The Miles

Robert Lennon
The Miles
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Release Date
June 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ


A squadron of spectators screamed and hooted, and Liam could feel his legs lighten. It was possible. He could run at any speed now; he would accelerate and accelerate and accelerate…

When Liam Walker joins a running club in New York City, it's with some trepidation. Liam has always loved running, but the world of team racing, and the camaraderie that goes with it, are new to him. Still, after years of stagnancy—working for the same magazine, living in the same apartment, and jumping from one short-term boyfriend to another—he's ready to try.

At the club, Liam meets athletes of every stripe. Some are fiercely competitive, others more interested in the after-race bagels or team nights out partying. The revelations on the track hardly compare to what happens off it—the romance and heartaches, rivalries and injuries. And as the year unfurls leading to the ultimate challenge—the New York City Marathon—Liam starts to realize all the ways in which life is measured by hills and valleys, in how far you're willing to push yourself, and in who's waiting for you at the finish line…

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jun 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
197 people found the following review helpful
Debut novelist Robert Lennon pens a fantastic story that on the surface appears to be about a man joining an elite running club, but ends up being so much more. A great tale about friendship, struggle, love and loss, THE MILES takes you on a journey of one man's self-discovery that will stay with you long after the story ends.

Liam Walker decides to get back into running after taking several years off from doing so after college, and joins the "Fast Trackers", an elite running team made up of gay and lesbian runners in New York City. As he becomes more involved in the team, it becomes an important part of his previously stagnant life and he makes many friendships along the way.

When the Fast Trackers take up a team challenge with another elite running squad, Liam trains harder than he ever has, pushing his body to its limits. But along the way, he also realizes that he's ready to push himself in other ways--personally especially--and that sometimes, the journey to self-discovery is just as important as the final destination.

Let me first start my saying that while THE MILES had romantic elements in it, I would term it more "gay fiction" not "m/m romance". I don't think that detracts from the story one bit, but I wanted to put that warning out there so that people expecting something else won't be disappointed. If you are anything like me, I think that you will be pleasantly surprised by the story.

What makes THE MILES so great in my opinion is the cast of characters. The main character, Liam, is certainly a great protagonist. He's got his flaws but he's a really caring and loyal person, and he makes you want to root for him. But I feel that Liam would have been very one-dimensional if he hadn't been surrounded by his friends, fellow runners, and love interests. The men we meet in this story run the gamut: they are colorful, fun, tragic, and loving. We see divas and cautionary tales as well as lessons in love and overcoming adversity.

I also like the visuals of the story. Being set in New York City, I felt as though I was running along with Liam as he's racing or training in areas through the metropolis or when he's out with his friends at hot spots around the area.

Everything flowed together very well for me. There were definitely some slow parts but I really got into the story and was literally on the edge of my seat as Liam was running the marathon. I think in those moments I almost felt as though I could have run a marathon!

I was sad to see it end, but THE MILES was a wonderful story that just resonated with me. I'm hoping that Mr. Lennon continues to write novels because I certainly look forward to reading more of his work.
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