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Summary

David Coleman has made some mistakes, and he’ll be living with the consequences for the rest of his life. He’s made decisions that have left him estranged from his once tight-knit family. Even now, when David is clean and sober, working his way through medical school with a promising future ahead, his parents refuse to forgive or forget.

When he gets some grim news about his father, David realizes he’s running out of time to make amends. As he comes home for the holidays and his sister’s wedding, he knows it’s going to be tense, but he’s desperate to prove they’re wrong about him. And since they won’t take his word for it, he’s bringing reinforcements.  

Hunter Scott will do anything for his childhood best friend, but he never thought that would include posing as his boyfriend. Except David’s family has always respected Hunter. Maybe if they see that David is good enough for Hunter to love, they’ll realize he’s good enough for them, too.  

But as Hunter and David lean on each other through snowstorms, family drama, and visits from personal demons, maybe this relationship isn’t as much of a performance as it was meant to be.

The Road Home is approximately 82,000 words long.  

CW: Recovering addict struggling, references to meth use, combat PTSD, discussions of suicide

©2020 L.A. Witt (P)2020 L.A. Witt

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good book good narration

have recently discovered this author. am loving the stories. The narration is some of the best I have heard on audio books.

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  • 04-06-20

An exceptional performance for an exceptional book

I was originally drawn to this book because Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo Are two of my favorite narrators, but I am so glad that I bought it. I was originally nervous to buy it because The summary sounded very intense, but it was never overbearing. This book deals with a lot of really though situations, but the characters adress them in such a way that never diminishes the struggle but also never leaves you feeling helpless. The only part I struggled with was when one of the characters has a near panic attack. Dealing those myself, the representation was incredibly realistic and nearly triggered one for myself.
That being said, the characters were extremely well done, and the storyline was never too dark as to leave you feeling poorly when you put the book down to go back to real life. And the ending was of course sweet and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will definitely listen to it again!
I really hope for more audio books narrated jointly by Greg boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo because they work so incredibly well together. Oftentimes when two narrators perform the same book from different perspectives I have found it jarring and wish for one or the other but not both. But these two narrators have a cohesive vision on the voices for the characters and so I never felt pulled out of the story when the narrators switch off perspectives!
Overall, This book was incredibly well done I love the story and I love the narration! I would highly recommend this book! however; if you do buy this book please do read trigger warnings because it does deal with sensitive issues with PTSD, addiction, and toxic family and that could cause problems. Other than that caveat, this is fantastic book so I recommend you read it!

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  • 17-07-20

Missed Opportunity

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It's sweet when the best friend who has always been there for you is as much in love with you as you are with them. When written well, those stories are usually winners. This one would have been no different IF the HIV plot was written responsibly. I applaud the writer for trying to shine light that the diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. However, she missed the opportunity to introduce how the use of a drug like PREP can help liberate and encourage responsibility.

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  • Eric S.
  • 23-06-20

what a ride *Spoiler alert*

Michael Ferraiuolo was perfect! I don't think I would have liked this book if he wasn't one of the narrators. I like Greg Boudreaux, but he doesn't have the same energy so his character seemed a little flat.
The book was intense and really makes you look at how much of an impact a family can have on a child, not matter what age they are.
I was really confused about no condoms being used even though David has HIV.

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  • 13-07-20

I didn't feel this story...

This is one of those stories where you read it once and you forget it. There was nothing special about it.

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  • 11-06-20

Two of the best narrators ever together, is genius

The story was very sweet, not one of L.A. Witt best but the narrators are my favorite. I can listen to them read a phone book. I wanted to strangle David's family but I totally understand why he would want to work on his relationship with them. The seriousness of addiction was well explained.

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  • Dr. Street
  • 13-01-21

Tedious beyond belief

This soppy, unimaginative love story has absolutely no suspense or tension. It is numbingly repetitious. The two readers are two of the best in this business and they tried very hard to breathe some life into Ms. Witt’s pedestrian writing, sadly without success. Witt has written some stories with actual plot lines and occasional intelligent dialogue. But this one is just pure formula dashed off for a quick buck.

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  • DJR
  • 17-07-20

I will put this in my "reread" folder!

This book was refreshing and more real than a lot of m/m books. I could relate to making what seems like perfectly rational decisions just to have them blow up in your face. And I can relate to intense family prejudices. And these prejudices just didn't magically disappear like in some books. One conversation and the antagonist abruptly converts, nope. This seemed more real.

And the narration was top notch of course. What else would you expect from these two fabulous narrators. I am extremely grateful the powers that be gave this excellent book to excellent narrators.

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  • 14-07-20

Awesome all the way around.

L.A. Witt never disappoints. I downloaded because these are two of my favorite narrators coming together, and am so glad I did.

It wasn't what I expected at ALL, and in some ways that was so amazing. I was expecting a newly turned addict performing penance - and the grueling heartache of that. Instead, I faced a troubled man facing becoming a thing/idea to his own family. It wasn't any easier to listen through - mostly because I belong to a family like that - But it was so amazing to have that experience captured so well. As always, her characters are superbly developed, unique and engrossing. Even knowing how hard the next few days would be, after being reminded of my own situation, I would buy this again in an instant.

Also - such a refreshing take on a military character - which is as expected for this author. One of the few people who portrays that archetype as people rather than a violent sex symbol.

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  • Patrick H.
  • 27-07-21

Best of all the books

This book is such a wonderful balance of story romance and sex. Some of L A Witts books are repetitive sex stories with different characters. But I always love the story lines. This is one of the best.

Minor criticism. The reader that played David has an odd Irish Welsh or maybe even New Zeeland accent. Certainly not American.

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  • Bette
  • 26-07-21

A Fabulously Gripping & Heartfelt Story & Listen 🎧

This is not your usual romance novel, it is so much more. L.A. Witt is a gifted author with a wonderful writing style, you could feel how much heart she poured into this book, the emotions are raw and gut wrenching at times. You could feel the characters pain and turmoil, you could also feel the love between them even though they themselves fail to admit it at first. David Coleman has not always made the best life choices but with the help of friends he has gotten past that and is doing well, he is a med school student with two years to go. His family does not recognize his achievements because they can not forgive him for his past mistakes, even some that he does not consider a mistake. He heard of his fathers illness and wants to go home to make mends, his sister is also getting married. Not wanting to face them alone he asks his best friend, Hunter Scott, to go with him, since his family thinks highly of Hunter and respect his career choice he wants him to be his pretend boyfriend, hoping it will earn him a higher opinion from his family. Holiday flights are expensive so they decide on making it a road trip instead. But winter storms make their travels difficult, but not as difficult as David’s family. Holy moly, I wanted to smack his brother in the head to knock some sense into him, his Mother and Dad were no bargain either. The only one standing in his corner was his sister, Hunter too, he not only stood in his corner but he defended him too. In addition learning more about David’s past we learn how Hunter feels about his career in the military and how he suffers from PTSD. I loved how real the author kept it all, showing the demons some soldiers face after returning from hostile territory. She also shows us sometimes families we choose or make are stronger and more supportive then ones you are born into. This is a great friends to lovers romance, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt emotions and a solid romance years in the making. L.A. Witt, thank you for another wonderful novel and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Michael Ferraiuolo and Greg Boudreaux do an awesome job portraying these characters, humanizing them as they bring them and their story to life. I love how they own their roles sounding natural and believable in the role they are playing. They set the perfect tone for the story and you could feel how much heart they put into their work as they capture their characters emotions and project them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧