Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Back to You by Chris Scully

SUMMARY

33983712Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

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.

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual, bisexual
PAIRING: M/M

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: friends to lovers, first love, insta love
TAGS: contemporary, mystery, adult, romance, queer romance
WARNINGS: child abuse, alcoholism, mental illness (anxiety), physical illness, parental death, ableism, (mentions of past) self-harm, fatphobia, aphobia, cissexism / enbyphobia, mention of cheating, attempted suicide

REVIEW

Back to You is the story of a man coming home after twenty years away, forced to face not only his past, but his present and future as well. Overall,  it was a well done story. It just wasn’t anything particularly special in my mind. The murder mystery was moderately interesting, even as it was predictable. Alex and Ben were pretty typical of characters often found in romance novels, especially M/M romance, and while they were more three dimensional than some characters I’ve read, they just didn’t make me really make me sympathize or empathize with them. As a whole, the novel was just pretty bland.

The one thing I felt passionately about was Alex pushing Ben to investigate his missing sister’s case. Ben very clearly stated that he was uncomfortable with talking about it and didn’t want to get any deeper into the case, but Alex kept pushing it. Not even close friends have the right to invade your boundaries and disregard your thoughts and feelings, so someone who hasn’t been around the past twenty years certainly doesn’t have any right.

RATING

3 STARS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

6152322Chris Scully lives in Toronto, Canada. She grew up spinning romantic stories in her head and always dreamed of one day being a writer even though life had other plans. Her characters have accompanied her through career turns as a librarian and an IT professional, until finally, to escape the tedium of a corporate day job, she took a chance and began putting her daydreams down on paper.

Tired of the same old boy-meets-girl stories, she found a home in M/M romance and strives to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. She divides her time between a mundane 9-5 cubicle job and a much more interesting fantasy life. When she’s not working or writing (which isn’t often these days) she loves puttering in the garden and traveling. She is an avid reader and tries to bring pieces of other genres and styles to her stories. While her head is crammed full of all the things she’d like to try writing, her focus is always on the characters first. She describes her characters as authentic, ordinary people—the kind of guy you might meet on the street, or the one who might be your best friend.

Although keeping up with social media is still a struggle given her schedule, she does love to hear from readers.

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