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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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eh.

i enjoyed the story and narration, but the rampant homophobia and gaslighting of Kevin by his family after being blamed for his mother's death and called an "abomination" for being gay pissed me off. it all gets shrugged off and forgiven by kevin after his dad blames the "abomination" comment on having attended the scene of a hate crime the week before kevin' mother died, and then his father, sister and brother in law all mock kevin for "taking (his father)'s comments seriously". it bothers me to the point i'd have returned the audiobook if it hadn't been free.

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Murder mystery with ‘extra benefits’

I enjoyed the story line but had not noticed that there was going to be a good dose of pornographic content also involved. Perhaps I missed this in the abstract?

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Emotional and well narrated

A relationship with a well written plot to keep you interested and moved with emotion, I laughed (a lot) I cried and felt the emotional pull of the characters. It was a wonderful read, one I will listen to again.

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My heart!

What a rollercoaster! I totally called who the bad guy was, but that was okay. Kevin and Conner were hilarious together, but also sweet. The tragedy was heartbreaking. A super enjoyable read. And the performance was great! I loved how hot-tempered Conner was, and how he hated to be called pretty baby but Kevin did it anyway to annoy him. And the "here Kitty Kitty" made me laugh so much my stomach hurt. The strength of the two men and how they 0layed off each other was superb.

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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.

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  • Belen
  • 20-11-2016

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
  • 27-11-2016

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
  • 22-11-2016

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
  • 17-03-2021

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
  • 06-12-2016

Great story

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

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  • Kath
  • 14-12-2016

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
  • 04-12-2016

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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  • Roger Martinez
  • 03-09-2021

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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  • A. Wyland
  • 30-06-2021

Mediocre

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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  • Just Browsing
  • 25-04-2021

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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  • Shadow
  • 21-08-2021

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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  • JBo
  • 12-02-2017

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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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 30-04-2020

Great story

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

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  • Jeys
  • 31-10-2021

Really good

The writing is really good and I like Kevin and Connor a lot, especially their dry humour and the way they interact. The characters and their relationships with others are multifaceted and believable which is rare for this genre. I would love to see a sequel where Kevin and Connor solve other crimes together.

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  • Michael Wild
  • 26-09-2021

An absorbing story

Absorbing and very well read. My only problem is with the concept which is too much like the television series The Medium.

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  • Laora
  • 18-09-2021

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
  • 17-09-2021

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
  • 17-09-2021

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
  • 13-09-2021

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
  • 19-08-2021

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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