elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

The Way Back by Carter Quinn

An all-boys story with women playing best girlfriends. Maybe I have this feeling since all three men involved were friends before becoming lovers, but indeed they bond on different levels, not only through love and sex. The interrelationships between Riley and Jason, and then Riley and Eric play well inside and outside the bedroom; plus they are all-100%-men, enjoying sports and outdoor life, even if Riley is a college professor.

I also liked how the author managed to not make anyone of them on the wrong side. Sure Eric is the less likable of them, the bisexual man who broke Riley’s heart, and when everyone from the reader to Eric know that Jason, the good brother, was already in love with Riley in college… the only one that has still not understood it is Riley.

Six years later, Riley and Jason are starting a tentative relationship, shadowed by the memory of Eric. When Eric comes back into Riley’s life, apparently Jason continues to play the “good boy” role. Apparently since, like we will understand, it’s more the fear to get hurt again than trying to do the right thing for Riley. So even the knight in shining armor has a crack on the armor… On the other side, Eric the villain, is not so bad after all, and while the reader starts to understand Jason they also start to wonder if, in the end, Eric is not the right man for Riley.

I like how the author played with his characters, leaving open all scenarios, and giving them good and bad points at the same time.


Amazon: The Way Back
Amazon Kindle: The Way Back
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725264
ISBN-13: 978-1613725269

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