Kyle is running…and he’s freezing. He’s also not quite sure what happened that made him take off with nothing but the clothes on his back and his camera. Kyle finds himself in a diner where he meets an older man, Del (short for Delaney, and how much do I love that name?), who buys him some food and makes Kyle an offer. Del can take Kyle to Virginia so he can get away and hide from what is making him run…whatever that is.
Del never picks up hitchhikers. At least he didn’t until he meets Kyle. Something about the young man calls to him. He surprises himself when he invites Kyle along with him on what should have been about a three-hour ride to Virginia. Soon, Virginia becomes California, and Del starts enjoying Kyle’s company. He’s aware Kyle’s on the run from something, but Del’s running a bit himself. He served in the Army Rangers and saw a lot of things that invade his nightmares. Kyle grounds Del, and he sleeps better with him around.
Eventually, the men begin a relationship, each comforting the other, but the past has come back to haunt them, and they have some decisions to make.
I really liked this one. The blurb intrigued me, and at 83 pages (according to Amazon), I’d hoped it would be a nice way to spend an evening. I got everything I hoped for. Kyle and Del were well written, sympathetic characters, and I loved the idea of them getting to know each other during a long ride in a big rig. I also thought it was cool how Kyle knew who he was on the run from, and knew it had to do with a photo on his camera, but he wasn’t exactly aware of the circumstances behind that photo and how he got it. I’ve read a few amnesia stories, but they were all about total memory loss, not about a character who was actually aware of that loss, trying to figure out what happened. This was all new territory for me, and I was impressed.
As I said, I found Kyle and Del to be sympathetic. They aren’t happy individuals, but they click together. It’s a novella, so there isn’t a lot of time for them to have a slow burn, but it didn’t matter. From the moment they met in that diner, the chemistry was obvious. Sometimes, you just know. I think my favorite thing about them is the comfort they give each other after nightmares. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s not only Kyle with issues, and while Kyle is in a certain amount of danger, Del is in a kind of hell that broke my heart.
There aren’t many major background characters. Basically, it’s Kyle’s mom, his uncle, and his cousin. The cousin, Brian, is a spoiled and entitled little bastard, and the uncle, Peter the cop, has catered to his every whim. Once again, I don’t want to give away major plot points, but Kyle has every reason to want to get out of Dodge.
I have already mentioned the chemistry between Kyle and Del. Their love/sex scenes are smokin’ hot! What was great about them was the tenderness involved. Also, there was a sort of desperation about them…like they were clinging to each other in a storm. I love a good hurt/comfort situation, and Kyle and Del both give as good as they get.
There was a bit of action toward the end, and it was nicely written, and even though I found the situation to be kind of unrealistic, I enjoyed it. Not everything has be accurate when it comes to how good a story is.
All in all, I highly recommend Run So Far. In fact, I wish it had been longer. I would have loved to see Kyle and Del be happy together for awhile before I had to let them go. They’ll definitely stick with me.