Title: In the Middle of Somewhere (In the Middle of Somewhere #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Roan Parrish (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 10, 2015 – 350 pgs
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.
I really enjoyed this story. The romance is a little bit simple, a tiny bit unbelievable, but Roan Parrish writes beautifully complex characters. She also writes places well. The tiny town of holiday contrasts perfectly with Daniel’s Philadelphia.
I thought Daniel was a great narrator. I love his awkward transition from grad student to professional, from urban bartender to professor. The inner teenage-like monologues and his child-like relationship with Ginger contrast so beautifully with his desperate attempts to be a grown up. I love him!
Rex was a little implausibly perfect for my liking. Calm, stable and very grown up, he lacks some of the quirkiness I enjoyed in Daniel and Ginger. Sure he’s damaged, but he felt really old at times. I suppose he balances the more flighty Daniel, and it is impossible to dislike a man who can splint a dog’s leg and who can throw his lover against a tree when he wants a little passion.
I really enjoyed the characters in Holiday. They moved from caricatures to people as Daniel settled in to the town – pretty colourful people at that.
The strained relationship Daniel has with his family is intense but it feels honest and real. I love the way Daniel’s friends care for him when his family continually lets him down.
I really liked this book a lot! You get a little angst with this book and some sweet. Now Rex was a sweetheart and I loved his character. His character did at first kind of creep me out but once you read more about him you understand him better. Daniel was so unsure and had been through so much in his life I loved his character too. Then as couple they were perfect for each other. I really loved how they acted with each other, how they were there for each other. Now I will say there were some parts that kind of ran on a little long. But all together this was a really good book. I would definitely recommend this book!
Oh man, this book was simply amazing. I don’t even think I could do it justice without stammering my way though and telling you everything from beginning to end. Daniel goes on a job interview in the middle of nowhere and ends up hitting a dog. Rex finds Daniel and the dog and sparks fly. Rex has been on his own for many years and has had a few tragedies in his life. Daniel has never known happiness unless it’s with his best friend Ginger. This was an amazing story of two people finding each other, getting to know each other and falling in love. There is a little angst, some tragedy and lots of hot sex. The book,doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger but the epilogue makes me believe there will be another book which I would read in a heartbeat. I love Rex, Daniel and Ginger. Heck I want to learn more about Leo and Will too! Highly recommend this book.
ROAN PARRISH grew up in Michigan and lives in Philadelphia, but is always a few minutes away from moving. A former academic, she’s used to writing things no one reads. She still loves to geek out about books—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 friends’ hair, 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.