• Long Way Home

  • A Second Chance Gay Romance
  • By: Nicky James
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Long Way Home

By: Nicky James
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
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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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Good book, but difficult to listen to.

Nicky James it’s good author. I liked this book, but found some of the subject matter very difficult to deal with. Glad I read it, did stir up emotions in me that I would’ve preferred to have let lay dormant. Would I recommend this book yes I would, just make sure you take in mind the caveats that the author put in place. And keep a box of tissue with you you’ll need it.

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Loved it just a little long

I love Nicky James and Nick Russo. A true Duo. This story depressed me a lot. I guess I read to step out of reality and this book put me in reality. I was so down reading it. Idk it was well written but just sad. Although the ending was nice I just want to say why does life have to be so freaking hard for some???? I don’t know if I’ll reread as my heart is so down over what they went through. Good writing for realism.

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Not for the faint of heart.

Let me preface I'm a huge fan of the author and the narration was some of the best I've ever heard in an audible book.
Having said that this author uses this narrator and it can be a little distracting if you read books back to back.

PTSD is heavily disgust in this book.
There should be a trigger warning because this was a very intense book about PTSD that I was not prepared for as someone who suffers from it.

These books usually follow typical tropes but I have to say this wasn't a happy story.
This story went a little too long in the angst department and focused a lot less on the joy and that's the one drawback for me.

if you use these books as an escape or you need to be uplifted I don't know if this book will do it?

The 11 minute payoff last chapter which tries to tie everything up with a bow was a let down after the hours spent going into the literal trenches with these two characters which was exhausting and tremendously sad.

Without giving any spoilers away the beginning of the novel and the childhood romance is beautiful.

The middle was gut wrenching but I have to recommend it because not only is it a very realistic depiction of life I cared for these characters and was deeply emotionally invested.

I would have liked a little more time than the 11 minute final chapter possibly even an epilogue to tie everything in from characters that will never exist again in literature.

This is a story ultimately about love unconditional love that doesn't come from parents, it comes from the bond between two men.

I don't know if it exists in real life but this book makes me want to believe that it can.
I guarantee if you listen to this book that it will stay with you for some time.

It made me reflect on my own life so something has to be said for that but I don't know if I can ever read it again but I'm glad I did.


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  • Amelia
  • 12-05-21

An emotional journey

Owen and Gavin's journey blew me away. What started as a sweet exploration of young love turned into something so much more than that. Theirs was a story of dealing with the unfairness of life, of discovering who your true friends and family are, of traveling down a different path than expected but somehow still ending up exactly where you need to be. As I listened to Gavin and Owen experience the joys and pains of growing up, their story hit me on a visceral level. I felt their hope and joy and pain as deeply as my own, and while my heart ached for the innocent teenagers they left behind, there was something so fulfilling about seeing how time and circumstances shaped them into men. At times, the losses Owen and Gavin experienced made me feel like I was being ripped apart, but that same pain was what made their journey vividly real. The men they grew into had remnants of the teenagers I met in those first few chapters, but so much had changed that I did wonder if their adult selves would still have room in their hearts to love the new versions of each other. Their relationship had vicious clashes, jealous fits, misunderstandings, and long periods of separation that almost made me give up. To say their romantic journey wasn't easy is an understatement, and knowing how difficult the path was made their happily-ever-after all the more satisfying. I can't begin to describe the way these men touched my heart, and though at times I hated Nicky James for putting them through so much, I don't think I would have loved their story as much had it unfolded any other way.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • Jono
  • 02-12-22

Joy, laughter, sadness, crying - this had it all

Wow, this audiobook is amazing and what a rollercoaster of a ride it was too! What started as a typical boy meets boy romance quickly and dramatically turned into a harrowing, difficult and emotional story. Not knowing (or even guessing) what would come next just added to the story. Really well written and narrated. Off to find more from the same author... :-)

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  • Mandy Tunstill
  • 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