Monday, November 25, 2013

Long the Mile by Ally Blue


Title:  Long the Mile
Author: Ally Blue
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Release Date: November 2013
Main Characters: Judah and Toby
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy


Story Overview:
Sometimes it takes losing everything to find what you really need.

When Judah went to prison for insider trading, he lost everything he thought was important: his business, his money, his power. But when he gets out, homelessness strips him of the one thing he has left: his self-respect. When another homeless man saves him from a beating, he begins to learn to rely on the goodness of those around him.

For Toby, life on the streets has become familiar. Comfortable. So comfortable he wonders if he’s given up on changing his life for the better. Then comes Judah. Formerly rich, newly homeless, all his pride and attitude gone along with his material possessions. Helping Judah feels good. Their unexpected connection—physical and beyond—feels even better.

Their shared situation nurtures a growing closeness that blossoms into something deeper. But when change comes knocking, it will take all their strength to keep fear and insecurity from tearing them apart.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visithttp://www.aliforneycenter.org/


My Review:
When this book starts, Judah is NOT a guy that you (meaning me as the reader) liked. He just got out of prison, but he's still a stuck up jerk, which is interesting as you find out more and more about his past because he really should be more tolerant. 

What is apparent from the very beginning is what a great character Toby is. He sees from the very beginning that Judah is lashing out because he's afraid and is willing to overlook that. Seriously, good guy here, because as the reader, I was truly not willing to cut Judah that much slack.

But as the story develops, Judah's circumstance becomes more and more dire, requiring him to either have a change of heart or die. He does the right thing and has a change of heart, but so much of that is because of Toby's example. These are two guys who are living on the street, not because they aren't willing to work, but because of rotten circumstances beyond their control. What they can control is their attitude and their willingness to help others in the same set of rotten circumstances. What a great lesson especially as we move into the holiday and cold winter season.

Not only is this a great romance, but it really is a good reminder. There are people out there struggling to get by every day....for various reasons. It's not an easy book just because of the subject matter, but it's not a depressing book either. It's a book about hope and what hope can do for you when you have it and ruin for you when you don't. For people on the street, hope is hard to believe in day in and day out. 

I love that part of the proceeds of this book goes toward the Ali Forney Center in NYC. I read a statistic just recently that 70% of homeless teens are GLBT. That number breaks my heart and it looks like this charity is working to change that. It's a win-win when you buy this book. You get a great book and more money goes to this great charity.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I will be purchasing a copy to help support the author and charity she's supporting.

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