Book Reviews

No Distance Left to Run (Wilde's 6) by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-August-2018

Book Blurb

After Chris’s best friend Joshua died during a two-year mission, the once devout Mormon lost his already crumbling faith. Ostracized from his family and the only community he’s ever known, Chris had no choice but to find his way on his own. Now he’s going to school and loves his job as a bartender at Wilde’s, and four years after Joshua’s death, he’s moving on.

But Joshua isn’t dead, and now he’s back in Chris’s world. Returning to Seattle to make peace with his dying father, Joshua has 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…

Contains two lost boys who’ve finally found each other again and 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.

First edition published by Samhain Publishing in May 2014.

Book Review

I have become quite a fan of L.A. Witt's in the past year and the 'Wilde's' series is an excellent example of the author’s writing skill. I was particularly interested in this book as it's the first one the author has co-written, and I'm a fan of Aleksandr Voinov's work, also. 'No Distance Left To Run' is the fourth installment in the series and I was excited to get back to all my guys and to Wilde's, a bar I wouldn't mind spending a whole lot of time in.

My mind is simply reeling from the idea of a best friend, maybe more, coming back from the dead after five years. I felt just as Chris did. Completely struck dumb. Angry, so angry, on one hand, and then equally grateful that this person wasn't really dead. But, then back to anger. I'd've probably remained at angry for a long time, but I'm stubborn that way. The fact that Joshua, now Julien, left his mission for the Mormon church halfway through and joined the French Foreign Legion? Leaving his family, his best friend, to all think he died? His family had a funeral for him! Just like Chris, I couldn't seem to wrap my head around that. I was on pins and needles waiting for that entire story.

"Well, you've been gallivanting around with the French Foreign Legion. And I'm sure you have some stories. Me? I've been trying to figure out what the fuck I'm doing. I came home from my mission a wreck, and I've stayed a wreck since then, especially because I couldn't get a fucking answer from God about why He would let someone like you die while you were out doing His work, and -" I cut myself off, snapping my teeth together. "It's been rough, okay?"

Two men, best friends all of their lives, who shared their first sexual experience with another guy the night before they both left for their missions. Julien chose to leave his life as Joshua, to give up the way he'd been forced to be, perfect at everything, and instead to embrace the man he really was, the man who'd lost his faith. Chris suffered through his mission after the death of his best friend, finally coming home and realizing he no longer had a faith, and spending the following years trying to live his own life. What happens to them now? How will Julien's family deal with him no longer believing? Do he and Chris have a future together, once the dust settles?

I'm going to say this once, and only once, and then I'm leaving my opinions out of it. Family mixed with religion and guilt can do a tsunami of damage in a very short amount of time. It broke my heart to watch Julien struggle with this, all of these things which caused him to disappear in the first place, and new conflicts his parents put on him when he came back. And there was Chris who'd already gone through all his own horrors with family and church, trying not to get sucked back in. I truly adored both of these men. They were honest and real, with each other and themselves. They were strong men, who could be vulnerable and when they loved, they did it 100 percent.

This was a wonderful addition to the series. It dealt with many difficult issues and, happily enough, it came to resolution for most of them in a manner I could accept. Great collaboration and I hope this isn't the end of the series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 218 pages/57000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-March-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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