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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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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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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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Great story

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

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Great read

Graphic gay story that is tragic, heartwarming and really funny. It's well written and well read

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Good story ruined by overstated sex scenes

There are only so many ways to describe a sex scene. There were so many in this book that they became so repetitive I ended up fast forwarding them all, with an exasperated sigh in an attempt to get back to the story line. This would have been okay with a love story and a touch of steamy sex, but the clatter took over about half way through. I'm now so bored with it I'm not sure I'm bothered to finish the book. Good job it was free.

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Psychic or romance?

Not quite sure what to make of this story after reading up on the title it sounded ok until I got further into it the sex scenes were quite graphic and as I listened to me it was more about romance which isn't really my thing but I'm sure some people will like it just not for me.

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The premise of the story was great. Loved the idea of a psychic, but the sex scenes were too much. Overtook the story. Found myself saying, oh not again. Shame really.

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Not for me thanks

Mentions hand on c0ck within the first 10 mins and I didn't find anything after a further 30mins to entice me to listen to the rest of the book. I've given it 3* because this is just my opinion and the narrator is good.

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I loved this story!!! 10/10, Harding's don a very good job in narrating this story!

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  • 21-06-22

A gay love/sex story not a thriiler

3 hours in and nothing really happened...fast fwd....no improvement. I got this hoping for a thriller, not what I got. Theres too many books with too much unbelievable love/sex scenes, straight and gay... all as cringeworthy as this book is. This didn't help the flimsy storyline either, which was equally as silly.

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  • Belen
  • 20-11-16

Compelling Mystery and Romance

Any additional comments?

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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  • Karen - New York
  • 27-11-16

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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  • SassiKassi
  • 22-11-16

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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  • Kevin Le
  • 17-03-21

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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  • BrattyOz
  • 06-12-16

Great story

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

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  • Kath
  • 14-12-16

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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  • HaloLove
  • 04-12-16

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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  • Just Browsing
  • 25-04-21

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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  • Ladislao Loera
  • 18-12-21

Fun, not a great story, but great fun

Loved the characters and the narrator.

The story is fun, a bit predictable, but fun. There were some problems with the way the straight father was forgiven for saying something hateful to his son. It wasn't his son's fault, it was the father's fault. The father was not owed an apology.

But aside from this annoyance, I enjoyed the time I spent listening. Would listen to another LGBT/supernatural by this author. JF Harding, was a joy to listen to.

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  • Roger Martinez
  • 03-09-21

Must read!

I love this book, it is so good. I so desperately want more of these characters, I just want to know more of them. They're so well written and everything about the story is so interesting.

Completely recommend!

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