In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
“Like, you know that feeling,” I try to explain, “where it’s Sunday night and you have school or work the next morning but then it’s a snow day and you don’t have to go in? You feel like that.”
“I feel like a natural disaster?” he teases, but his gaze is intent.
“No,” I say, forcing myself to say what I mean. “A relief. You feel like a huge relief.”
Rex’s eyes go very soft. “You feel like a relief too, Daniel,” he says.”
So you know when you go into a book, and it’s the right book at exactly the right time? That was this book for me. I had seen a review of book 2 that had me intrigued, but since I am a stickler for reading anything in series order I decided to start at the beginning. And let me tell you, that was a brilliant decision on my end, if I say so myself! Because this book is something special and I loved it so much.
^^^See!!! I’m even using Buffy gifs!! (which you’ll understand if you read/have read the book!)
Daniel is a grad student looking for a teaching job. One evening after a job interview in a small town in Michigan, Daniel gets in a car accident when swerving to avoid a dog. In the middle of nowhere and with an injured animal, Daniel runs into Rex who owns a cabin nearby. Rex provides aid to the dog and Daniel, and there’s a palpable attraction between the two of them. But Daniel is a city boy and Rex is a loner kind of guy so the two part ways with no expectations.
Months later Daniel has landed the job he interviewed for and has moved to Holiday, Michigan. It takes a bit of adjusting to the small town life but Daniel is managing fairly well when he runs into Rex and the dog from that night, Marilyn. The attraction is still there and both men act on it immediately. The two spend more and more time together, and feelings grow. But both harbor fears that the other will leave, and the two need to work out what they really mean to each other.
MM romance is a genre I can always turn to when I want something good to read. But this book was so much more than that. In a genre where many books can be hot and little plot, this was a book that stands out. Yes there are hot parts. Good Lord in heaven are there sexy times in this book. Like panty dropping sexy times. BUT there was also an amazing plot to go with this book! Which to me, someone who eats up character development, was even more amazing. I loved reading about Daniel and Rex and about how they helped each other grow.
The dynamics between the main characters and the side characters are what made this book more special to me. It made the book feel real, from Daniel’s friendship with Ginger, then the kid, Leo. Rex’s relationship to Will and the change in dynamic he brought was so much fun. Then there was Daniel’s family and how their actions (or should I say non-actions) affected Daniel’s ability to relate to others. There was not a single character I wasn’t intrigued by or got me bored at any point. I enjoyed them all!
“Maybe the point of I love you is that it is a tether. A connection so you can find your way back to someone even when shit seems huge and unmanageable on your own. A promise to help just because you care about someone, a promise to help that doesn’t mean pulling away.”
Some moments in the book I would have found cheesy or instalovey based on my regular reading preferences, but the way this author writes it doesn’t come across that way to me at all. And I normally am very picky about this sort of thing. This black-hearted reader swooned at these parts! Me!!! The reader who normally complains about this!!! So basically Roan Parrish has magic in her because it only enhanced the reading experience for me.
There were a few things that were left a little bit unresolved at the end of this book. But I have a feeling they will come to light in the second book so I’m going to move onto that one very quickly. I can only say again how much I adored this book and I am so glad I took a chance on a new author, something I need to do more often!
“The other night, you said that we mean different things when we say I love you. That you don’t know what it means to have someone love you. This is what it means. It means doing things together and learning what each other needs. I give you what you need. You give me what I need. And they’re not the same. And that’s fine. It’s not too good to be true. It’s just good.”