Friday, September 30, 2016

Release Day Post and Review: Long Road Home by JC Jaynes #Review #Giveaway

Author: JC Jaynes
Book: Long Road Home
Series: Hill Country Heat #1
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Publication date: September 30th
Length: 239 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


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 traveled 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?


The Long Road Home is absolutely a second chance romance. Graeson and Kaine met in college and were friends first. So it was a friends to lovers. They fell deeply in love with each other. They were each other’s everything. I’m talking full on LOVE. But of course that couldn’t last and something happened, something horrible and Graeson walked out of Kaine’s life for what he thought was forever.

Fast forward 10 years later. Kaine is in a place in his life where he’s not the poor, shy, struggling guy anymore. Now he, and his amazingly fabulous friend Honey, are filthy rich and Kaine has moved his life to Perfect, Texas to win back the man he loves.

I really loved the challenge in this. I loved that it wasn’t easy. Graeson really and truly was beyond angry with Kaine and seeing it through his eyes I understood. But then knowing the truth through Kaine’s POV I found Graeson’s hatred upsetting. 

For the record this is told in the omniscient POV so we do get both of these guys thoughts and such but we also get everyone’s. We have jerk face Trent, Honey, Justin, Tyler…. The list goes on. So there’s no question where everyone’s feelings are at any time. I liked that even, though for some reason it takes me awhile to get used to omniscient POV.

When Grae and Kaine do finally fall BACK into love it was like a rubber band snapping. One minute Kaine was a whore in Graeson’s eyes the next he was sweetie so it did feel sort of like falling into a lusty ditch. 

There was a lot of story here from sabotaging Kaine and Graeson’s relationship, to coming out, to accepting life change, to forgiveness, and wow there was a lot of sex in this book. 

On a personal level I want to say this. I never mind the babes, hun, and all that. I’ve felt however it needs to fit the character. Take Honey for example he loves to call people Lover. And it works for him he could call them glitter gummy balls and it would totally make sense. I found when Graeson called Kaine sweetie that it didn’t fit and I hoped I’d get used to it but I couldn’t.

All in all this was a fun, exciting, romantic, sexy story and I will be looking out for book 2 in this series.

About the Author

I am a native Houstonian, with a deep love of Texas, especially our gorgeous Hill Country.  I am mother to five awesome children who, like their mom, are all weird and quite possibly a little bit nutty.  I attended the University of Houston and have BA in Business Administration. By day I am a Treasury Analyst in the Oil & Gas industry but by night, I let my inner freak-flag fly.
I have always been an avid reader.  I distinctly remember begging my poor mother to paint my room lavender so that it would coordinate with my Harlequin romance novel collection that had taken over my room.  My love of romance has evolved over the years to a passion for darker, more dangerous love that is hard fought.  After stumbling upon my first M/M novel I was blown away and from then on I was hooked.  My love of hot, sexy men aside, I love to read - and now write - stories with rough, sexy alpha males that struggle to find their HEA. My stories can be sparked by a name I hear, a delicious recipe I see, or even the lyrics of a song that move me.  I will hear it or see it and a complete character pops into my brain demanding that I write their story.

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  1. Congratulations on your new release J C the book sounds wonderful and it's going on to my wish list.

    1. Thank you ShirleyAnn!! I think you will enjoy it!

  2. Happy release finding new to me authors!

    1. Thank you, Kathy!! So do I! I found a couple myself the last few weeks! At least they were new to me!

  3. JC Jaynes is a new-to-me author, so would love the opportunity to try it out.

  4. I absolutely LOVE "second chance" trope. JC will be new-to-me author but I totally want to check this out. Congrats on the new release !!

    1. Thank you Ami! I love second chances as well! I hope you like it! I love Kaine and Graeson and have since the first time they popped into my head!

  5. Congrats on the new release! The cover is great, I can't wait to read the book.

    1. Thank you Serena! Jay Aheer was awesome to work with for the cover! I hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Congrats on your debut release JC! It looks and sounds like my kind of read. I've added it on to my wishlist =)

  7. Congratulations on your new release. I love 'second chance' novels. Looking forward to read it.

  8. Congratulations on the release and so looking forward to reading it. I to love finding new authors and second chance romance is one of my favorite things to read!

  9. Thank you, Julie! I hope you enjoy it! I really enjoyed the guys and love that that had a second chance!

  10. Mmmm, a good chance to introduce myself to a new author :) Definitely intrigued enough to go on my TBR list.

    1. Hi there Colto612!! I think you will like it!