Book Review: In the Middle of Somewhere – Roan Parrish

In the Middle of SomewhereDaniel Mulligan is the bright, snarky and tattooed professor from the city who arrives in the small town of Holiday, Michigan to teach in their community college.

Rex Vale has always loved the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods. Despite living in town for years, his imposing size and shyness makes connecting to people difficult.

From the very first time they met, they’re already attracted with each other and both explored their passion and blossoming romance. Rex however fears that Daniel will leave Holiday eventually and this would leave him lonely yet again.

When a secret of Rex was revealed and Daniel was called to apply for a job back in Philly, changes unraveled between them that will either break or make their relationship.

I enjoyed reading this book at most parts – well, mostly the scenes between Daniel and Rex (gaahhh… can I have one just like him?), Daniel and Ginger, and Daniel and Leo. Daniel’s internal ramblings = golden!

And again, Rex – he’s just the most perfect character ever. I just wanna cuddle with him all throughout the story.

Daniel is part a-hole and part character from the Les Misérables. There’s something about him that you want to root for but there’s also a selfish part of him that people might find off-putting.

And Rex – he’s just the most perfect character ever. I just wanna cuddle with him all throughout the story.

Also, I seriously do not get Daniel’s family though. It doesn’t feel like it’s about the whole gay thing because they’ve been like that since he was a kid. I almost wondered if he was actually adopted – seriously, I’m like – okay, part of the ending would be like,

Dad: Daniel, there’s something you need to know.

Daniel: Uhm. Yes Dad? (inner monologue insert)

Dad: No. Do Not Call Me Dad. I am not your father. Your real dad left you at our doorsteps that’s why we’re all such a-holes towards you and your brothers – again, not your real brothers – use you as their punching bags.

Ugh. It’s just so fucking strange. Now, don’t even get me started with Collin. Ugh. Please author, do not make him a main character in your upcoming books. His dealio was so cliché it’s almost funny. A redemption arc? Hah! No thanks!

The author’s story telling was very pleasant though. At the beginning it feels too slow – like the pacing was snail-like slow but once it picked up when the MCs finally got together, the narration became fluid.

I’m on the fence about this book. There are some sucky moments in the book, but I just loved some of its characters especially Rex so yeah – I’d definitely read more from this author and see where this series will go from here.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published July 10th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

About The Author
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.

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