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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the accident that cost him his job on the Seattle police force, Kevin Quinn has been living with psychic abilities he refers to as the 'gift that keeps on taking'. His attempts to use his talents to help the police have been met with limited success. Yet, when teenage boys start going missing from the beach cities of Southern California, Kevin gets on a plane.

Connor Dougal has every reason to believe all psychics are fakes and charlatans. He's still numb from the disappearance of his first love, a boy who went missing 10 years earlier. Everything he aspires to is a direct result of that tragedy, even the acquisition of his detective shield. The irony of having to babysit Kevin Quinn is not lost on him.

These two suspicious men must develop trust and respect for one another to solve the case and, on the way, maybe fall in love.

©2008 Z.A. Maxfield; 2012 Z.A. Maxfield (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Compelling Mystery and Romance

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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.

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Loved it!

If you could sum up The Long Way Home in three words, what would they be?

Mysterious, hot, suspenseful.

What did you like best about this story?

There was mystery, romance and hot sex.

Have you listened to any of J.F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he did an amazing job as a narrator. He is great with making the voices distinctive.

If you could rename The Long Way Home, what would you call it?

Under the Sea.

Any additional comments?

The storyline was great and the narration was amazing.

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Love Conner and Kevin!

I read so much I'd forgotten I'd read this on my kindle, but the opening was so familiar. It was great in audio form too. I sure wouldn't mind this book becoming a series with Conner and Kevin solving cases together.

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Good short story

I’m used to reading trilogies so I expected a bigger world and more depth of the world or situation but I realized that this is a standalone single book.
The book is sexy, a bit funny, and beautiful, this book left me happy and have a “feel good” feeling that made me appreciate my relationship.

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Great story

Really enjoyable! Never a dull moment, kept my interest throughout and I especially loved the ending!

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Just awesome!

Would you listen to The Long Way Home again? Why?

I would listen to this again, just for the dialogue and amazing chemistry. I don't really go for crime books or suspense novels, what got me was the dynamic between the main characters. What started as a slow burning candle, became an inferno. These guys made the most of their time for sure.

Have you listened to any of J.F. Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first JF Harding listen, and it's fantastic!

Any additional comments?

At this point, ZA Maxfield owns a piece of my soul. Please apply your mojo to fantasy so I can switch genres?

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Good

Well I have to admit I was a little disappointed the mystery crime part of the story took a backseat to the erotica romance of the story. But overall, the great writing, interesting characters, and the entertaining value of the story kept me listening.

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There is not a lot of focus on the story or plot, “intimate moments” in the book have the most detail while everything else is glossed over and rushed to get to the next intimate moment.

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One of my favorite narrators

I have listened to this book numerous times, due to it being just that good, and because of the great narration. The deadpan snark between Kevin and Connor is one of my favorite things about the book. The mystery is well done and ending of the villain swift and deserving (though not drawn out and painful enough for me). The best part is the last scene when Connor finds out who his new favorite author really is lol.

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Missing Children is Sexy?

I really wanted to like this book, because it had an interesting premise. I really could not get past how *weird* it was that whenever Kevin found out something new about the murderer who is, by the way, abducting children and potentially raping them before murdering them, Kevin and Connor would then get it on. One moment Kevin would discover a new piece of information and be vomiting, the next they would just forget about the case and tie each other up. There was also this absolute obsession that Kevin had with asking Connor questions about having sex with this 15-year-old boy Andrew. Yes, there were some questions that pertained to the case, but also, they just liked talking about how experienced the kid was and how much Connor enjoyed it--his age made it really creepy that these adults after so much time wanted to not just talk about the fact that it went on but *how much* Connor enjoyed it and how great the sex was. While it did pertain somewhat to the plot, not to the point that the author went. I struggled with the dialogue a lot, too. I just wouldn't recommend it. The underage sex and potential rape and murder of young boys could just not be comfortably juggled with a sexy romance plot beside it.

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  • 02-12-17

Very good mystery with a dash of psychical ability

Read this in pixels first and after hearing the sample decided to give the audio version a go and I'm glad I did as this is another book I thoroughly enjoyed in audio format. The story is paced well; the unfolding relationship between the two leads blending well with the investigation they're engaged in so that there's a nice balance throughout the book.
The initial suspicion held by Connor for Kevin's ability gradually giving way to belief was well represented as was the hostility of some of the other characters for a psychic helping in an investigation.
The narration was very good, with the characters being pretty well defined and I'll definitely listen to more books narrated by Harding.
I will be listening to this again; it's going on the 'keeper' list.

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  • Shadow
  • 08-21-21

Outstanding narration

A pretty good MM romance, I enjoy it when a story doesn’t get lost in erotic overkill. This one is a winner for me more than anything due to the top rate narration, this is a book that is such an easy listen.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 04-30-20

Great story

Well written interesting story with likeable characters. Narrated by the best voice for bittersweet romance.

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  • Laora
  • 09-18-21

Murder mystery with physic twist

The narration was okay, I have heared better by JF harding, the voices of the women in this story are in my opinion not so well done.
The story was a bit up and down, for me it felt a bit strange how the mc behaved in certain series
Narration 4,5 Story 3,5, overall 3,5

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  • F. E. Jackson
  • 09-17-21

A waste of a day

If it weren't for the need to know who the murderer was, I'd have quit after chapter 10.

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  • Connie the DarcLibrarian
  • 09-17-21

The psychic and the cop...

I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller with a healthy dollop of hot mm sex scenes and a narrator that really gets to the very core of the characters.

Detective Connor Dougal is a man tortured by past tragedy and subsequently a deep mistrust of psychics. So when he is tasked to 'babysit' visiting psychic Kevin Quinn who has been asked to unofficially help in resolving a series of abductions of young boys he is unsurprisingly suspicious.

But as the two men get to know each other it becomes apparent that not only is there more to the case but a hell of a lot more to Kevin then Connors first impressions. If they can learn to trust and respect each other then maybe not only can they solve the case but along the way, maybe they can also find a love to last a lifetime.

I listened to this excellent Audiobook through Audible Plus.

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  • Lynne77
  • 09-13-21

Loved this!

A murder mystery but the snark between the two main characters was priceless and had me laughing out loud. It’s a seriously sad case concerning boys going missing but the humour helped to make it an enjoyable read.
It’s not difficult to figure the mystery out but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.
I can highly recommend giving this a read - loved it.

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  • Steph
  • 08-19-21

An ok listen

At the start of this book it was a bit hard to get into. It was an ok listen, not the best and not the worst I've listened to either.

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  • Reece
  • 08-08-21

Good story, too much sex

Absolutely loved the story, the characters were well fleshed out and believable but unfortunately that was mired by an over abundance of sex in nearly every chapter. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy reading about it like everyone else but I felt that this book could have done with limiting how much there was as the story was absolutely incredible and kept me hooked until the end.

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  • LisaCanada
  • 08-05-21

Nice book!

I was gripped by the story from the start! I really like both characters and how their relationship develops.
The investigation story and his gift are really interested as well. I was just a bit disappointed when around the middle or two third of the book for me the intrigue becomes super on the nose, knowing it started so well I was a bit sad about this.
Great narration by J.F. Harding again, I love his voice! A few times it was a bit hard to differentiate both characters but in general it was really good and on point with the emotions.
It's not an all time favorite of mine but I enjoyed it a lot and I'm sure I'll listen to it again, I recommend it!

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  • Petricia
  • 02-21-20

fantastic book

Wish there was a series with Conner and Kevin.
It's a fantastc book with a fantastic narrator. JF Harding does another great audiobook narration. Ive listened to this many times and I keep returning to it. so yeah l reccomend this book to all M M fans. It's got everything l want from a book. romance, funny moments , suspense, erotic sex scenes and a happy ending.