Back to You

Back to You

by Chris Scully

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Journalist Alex Buchanan has come home to the remote British Columbia town he grew up in, but only because his estranged father is dying. For Alex, the homecoming holds a mix of memories, mostly bad. The only bright spot is reconnecting with Benji Morning, the childhood friend he never truly forgot. As boys, the strength of their bond had frightened Alex. But now that he's confident in his bisexuality, he's drawn back to quiet, soft-spoken Ben.

Ben isn't the same boy Alex left behind, though. His life has been overshadowed by the disappearance of his sister two decades earlier, and now a new break in the case threatens to undo the peace he's worked so hard to attain.

As Alex struggles to repair the relationship with his father before it's too late, he finds himself caught up in a twenty-year-old mystery, a story he never expected, and a shocking truth that could affect his and Ben's future together.

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BN ID: 2940157281151
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,125,568
File size: 807 KB

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Back to You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Initially hooked by the cover, Back to You managed to keep me within its grasp cover to cover. This story is the epitome of a slow burn romance. If you're looking for super steamy scenes, you may need to look elsewhere. However, if you're in the mood for a fantastic story, long standing chemistry between childhood friends, or an intriguing mystery with some suspense, I highly recommend this title. Told entirely from a single point of view in the first person narrative, Back to You follows journalist Alex to his childhood hometown as he reunites with his estranged father. As this was my first experience with the author, I wasn't sure what to expect in regard to writing style. It flows beautifully; not getting too lost in descriptions or purple prose, but managing to capture all the emotions as Alex returns to the small Canadian town of Alton. Similarly, the pacing has a steady thrum to it, keeping me engaged while allowing me time to feel all the emotions whirling around Alex. The dialogue was well written, incorporating inner thoughts, facial expressions, and spoken words to bring the conversations to life. There's also a mystery/suspense subplot that runs the course of the book and closely links Alex to his childhood best friend. It had just the write amount of suspense to keep me guessing. Although not a coming of age book, Back to You chronicles Alex's journey of momentous growth as he reevaluates his past beliefs and future goals. There are some brief flashbacks and revisiting of past decisions that shaped Alex and his childhood best friend Benji. I loved the amount of character growth included in the story, it never felt forced and the emotion is written so well that I became very invested in both Alex and Benji's lives. The romance is slow to build, which is realistic given the 20 year lapse of contact and that Alex is in town for a short time. However, I never struggled to care for this couple and want them to work through their painful issues and get a happy ending and I was very happy with how the plot and romance ultimately resolved. Although I hadn't read this author before, I'll certainly look into her catalog now. The flow, emotion, and character depth is fantastic. I was completely engaged in this book and think it will likely be one of my favorite reads of the year. *eARC provided via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. a beautiful slowly unfolding romance, a tantalising mystery, and a look at just how much childhood influences our lives.  Alex seemed pretty selfish when we first met him and I didn't really like him. It seemed pretty straightforward, alcoholic father loses job, and then parents separate, mum moves away with kids and remarries.  Alex loves his mum and stepfather but carries a real resentment that his own father didn't make more effort to see him and sister Janet, didn't even phone them. Janet's older so her view of the past is not the same, she recalls more of their parents being happy. She leaves home and ends up back in the same town as their dad, and now Alex is back as their father is dying he can see that she's got issues too. We only see things from Alex POV which is a shame, as I'd have loved in insight into Ben's mind.  He's stayed in the same town, made a life for himself quietly, and clearly the event that had impact on him back then is still affecting him. His sister Misty, Janet's best friend, went missing while Alex and his family were still living there. In fact he and Ben were the last people to see her. Her mum, Angela, was like many parents, wrapped up in day to day stuff, the slog and grind of working, running a home, looking after teens, didn't really make time for the kids, let them roam freely without much checking. Now she's thrown the last 20 years into finding out what happened to Misty, as if she blames herself for not being there so much of the while.  She's turned Misty into some kind of a saint, and rewritten the past to give them a close, devoted almost, relationship when it simply wasn't that way, and Misty was a pretty mean, malicious individual. She's really no time for Ben, kind of dismisses him as doing OK, he looks after her, helping out when she's in trouble yet again in her search for answers. She's very single  minded.  Somehow Alex gets caught up in her search, partly because he feels there's a good story in it, partly because he wants something, anything, to give him an excuse to spend as little time as he can with his dying dad... This book is a really close look at families, childhood, mistakes, the things that happen, that we can't evade but which have so much impact on us as adults. I love Ben, so quiet, so internal, and so helpful in an unobtrusive way to others in the town. He's always loved Alex, that's clear, even though they were only 13 when he left, and I get the feeling his life without Alex, with his mum there but in a way absent from his life in her search, means he's kind of lonely. Still, he's made himself a life as an artist. I just couldn't help wanting things to work out, was really worried he'd get his heart broken again. I could understand why he wasn't overjoyed to see Alex again.  Alex changes a lot over the course of the story. Was his attempt to find Misty altruistic, an attempt at atonement or a cynical plot for the next big news story? For me it starts as one and ends as the other, he and I learned a lot about him over the course of the book.  Its not an overly sexual read, the few parts where they do come together are very erotic and sensual, it takes a long while before they even touch each other, let alone do more. That was perfect for this story, there was so much to tell, so much to learn that too much sex, them getting together quickly would have felt wrong. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and publishers