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The Long Way Around

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  47 reviews
A wrong turn could lead to Mr. Right.

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-handle
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 6th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

I really like friends to lovers stories and I really enjoy them when a road-trip is thrown into the mix.

Sam and Wes are quite different which made them a great match. Where Wes is playful and outgoing Sam is kind of nerdy and would rather stay home. Sam is still dealing with the fallout of a bad breakup and is ready to move on. His sister begs him to attend her wedding but after his breakup he's afraid to face his family again considering his breakup affected them all in different ways
An absolutely lovely friends to lovers story, Quinn Anderson crafts this one perfectly. Watching these two besties recognize their attraction, and then slowly come together is so compelling... just wonderful.

As Quinn Anderson fans can attest, she writes a fantastic love scene and these two guys are great together (gah, that first scene in the car is so hot!).

There's way more to The Long Way Around than just friends to lovers, we get a deeply personal look at both men and the issues they're facin
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I love friends to lovers romances so I was excited to read The Long Way Around and while I did like the story at times I felt it moved too slow and got bogged down with the same arguments over and over. The fact the two heroes had been best friends since college and were both gay but had never considered a relationship was interesting and watching them realize that their feeling had changed was at times heartbreaking and at others exciting. Overall, The Long Way Around was an enjoyable story wit
Roberta Blablanski
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, road-trip
Road trip! Friends to lovers! Hot sexy times in hotel rooms!

What more can a reader ask for?

As usual, Quinn Anderson does not disappoint. Oh, and did I forget to mention that steamy scene in the car?
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, with friends-to-lovers + Quinn Anderson, you can't go wrong. My favorite trope by one of my favorite authors had me snapping this book up as soon as I saw it.

Sam and Wesley have been BFFs since freshman year of college when they were assigned as roommates. Sam is an introvert who generally prefers to keep to himself. The one person to pull him out into the social world is Wesley, who is the extroverted, outgoing people-person antithesis to Sam. They set off on a cross-country road trip t
Joyfully Jay
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

As many of you guys know, I am a huge road trip story fan, so I was eager to check this book out. I think Anderson does a really nice job with the road trip aspect of the story and nicely combines the adventures the guys have along the way with the growing attraction their close proximity brings to light. For the most part, the guys are in a new city each day and we get to follow along as they explore and discover interesting things about the places they go. Things
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 2.75 Stars ~

I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect friends-to-lovers road trip book. And, I’m admittedly picky about them. It’s hard to measure up to the great ones—I’ve read a couple of great ones that have set the bar pretty high—but that won’t stop me from looking! It’s gotta be tough for an author to create that perfect balance of epic friendship with a side of simmering sexual tension and believable chemistry. When it works, it’s undeniable. And, when it doesn’t, it can be such a
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
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 pa
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3.5 Road Trip Stars

The first two words of the novel were Williamsport, Pennsylvania- shout out to my neck of the woods! The next thing that hooked me was the premise of taking the long way around to Montana from Pennsylvania. Bear in mind, I began reading this novel while on a cross-country drive back home to Pennsylvania from New Mexico. 3 solid days of 13+ hours per day to get home, so that part of the premise resonated withi
Well, Quinn Anderson's The Long Way Around has delivered two of my favorite themes in romance *smile*. Best Friends + Road Trip. I love road trip romance -- there's this intensity of being with someone for long time, spending that little space together, that just adds the delicious tension. This book definitely HAS that, especially with Sam and Wesley deciding to visit a number of states and cities in the U.S.A. New York, Atlanta, New Orleans... oh, be still my heart!!

In addition, Anderson als
I’m partial to friends-to-lovers stories anyway, but with the added bonus of a road trip- I couldn’t resist The Long Way Around. I’ve read this author before and found her casual style easy to sink into. That effortless rhythm and balance between dialogue and narrative was present in this novel, making it an easy, enjoyable read.

Despite being opposites in many ways, Sam and Wes have a long-standing friendship that’s never crossed any physical lines. Their close bond was palpable throughout the
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
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 advent
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Rating: 5 stars - loved it!

Sam Cooper and Wesley Reed have been friends since freshman year of college despite being completely different in personality. They're so close that people often mistake them for a couple or assume they've at least slept together. But honestly, they're just friends -- at least they are until a road trip across the country leaves both Sam and Wesley with feelings and an attraction they've never really experienced before. I'm a huge fan of friends to lovers so I adored T
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I love (best) friends to lovers stories. It's like the ultimate slow burn but when you get dropped into the story there's already all this history between the characters that makes it easy to feel a spark from the beginning.

The Long Way Around is like that. These guys really are best friends and are everything to each other. It was beautiful to see how that connection got ever deeper over time.

I also loved their road trip and adventures out and about. Their travel was a fun and very fitting ba
Amy Dufera
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, The Long Way Around caught my attention. I instantly fell in love with the mood of this story by Quinn Anderson.

The book starts with Sam who is unemployed, and uninspired to look for a job at the moment. His best friend, Wesley, is also between jobs. Sam’s sister is getting married, but Sam is afraid to attend, knowing his parents are mad at him. Wesley convinces him to take a road trip, with the wedding as their final destination. What Wesley doesn’t tell Sam, is his r
Riina Y.T.
One of my favorite themes: two friends falling in love with each other - that's exactly what we get with The Long Way Around!! :)

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Sam and Wesley's story. Both are likable and, in their own way, very relatable characters.

Wesley and Sam have been best friends since freshman year of college and like true best friends have always been there for one another. When Sam is needed at his sister's wedding, without a second thought Wesley drops everything and takes his frie
Up All Night With Books
4 Stars
Review by Morgen
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog

The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson is a standalone. The main theme of the book is friendship, the intimacy they share and how far that connection can take them.

Sam is a complete introvert, he shys away from confrontation and would rather stay home than go out. He’s smart, sweet, and wants nothing more than to safely hide from his problems.

Wesley is the life of the party. Charming and charismatic he knows how to have a good
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet new adult friends to lovers romance. It is the story of college BFFs Sam and Wesley and the two week road trip they take to Sam’s sister’s wedding. One year after graduating from college, Sam and Wesley find themselves unemployed and somewhat directionless. But the road trip introduces an intimacy that neither Sam or Wesley is ready for.

I liked both Sam and Wesley. Introverted Sam feels older and slightly more
This book was a great surprise and I loved every page.

Wes was a blast and I loved Sam, too. I liked their story and their friendship and how it evolved into romance. Considering this was my first Quinnn Anderson's read, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well written book with detailed and vivid descriptions, complex characters and an initiating self discovery road trip.
I'll definitely start on Ms Anderson's other titles, as well.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book from Quinn Anderson and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I will have to look back through her previous works and add them to my TBR stack.
We start off with our MC's, Sam and Wesley, both stuck in a bit of a rut with college finished but no jobs as yet obtained. Wesley convinces Sam to drive across the country to reach his sister's wedding but via cities that they want to visit.
It's a good premise for a story, I think these men are slightly older than other travel stories
Jules Lovestoread
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's call it 2.75 stars. It was ok. There were parts that had me smiling...the guys actually had excellent chemistry... But, the story itself needed some help. :/ Full review coming to
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE LONG WAY AROUND by QUINN ANDERSON is an emotional journey, full of twists and turns. At the center of the story is friendship and love. I found the book fascinating, with lots of drama and angst.
Elaine Gray
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam and Wesley are best friends and are taking a road trip to his sister’s. Wesley is in love with Sam and has been for years. Their attraction starts to come out and an addiction is discovered and it is addressed. I enjoyed this book. There was angst, fun, and I loved Sam and Wesley as a couple.
Danielle Chambers
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Best friends who were roommates and are both gay and are going on a road trip to a wedding as dates and have to bed share at a few motels on the way and who constantly get asked if they are dating. Sign me up!

Sam is an extreme introvert who gets roomed with Wesley, who is an extrovert. They help balance each other and become best friends. They are determined to show the world that two gay men and be close friends without having to hook up.

Years later, Sam is without a job at the end of an inter
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Sam and Wesley have been best of friends since freshman year of college. They have always been aware that others had always thought they were a couple, but only friendship was ever in their minds. That is until Sam and Wesley travel cross country together in a car to get to Sam's sisters wedding. Sparks fly and passion ignites sending the best friends into lovers for the first time. But will secrets that Wesley is holding be the make or break of this new relationship? Or will they both decide th ...more
I'm a huge fan of road trips books and when you throw in some friends to lovers it's a great mix for me. This was enjoyable while I was reading it. I gave it three stars meaning I liked it but it didn't wow me. I didn't write my review right away though (which I totally should have) and now when I look this over I realize I can't remember anything about this book. Like nothing. I had to read other people's review to jog my memory and even after that I only can remember one plot point. ...more
Taid Stone
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of two former college roommates, adults now looking for jobs, two men who each have what they think is a secret from the other--but when revealed prove not to be. One secret is about loving the other, a feeling if revealed Sam assumes will ruin his friendship with Wes. The other is a more serious personal problem of Wes's, the former roommate who seems to have everything under control. Both secrets intertwine and are revealed to the readers in a coast to near coast car trip to avoid ar ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:
An epic road trip with best friends? There's little doubt where this story is going to go, but there were some unexpected twists and turns along that route that I sure didn't expect at the beginning of the story.

A year ago, Sam broke off his engagement just days before his wedding. Now, his sister is getting married and he has to decide whether or not he's brave enough to face the fallout, anger, and disappointment from what happened a year ago. Up to this point, he's avoided the discu
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers romance, and I appreciated that NPR brought some attention to author Quinn Anderson (whose novel "Fourteen Summers" is also great [Try it out. Thank me later.]), so I picked up "The Long Way Around" for a long, rainy weekend.

The story of Sam Cooper and Wesley Reed is one of tropes, sure, but they are tropes executed well. Sam is quiet; Wesley's not. Wesley is daring; Sam's not. There's a buddy-comedy road-movie aspect. There are hurdles to overcome and a
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable friends-to-lovers/road trip story that touches on some tough topics.

The depth of the friendship between Sam and Wesley is the highlight of this story. Set against the backdrop of those difficult "not a college student anymore but don't quite feel like an adult yet" years, both Sam and Wesley are struggling to figure out where they fit into the world and in each other's lives. With Sam's sister's wedding looming (and Sam feeling conflicted about facing his family), Wesley talks him
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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 professiona