Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Long Road Home
SERIES: Hill Country Heat, #1
AUTHOR: JC Jaynes
PUBLISHER: Via Star Wings Books
LENGTH: 239 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 30, 2016
What should have been a beautiful new beginning is undone by the hatred and envy of another.
Ten years ago, Kaine Keeley watched in horror as the love of his life turned his back on him, taking with him his one true chance at happiness. Now that he’s no longer the penniless, shy boy he once was, Kaine is ready to fight and take back what was stolen from him.
A long time ago, Graeson Hardin thought that Kaine was worth fighting for. But after witnessing a crushing betrayal, he ran and never looked back. He wants nothing now but to live his life of solitude, protected from a love that almost destroyed him. When Kaine shows up ten years later with a heartfelt apology and a believable explanation, Graeson must decide if he can make peace with his past to have the possibility of the future he always wanted.
Having travelled different roads in life, will these former lovers be able to battle the evil that may still be working to keep them apart and find a way to begin their long journey back home?
This book ends with a HEA and does not end on a cliff-hanger.
Kaine Keeley and Graeson Hardin met 10 years ago when they were in college. It took them a year and a half to work out they were in love with each other because Graeson had only ever dated women. Once Graeson worked out what he felt for Kaine he then had to work out a way they could be together without his father destroying them. Unfortunately, there was someone who had decided Graeson was better off with him not Kaine. This person proceeded to do and say despicable things to Kaine who unfortunately believed what he said.
Kaine and Graeson never spoke or saw each other for the next 10 years!
This of course doesn’t mean that either of the men forgot about the other. Kaine kept close tabs on Graeson so that when he felt he was worthy of being Graeson’s partner he would know exactly where he was. It took Kaine 10 years to get to where he felt he was finally in a position to court Graeson. Meanwhile, Graeson didn’t want anything to do with Kaine, he asked his father to send him to Brazil to work on their offshore oil rig so he could mend his broken heart. It took a lot longer than Graeson thought it would but he never completely got over Kaine’s betrayal.
Kaine knew from story’s Graeson told at college that he loved the little town of Perfect, Texas and would be living there so he bought a parcel of land and built a “cabin” for Graeson and himself to live in. Kaine orchestrates an “accidental” meeting with Graeson after their cabin was finished. Things go a lot better than Kaine dared to hope for, at least Graeson didn’t hit him!
Gradually Kaine wears him down and they start spending more time together just getting reacquainted. It certainly helps their cause that all of their close friends and family are all being them. There is that one person who still has it in for Kaine, the only difference now is that Kaine is not the vulnerable person he was 10 years ago. This time Graeson fights back because he’s finally realised exactly what happened 10 years ago and it was nothing like what it appeared to be!
There are some very intense, emotional moments in Long Road Home but they all combine to make an incredibly worthwhile read! I can’t believe this is JC Jaynes first foray into the m/m genre, congratulations!! You can feel the emotions literally jumping off the pages at you. I can’t wait for the second book in Hill Country Heat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have another fantastic author to read, I know you’re all going to fall in love with the characters just as I did!