Reviewed by JustJen
Title: 500 Miles
Author: Parker Williams
Series: MLR Mixed Tape Anthology
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 37 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Since he was fourteen, Mark knew he loved Jase, his brother Eric’s best friend. As Jase and Eric leave for the Army, Jase leaves Mark something to hold onto, but when the two men are shipped to Kuwait, things change when Jase tells Mark he’s met someone.
Confused and hurt, Mark is left to wonder what happened. Eric returns, but with devastating news – and needing Mark’s help. Can Mark help the man who broke his heart? Or will he let Jase push him away – for the second time?
Review: This was a really sweet story about young love, boys finding themselves and then finding each other when the time is right. It’s a coming of age tale that I found to be a really touching and sweet story.
Mark falls in love with Jase pretty early on. Jase includes him in pretty much everything he and Mark’s brother, Eric, do. Jase is a few years older, so there isn’t really any sign of anything more between them. When Jase and Eric enlist in the military and have to leave, Mark is devastated. He gets by with the sweet cassette tapes Mark sends him, always ending with the song, 500 miles, and a promise that they will come back to him.
Mark is devastated yet again after he learns about Jase being involved with a girl he met overseas. But, all is not as it seems, and things are done for what are thought to be the right reasons. Nevertheless, it was hard to not feel bad for Mark who has faithfully been sending care packages biding his time until he can see Jase and really let his feelings be known.
Jase and Eric eventually return home and things are set to right, but Jase isn’t quite the same person he was when he left and Mark must decide to forgive and be supportive to the man he still loves. There were so many sweet moments in this little tale. I really enjoyed watching these guys grow in the short amount of time that we see them. This was a fabulous afternoon read, and I definitely recommend you pick it up if you like coming of age, young love stories.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*