Title: No Distance Left to Run
Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
The night before Chris and his best friend Joshua were sent thousands of miles apart on their respective Mormon missions, they finally gave in to their mutual desire. Left trying to make sense of what happened, Chris’s already shaky faith crumbled altogether a year later when Joshua suddenly died.
Inconsolable, ostracized by his family and the only community he’d ever known, Chris found his way on his own. Now he’s going to school and loves his job as a bartender at Wilde’s. Years after Joshua’s death, he’s finally moving on.
Then a familiar face rocks his world. Joshua isn’t dead. He’s back in Seattle to make peace with his dying father, with a new name, a new accent…and old feelings for Chris that are alive and well.
Forgiveness doesn’t come easy for anyone, but just as Chris is accepting that the man he loves isn’t going to run away this time, their families threaten to pull them apart all over again…
Warning: Contains two lost boys who need to make up for a hell of a lot of lost time. There’s also a military uniform, a tuxedo, and a knife. In the same scene. And yes, it’s that kind of scene.
This is a good collaboration by these two authors. I’ve given a reasonable amount of thought as to why I didn’t LURVE it and the only thing I can come up with is the religious aspects. The writing is solid. These are good, maybe even great authors, and that’s definitely not the problem. They breathe life into their characters. They don’t skimp on the details that can take a character from two-dimensional to three in a heartbeat. The dialogue is alive and realistic. The feelings they have for each other are genuine. I like both of them. I understand what motivates their behaviors. I can sympathize with why Julien made the decisions that he made. Maybe Chris forgave Julien rather quickly, maybe he didn’t. I guess it depends on your perspective.
The sex… C’mon man! It’s Voinov and Witt. Those two could scorch an ice field without even breaking a sweat. It’s even got a little kink. Ok, more like kinky fuckery, but still.
He kissed me hard, ground against me, waking up every nerve ending in my body with memories of that feverish, violent fuck yesterday. Oh, this was going to hurt, and I couldn’t wait.
The story is maybe not the most exciting one they’ve come up with, but it is a slice of life tale and, all told, it was fairly engaging. I had a hard time getting into it, but once it had me, it had me.
So, that leaves the religion. Religious zealotry pisses me off. I spent a good portion of my reading time thinking, “FUCK THEM IN THEIR EYE!” I know. I know. It’s family and family’s family. I get it. Easier said than done and all that jazz. I know. Doesn’t mean I have to like it and I think that’s what made No Distance Left to Run a less than glorious read for me. This will be a fantastic read for those who enjoy lots of feels.
On the whole, there was one editing error that surprised me, otherwise it was flawless. Also, it is book #4 of a series. I’ve not read any of the previous ones and I wasn’t a bit lost.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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