Book Reviews

Book Review: Long Road Home by J.W. Ashley

Description:

Ten years ago Lincoln Calloway broke me.

A single, terrifying phone call is all it takes to change the trajectory of my life. But what I thought would be a short trip home, quickly turns more serious as the secrets my family has tried to keep hidden finally come to light. Starting with their new handyman. Lincoln Calloway…my best friend, my biggest heartbreak.

After ten years, he’s changed from the boy who ran away to a dangerously sexy man with the body of a marble statue. His insanely blue eyes and chiseled features may have everyone fooled, but I’ve been down this road with Lincoln before. He made it clear how he felt back then, so why is he so determined to fix the broken pieces of my heart when he’s the one who shattered it in the first place?

My Thoughts:

What I enjoyed about this story was that the author was intentional in creating characters who were complex and had depth. I will say there were times that I found the characters a little too childish as adults, but given the way they grew up and resentment they held for their childhood, I was willing to give it a pass. The pace was slow at times for me and I kept wanting more to happen, but the author makes up for it with scenes that mirror the childhood that Macey and Lincoln share.

What I find interesting is that I went into this book expecting to read a familiar trope and knowing what I was getting myself into. I was pleasantly surprised that the characters had more depth and even in the cheesy moments of the book, the author was skilled at bringing their humanity to the surface. It was tasteful and well-written. I’d be willing to read this author in the future.

I received an ARC from book sprout in exchange for an honest review.

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