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Long the Mile

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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 g
ebook, 140 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Riptide Publishing (first published November 22nd 2013)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I liked this little novella from new-to-me author, Ally Blue. It was a little "after school special", but I thought that the main characters had nice chemistry and the story was sweet.

This book centers around the issue of homelessness and the psychological and emotional strain of being homeless and jobless. The fact that 20% of the proceeds from this book go to a LGBTQ youth homeless center makes total sense- This book often felt a bit like an advertisement for the importance of homeless shelte
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, mmr, twenty-thirteen
This was a nice warm fuzzy story, which would have rated it a solid three star if it wasn’t for one thing…badly done time skips.

Oh my goodness, the time skips in this book; there were a lot of them. If you didn’t pick up on it, I really am not a fan of time skips. I mean I can deal with them if they are well done, but that wasn't the case here. The author jumps over a lot of the story that should have been included. I mean I wanted to know what it was like for Judah's first night on the street;
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
2.5 Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Riptide Publishing via NetGalley

So.... this book had so much potential but it fell flat for me. The dialogue felt forced and unnatural. As it picked up momentum it got better but it was hard to get into at first.

The idea of the story is beautiful and touching. I'm a huge fan of stories about the underdog. I can't imagine losing everything and having to struggle just to find a decent meal. Sometimes we take for granted things that come so easily for
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, mm, kindle-archive
I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this story more than I did. The multiple time skips left me feeling a bit too distanced, and too much of the character transformation took place off the page for me to feel fully engaged with the characters or the plot. The whole story had a bit of an afterschool special feel to me, and sometimes it felt like the plot, and the characters were secondary to the message. What I did appreciate was the
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Normally we read about a rags to riches story, however with Ally Blue in Long The Mile we go from riches to rags. What a great idea and this provided for a really great Christmas read. But why not turn the tables and see what happens when your life goes from top to flop.

Judah was a rich businessman with more money then you could shake a stick at, however his story begins when he leaves prison after doing a stretch for insider trading. His attitude obviously matched his materialistic gains and af
Shelby P
Nov 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
What a major disappointment after having read Graceland and enjoying it very much. I started to get bored after 20% in. I didn't understand where the story was going. Judah was not a likable character at all. I also didn't get Toby. If I had family that I could stay with no way in hell would I choose to be homeless, unless they turned me away. Pride can be a very bad thing.

Although this is a very short novella, I was skimming pages like crazy. Never cared enough about Judah or Toby. Oh, and I t
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Copy won in Jessewave/Riptide giveaway 25.11.13
3.5 stars rounded up
Judah is newly released from prisonn and failing to get his life back, in fact he hits rock bottom and ends up on the street where he gets assaulted. Toby, also homeless, comes to his rescue and the pair form a friendship which grows into a rrlationship. When Toby gets a job and aplace to kive Judah goes with him but leaves as Toby is starting to get on his feet. The pair do get a happy ending eventually. This is an interesting s
Christi Snow
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it

This was an interesting story. it is not a light and fun holiday story, even though it does have an HEA. The story focuses on Judah, a man that is just released from prison after serving time for insider trading. He has lost everything but a little bit of saving and soon that is gone. No one wants to hire someone with a criminal record. Yet he is arrogant at first and not a very endearing character.

Toby is homeless. He had been the manager for an upscale boutique hotel until the economy
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, holidays
This is the kind of story that twisted my heart. Just what I expected from reading the blurb.
As bitter and difficult to like Judah was, I could somehow understood his turmoil, his ruined self-confidence and how he wanted to feel deserving of Toby's love. Toby for me was an angel-like persona, almost too perfect a human being. That he could found something worth holding on in Judah, to love him so much, was just... amazing really.
I wouldn't normally read and like a gloomy angsty story but for t
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great story, dealing with very tough subject matter.

I didn't see Jonah as an asshole at all. I cannot imaging how it must have feel being jobless and ho,eless, especially after being in prison and losing literally everything you've once had. Toby was wonderful and supportive and the ending was happy and very satisfying.
It was an interesting look at life on the streets and a little of how it might feel. I wasn't sure what kept the two men together other than their situation. I would have liked to see what else they had in common.
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
This story really gave me a different perspective about homeless people and about how difficult it most likely is to get out of that situation no matter how much one wants to make a change for the better.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sadly this one didn't work for me at all.
When I picked this one up, I had vague ideas that I would like it, it was a Christmas read, and that I wanted to try this author. In addition to these things, I found that it touched me deeply and reminded me of long ago days when I worked at a rescue mission and tutored people to help improve their literacy, to help them finish up their diplomas and to help with job searches along with food distribution and maintaining the shelter. I'm not sure if the author meant to send messages and touch hea ...more
Dani Elle Maas
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-review
3.5 stars
This story isn’t the sweet holiday story that you expect when you think of holiday themed stories, at least at the start of the book. Still I can’t deny it grabs you by the throat. There is something about the whole mixture of the characters, the charity and the places that are named in the story that makes you believe and want to read more.

Also that is at least one of the fails of this story. It goes too fast at certain times.

We meet Judah, and obnoxious man in the beginning and we wat
Shirley Frances
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A touching story of two men finding each other in a moment in their lives when nothing is certain.

Judah is a proud man who has lost everything he ever worked for. Driven by fear of the uncertain and the state his life is in, he lashes out at Toby when he ran into him. Try as he might he can't get his life back together and everything comes crumbling down around him. Now he's homeless, broke and most of all lonely.

Toby has been homeless for a year and even though he has learned to accept his situ
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A cursory glimpse at life on the streets for two formerly successful men illustrates both the steady eroding of pride and the human spirit as well as the importance of friendship - especially when one is down and out. What it doesn't show is the array of avenues open to former convicts and street people who are seeking help.

When inside trader Judah Jackson gets out of prison with a set of clothes and three hundred dollars cash, he's optimistic that he'll be able to get a job and remake himself
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
More than a romance, Ally Blue's Long the Mile is a beautiful journey of self discovery. While this holiday-themed romance is not a light-hearted read, it is not bleak or depressing. It is a realistic and thought-provoking story that is ultimately hopeful and uplifting as Judah Jackson and Toby Simonsen find love despite their rather dire circumstances.

Although Judah is no stranger to hardship, he is ill-prepared for the difficulties he encounters following his release from prison. Unable to fin
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story about redemption and starting over and hope. Though Judah starts out as pretty unlikable person, we get to witness his road to redemption and it isn't until he really hits rock bottom that he finds his humanity.

Long the Mile starts with Judah just getting out of prison after serving 18 months for insider trading. He still has an attitude of entitlement and he's definitely not a nice guy. He figures he'll be able to get himself back into the job market and he'd be able to build h
It took me awhile to put my finger on just what I found so unsatisfactory about this novella. It honestly approaches a little discussed topic, the characters were believable enough, and the pace was good. Why did it feel so flat to me?
I eventually came to the realization that I actually didn't know anything about the characters; or, more precisely, that I didn't know enough about them to feel anything for them. Their emotions, when mentioned, were told and not shown. Their motivations, if explai
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
An ARC from Riptidepublishment was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my thoughts in any way.

Perfect little christmas distraction but way too short!
you'll get to love these characters and 140 pages just aren't enough!
Beside the wonderful character development it really opens your eyes for the lesser fortunated and maybe even gets you to change your attitude.
While this book just got 140 pages it still has all you want in a catchy lovestory. Love at first sight, slowl
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really good for the holidays and not actually one of those holiday sappy books. The things I took away from reading this were personal... Knowing I need to try harder to love more, be more grateful, be more giving and understanding.

Reading about Toby and Judah made me feel. These men have had bad luck. While Jonah's was partially self delivered after breaking the law, he did do his time. He did go out there and try again. Toby just had it bad and still kept trying. Through everything, Toby's at
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, what a roller coaster of emotions! Probably a 3.5* read for me but it did get to me so gets the move up!
Toby has been homeless and jobless for nearly a year when he encounters newly released from prison Jonah - not an auspicious start.
What got to me the most I think was the despair that you can feel that people in these situations must feel - especially Jonah who now is classes as an ex-con, so is automiatically excluded from any job opportunities. How can people get themselves out of the
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

A Timely story of homelessness, lost hopes and redemption found when love comes calling. For the full review visit

Special Note: 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 the
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a bad book but not something I'm going to rush to re-read either. I really like the idea of the story line of two homeless men falling in love but the characters felt a little flat to me. Toby is a little bit too upbeat and almost naive. Johan is a too much of prick alot of the times. I don't feel alot of chemistry from either one.
Katy Beth Mckee
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical romance or holiday story. It is really a very powerful story and a great reminder that there are many reasons why someone ends up on the street. Also, that no matter how much someone wants to move on there is a lot to overcome. I love that everything took work. This author didn't make it easy for these guys to have a happy ending.
Lillian Francis
Dec 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
I know none of my friends liked this but for 99p I'll take a risk.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
my first by this author, I think, and I enjoyed it. I was curious to see how she could make homelessness work in a romance and I felt like she did a great job.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Ally Blue penned her first tale at age eight, relating the breathless terror of her little sister’s not-quite-fatal encounter with a bee in the backyard. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with storytelling. She now writes gay romance of all flavors, and has recently branched into writing her first love: horror. She continues her neverending quest to scare herself. She is not a hippi ...more
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