No Distance Left to Run - L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov
This is a 3.5 star review

I’m one that if I’m familiar with an author, or authors, I tend to start reading their books without really looking at the blurb. I like going into a story knowing very little about it. Needless to say, I kind of wish that I had read the blurb for this one. I would have been better prepared for a topic about which I’m a little touchy: religion.

Chris finds out that Joshua is still alive while having lunch with Joshua’s sister, Deb, and that the two have been in contact with each other for about a year, through Facebook. That Joshua is coming back to make peace with his dying father, and, by the way, that Joshua is flying in this evening, and “would you like to come with me to see him?” Stunned, Chris has his moment of accepting that someone he thought dead is, in fact, alive and well. After all, his whole life changed when he thought his best friend had died, going so far as to leave his religion behind. When these two men meet again at the airport, there are some awkward moments. Chris invites Joshua (aka Julian) to come stay with him, while Joshua explains why he left to join the Foreign Legion. And since they’re both self proclaimed sluts, it doesn’t take very long for Joshua and Chris to fall into bed with each other.

Okay…about this time I have this weird, skeptical look on my face, and I’m asking myself, what the heck have I gotten myself into with this one? I guess I expected a little bit more resistance from Chris since he was so hurt by what Julian (aka Joshua) had done when he just disappeared. But, ever the faithful friend, it just got swept under the rug in the name of friendship and lust.

Now, we come to Julian/Joshua’s family. I also would have left these people and all their religious expectations behind! Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a little touchy when it comes to religion. There were moments when I became a bit irritated by the parents of both these young men, but the one thing about this story is that it did have a couple of good points to make about unconditional love and acceptance, even though it felt that certain topics were rushed through and left up in the air.

So, with that in mind, I’m giving No Distance Left to Run a 3.5 star rating.

Reviewed by Kim at The Novel Approach