Title: Fourth and Long
Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Eric Somers, Jake Lockwood
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy Romance
He’s approaching forty, alone, and in a dead-end job. Eric Somers’s life has been defined by a single unfortunate decision made decades ago, when he turned his back on shy outcast Jake Lockwood, afraid of his feelings for the boy and what they meant. The tragic consequences of Jake’s isolation have haunted Eric ever since. Now, through a magical encounter with his old football coach, Eric finds himself back in 1991 with a chance at redemption. Can Eric find a way to redeem his long ago sins and reclaim a better future?
I love reunion stories. There is something about becoming reunited with one’s past that is interesting to me. I enjoy even more when I’m able to witness someone have an opportunity to right was once wrong and have a second chance at love. The book, Forth and Long, gave me everything I love when it comes to reading romance and more.
Since the blurb does a really good job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. But, I will explain why I enjoyed this story so much and truly hated to see it come to an end. Both heroes, Eric and Jake were very well-written, heartfelt characters that were both realistically written and humanly flawed. I liked both men, and even though their past was a tragic one, I found myself really hoping that somehow, Eric could right what was once wrong and somehow win back the man that he’s always loved.
Another reason why I loved this book was: I experienced many different emotions while I read this story. With emotions from everything from anger and sadness to hope and joy Eric and Jake’s story was emotionally told and in many ways read realistically as far as the difficult situtations that young gay teenagers go through. I also thought the peer-pressure and the need for Eric to fit in with his friends was also well-written. Many things that we as people can be pressured to do can be an unpleasant one (especially with teenagers) and we all have to live with the consequences of our actions, whatever it may be.
I loved the intensity between the heroes and thoroughly enjoyed their story. I do wish the book had been longer, because it is so well-written and I would have loved to see more of Eric and Jake’s relationship develop over time.
This is the first book I’ve read by Chris Sully and it definitely won’t be my last! I loved the way this author really got into the heart and soul of her characters and really made his reader love and empathize with them. Also, the book is very smoothly written, and before I knew it, it was over. This is definitely a fast-paced, emotionally griping read that will long live within my heart and mind long after the book ended. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed By: Gabbi