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


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!

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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[577]: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

25719256 Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon
Carina Press | November 16th, 2015
E-Arc courtesy of Carina Press and Net Galley
Adult Fiction | M/M Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Fresh out of college and recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, shy and bookish Jefferson Blythe is touring Europe using an inherited vintage copy of Esquire Magazine’s Europe in Style.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire is about old maps, new adventures, getting lost, getting found, getting drunk, and being mistaken for an international criminal. In other words, normal summer vacation when you’re in your twenties.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Josh Lanyon. If you must know, she’s one of those authors whom I trust when it comes to M/M romances. I don’t read too many of them nowadays, but I wanted to read some this month as my contribution to Queer Romance Month. Loving her work is almost as instinctual as loving Sandra Brown’s. I had a great time reading this book!


Jefferson Blythe decided to find himself after a recent break up from his fiance. Armed with an Esquire vintage travel book, he set out to experience Europe in all its retro glory. Adventure was waiting for him as soon as he landed in Heathrow. Mistaken for an artifact thief, Jefferson has no idea that a crazy stalker girl will only be the least of his problems. When his accommodations fell through, he had no choice but to reach out to a man from his past. A man who may not be willing to renew their friendship.


When they were young, Jefferson and George were practically inseparable. But when George came out, they’d become estranged. Jefferson wasn’t ready for the kind of bravery George pulled when he announced to him that he was gay. At the time, Jefferson was only too aware that he too might have some feelings for his best friend. George moved to England; severing ties with Jefferson. Their reunion was strained to say the least. On top of that, there might be some secrets as to what George does for a living. Years of being apart and with no communications doesn’t really make for a warm reunion. But readers will be able to tell that there’s some lingering feelings between the two that has nothing at all to do with friendship.


Trouble seems to keep finding Jefferson. Stalked, beaten, and kidnapped, Jefferson will find myself the centre of a Fabergé egg scam that will make him the target of a Russian mob family. And in the midst of it all, he’ll have to confront his true feelings towards George and entertain the thoughts of coming out to his family. In the backdrop is the classic beauty of London and the elegance of Paris. Lanyon does not really try hard to make the scenery a part of the story, but it’s there anyway. Though it’s plot-centric, she also spent a lot of time flaying the characters so the readers may be able to empathize with ease. This book is relatively clean as far as sex goes, but it’s never short on tension, suspense and pulse-pounding action.

This book reminded me of what I love about Josh’s stories. Not all M/M romances has to be sexually explicit for any enthusiast to enjoy. Sometimes, all you need is a little heat and a lot of excitement.


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