The Way Back (Kansas #1) by Carter Quinn ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

TWB-1000x666 Title: The Way Back (Kansas #1)

Author: Carter Quinn

Publisher: Self Published

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


In his freshman year of college, Riley Evans met the best friends he ever thought he’d have, Jason and Eric. When his friendship with Eric turned into something much more, it ended as suddenly as it began, leaving Riley devastated. He hasn’t let anyone near his heart since. Until now. When Riley needed him most, Jason was there to help pick up the pieces. Six years later, he’s back in Riley’s life.

Riley is slowly letting Jason past his defenses and is starting to accept how good they are together. They’re even planning their first romantic weekend getaway when, out of the blue, Eric calls, claiming he wants Riley back. Riley has been pining for Eric for six years, but now he has a brand new relationship with Jason to consider.

Jason—who has always been there when Riley needs him, who puts Riley’s happiness above his own, even if that means his own heart will suffer—insists Riley face his old feelings for Eric to make sure they’re really gone. But are they? How long will it take Riley to figure it out? And how long will Jason wait?

Second Edition
Kansas Book #1

Bonus Short Story:
The Way Back Together

Carter Quinn was recently a guest of Prism Book Alliance. Be Sure to check out their guest post here.


I first read The Way Back by Carter Quinn over two years ago. At the time, it was a five-star read for me. Yes, I was probably a little freer with my five-stars at the time than I am now. However, upon re-read, I just couldn’t give it anything less. Why? Because from the first page, I could not put this book down. Seriously, I was up WAY to late finishing the entire book after starting it to read “just one chapter” before bed…

It is the story that began my love/hate relationship with M/M second-chance-romances. It makes me hopeful for the present while aching for the lost time and opportunities. As I said, it has been over two years since I first read The Way Back. At the time, I at this to say:

I thought the characters were portrayed in a very real way. The dialogue was a little hard to follow at times, but it also seemed more real than some books I have read. It definitely tugged at those heart strings a few times. Overall very good.

I have wanted many times over the years to re-read this tale of love never known, lost, and found. It is the story of one man’s journey to the love he never knew he had or wanted. It is the story of another man who loves our main character so much that he is willing to let him go. It is sweet and heartbreaking. It is hot. It is messy. It is real.

Riley has his douche moments, but he owns them. He owns the fact that he makes mistakes. He owns the fact that he isn’t perfect. He may be clueless, but he is aware of his clueless state. That makes his blunders and bearable and endearing, rather intolerable than irritating.

With the re-release of The Way Back, Quinn included a short that takes place about a year after the events of the book itself. The Way Back Together is basically an extended epilogue that sets us up for Eric’s long-awaited story, Fire & Rain (review of that one to come). However, it also lets us see just how far Riley and Jase have come together. We see them planning their next steps.

The Way Back is told in first person from Riley’s perspective. I don’t think it would have been as compelling in any other voice. Even through Riley’s eyes, you get a full understanding of the emotions and personality of both Walker brothers (a.k.a. the love interests). No, this is not a menage. It is one confused man trying to choose between the love that is and the love that was, all while trying to figure out exactly what love means.

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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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