6 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book class difference Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Gay Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level steam/heat Military Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Audiobook: Taking the Long Way by Max MacGowan narrated by Matt Milne


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Male escort Rye Bellamy is looking for a way out. Any way out. He’s getting older, and clients are getting more dangerous. If he doesn’t find something better, he knows he won’t survive.

He sees his chance in Marcus Townsend, a functionally blind Army veteran. Marcus, who refuses to accept his condition as immutable, has a shot at seeing a specialist who might be able to help him—but that doctor’s based on the other side of the country.

When Rye and Marcus meet, they realize they can help each other. Marcus can’t drive, but Rye can. Marcus knows what Rye is, but he likes him anyway. In fact, he more than likes him. Driving cross-country with a near stranger is a daunting task, but Rye’s biggest risk is falling for the gentle, stubborn-hearted soldier—and it might already be too late to stop that.

They plan to part ways when they reach their destination, but plans change as the affection between them grows. Now neither wants their journey to end, but continuing means finding a way to bridge the distance between who they were and who they’d like to become.


(Book Reviewed here previously)

From the blurb we find out that Rye and Marcus end up finding each other at the right point in their lives to help the other out. Rye just lost his “job” by pissing off his pimp, and Marcus has lost faith in his VA doctor and is seeking a second opinion in Atlanta, but can’t fly due to his injuries.

Marcus offers the chance to a new start to Rye in a new place if Rye will drive Marcus to Atanta.

What the blurb doesn’t tell you is how amazing the journey is for these two guys.


I absolutely can’t believe this is Max MacGowan’s first book! It is so well done! The writing is clear, crisp and evocative. The MCs are multi-faceted and real. The situation – while improbable – is absolutely possible and even the secondary characters are fully developed.

The pacing is slow – Marcus identifies as straight and Rye doesn’t need any long term involvements so the two dance around their attraction a long time. But that helps them to build their relationship on a solid foundation.

Along the way they meet some great people and I won’t say much – but the DOGS – oy – so touching!

I can’t recommend this highly enough and give it 6 of 5 stars for being an amazing book and extraordinary for a first time author.



Wow. Just Wow.

Matt Milne is an amazing choice for this. He really suits the tone of the story and was so easy to listen to. His accent isn’t always perfect but I loved listening to him.

Highly, highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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