Monday, August 15, 2016

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Title: In the Middle of Somewhere
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre and Pairing: MM, Contemporary
Page Count: 347
Reviewer Name: Redz

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

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, 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.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish I love the connection between Daniel and Rex. It is hot and powerful. Daniel is a teacher, he has tattoos that he hides with his long sleeved shirts at work. He has worked his butt off to be where he is today. He still feels like a kid who is lost. His ex has been cheating on him. His dad does not like him being gay. Top that all off he accidentally hits a dog going to his new job. He does get something good out of that deal though a handsome stranger who helps him out.
Daniel is sassy, sweet, and fiery. He has a need in him to be loved and accepted.
Rex is protective, kind, and understands Daniel in a way Daniel has yet to understand himself.
Together these two are really intense. I loved how they really are what the other person needs.
Over all this is a well done story and I would love to see more from these two in the future. 
                                   Five Shooting Stars

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