I’m Quinn Anderson, author of Fourteen Summers and the Murmur Inc. series. Welcome to my blog tour for The Long Way Around! Stay tuned to get fun facts about this release, learn about our leading men, and hear about the many road trips I took in my antique car, Lou. Leave comments for a chance to win a $10 Riptide gift card. I look forward to chatting with you all!
About The Long Way Around
Sam Cooper is the definition of an introvert: shy, bookish, and the sort to think a wild Friday night involves ordering takeout. He enjoys his quiet life, but after a bad breakup, he’s been yearning for a change of scenery. Luckily, his best friend and former college roommate has the solution.
Wesley Reed—a jokester and expert Sam-handler—proposes an epic road trip to a wedding across the country. They’re both between jobs and boyfriends. Why not hit the open road and make some memories?
Stuck in close quarters for the first time since their dorm days, they’re both surprised at the heat that springs up between them. As best friends, they’ve shared so much over the years, so why does sharing a hotel room—and occasionally a bed—make them want more? Chemistry this smoldering is hard to ignore, but there are road blocks to their romance. Wesley’s keeping a secret, and Sam can’t rely on Wesley to drag him out of his comfort zone forever. If they’re not careful, their relationship may take the ultimate wrong turn.
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Really, with friends-to-lovers + Quinn Anderson, you can’t go wrong. My favorite trope by one of my favorite authors had me snapping this book up as soon as I saw it.
Sam and Wesley have been BFFs since freshman year of college when they were assigned as roommates. Sam is an introvert who generally prefers to keep to himself. The one person to pull him out into the social world is Wesley, who is the extroverted, outgoing people-person antithesis to Sam. They set off on a cross-country road trip to get Sam to his sister’s wedding; it’s also kind of a last-chance thing before the next stages of their lives potentially pull them apart.
This book was broken up into very distinct sections for me. The first quarter or so I was, to my surprise, not loving it. As much as I expected to connect with Sam (introverts unite!), I was having trouble connecting to either character and also struggling to feel their close friendship. The next big chunk (up to about 75%), I was completely all in with them and immersed in the road trip (I love road trip books! I’m always inspired to plan one of my own). Their chemistry – both platonic and intimate – was burning up my Kindle and I was gearing up for the smiley happy HEA. Then, the last quarter completely threw me for a loop and things got real, and fast. By the end of the book, Sam and Wesley had fought HARD for that HEA and I was crying over my Kindle.
I say it every time I review one of her books, but one of my favorite things about Quinn Anderson is her variety and her skill at telling completely different stories. She’s done everything from airport meet-cute to trapped in a collapsing building to cam boy meets porn star, and she does it all so well. Here, she wraps together a fuzzy-feel-good friends-to-lovers story with battling personal demons and finding out what’s truly important to you. (I know that’s vague but I’m trying not to spoil! Just trust me.)
I definitely recommend checking out this book. It’s got BFFs-to-boyfriends, classic car road trips, kitten-fights-velociraptor t-shirts, and the sweetest, most deserved happily-ever-after.
An advance copy of this book was received through NetGalley for review on OMGReads.
About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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