Sam reviews ‘In The Middle Of Somewhere’ by Roan Parrish. This book was published by Dreamspinner on July 10th, 2016 and is 350 pages long.
This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
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.
Daniel is an English Major graduate and lives in Philadelphia. He is has several tattoos and has learned to fight in order to protect himself. He doesn’t have a great relationship with his brothers or dad. He feels that no matter where he goes he doesn’t seem to fit in.
While traveling to Michigan for a job interview at the local college he ends up meeting Rex. Rex is the opposite of Daniel. He is huge, shy, very sweet and hates any type of fighting. He loves to cook and make furniture. He keeps to himself most of the time and doesn’t become attached to people as he has learned that they always leave.
When the two men meet the attraction to each other is very strong. But can they both get over their own insecurities and achieve the happiness and love they both deserve?
This was such an amazing story. It flows perfectly. I love that it is over 300 pages and still isn’t enough. Daniel and Rex were very complex. The journey they each have to go through to finally find their happiness is heartbreakingly beautiful. The secondary characters are very intriguing and I would love to read their stories. I really hope there is a sequel because the author leaves you wanting so much more.
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.