The Long Way Home

the long way homeTitle: The Long Way Home
Author: Catt Ford
Publisher: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
Genre: Contemporary GLBT (M/M)
Length: short story (nap size dream)
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

THE BLURB

Andy’s Mom sends him to his childhood home to check on the house for Christmas — and he can’t avoid memories of the past, especially when Jake shows up on his doorstep to spark a fire in the unheated house.

THE REVIEW

When Andy arrived at his old home his first visit is to his favourite fishing hole where he and his best friend Jake swam and played as kids and teenagers. It was an emotional journey as it brought back memories of growing up that he wanted to forget, such as when he first realized that he was attracted to boys and his fantasies about Jake as they swam in their special spot. Returning to the house Andy realized that the furnace light was off and it refused to cooperate as he struggled to get the heat going. He was preparing to spend the night in the freezing cold house when there is a knock at the door; he opens it to find the man he had been in love with all those years ago, his best friend. Jake had seen the lights from his house and dropped by to check that everything was OK since he knew that Andy’s parents were away.

Andy couldn’t get over the changes in his friend’s appearance. Gone was the carefree, laughing Jake – now he looked years older. As they try to find common ground it soon became clear that Jake wanted answers for Andy’s sudden departure from home, and the fact that he had never returned, even for holidays. When Andy explained that he left home because he thought Jake was married and had been for 5 years, he was overwhelmed by Jake’s response. It seems that Jake was also gay, had always loved Andy and had never been married. They left to stay at Jake’s house and reminisced over the changes that had occurred in their lives. When they eventually made love it was even better than Andy thought it would be and he realized that the man of his dreams was a reality.

I enjoyed this story as it contained some elements that I really liked. The characters of Jake and Andy were realistic and for such a short story there was enough content to keep me interested as the plot developed. There is one comment I would like to make that had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the story. The author uses a lot of euphemisms for body parts and what I consider to be very flowery language in different areas of the book. It seemed to me that simpler prose would have worked just as well and would not have detracted from the story — I don’t think I have seen the phrases “iliac furrow” “limned with ecstasy” “spurting liquid fire …. and I followed him over the abyss” used recently in an erotic romance, but maybe that’s just me.

The Long Way Home is a good story with enough emotional content to satisfy readers of the genre. I found the characters well developed and sympathetic and the plot was a satisfactory walk down memory lane for Andy and Jake.

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jessewave

Tam
You are really funny. I must visit that blog – I have never heard of it. Please email me the link.

I’m just wondering if I should review the other book by this writer – I feel really bad but as a service to the readers on this blog who buy books I had to tell them what I didn’t like. Oh well.

Tam

I have a friend with another dorky blog who sometimes does “Teach me something Tuesdays” and when he does one I am going to use this, truly. LOL My research shall not go in vain and since most of the other posters are gay guys, maybe they’ll actually have reason to use it in a sentence someday. Somehow I just don’t think its a phrase that rolls off the straight girl’s tongue. Not that her tongue couldn’t roll of an iliac furrow if she plays her cards right. 😉

jessewave

Tam and Mary
Exactly my point. I should not have to check the dictionary and Tam you should not either. We read these books for enjoyment – they are not supposed to be work. Maybe we are all ignorant. The pity is – the story is a good read. Look, I don’t like to cut a book up b/c I love to read, but the prose really didn’t help this book.

Ahem, I have to write a review for another book by this author.

Mary M.

If I have to get out ANY kind of dictionary when I read romance or erotica, they’ve lost me too.

Tam, thanks for the additional info. Abs. Incredible.

Tam

Damn, learn something new everyday. This is what it is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo%27s_belt Its basically the line of muscle on guys with extremely cut abs, on the side running up to the waist. Huh. Just say abs, that works for me. Seems like more of an arty word than medical.

jessewave

When I looked it up I didn’t understand the explanation. It’s a muscle either near the buttocks or the lower stomach or abs – take your pick 🙂 I thought I was pretty intelligent but I guess I’m not up with the medical terminology for common terms, which is exactly my point. If I have to get out a dictionary of medical terms when reading an erotic book, then you’ve lost me.

Mary M.

0_0 “Iliac furrow” ?????? ROTFLMAO :-DDDD. What the heck does that refer to? I’m not even sure what those words mean individually :-DDD

The story sounds nice, I like those long-lost-best-friends-becoming-more plots, but I think I have enough on my plate already. Especially if the style of this one didn’t quite do it for both you and Jen. That’s a pretty big warning sigh :).

Still a very good review 🙂

jessewave

Thanks Jen. The story was fine but I just wish the author had stuck with ‘plain speak.’ I read Summer Fever about a month ago but haven’t reviewed it as yet. My review will probably be similar to this one.

JenB

I had the same overall reaction to another of this author’s stories. I believe it was called Summer Fever. I liked the story and the characters, but the style didn’t work well for me. That’s one of those funny little things about books–a book might be perfect for most readers, but for some reason doesn’t quite click for another.

Sounds like there was still plenty to enjoy in this one. Great review, Wave. 🙂

jessewave

Tam
I don’t want to dump on the story because that was not my intent – it was actually enjoyable but I would have loved it more if the prose was simpler and didn’t throw me off my stride. Sometimes I think authors feel they have to impress their readers with their vocabulary when a really good story is all we want.

Tam

Umm, yeah, that’s sounds a bit odd. I prefer plain speak when we’re talking body parts and reactions.

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