Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ARC Review: Taking the Long Way by Max MacGowan

Taking the Long Way
From the blurb:

Male escort Rye Bellamy is looking for a way out. Any way out. He’s getting older, and clients are getting more dangerous. If he doesn’t find something better, he knows he won’t survive.

He sees his chance in Marcus Townsend, a functionally blind Army veteran. Marcus, who refuses to accept his condition as immutable, has a shot at seeing a specialist who might be able to help him—but that doctor’s based on the other side of the country.

When Rye and Marcus meet, they realize they can help each other. Marcus can’t drive, but Rye can. Marcus knows what Rye is, but he likes him anyway. In fact, he more than likes him. Driving cross-country with a near stranger is a daunting task, but Rye’s biggest risk is falling for the gentle, stubborn-hearted soldier—and it might already be too late to stop that.

They plan to part ways when they reach their destination, but plans change as the affection between them grows. Now neither wants their journey to end, but continuing means finding a way to bridge the distance between who they were and who they'd like to become.

Heather's rating:

I want to say first and foremost, do NOT be put off by my rating of this book. I was really, really impressed by newbie author, Max MacGowan, who really put out a very well conceived, nicely plotted book that felt like the work of an experienced author. You go, Max! I think most readers will be super impressed and will ADORE this one.

But then why only 3.5 stars, you might ask. Well, for me, 3.5 stars is a good rating, something between "I liked it" and "I really liked it." Really, when it came down to it, I had a few issues that affected my rating that may be things only particular to me.

Marcus was a soldier who was functionally blinded while he was on a military tour. He was a character that was easy to get behind. Marcus was proud, somewhat lost, and looking for something to give his life meaning and purpose again. Rye was a rent boy trying to catch a customer, and Rye and Marcus meet by chance.

This book is supposed to be a GFY, with Marcus being attracted to a man for the first time. But... yeah, I really didn't buy that part. Which is a TOTAL BUMMER, because I'm a GFY whore. I LOVE GFY. To me, there is nothing like the sexual tension and chemistry that comes from a first-time gay experience. *dreamy sigh*. However, this was a lightening quick GFY with very little emotional angst. To top it off, the book talks about how Marcus is a demisexual because he is attracted to the person, not the gender, which is not quite the correct definition. He is more pansexual, according to that definition.

Here is a chart that really helps me when I'm confused:

Though I had some issues (and I didn't even get into pacing, which was also a problem), this book was truly a lovely read. This author showed me how great their potential is, and I would certainly try another book from Max MacGowan in the future.

Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


Buy this book:

Dreamspinner Press, Amazon

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