Title ~ No Distance Left To Run
Authors ~ L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing
Published ~ 13th May 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance
The Distance Between Us, Book 4
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.
Bringing religious ideologies into a novel is… well… kind of brave. After reading the premise I was anything but sure about this one. But of course I should have known that Lori and Aleks would be more than capable of creating a story worth reading, even if the religious story background isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, me included!
Incapable of being Mr Perfect Mormon and the straight-A student anymore, Joshua goes so far as to fake his own death. He joins the French Foreign Legion and even changes his name. Joshua Hawthorne becomes Julien Sargent… a tough guy, a soldier, a mercenary, a grown up man. When his father is sick and dying he returns to Seattle and meets Chris again, Chris, his best friend, Chris, who thinks the love of his life died five years ago on a Mormon mission.
Chris’ past five years have been anything but easy. After losing his best friend Joshua, Chris turns his back on being the not-so-perfect-but-damn-I-tried Mormon kid, he knows too well that the Mormon ideology doesn’t give his sexual preferences any room, as homosexuality is ‘sick and perverted’. Stigmatized as an apostate, ostracized from his church, family and friends, somehow he has to survive. After a few years of struggling to find his way Chris goes to school and works as a bartender at Wilde’s - the bar we know from the previous books. Btw, it was nice to meet Kieran again. :) When after five years his presumed dead best friend and onetime lover Joshua appears out of thin air his world once more turns upside down.
“How the mighty had fallen. Or risen. Or whatever. He wasn’t the same starry-eyed perfect LDS specimen who’d fucked me in the back room of our pre-mission farewell party, and I wasn’t the same not-so-perfect-but-damn-I-tried Mormon kid who’d let him.”
In No Distance Left To Run the authors have written a very thought provoking book. It’s challenging and also entertaining and emotionally satisfying. Those two guys finally come together, despite their pain surrounding the events of the past and difficulty accepting the changes of the present. They realise that turning away from their childhood ideologies doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of friendship and love.
What I liked about the story is that Julien returns to his parents with the intention of being their son again. He realises he can’t be the guy who gives a damn and turns his back on his family. He might not share their ideologies anymore, he might have lost his faith but he still cares for the ones he left behind five years ago.
It’s still a challenging read and it’s not all about love and sex, even when the sex is hot as hell… *coughs* Speaking of sex… as always with these authors the sex scenes are steamy and in my mind I was reeling from the anticipation and tension that dripped from the pages. I felt the tension in the air… hissing breathes, hooded looks, and I loved it, I enjoyed the hell out of the sex scenes. Every thrust, lick, kiss and touch… yes, I loved them all, but it was the undercurrent of emotions from both characters that kept me squirming on my seat… especially when a military uniform, a tuxedo and a knife are involved!
“You really do like this kind of thing, don’t you?”
I just nodded. To hell with speech.
“One of these days”—he slid a fingertip beneath my shorts—”I’m going to find out all your dirty little kinks and enjoy the fuck out of every last one of them.”
All I could say was, “Oh God…”
The cool blade touched my thigh just above my knee. Just the flat side again, but the coolness startled me. And turned me on. Fuck, this kind of sensory overload, and anticipation, and danger, and…
A knife? Yesssss, and I’m sure every single Vadim Krasnorada fan is on high alert now! Nooooooo, I won’t go into detail about this, you need to experience it for yourself…*evil grin*
Okay, where was I? I talked about the challenging read…and that the story isn’t only a romance, it’s about coming to terms with different ideologies. We all have strong beliefs or disbeliefs about certain things because of what we were taught as children, or because of the beliefs we developed as adults based on our own experiences. The conclusions we reach might be different from those of our families and we might not share their ideologies. So relying on the love and the respect of our families can’t be taken for granted, it needs forgiveness, love and respect on both sides.
Of course I’m aware that Julien’s story doesn’t work for everyone (unfortunately it didn’t work for Chris) but I loved him for acting without prejudices, for not turning his back on his family, for not taking the easy way out and just breaking up with them. For not giving up, for his willingness to make amends, and for trying to give Chris a new family.
Overall, I’m really glad that I’ve read No Distance Left To Run and liked the way the authors developed the story. And I appreciate that I had the chance to get an early review copy, I guess I wouldn’t have purchased the book because of the controversial topic.
No Distance Left To Run is the fourth book of the Distance Between Us series but to read this one you don’t need to know the previous books, it can be read as a standalone.
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