Audio Clip and Review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

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In case you didn’t know, October is Queer Romance Month. It’s to celebrate queer fiction in all its glory. I, for one, am a huge fan of books starring LGBT couples. When Judith of Binge on Books contacted me to participate, I didn’t hesitate to join in the fun. Today, I have a sample audio from Roan Parrish’s novel, In the Middle of Somewhere. I hope you’ll give it a whirl, and much love to Judith and Roan for the review copy of this book! READ MY REVIEW BELOW!

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Published: July 10th, 2015
Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


DANIEL MULLIGAN is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates look down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Northern Michigan, but, a city boy through and through, when Daniel arrives in Holiday, Michigan, it’s clear that this small town is one more place he just won’t fit in.

REX VALE clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his large, muscular body until it can handle anything, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people. Though he loves the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods, Rex can’t help but want someone to share it with.

When Daniel arrives in Holiday, they are smitten with each other, but though the sex is intense and explosive, Rex fears that Daniel will be one more in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in could be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls that have been keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia where a secret is revealed that changes the way he understands everything.


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This book was all romance, you guys! I never thought I could be just satisfied with a languid tale of two guys trying to make it work as a couple, but man, it is only because I feel in love with them that I was able to fully enjoy a book with very little to no tension. And you know me, I’m always looking for  action – so to speak, but Rex and Daniel gave me plenty to be excited about.

Sometimes, character-driven plots are the best ones to read if you’re looking for a real, honest-to-goodness relaxing read. So what could be more enjoyable than reading the story of a couple of people who met, connected, and eventually fell in love? I love seeing them evolved from two people full of doubts about themselves and each other, to a couple who will come to understand that accepting their individual frailties and strengths could give them their best odds at making it work.

This is my first Roan Parrish book, but I’m thinking it’s the start of many more to come. I tend to succumb to boredom if a book is character-driven, but Roan Parrish sure gave me a run for my money. I couldn’t read fast enough – couldn’t get enough. I wasn’t held in suspense by a plot conflict or twist. Instead, I was completely immersed in the couple’s story.


 

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Roan Parrish grew up in Michigan and lives in Philadelphia, but is always a few minutes away from deciding to move. A former academic, she’s used to writing things that no one reads. She still loves to geek out about books, movies, TV, and music—now, though, she’s excited to be writing the kind of romantic, angsty stories that she loves to escape into.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, wandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and cheese. But mostly cheese.

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  • Glad you enjoyed this one. I enjoy a good character driven read myself. Rex and Daniel sound like a great couple.

  • Enjoyed the snippet of the book-thanks! Glad you loved this so much 🙂

  • Fanning self over that cover, Wow! I love character-driven books, they always get me thinking 🙂

  • I was trying to find some m/m romance the other day, but wasn’t sure where to start. I think this might be a good place! Great review Joy, you’ve really made me want to give this one a whirl 😀

  • Oh this sounds fabulous! I’ll have to check it out. Great review!

  • I didn’t know that! But I’ve just read a great LGBT book, so there you go….
    PS I just read this funny comment you made about angsty books on another blog and I’m sure this sounds weird but it just made me smile. So thanks…

  • i love a good character driven book, so I am so glad to hear this is what made you enjoy it!

  • I am not fully immersed in this genre yet, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to have read some decent MM romances. I still cringe and blush on some scenes, I just skip those, I guess I’ll just stick to the tamer ones for now

  • I LOVE M/M romance! This year I haven’t read nearly enough, but I hope to get back into it in 2016. I love the sound of In the Middle of Nowhere. I’m going to have to find some funds to purchase a copy for myself 😀

  • They sound like a great couple and fun to read about

  • shootingstarsmag

    I love LGBT fiction and romance! I’m glad you really enjoyed this one and that the character-driven nature worked for you. I’m all about great characters.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • I am so interested to find out what kind of books you come up with this month. I am someone who generally hasn’t been able to enjoy too many LGBT books that I have tried – only one or two have done it for me. One of those being Aristotle and Dante. I will see if anything that comes out through this event works for me though. I do love a good character driven read as well.

  • kindlemom1

    Fun! It isn’t often you get an audio clip of the author reading her novel! Thanks for sharing this and I’m glad you ended up liking this one.

  • Glad this ended up being a great read for you, Joy! I love a good romance and it sounds like this one was just right for you 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Oh yay! I have this one Joy but I haven’t started it yet, I’m so glad to know you loved it:) I’m very ready to meet these two and see how they make things work!

  • Gorgeous review Joy 😀 YAY for enjoying this one. It do seem pretty awesome 😉 But oh my gosh. The name of the author. Roan Parrish. Ship name for Adam Parrish and Ronan from The Raven Boys? <3 Hah. Love it 🙂