500 Miles - Parker Williams

I've had this one on my wish list for a while now. It has glowing reviews from friends so after reading a less than satisfying story which also deals with 'best friend's younger brother trope' I decided it was time to move this one up and see of it was done better.
It was! 
Mark, young and in love with his older brother's best friend Jase.
Jase is a great guy, really, of course Mark idolizes him and loves him, but as it happens when you are 14 and your brother and his friends are older, they leave you.
They didn't go off to college they went in the army, but still they kept in contact and those ( audio) tapes were the highlight of Mark's life.
Until they aren't anymore. I don't want to give too much away, but Jase and Eric ( Mark's brother) do what they think is best and Mark is devastated. But as expected, life is unpredictable and things have a way of working out.
This is a beautiful story and the epilogue had me giving a happy and satisfied sigh. My only complaint? The length. What I wouldn't give for this to have been longer...