Back to You by Chris Scully #mm #review @RiptideBooks

 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.

Back to You by Chris Scully is a male/male contemporary, mystery romance. Alex Buchanan returns to his hometown when his father is on his deathbed. Benji Morning, his former best friend, has been working hard to put his life together and find peace in his small town, but he can never escape the shadow of his sister’s disappearance. After all this time, will the men be able to take a chance on each other?

Back to You is a complex novel that really kept my interest. The mystery of Benji’s sister and all the twists involved in it kept me raptured. The relationship between Alex and Benji was honestly icing on the cake. I loved Benji from the second I met him and the more I learned, the greater my affections for him grew. He’s a talented artist who sacrificed what could have been a promising career to help the kids in his rural town who didn’t have access to art education, all while caring for his mother. Benji and Alex’s romance is truly an example of one partner making the other better, just by being themselves.

Back to You is a sweet, engaging book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre.

Kindle | Riptide Publishing