Reviewed By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
“Never tell anyone who you are.”—A Long Way Back
In many ways, “A Long Way Back,” is a continuation of “The Making of Jonty Bloom,” which is Book 1 in the Unfinished Business Novels. However, with only the occasional reference to and appearance of Jonty, “A Long Way Back” isa standalone story and a satisfying summation of Book 1, nonetheless.
This is a dual point-of-view story between the main protagonists, Tay and Ink. Tay has a problem. He’s become addicted to the pain medicines he’d been taking following a rather serious and debilitating injury.Compounding the problem is that he’s fiercely independent. Now,he’s depending on his parents, both of whom are trying to help Tay find a live-in companion, allowing him to live an independent life once more.
Ink is a man with a past, one that comes back to find him in a most unpleasant way but not before he has a chance meeting with Tay. The meeting ultimately leads to Ink misrepresenting himself to Tay as a certified companion so he can get off living on the streets.
In very short order, a relationship grows between them, except first there is a fair amount of exposition. That was fine but I found the conversational banter between the two men during Tay’s interview with Ink for a companion infinitely more engaging. Although their connection is meant to feel more organic, for me it seemed a bit forced. I imagine Elborg’s intention was to demonstrate how quickly bonds can form in the setting of trauma and that’s certainly been a strong format in her other books. I think I tend to be a little more critical, I think, when there is a subplot involving medicine/nursing (or soldiers, policemen, firemen) since that’s me and my family..
Elsborg is a prolific, successful writer, and she has an Amazon author biography that truly made me laugh—be sure to read it.
Also, I don’t typically comment on cover design but the cover for “A Long Way Back” is effective and is true to the story content. A good cover design makes for a nice transition to the story. Read “A Long Way Back,” you might find a way to connect to Elsborg’s characters and who they are.