Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Virtual Book Tour ~ The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson (Review + Giveaway)

Virtual Book Tour ~ The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson (Review + Giveaway)

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.

5 Stars

I absolutely LOVED this story. I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers and, if done right, I love road trip books and this one was was amazing.

I adored both Wesley and Sam, they were so sweet and lovable. As friends they fit together great and once they moved to lovers, it was even more amazing. The progression of their relationship from friends to lovers was natural and best of all, believable. I can totally see this happening in real life.

Wes and Sam had amazing chemistry and they were passionate and hot together. I loved watching them slowly realize their feelings for each other were changing.

This wasn’t always an easy read, it has some serious angst and Wesley’s situation isn’t something that’s easy to face, especially at such a young age, but I loved that Sam was so supportive of Wes and willing to help in any way he could. I thought the author handled the subject matter nicely and It seemed well researched and realistic.

The story was well-written and although not all of it was fun, I loved getting to tag along on this two-week adventure with Wes and Sam. Ms. Anderson has definitely become one of my go-to authors and The Long Way Around is a great addition to her list of books. This was such an enjoyable read that held me captivated and turning the pages. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t recommend it enough!!

* Copy provided to me by the author/publisher via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. *

5 Stars!

I've been a fan of Ms. Anderson's writing ever since I stumbled upon The Other Five Percent and I've loved all the other books by her I've read. Despite that, nothing could've prepared me for the emotional impact The Long Way Around would have in me.

The book starts a bit slow, giving a bit of background information about Sam and Wes and what makes them decide to embark on a 2-week road trip, but as we advance into the story, I found myself captivated, completely engrossed in their adventures and invested in their relationship and the trainwreck that was Wes's life.

I loved both Sam and Wes and my heart warmed seeing the progression of their relationship from best friends to lovers. I loved the awkwardness, the realization, the intensity of their feelings. They were sweet and fun and passionate and I couldn't get enough of them. And then my heart broke when I realized what Wes was dealing with. While, thankfully, I've never dealt with what Wes was going through on that or any level, I think the author did her research and managed to write about it in a realistic and sensitive manner. It was a rollercoaster for me and by the end of the book, I was a slobbering mess, albeit a happy one. 

The Long Way Around is a book that will certainly stay with me for a while. I couldn't recommend it more, just stock on the tissues, because you'll need them.

*** Copy provided to me via NetGalley by Riptide Publishing for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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To celebrate the release of The Long Way Around, Quinn is giving away a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 11, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Thanks for the review guys. Really boost my wanting to read this book. Congrats on the new book, Quinn - it sounds fun!
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  2. Congrats on the release! I love the cover!!!

  3. Congratulations on your new release Quinn.


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  6. some great reviews! congrats on the new release


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