• Long Way Home

  • A Second Chance Gay Romance
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Military
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

It was love at first sight. 

They were soul mates. 

It was forever. 

But they were only 16.

Too innocent. Too naïve. 

Too ignorant about the world around them. 

Besides, nothing lasts forever. 

With their fairy-tale future torn to shreds, both boys need to learn to find their own way in an unforgiving world.

Gavin Buchanan is thrown into a life he didn’t want, molded to do a job he always feared. He must learn to get by, but with only his brothers in arms to lean on and secrets so deep they eat at his core every day, he struggles. How long until life in the Marine Corps turns this gentle, tenderhearted man into someone no one recognizes?

Owen Wallace is adrift and going through the motions. Every time he tries to stand tall and put the past behind him, life kicks him down. There is only so much a person can take before they turn bitter and jaded. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Their souls are bound to each other. 

Nothing will keep them apart. 

It will take time, but they just need to find their way home. 

Trigger warning for PTSD.

©2019 Nicky James (P)2021 Nicky James

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An Emotional Journey!

Wow! This narration totally blew me away. Nick Russo is quickly becoming a favorite narrator for me. He and Nicky James make a great team. Nick was fantastic in telling this story. He brought all the passion, all the emotion, and all the feelings to this wonderful story! Gaven and Own’a story was such an emotional journey from young love to a hard-fought happily ever after! This was truly an epic romance that spanned years. From self discovery and teenage love, to tragic circumstances that caused them to be apart, to navigating adulthood and eventually finding their way back to one another, Nicky James writes one heck of a story. You will swoon, you will cry, you will get angry, and you will feel so much. This wasn't always an easy story, but it was powerful and written so very well with a very satisfying happily ever after for these men who deserved it so much!

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Highly recommend!

Gavin and Owen meet in high school when Owen writes an article about Gavin's football playing in the school paper.

I loved hearing their relationship grow and strengthen into young love. It was really sweet and touching.

There were so many feels in this story. I really felt the joy, the love and especially the heartbreak and trauma that both Gavin and Owen wrnt through. In pure Nicky James style, she slowly cut out my heart with a blunt rusty knife before she slowly began to piece it together again.

The narration was perfection. Nick J. Russo brought these men to life in such a way I felt like I knew Gavin and Owen and was right there beside them as they journeyed through life.

An amazing story about the resilience of love and friendship, of pain and healing.

Highly recommend!!

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EPIC Love Story!

EPIC book...I cannot say too much because I don't want to give anything away, but everyone should read this book! What an emotional rollercoaster for the reader and the MC's but what a ride it was! In true Nicky James fashion this book is exceptionally written, meticulous in character development and details, and brings out every emotion possible...just marvelous!!!

Nick J. Russo does an incredible job narrating Gavon and Owen's epic romance. He is really become a top narrator for me. His voices are distinctive for all the characters, he brings so much emotion, so much passion, and so much feeling to the book. His pacing is perfect and he is spot on for all of the changes in tone throughout the book.

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Amazing. Top read of the year for me

Wow. I am a blubbering mess My heart is aching so hard. As we know Nicky loves the angst and boy did I get it in this book.

Let’s start with Nick’s performance as I listened to this book rather than read. I have no words. He performed his heart out. Amazing

Now onto Owen and Gavin. Pure soulmates if I’ve ever seen one. These boys meet when they are 16 years old in high school. Instant attraction, friendship, and turned into lovers, and soulmates. Loving each other was east. Being out was not for fear of repercussions from family..

These boys ripped my heart out over and over as this book spans about 17 years. Honestly when I thought we’d see a little happiness , bam nope. And it wasn’t just with Owen and Gavin.

I fell in love with Owens best friend, and let’s just say he is like the best friend ever just like Gavin’s best friend Ninja.. Friends are so important to help keep your head above water when you are drowning.

This is definitely a top book that I have read this year and quite frankly, what took me so long. I will never forget the journey these boys turn men went through in life to find peace and love they deserve.

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Deep, emotional and intimate🌟

This is a deep and very emotional book narrated by Nick Russo, who manages to personalize each characters uniquely. It was a very intimate listening, and I found myself in tears walking along the beach and in the woods here in Denmark.

Gavin and Owen fell in love at sixteen, and the description of their first months in their relationship is really deep, intimate and sweet, yet tons of angst is looming in the horizon and spans over a period of 8 years, with a tearjerking HEA.

As any Nicky James story this is exceptionally written , her sharp on point writing and well chosen words turns to vivid scenery in my head.

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Simply Amazing

This book was simply amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I finally made myself turn it off and go to sleep around 1:30 in the morning. I had no idea that much time had passed. Woke up and finished it today. I NEVER shed tears in a book but I found myself truly invested in the characters. The storyline was well rounded giving you time to know the characters and buy into their relationship. I went through all the emotions with them. This is the second book I have.listen to/read from this author. I will definitely do more.

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Wonderful story

If you’re new to Nicky James…be prepared…she is the queen of angst filled romances. Our hero’s get their happy ending but they don’t come by them easily.
Nick did a really good job with this story. He is sometimes hit or miss with me but he was brilliant in this audio. He was really able to portray all the emotions and turbulence Gavin and Owen go through.
Highly recommend but make sure to have tissue handy!

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  • Mandy
  • 11-28-21

Emotional & Beautiful 💖💖

Simply Amazing blew me away longway home was powerful meaningful, moving and very beautiful. Gavin and Owen meet at the age of 16 the pain & torment these two go through to be together is heartbreaking. If you Love.... Love... The book by Nicky James I recommend the audio it's brilliant Nick J Russo as done a realy fantastic job of bringing out all of the emotions of these two it will break your heart so powerful deserves more stars than this. 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

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  • loveQhuay
  • 11-20-21

Perfect narration for this heartbreaking book

This book is the worst (in a best way) from Nicky. No other of her books can compare to this one on the level of angst this has. And to listen to this story on audio, wow.
I never and I mean never ever wanted to read this story again becaus it was that hearbreaking for the first time, but guess who's a masochist and listened to it? I can't with myself...
I wanted to cry many, many times while listening to it. The narrator did an amazingly perfect job with this book, and oh god, save my sanity, it was more than enough to listen it once. It hurts so bad.

*copy pasted ebook review down below*

I loved high school Owen and Gavin. They were such a cuties, they were happy and ignorant to the adult life. They biggest probleme was to find a hiding spot to kiss or make out. They were everything. They had their life planned together forever. And as they believed in it, I did too.

Then Nicky James happened... lol

I think I screamed cried and tried to throw my kindle away...countless times. But I hoped. And hoped...

The book was beautiful and heartbreaking. I loved and didn't loved at the same time.

I hurt for Owen and I hurt for Gavin. Their happiness was my number one priority, but Nicky James thought it differently...

So I still read and hoped. And screamed. A lot.

Owen and Gavin, I just wanted them to be happy. And I mean happy together, because they were meant for each other. And I couldn't wait to read finally about it!

As I said, it was a heartbreakingly beautiful book, I felt all the feelings, and I just wanted to hug Owen and Gavin and tell them that everything will be fine at the end, just wait for it. I still want to hug them and never let them go. They are the cutest and they deserve the very best in life.

Highly recommend it, just be prepared for all the feels, and get a box of tissues too!

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  • Macbandit
  • 11-17-21

Deeply touching

This is again why I have this author on auto buy. How she is able to write such heartbreaking and heartwarming stories is just amazing to me.
This starts about a couple teen age guys who discover each other. This intro to their story is so heartwarming. But coming out isn’t everything anyone would hope for, especially when its your relatives who hold so much power over a child. The power Gavin’s dad uses over him is madding. The effect this has over both of these guys lives plus those around them is unforgivable. As the author takes the story down the path each guy travels made me cry more than once. I have to say the laughs are less, yet the pull between these two kept me hopeful till the end. I completely ignored sleep and a couple other things until I knew the end. The only negative part I found in the story is Gavin’s mom. Too little too late. I want to thank Nick J. Russo for his narration. He made these characters and emotions alive.

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  • AL
  • 11-17-21

Emotional challenge

Story: In typical Nicky James fashion, no punches are held and the issues the MCs face are painfully contemporary and important. My heart was in a vise grip troughout and there were so many parts that resonated deeply with me!
Great book and a prime example of the author's skills in creating an emotional wringer that leaves the reader wanting more every time.
Narration: Spot on performance from Nick J. Russo. Emotional, easy to follow and enhancing the experience.

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  • Katie townsend
  • 11-16-21

wow what a brilliant performance

just wow listening to nick j russo bring gavin and Owen to life was absolutely beautiful and emotional just wow

I felt like I was sharing every emotion alongside gavin and Owen

I shed so many tears but every one of them was so worth it