Title: For the Long Run
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com;
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, BDSM
Length: novel (200 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Larissa
Review Summary: a dark story with some hot kink that was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat, but showed a little too much similarity with the author’s other work.
Blurb: After being bullied into the closet by his conservative senator father, Jay Molloy reconciles himself to a life of one-night stands instead of the loving D/s relationship he craves. When he meets the man of his dreams, trained Dom Eric Keger, all Jay dares to hope for is a quick fling. Eric has other ideas. He’s been hired by Jay’s father to run security at the family’s hunting resort, but now he has his heart set on Jay.
When murder victims begin to turn up at the resort, Eric and Jay start an investigation, but chasing down the killer proves less frustrating than dealing with Jay’s abusive, homophobic father. Exploring their new relationship would be hard enough on their own, but Eric and Jay also have to deal with politics, Jay’s fake fiancée, and a murderer who may be something more than human.
Review: It wasn’t really surprising that I picked up For the Long Run as it hits all my buttons with the blurb. I wasn’t disappointed either, while there were a few hiccups in this story it was overall enjoyable and yes, very creepy. For the Long Run is also a story lovers of kink will like as the kink was very hot.
I’m not going to go deeper into the plot as the blurb sums it up nicely. Throughout the review I will add a few things, but to give more insight into the story will give too much away.
Just like with the author’s other stories, the writing for For the Long Run is well done. Told from 3rd person, the POV shifts between Jay and Eric. Not so much so that it’s constant head hopping, but enough that it gives a good insight into the story and the characters.
The writing is concise, giving not only a good glimpse into the world Eric and Jay live in, but also adds to the story. There are some downright scary and gruesome moments in this story and the author writes them well. Giving just enough away to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Jay and Eric are both well drawn-out and round characters. Unfortunately, they are the only ones in the story. The others are pretty much fillers or stereotypes. Jay’s father is the typical ladder climbing, abusive politician and his mum the typical politician’s wife, although she is supportive of Jay and doesn’t give into her husband very easily.
What is noticeable though, is the part where Jay and Eric are very reminiscent of the main characters of the author’s Sentry series. Character wise Jay is the spitting image of Nick and Eric of Todd. The character traits they portray are very similar.
Jay is the strong (willed) submissive who craves guidance, but is able to be independent if the situation calls for it. Stubborn at times, he cares deeply for Eric. It wasn’t insta!love, but there was instant craving. For their first meeting in a bar, Jay knew he wanted Eric. In fact, he showed a little too much insight into Eric’s character:
“He knew what he was doing; cared about his partner’s needs, and was willing to see his sub was provided for properly.”
That was just shortly into their first meeting. While that didn’t take away from their relationship as a whole, it made it clear as to where this was going.
Eric in turn is the very strong, capable, handsome and very inventive Dom. While hired as the head of security, he makes no bones about what he wants from Jay without pushing him too much. What did strike me as odd was the part where Eric and Jay never had a talk about limits, at least not on page. From the very start both Eric and Jay “get each other.” That made it so the romance was a little less believable for me. Fortunately, the kink was good. I’m a sucker for orgasm denial 😉
The other little niggle for me was – in between fanning myself from the hot scenes or hiding behind the couch from the scary ones – that the author only shows the best in their relationship. There is a mention of a few things that need working on or the day after a scene that didn’t go so well, but nothing drawn out. It would have made their relationship more round if the ‘bad’ was shown along with the good.
The plot has three layers. The first and foremost is the relationship between Eric and Jay. This is also where the emphasis in the story lies. There are quite a few (sex) scenes. It didn’t take away from the story, because everything came together well
The second layer focuses on the murders and the mystery part of the story. Throughout the story people keep being murdered and dumped at the same site. It did make me wonder why the police did not set up surveillance at the dump site. The mystery and the suspense were done well. It’s was not overly horrific, but the thrills were there, along with the gore.
The only real niggle with this part of the plot was the supernatural element. It is more or less just thrown in there. There is no hint that monsters exist, it’s just there. I hadn’t read the keywords for the categories and judging by the blurb, I thought this was contemporary. Nope. Supernatural monster, killing since the 1700’s. While not wrong, the fact that it was just there threw me a bit. Jay didn’t even react to it either. I might have asked Eric what he was on when he mentioned real monsters.
Again we see the influence from the Sentries series as Eric and Jay go hunting for the creature.
The third layer was Jay’s asshole politician’s father who had way too much influence over Jay. Throughout the story there are several run-ins with dear old dad and how Jay handles them. This part was not overly intrusive, but added another layer to Jay’s character and the story.
Overall For the Long Run is a nice story with scary and gruesome parts and some hot kink if you can overlook a few bumps along the way. Fans of the author will either love this or find it much too similar to the Sentry series. If I look deeper into it, I might just see it as a Sentry story in contemporary surroundings, but without the slave element – real slaves that is, not the kink ones. Still, it was an enjoyable read.