happen to Kevin when he touches objects belonging to the missing kids. Even more disturbing is the way Kevin can participate in Conner's d When young boys go missing, psychic Kevin Quinn is called in to help the police department. Quinn's partner is Connor Dougal, a newer detective on the force, and a skeptic when it comes to psychic abilities. That is until strange things happen to Kevin when he touches objects belonging to the missing kids. Even more disturbing is the way Kevin can participate in Conner's dreams. Conner's past is more tied to the current case than anyone realizes and it's only by lancing the pain of the past there is a hope for the future.

30 review for The Long Way Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dd

    Hello Readers!! YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! Well I have 2 questions for you.... 1) Have you read this book?? 2) If not,WHY haven't you read this yet?? I was not going to write a review for this.But then I saw that this book is not very well-known.So I had to write one. So first of all let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I was by the way this book turned out to be.I actually loved it.If it was not for a few abrupt things and the fact that I had already guessed who the evil dude in this story was,I woul Hello Readers!! YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! Well I have 2 questions for you.... 1) Have you read this book?? 2) If not,WHY haven't you read this yet?? I was not going to write a review for this.But then I saw that this book is not very well-known.So I had to write one. So first of all let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I was by the way this book turned out to be.I actually loved it.If it was not for a few abrupt things and the fact that I had already guessed who the evil dude in this story was,I would have rated it higher. ---------------------------------------------- Storyline--- Kevin Quinn,a very capable cop once,lost his job and one eye in an accident a few years back.But he gained something in return.A gift if you can call it that.He gained psychic abilities.But the world ridiculed him and his abilities.So,now he lives the life of a hermit. Until his brother-in-law,a cop too,calls him. "Boys,Kevin," said Carl. "Somebody's taking boys.No evidence,no trace,no ransom demands,and no bodies ever show up.It's like the rapture happened,and we are all left behind." So he returns to his hometown and meets with Connor Dougal.A newly promoted detective. Connor does not believe in any of this psychic bullshit.But he has agreed to be Kevin's handler because he is an easygoing guy,a safe guy,a mild tempered guy,a straight guy.... Or is he?? "With Kevin it was one part love,one part desire and one part worship." Kevin finds that Connor is not as easygoing and mild tempered as he pretends to be.And for that matter he is not that straight either... Their relationship grows slowly but surely and is very beautiful. "You make me feel so strange." "Strange like how?" Kevin asked. "Strange like nervous,aroused,intoxicated,off balance.Strange like crazy,a little." But Connor has a past which is somehow connected to the case. So,can they find out in time,who is the one taking the boys and why?What is he doing to them?And how is Connor connected? Please grab this book to know the rest!! ----------------------------------------------- That's all for now,Readers. Ta-Ta!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    I hate to be a thundercunt about this but... Tis a shame to because this book started off strong and then the fuckery snowballed until I was all... This is a murder mystery with a serial killer. Kevin is a psychic and former cop. His bro in law recruits him to help with the investigation because the police have got bupkis. He gets paired with Connor who is wealthy, privileged and has a SECRET. I was intrigued right away by their acrimonious relationship. The sniping was good and nothing gets my mot I hate to be a thundercunt about this but... Tis a shame to because this book started off strong and then the fuckery snowballed until I was all... This is a murder mystery with a serial killer. Kevin is a psychic and former cop. His bro in law recruits him to help with the investigation because the police have got bupkis. He gets paired with Connor who is wealthy, privileged and has a SECRET. I was intrigued right away by their acrimonious relationship. The sniping was good and nothing gets my motor running faster than some hate fucking enemies to lovers. But then... it quickly devolved into corniness then swerved into Cheeseville with a final destination of Instalove Central. I probably would've been ok with that had the bierasure not occurred. But it did and it kind of gave me Rageface. I stuck with it mostly because I wanted to see how the whodunnit came out and you know what? That was the easiest culprit to identify ever which made me feel like I had wasted 8+ hrs that I'll never get back! Some of the sex was kinda hot but Harding's delivery of a lot of cornirrifc "sexy talk" was bad enough to counteract a bucket of Viagra. Plus the way he "punched" some words was just weird. So yeah , book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Audio - 5 stars Story - 4 stars The killer was predictable but the mystery held my interest. The ott insta was off putting at first but the MCs as a couple eventually grew on me. The audio was flawless (J.F. Harding..hello!!) so I was able to overlook the editing issues in the actual book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    DarienMoya

    4.5 After all these years I still love the shit out of this book. Let me give you a timeline. I first read this book when my little one was a newborn, he’s 9 now and very close to 10yrs. The story has always been a winner for me and Z.A Maxfield has produced some of my fave stories of all time. I love her writing style and her characters. There’s always charm and heat in her stories and I’ll forever remain a fan. I’m a little sentimental when it comes to ZAM book. Kevin Quinn happens to be one of 4.5 After all these years I still love the shit out of this book. Let me give you a timeline. I first read this book when my little one was a newborn, he’s 9 now and very close to 10yrs. The story has always been a winner for me and Z.A Maxfield has produced some of my fave stories of all time. I love her writing style and her characters. There’s always charm and heat in her stories and I’ll forever remain a fan. I’m a little sentimental when it comes to ZAM book. Kevin Quinn happens to be one of my fave characters and there is just something about him that I’ve always loved and adored. The plot is a little heavy because like all things dealing with children it makes my heart hurt but as I said the writing is charming and goofy and you’ll just smile through it all. The Narration: 5 Pants Off This is my first J.F Harding narration and it will not be my last. After Michael Ferraiuolo he’s my next favourite. Superb job for me!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lilia Ford

    2.5 A GR friend recently pointed out the tendency readers have to react negatively when a book disappoints us—the better the author, the sharper the disappointment, and the more unforgiving our reaction. I myself tend to be harder on books that tantalize me with a plotline or set of characters I really, really like and then don’t deliver the way I think they should, as opposed to books that don’t disappoint me because I never had much in the way of expectations for them. (Not to mention those boo 2.5 A GR friend recently pointed out the tendency readers have to react negatively when a book disappoints us—the better the author, the sharper the disappointment, and the more unforgiving our reaction. I myself tend to be harder on books that tantalize me with a plotline or set of characters I really, really like and then don’t deliver the way I think they should, as opposed to books that don’t disappoint me because I never had much in the way of expectations for them. (Not to mention those books which get a high rating for the modest feat of surprising me by not totally sucking.) Z. A. Maxfield is one of my top three or four M/M authors, and I really liked the whole “psychic” set up of this and had high hopes for the two leads. So I was triply bummed when the book didn’t deliver to my specifications. My biggest issue was the mellow pacing, which might have worked for some stories, but for a book that focuses on a serial murderer of young boys, I wanted to slap the Kindle and yell "quit fooling around and do your psychic stuff on the next box already!" So much of the storyline is focused on the developing romance that everything to do with solving the mystery continually takes a back burner: conversations are delayed, Kevin’s psychic investigations are performed at a glacial place, information is withheld for reasons that never seem adequate—these kinds of narrative delays take place over and over again. Instead we get repeated scenes of the characters cooking and eating meals together, chatting, resolving old family crises, even jogging and shopping for clothes. And while I liked both main characters, their relationship was mostly sweet, without the kind of dynamic intensity and edge that would have carried the plot—I think this was one of those times where a Mary Calmes-like take-charge Alpha was what was needed, but Connor was not aggressive enough, and Kevin was not vulnerable enough for that dynamic to really feel convincing. The result was that I ended up more interested in the mystery plot, which was never treated with the urgency I thought it deserved. Big Spoiler (view spoiler)[It didn’t help that most readers will guess the bad guy the moment he appears at the 50% mark. But despite his fitting everything we know of the killer so far, and then helpfully providing our detectives with piece after piece of information that further implicates him, Connor and Kevin still nurse only vague suspicions. It makes no sense except to stretch out the story and give yet more time to the developing relationship—the effect for me was one of extreme frustration and led to rampant skimming of the second half. (hide spoiler)] I suspect I am being much harder on the book than I should because the problems seemed obvious and curable to me, though I know from experience that they rarely are when you’re faced with a manuscript. Moreover, it feels doubly unfair that the biggest reason for my petulance is that Z. A. Maxfield is such a huge favorite of mine and this book shows so many of the elements that make her such a surpassingly wonderful writer: the completely original way she deals with wounded souls, the emotional depth of her portrayals, just the wholesomeness of those fresh ocean breezes that billow through all of her works. After the winter from hell, I wanted another St. Nachos, and I’m miffed that I only got a whiff of salt instead of the full seaside cure she usually delivers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Harrington

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I cannot stand Connor! Really? Why would he not give poor Kevin the chance at someone who might truly love him? I did not know how to rate this book, I honestly think I might have been a bit generous. The rating might change but my opinions are the same. I loved Kevin he was such a good character to read and I had a lot of sympathy for him throughout the book. His special gift was one of the main parts of the story and his relationship with Connor was secondary to me anyway. “I don’t have animal I cannot stand Connor! Really? Why would he not give poor Kevin the chance at someone who might truly love him? I did not know how to rate this book, I honestly think I might have been a bit generous. The rating might change but my opinions are the same. I loved Kevin he was such a good character to read and I had a lot of sympathy for him throughout the book. His special gift was one of the main parts of the story and his relationship with Connor was secondary to me anyway. “I don’t have animals. I’d like to get another dog someday. Look, Dad, this thing with Connor, he’s well, I’m sure he’s sincere but he’s new to all this. And I know he’s still in love with Andrew Schilling, he’s never gotten over that. It may be that we’re just for now, you know? I’m the first gay man he’s been close to since Andrew—I’m probably the first opportunity he’s had to explore that side of himself. I don’t want you to hold it against him if it doesn’t work out. I figure I’ll just go back to—” Kevin saw his dad’s eyes widen and turned just in time to meet a fist squarely with his jaw. It dropped him like a rock onto his dad’s kitchen floor. As much as I hate to admit it I hated Connor and as a couple I was not rooting for him and Kevin. He was so hung up on his dead first love that it sickened me. I know some people don't mind books like that, I on the other hand hate books like that. When Connor was going on about how the first love was the love of his life. It was horrible and I wished he and Kevin had not ended up together to be honest. It was so hard to connect with a relationship when Connor was comparing Kevin to the dead guy the whole time. Kevin was right to be jealous to be honest not everybody has that shoved in their face when they love someone. “ I thought that it would be better to wait and see if Andrew was still the love of your life. I mean…look Connor, it was pretty clear that I needed you a lot more than you needed me—” “What?” “Well…I mean…look at me. I was a wreck. I was fainting, sick, crying, falling overboard. I had not a shred of control over my emotions, not the faintest idea how to survive in a place with a lot of people around.” “That doesn’t mean you need me, that means you need Robbie.” “Without you there would have been no Robbie. Without you there would have been no reconciliation with my pop, no Christmas dinner with family, no keys to mom’s car, no faith from anyone, no respect, no trust. Without you I’d still be crazy Kevin the fake, psychic clown, hiding in Wyoming, scared to stick my nose out the door, content to be with my dog.” I could have cried when they got back together. Connor will never really be able to let his ex go, its sad that he could break Kevin's heart because of it. You may ask why I gave this book 2 stars. I liked Kevin. He was a good character for me. I just wanted to slap him in the end. I know a lot of people love this book but I could not connect with it on a personal level. Maybe I am being harsh but my opinions of this book were as I stated above. I have decided 1.5 stars is for me. I re-read it and hated it. Sigh, it was just not the book for me. To be honest I like my MC's not to annoy me about an ex or a dead lover for the entire story. So that has finished me I am afraid. “Me neither. I can’t help how I felt about Andrew, but he’s dead. I don’t know what would have happened. There’s no choice to be made here, I want only you.” He stroked the side of Kevin’s face gently. “I hope that’s enough for you, because I don’t have a clue what else I could say.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book was great! It was actually very very funny and had me laughing out loud a number of times! Especially Kevin and Connor's warped sense of humor. There were so many one-liners in this book that I didnt stop reading until I finished it at 3am!! Its a good thing I dont work today! The chemistry between the H/H was slow to build, but once it did, what a chemistry it was! The plot was fantastic... children missing and a psychic former police detective called in to help.... Did I mention the This book was great! It was actually very very funny and had me laughing out loud a number of times! Especially Kevin and Connor's warped sense of humor. There were so many one-liners in this book that I didnt stop reading until I finished it at 3am!! Its a good thing I dont work today! The chemistry between the H/H was slow to build, but once it did, what a chemistry it was! The plot was fantastic... children missing and a psychic former police detective called in to help.... Did I mention the love story was fantastic?! This book is very sad at times, and very very funny at others... I highly recommend it and think this might be a great way to get into the m/m genre if you haven't read one before! Loved it! xo

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. TW: death of a pet, discussion of abduction and murder of children, ableism, homophobia, domestic violence, abduction, violence (attempted murder/torture, murder) So if you follow me on GR, you may have noticed I did a lot of status updates while reading this one. That's what happens when I'm bored, unfortunately. I had several issues with this book, so let's get the good out of the way first. I liked the idea of this book much better than its execution. I liked Kevin and Connor for the most part. TW: death of a pet, discussion of abduction and murder of children, ableism, homophobia, domestic violence, abduction, violence (attempted murder/torture, murder) So if you follow me on GR, you may have noticed I did a lot of status updates while reading this one. That's what happens when I'm bored, unfortunately. I had several issues with this book, so let's get the good out of the way first. I liked the idea of this book much better than its execution. I liked Kevin and Connor for the most part. They were far from perfect characters and they both had issues to work through. I liked that the author explored what happens when someone first becomes psychic and how they adapt or don't adapt to that. And even though it was super obvious who the villain was the second he walked onto the page, up to then, it was an interesting case that connected to Connor's past somehow. Of course, if Kevin had just once shaken this man's hand, he would've figured it out who the perp was way sooner and the book could've been 50 pages shorter. Which leads me to my first issue. I'm going to limit myself to my three biggest issues, and from this point on, it's safe to say that spoilers abound. 1) The editing, or complete lack thereof This is just sloppy. There are incomplete sentences. There are missing words, and not just the inconsequential article or preposition here or there, but important words that denote action or emotion or even who is supposed to be speaking. The scenes jump around. One minute, Kevin is sitting down to eat breakfast. There's a couple of lines of dialogue, then Kevin is getting up to wash his dirty dishes. Um... when did he eat? In another scene, Connor is waiting for an ambulance for Kevin. There's a line about how he didn't want to let go of Kevin's hand. Note that this line comes immediately after Connor had been to the door. I had to go back and reread the previous two pages in that scene. There is no mention of Connor ever taking Kevin's hand prior to that line. These are just a few examples, and that's just the first 25% of the book. On top of that, the book gets repetitive fast. Connor wakes up and goes for a run. Kevin makes breakfast. Connor comes back. They eat. They shower. (They do a lot of showering in this book. It's an obsession of theirs. I'm blaming the drought on them.) Connor takes Kevin to a crime scene, then they go back to his place and Kevin does his psychic thing and something goes wrong. Lather, rinse, repeat. As such, the plot just sort of plods along and feels like it never really gets anywhere. They keep saying they need to hurry up and catch the killer, but it takes Kevin several days to through all the evidence boxes this way. There's also this weird thing where Connor is constantly said to have just "turned gay" despite it being revealed very early on that he was in a same-sex relationship in high school and having all kinds of "normal" sex with this person. But he's suddenly new to it and never slept with another guy before. Um... how so? And while I won't categorize this as insta-sex or insta-love - they don't have sex or fall in love upon first seeing other - the love does come on very suddenly and out of nowhere. There is no chemistry at all between the leads, and I can't tell if this comes back to the editing issues or if it's a case of too much telling and not enough showing. I just didn't feel it, and I started skipping their sex scenes (nearly all of which happen in the shower) about halfway through. (I also would not recommend zip tying someone to a shower head unless you've got the money to pay for the repairs when that shower head inevitably gets yanked from the wall. Just don't do it. There are plenty other, safer, less expensive things you can zip tie someone to. IJS. The shoes are a good idea though. Less slippery that way.) And for those of you who hate "baby" - Kevin calls Connor "pretty baby." Repeatedly. Yuck. 2) BDSM-extra-lite vs domestic violence This one is confusing because I have no idea what the author is trying to do here or why certain scenes are included or written the way they are. First of all, yes, Kevin, you need a safe word. If someone tells you that you don't need a safe word, you should run the other direction. Second of all, we know that Kevin is seeing into Connor's dreams and knows what Andrew meant to Connor. He also knows that Connor was in a relationship with a woman named Cheryl. Kevin has expressed nothing but support of Connor's situation. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he decides to complain about Connor "always" talking about Andrew and Cheryl and how he doesn't want to hear about the other people in Connor's life. After he slaps Connor. Who then slaps him back. And instead of discussing this, they go back to talking as if nothing happened. It was a very strange, disjointed scene, and I'm not sure why it was even included. Was it an attempt to get some conflict into the text? Was it supposed to be hot? Third of all, during one of Kevin's endless discussions about how Connor is so new to this and Kevin wants to give him space to figure it all out by going home to Wyoming when the case is over, Connor comes up and punches him in the face, then takes off. This is never discussed between them. Connor has a brief thought about getting anger management classes, but this is never mentioned again. Kevin doesn't even think to make this a condition of returning to Connor's home. Then again, it's also not a condition for Kevin leaving Connor's home. Instead, Kevin has this lovely little conversation with James, a former friends-with-benefits. Kevin is the first speaker; James is the second: "Right. So what if one day, just for the hell of it or because I get really, really mad I hauled off and kicked [my dog] across the room? What do you think she'd do then?" "She'd wait a while and come back and lick your hand, because she's a dog. And you will love her all the more for it and it will make you a better person." First, James is a veterinarian. He needs to have his license taken away. Second, you just compared Kevin to a dog. Third, are you trying to say that an abused person should go back to their abuser because love is blind and conquers all, and it helps the abuser be a better person? Are you serious? Kevin, you have terrible friends. Immediately after this heartfelt scene of warm and cozies, Connor shows up unannounced to take Kevin home (ahhhh, how romantic!) and proceeds to wonder if he should whip Kevin into submission for ignoring him for so many months. Um... please work out your domestic violence issues before getting back into your BDSM-extra-lite lifestyle, guys. Please! These are very non-mixey things. I'm just really baffled what the author's intentions here were. If it was to highlight that there is a difference between BDSM and domestic abuse, she gets no points for it because the DV is barely addressed and in no way resolved. 3) Ableism I put these in my status updates on GR as I was reading: Connor had started the rumor that his friend has post- traumatic-stress disorder so no one would think he brought a crackhead to a family outing. He'd giving just the right touch of rolled eyes and made an allusion to the World Trade Center attack of September eleventh. And this one: "It's the eye and the psychic thing. Don't get me wrong, Quinn. I'm trying to work through it here, but I think I speak for all of us when I say... Ew." I don't even know where to start with these. PTSD is a very real mental illness that afflicts people every day. You do NOT get to eye roll at them, and you certainly do not get to use the victims of 9/11 as an excuse for Kevin acting strangely. You know what else would've explained Kevin's behavior, been perfectly honest, not revealed any secrets about his psychic abilities and NOT been disrespectful to the victims of 9/11 and those who suffer PTSD? Saying something like, "Kevin was in a car accident a few years ago and sometimes still has symptoms." That's all you had to say, Connor. What grown person EYE ROLLS at people with PTSD? WTF? And "crackhead"? Can we not? As for that second lovely quote, that is said by a detective who is presented as someone who is FRIENDLY and SUPPORTIVE of Kevin. I'm at a loss for words for how harmful and foul that is, but I'll try. First, in a strictly professional capacity, you don't say "ew" to people you work with and who are consulting on cases. (I won't even get into the Fed who slanders Kevin for being both gay and a "freak" psychic, because I will start seeing red). You don't say "ew" to people with a physical disability, like a dead eye, or a missing limb, or facial paralysis or in whatever fashion they're being "othered" - YOU JUST DO NOT DO THAT. And you certainly can't expect for me to root for that character and the MC to become besties because she's able to get over her gross out factor to shake his hand. It was this line, and many, many others besides, that convinced me all these characters are based on twelve-year olds. 4) I know I said top three, but I realized I had one more thing that bugged me that I need to address, and it was Himself, Kevin's dad. After Kevin's accident and his mother's death (which are unrelated but happened around the same time), Kevin's dad said something extremely homophobic to his son and blamed him for his mother's death because he's gay. Kevin then rightly decided to cut ties. SIX YEARS LATER, at the time this book is taking place, Connor convinces Kevin to go to family dinner for Christmas Eve with Himself. During this dinner, they reconcile, which is nice and all, don't get me wrong. I think both sets of parents respond fairly well here to their sons' relationship. However, while Himself was berating Kevin for having the gall to believe what Himself said, it's never once brought up that Himself also had plenty of time to approach Kevin and apologize for his deplorable behavior. No, instead, the narrative almost seemed to be placing the blame on Kevin for how long it was between his mom's funeral and he and his father's reconciliation. Screw that. For the sake of the word count, I will stop now. I still can't figure out a rating for this one, so I'm leaving it unrated.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Macky

    About 6 mths ago I had a mass clear out on my Kindle and this got deleted. There were about 4 books I regretted losing straight away and this was one of them. I have since re purchased them all, having just finished rereading this I can honestly say it was worth every penny to get this fabulous story back on my Kindle, where it is now firmly fixed in my Do Not Delete section. Duh! It was a great read the first time round but even better the second. No plot re hashes in this review but I must say About 6 mths ago I had a mass clear out on my Kindle and this got deleted. There were about 4 books I regretted losing straight away and this was one of them. I have since re purchased them all, having just finished rereading this I can honestly say it was worth every penny to get this fabulous story back on my Kindle, where it is now firmly fixed in my Do Not Delete section. Duh! It was a great read the first time round but even better the second. No plot re hashes in this review but I must say that it's one of the best murder/ romance stories in m/m lit that I've read - and honestly I've read a lot! The psychic side is skillfully written - major to the story but never overwhelming it , the love between Kevin and Connor is one of the few instances of ' instalove ' that works, the murder mystery is well plotted and solid (not flimsy like some others in this genre) and of course the chemistry and ST between our two guys is so fantastic that the love scenes are nothing short of mouth watering! This has to be a m/m must have if you love this genre. I defy anyone not to fall in love with Kevin and Connor who rank high in my favourite couples of all time. Perfect!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    Despite being a serial killer mystery with some potentially emotional sub-plots, IMO this book is more of a lighthearted romp. The banter between the MCs is one of the best things about it. Their interactions with the secondary characters are also often fun. The guys' relationship progresses fast, and becomes solid fairly early in the book, although lingering insecurity on Kevin's part threatens to undermine them. It felt as though their being together fell into place a bit easily, given what ea Despite being a serial killer mystery with some potentially emotional sub-plots, IMO this book is more of a lighthearted romp. The banter between the MCs is one of the best things about it. Their interactions with the secondary characters are also often fun. The guys' relationship progresses fast, and becomes solid fairly early in the book, although lingering insecurity on Kevin's part threatens to undermine them. It felt as though their being together fell into place a bit easily, given what each of the MC's was dealing with. (view spoiler)[Well, easily other than the final separation which showed a surprisingly self-absorbed decision on Kevin's part. (hide spoiler)] However the sex scenes were hot and the guys were very good and sometimes sweet together. The mystery was well-plotted although the culprit was rather obvious. Still I liked the way the climactic scene worked itself out. A sweet, fun mystery-based romance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    ***Audio Review*** On the whole not too bad, but the errors rose as the narration progressed. Not too good at female voices unfortunately, but we can't have everything I suppose 😕. 3.5 stars. This was a very interesting read, although I was annoyed about the missing words and poor spelling (what's up with these proof readers??). I am very sceptical in general about psychics, but the character Kevin really draws you in to his world, including all of the pain he has to endure whilst his 'gift' is d ***Audio Review*** On the whole not too bad, but the errors rose as the narration progressed. Not too good at female voices unfortunately, but we can't have everything I suppose 😕. 3.5 stars. This was a very interesting read, although I was annoyed about the missing words and poor spelling (what's up with these proof readers??). I am very sceptical in general about psychics, but the character Kevin really draws you in to his world, including all of the pain he has to endure whilst his 'gift' is doing it's thing. He was a great character, sexy, sarcastic to a fault (I hated Jameson!) and very vulnerable when pressed. Connor was like an overgrown puppy and a brilliant match for him, and I'm really pleased that they got their Happy Ever After.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★

    An UnexPectEd Yoga Loving BEAutY! Ahhh, the art and beauty of yoga. I do not delve in yoga, but this book makes me dream. I did NOT expect to find such a sweet, lovely romance imbedded in this book. It starts off a wee bit slow, but gosh it develops into a very nice love story with a touch of mystery. This read picked up midway through and was very exciting. The ending came quick, and it was given the perfect amount of page time......and when I read this....I had only one word---->LOVED! A Fa An UnexPectEd Yoga Loving BEAutY! Ahhh, the art and beauty of yoga. I do not delve in yoga, but this book makes me dream. I did NOT expect to find such a sweet, lovely romance imbedded in this book. It starts off a wee bit slow, but gosh it develops into a very nice love story with a touch of mystery. This read picked up midway through and was very exciting. The ending came quick, and it was given the perfect amount of page time......and when I read this....I had only one word---->LOVED! A Fabulous 5 Stars! For one of my first MM reads.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lenore

    DNF @ 20% This is SO bad, I won't even bother with a review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BWT (Belen)

    Kevin Quinn has psychic abilities he developed after a car accident that nearly took his life. He doesn't have any control over them, and has met with limited success when trying to use them to help different police agencies. However, when his brother-in-law calls the week before Christmas, Kevin is convinced to go home to Southern California to try to find the missing boys and/or their abductor/killer. Connor Dougal is the new detective assigned to shadow Kevin. But Connor has his own demons th Kevin Quinn has psychic abilities he developed after a car accident that nearly took his life. He doesn't have any control over them, and has met with limited success when trying to use them to help different police agencies. However, when his brother-in-law calls the week before Christmas, Kevin is convinced to go home to Southern California to try to find the missing boys and/or their abductor/killer. Connor Dougal is the new detective assigned to shadow Kevin. But Connor has his own demons that he wrestles with nightly, including the fact that he's really gay. The romance between Kevin and Connor is one of immediately hitting it off and falling for each other - in other words: "insta-love". I loved that Connor, seeing what Kevin goes through, is determined to help him any way he can, even if that means stepping in front of him and shielding him. The mystery is super slow moving, and sometimes got caught up with an enormous cast of characters, which got a bit confusing at time while listening to the story. I was a bit disappointed in the glacial pacing of the mystery, and felt like Keith and Connor's romantic relationship moved at a bit too fast a pace. I wish there has been a middle ground for both, though, both were quite captivating and in the end are solved quite satisfactorily. J.F. Harding does a great job overall. Harding's tendency to sound like a crime show voice over narrator really works for this story, drawing the listener in and keeping their focus. I really liked his character voices, and he definitely had a lot to keep track of with this huge cast. It was an easy listen, with good pacing, and a compelling romance and mystery. Audio copy of The Long Way Home provided by the author in exchange of an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauraadriana

    Kevin is an ex cop who after a near fatal accident gained some psychic abilities. Kevin was left with many issues after the accident and has been living a secluded life in Wyoming, estranged from his family back in LA. His brother in law who is a police captain in LA request his help to find a person who has been snatching boys...he agrees to help and gets assigned to Connor Dougal a detective on the case that is highly skeptical about anything paranormal, and he has his reasons...and then thin Kevin is an ex cop who after a near fatal accident gained some psychic abilities. Kevin was left with many issues after the accident and has been living a secluded life in Wyoming, estranged from his family back in LA. His brother in law who is a police captain in LA request his help to find a person who has been snatching boys...he agrees to help and gets assigned to Connor Dougal a detective on the case that is highly skeptical about anything paranormal, and he has his reasons...and then things get interesting. This book for me would have been a five, if not for the annoyingness (is this a word?) of me thinking every 10 pages "That's the guy!!! It's him, you're a frigging psychic. Does the man have to spell out? HE DID IT!!". That got old, and really irritating, so it took away from my enjoyment. Other than that...as with almost all this author's books I fell in love with the couple. Kevin was adorable, funny and messed up (reminded me of my beloved Vic from the Psycop series)and Connor was a full blown alpha male and there is nothing I love more than that. I loved the family and the way that Connor and Kevin healed each other, it was hard and fast and HOT but gentle too. I think it might be one of my all time favorite endings too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lil' Grogan

    No. This book has obviously found its fans. Good. I'm not one. I read this for a challenge, and I don't think I've read something with so much grim determination since school. I'm tired of forgiving in this genre. I'm going to try keeping this polite. As mystery - there is no suspect, then only one possibility offered. No. As romance - two heroes batting each other, squealing and running away giggling. Alternating treating each other and behaving like children. Not my thing. Secondary cast - treat No. This book has obviously found its fans. Good. I'm not one. I read this for a challenge, and I don't think I've read something with so much grim determination since school. I'm tired of forgiving in this genre. I'm going to try keeping this polite. As mystery - there is no suspect, then only one possibility offered. No. As romance - two heroes batting each other, squealing and running away giggling. Alternating treating each other and behaving like children. Not my thing. Secondary cast - treat heroes like children and develop sudden omniscience over psychic abilities. Not my thing. Dialogue - varies between manufactured verbosity of Dawson's Creek teens (without the inherent humour) and 70-year-olds at tea…with a dash of breathy Scarlett O'Hara. Grated. Plot - buildup with no/unsatisfactory payoff (view spoiler)[(e.g. years of separation and bitterness between Kevin and his father due to death of Kevin's mother and coming out of closet solved by father dragging him into other room by his ear and proclaiming he was "far less to blame for (his) Mom's death" than an unhealthy diet) (hide spoiler)] ; huge pauses in mystery case to insert romance. Hmph. Humour - yes there was. Thank god. Sentence flow - good YMMV

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.35 stars This is the second title from Z.A. Maxfield that I read after "Crossing Borders". While I like this slightly better that "Crossing Borders" (maybe because it's half a mystery novel and mystery has always been my first love) but I feel like something disconnect me from the story. Like there is something missing in between the paragraph or chapter. Like it's jumping from one scene to another, which makes it slightly difficult for my brain to follow. Maybe it's poor editing but it makes t 3.35 stars This is the second title from Z.A. Maxfield that I read after "Crossing Borders". While I like this slightly better that "Crossing Borders" (maybe because it's half a mystery novel and mystery has always been my first love) but I feel like something disconnect me from the story. Like there is something missing in between the paragraph or chapter. Like it's jumping from one scene to another, which makes it slightly difficult for my brain to follow. Maybe it's poor editing but it makes the story doesn't run smooth. The mystery is good enough -- though I have a feeling about the killer, the first time the killer makes an appearance (it's one of that hunch). The characters are okay (though to be honest, I am not a very huge fan of "gay for you" theme). The ending is sweet ... all in all, a nice read, but that problem that I mention at first is the reason why I cannot rate it higher.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions

    Holy Cows I loved this. Kevin was so funny. The writing was perfect

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Re-read in June 2015. Review shortly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    2.5 stars. I feel a bit torn about my rating for The Long Way Home, which is pretty much par for the course with this author. In my experience, Z.A. Maxfield's writing tends to alternate between flashes of brilliance and total WTF moments, and this book is no exception. I like the characters and the premise, and some of the scenes are very well done. Unfortunately, this book has way too many problems to be a satisfying read. One of my biggest pet peeves with Maxfield's books is that she tends to 2.5 stars. I feel a bit torn about my rating for The Long Way Home, which is pretty much par for the course with this author. In my experience, Z.A. Maxfield's writing tends to alternate between flashes of brilliance and total WTF moments, and this book is no exception. I like the characters and the premise, and some of the scenes are very well done. Unfortunately, this book has way too many problems to be a satisfying read. One of my biggest pet peeves with Maxfield's books is that she tends to bring her main characters together much too early. The romantic tension usually bleeds out well before the 50% mark. That is certainly true for this book, at least. Both characters are in love within the first third of the novel, after which point their relationship remains cute (sometimes cloyingly so) but not particularly engaging. Through the first half of the book, I really enjoyed the main plot. The investigation regarding the missing boys, and particularly Kevin's involvement in that investigation, are very intriguing at first. But then, halfway through the book, the villain is introduced. If he had popped up wearing a sign around his neck stating in bold red capitals, "I MURDER LITTLE BOYS," his identity could not have been more obvious. What's worse is that not long after this character's introduction, Kevin and Connor learn something about him which ought to make him their number one suspect, but they just shrug it off. As they gain more and more insight into the crime via Kevin's physic abilities, the big flashing arrow pointing at the villain grows bigger and bigger, yet they never make the connection. Their stupidity is completely maddening and made me lose all respect for them. Another thing that I found slightly bothersome is that Kevin's psychic talents, while interesting, do not appear to follow a clearly-established set of rules. Both his abilities and their affects on him seem to adapt to meet the demands of the plot. However, I probably would not have noticed this inconsistancy as much had I not just read another book involving a psychic whose abilities are limited by well-defined rules. This is just a minor niggle. Over all, the scenes which involve Kevin's "gift" are my favorite parts of the book. Since this is supposedly a re-edited edition, I was surprised by the number of editing mistakes I found. I noticed several instances of missing words, missing letters, incorrect words, and one instance of a character being referenced by the wrong name. I can overlook a few typos here and there, but there's really no good reason for this many errors to exist in the second edition of a published book. So this was another disappointing read from Z.A. Maxfield. I'm not ready to give up on her yet, but I will approach her books with more caution from now on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals. Z.A. Maxfield is a new-to-me author, and I was intrigued by the synopsis for The Long Way Home, a romantic mystery featuring an ex-cop who gained some sort of psychic ability following a serious car accident, and the detective assigned to babysit him when he is called in to consult on a particularly disturbing case. Kevin Quinn liked his job and his life, but after the accident – in which he lost the sight in one eye – he starte I've given this a B+ for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals. Z.A. Maxfield is a new-to-me author, and I was intrigued by the synopsis for The Long Way Home, a romantic mystery featuring an ex-cop who gained some sort of psychic ability following a serious car accident, and the detective assigned to babysit him when he is called in to consult on a particularly disturbing case. Kevin Quinn liked his job and his life, but after the accident – in which he lost the sight in one eye – he started to realise that something else had changed as well, and that he could somehow sense feelings and emotions by touching inanimate objects. For the past five years, he’s hidden himself away on a ranch in Wyoming with only his faithful dog for company, has a friends-with-benefits relationship with the local vet, and is fortunate enough to be able to make a decent living as a romantic novelist (under a pseudonym of course.) ;) You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenre

    Almost three stars but not quite. I feel like I'm swimming against the tide with this book. Lots of people absolutely loved it, so I should probably ignore my review if I were you :). I can't put my finger on why I struggled with it. The writing wasn't bad and the couple were engaging enough but I found after the first third the book dragged a little. The romance is established fairly quickly and after that the book started to get a bit saggy. There were scenes which didn't further either the rel Almost three stars but not quite. I feel like I'm swimming against the tide with this book. Lots of people absolutely loved it, so I should probably ignore my review if I were you :). I can't put my finger on why I struggled with it. The writing wasn't bad and the couple were engaging enough but I found after the first third the book dragged a little. The romance is established fairly quickly and after that the book started to get a bit saggy. There were scenes which didn't further either the relationship or the mystery plot so weighed the book down, made it ponderous rather than a page turner. I guessed the bad guy as soon as he appeared so after that point it was just a question of waiting for the characters to catch up. Having said that, I finished the book and found the humour between the two main characters entertaining. It's not going to be one I re-read though and there are much better books that I would recommend by this author such as the St Nachos series. On a side note, I've had this in my TBR pile for four years and this version is now out of print. I think the author has self published it now if you fancy seeing whether you would get on better with this book than I did.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    In this ebook, there were parts that I really loved, other stuff that just boggled my mind. I loved that the guys talked and behaved like guys, not teenage girls. The mystery was quite interesting too. And the sex was hot, of course. On the other hand, some of the characters' reactions just didn't sit well with me - I couldn't figure out how they got from point A to point D emotionally - and the story itself was quite long too so it dragged a bit in places. Overall though, I liked it a lot. I wi In this ebook, there were parts that I really loved, other stuff that just boggled my mind. I loved that the guys talked and behaved like guys, not teenage girls. The mystery was quite interesting too. And the sex was hot, of course. On the other hand, some of the characters' reactions just didn't sit well with me - I couldn't figure out how they got from point A to point D emotionally - and the story itself was quite long too so it dragged a bit in places. Overall though, I liked it a lot. I will be definitely checking out other stuff by the same author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    WhatAStrangeDuck

    This book was first published in 2008, so my first instinct is to say "Well, she was a baby writer back then" but really, one would think that even back then it would have been possible to give the book at least a minimum amount of editing. The copyediting is terrible - typos, missing words, punctuation - even the lowliest beta reader could have spotted most of the errors. As for the story - well, that could have used a little red ink as well. Some tightning up would do wonders for the flow but This book was first published in 2008, so my first instinct is to say "Well, she was a baby writer back then" but really, one would think that even back then it would have been possible to give the book at least a minimum amount of editing. The copyediting is terrible - typos, missing words, punctuation - even the lowliest beta reader could have spotted most of the errors. As for the story - well, that could have used a little red ink as well. Some tightning up would do wonders for the flow but anyhow. It's a shame really, because the rambling pace rather ruined the book for me. As for the characters - I liked them but actually there was a little bit too much of the witty banter for a book about a serial killer. Also, insta-love, add water and stir. That took, what, four days? Pity. Could have been a very good book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    BEWARE! At the very beginning of this story, first few pages, the character's dog dies. I don't deal with that well so I felt I needed to put that out to like minded people. It came up to play a few times, too, so beware. Still, I loved this story and it was just another from Maxfield who I've begun to expect the best from. It was fast-paced and suspenseful. The plot was good if not unique, although I figured out the bad guy as soon as (view spoiler)[he appeared (hide spoiler)] . I liked the way BEWARE! At the very beginning of this story, first few pages, the character's dog dies. I don't deal with that well so I felt I needed to put that out to like minded people. It came up to play a few times, too, so beware. Still, I loved this story and it was just another from Maxfield who I've begun to expect the best from. It was fast-paced and suspenseful. The plot was good if not unique, although I figured out the bad guy as soon as (view spoiler)[he appeared (hide spoiler)] . I liked the way this was about a psychic who hated it and the story wasn't fanciful. It was gritty and harsh like most good thrillers which made the psychic thing work for me. Vilifying the FBI, though, is so old and annoying that detracted from the plot for me. The characters were wonderful and the MCs and most of the others distinct. There were strong, intelligent, and respectable women even. One woman was obsessive about her vintage Mustang--not her husband, her. The emotions and reactions of the characters felt real as well. They weren't cookie cutter or stereotypical yet not improbable. It was refreshing. I particularly liked the different reactions to a kid coming out. I liked that people had a problem with it but came around. I loved the Star Trek references, especially how they noticed how annoying it was that an attorney spoke like Shatner. Kevin actually nicknamed Connor "Trekkie" for a while which grew into a term of endearment which was adorable. These guys were a little young for detectives (twenty five and twenty eight who'd been off the force for a couple of years). One of the characters was a total idiot because he biked without a helmet and said he also rode a horse without one. You know how high that fall is? Not using a helmet when on a bicycle is stupid. On an unpredictable animal with a mind of it's own it's asinine. The editing errors were the worst I've ever seen, though. It wasn't just missing lettrs like a spell-checker would miss, and it wasn't just a wrong name or a missing word here are there. It was constant and there were some sentences that were hard to figure out. There were at least two I never was able to figure out what they were supposed to be. A couple of times POV was changed mid-scene, and a couple of scenes went for many paragraphs before I even knew whose head we were supposed to be in. That's too impersonal for me. One great thing I really appreciated was the discussion about domestic violence in the gay community. I did feel it was slightly over preachy but it was so great that a easy punch to the jaw was not acceptable to anyone. The final obligatory (view spoiler)[separation was unnecessary and too formulaic. The one guy left when the other really needed him. I understand the thoughts but they weren't spelled out well enough nor reasonable as they were explained and therefore it felt false (hide spoiler)] . But yet I loved the book. You know it has to be good if I am only docking half a star for all these problems and rounding back up again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I hate it when a potentially good book gets all screwed up because of bad writing. The story in this book was actually pretty good. But it was one of the most confusing books I have ever read. Some examples. --possible spoilers-- Connor had a (sexual) relationship with a boy when he was 15, but after that he just suppresses the fact that he is gay?? And when meeting Kevin he is confused at first, then just accepts the fact the he is indeed gay and then he is confused again? Make up your mind alrea I hate it when a potentially good book gets all screwed up because of bad writing. The story in this book was actually pretty good. But it was one of the most confusing books I have ever read. Some examples. --possible spoilers-- Connor had a (sexual) relationship with a boy when he was 15, but after that he just suppresses the fact that he is gay?? And when meeting Kevin he is confused at first, then just accepts the fact the he is indeed gay and then he is confused again? Make up your mind already! Connor mentions casually to Kevin that he is in love with him and Kevin says nothing… Neither of them act as if it is a big deal?? Same with Kevin who says later on that he loves Connor… again… no real response… Before Connor and Kevin get involved with each other Connor says to Carl that Kevin is his and because Carl is Kevin’s brother in-law that they are family now. Carl just accepts this, but is stunned when he sees Kevin walking half naked out of Connor’s bedroom. He did not know they were involved… Eeeuhh WTF?? Didn’t Connor tell you that a while back?? And Kevin’s sister Stephanie, her husband Carl and Connor are planning an intervention because Connor sees that Kevin’s psychic abilities are killing him. But all they do is tell Kevin that he is a very bad boy for not telling them that it is killing him. And after that they just continue with whatever everyone was doing. Aren’t they supposed to help Kevin come up with some solution?? One night Connor and Kevin had just changed into flannel drawstring pants and on the next page Kevin is sliding his hands down Connor’s jeans… Then Connor phone rings and it is attached to his flannel drawstring pants again. Wow, these guys can change faster than a model on a catwalk! The book was sometimes filled with endless descriptions of really boring things and then something major would happen and we got one sentence to describe this! Like when Kevin touches the ship Andrew made and he gets these images. We do not get to see those images. He later on tells Connor about them, but it just says, Kevin tells Connor what he saw. Euhhmm… I want to know what he saw.. And then all of a sudden it is implied that Kevin saw Andrew being raped and Kevin relived this and is somewhat of a rape victim himself now. WTF!?!?! I can go on and on about stuff like this, the book is filled with it… The book had potential, that is why it gets 2 stars… but that’s all I can give.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    Love this book and loved this couple. Paranormal books involving "psychics" don't often agree with me. I have an aversion to snake oil salesmen of all stripes and so, sometimes I have trouble suspending my disbelief in order to enjoy a book like this. Ok, that said, Kevin was awesome. He didn't want attention at all and he didn't want his "gift". Being roped into helping his brother-in-law with a case involving missing boys wasn't something he wanted, but he does want to help if he actually can. C Love this book and loved this couple. Paranormal books involving "psychics" don't often agree with me. I have an aversion to snake oil salesmen of all stripes and so, sometimes I have trouble suspending my disbelief in order to enjoy a book like this. Ok, that said, Kevin was awesome. He didn't want attention at all and he didn't want his "gift". Being roped into helping his brother-in-law with a case involving missing boys wasn't something he wanted, but he does want to help if he actually can. Connor was assigned as Kevin's "handler". And he certainly did handle Kevin. A lot. Deliciously so. While skeptical, at first, it didn't take long for Connor to see what Kevin's ability costs him. And from that moment on, Connor pretty much serves as Kevin's champion. Kevin and Connor worked so well together, both on the case and in bed (and in the shower, and in the living room...). They just worked. Once Connor admitted his feelings toward Kevin, he embraced it fully. Connor does nothing in half measures. Unfortunately, Kevin is less sure of himself and even less sure of Connor's feelings, so he tended to be an idiot about everything. I rather enjoyed the way the Connor finally claimed Kevin as his own. Beautifully done and if Kevin ever has doubts again, Connor should just hit him over the head with a club and drag Kevin back to his cave by his hair. That should solve any doubts.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabetta

    Re-read for a test-of-time challenge. You can't go wrong with ZA Maxfield and she delivers again with this romance between psychic, Kevin Quinn and skeptical cop, Connor Dougal. Connor doesn't buy the woohoo but he slowly falls for the vulnerable, sensitive Quinn. What elevates this gay romance is how the relationship between these two builds along with the unfolding of a well-done mystery about the disappearance of local young boys. Connor has his own past demons to deal with and it is sweet tha Re-read for a test-of-time challenge. You can't go wrong with ZA Maxfield and she delivers again with this romance between psychic, Kevin Quinn and skeptical cop, Connor Dougal. Connor doesn't buy the woohoo but he slowly falls for the vulnerable, sensitive Quinn. What elevates this gay romance is how the relationship between these two builds along with the unfolding of a well-done mystery about the disappearance of local young boys. Connor has his own past demons to deal with and it is sweet that both men work in concert to help each other with personal issues as well as catch the bad guy. This one holds up just fine upon re-reading. Recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ~Mindy Lynn~

    3.5* I found myself confused some of the time while reading this. Maybe it's the day I have been having or maybe I just didn't get some of what was happening. For the most part I did enjoy the relationship between Connor and Kevin. I thought they were toothache sweet and adorable together. The psychic gift Kevin has was a bit confusing sometimes but it was confusing for him as well so I didn't feel too lost with it. The case of the missing boys was interesting. I found it pretty disturbing after 3.5* I found myself confused some of the time while reading this. Maybe it's the day I have been having or maybe I just didn't get some of what was happening. For the most part I did enjoy the relationship between Connor and Kevin. I thought they were toothache sweet and adorable together. The psychic gift Kevin has was a bit confusing sometimes but it was confusing for him as well so I didn't feel too lost with it. The case of the missing boys was interesting. I found it pretty disturbing after finding out why the killer was doing it. World is full of sick people folks and this book definitely had one in it. All in all the book was good.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I lost faith in this genre and returned to the usual boy thing of thrillers, action and well known authors. Then I needed to have a feel good, lovey, happy ever after moment, the type with real characters and a touch of "Will they? Won't they?" Always good when the tear wells and then actually escapes, rolls down the cheek and drips off the chin, on a packed train to the Dorset coast!? Yeah! I loved it. This novel ticked all the boxes for me.

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