In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish was one of those books that I heard about as soon as it came out. People loved it; so I bought it and then it sat on my Kindle for months. When I heard that the second book in the Middle of Somewhere series was coming out, I knew I needed to finally read it.
This debut novel delivers in a big way.
It’s funny, sweet, hot, intimate, smart, relatable, emotional, and a thousand other things. Roan connects you with the characters immediately and then she carries you along for the ride.
I loved the dichotomy of Daniel. Smart, yet insecure. Professional, but tattooed. Big city at heart, but stuck in the middle of nowhere. His struggles and imperfections made him a phenomenal narrator.
Then there’s Rex. Sweet, sweet Rex. A giant of a man who shows the utmost care toward everyone around him. He has his own doubts and fears, but he is so freaking brave too.
As much as I loved Rex and Daniel, I also appreciated the amazing secondary characters in this book. Daniel’s best friend Ginger isn’t even in the same state as Daniel and Rex, yet I felt as connected to her as I did to either of them. All of Roan’s characters were fully fleshed out–everyone from Ginger to the coffee shop owner had their own personality.
There were a couple of places where the pacing was a bit off. Things slowed down sometimes when there was too much internal exposition. More experience will help Roan with this, I have no doubt.
I’m sure most authors wish they could have debut novels half as good as this. I’m very impressed and can’t wait for the next book.
Oh, and I especially like any book based in my home state. 😉 Michigan is a weird and breathtaking place that I think everyone should visit at least once.
In the Middle of Somewhere is about finding a place to call home and realizing that it’s the people, not the city or the house, that defines where that is. With amazing chemistry, memorable characters, and enough humor to balance out the emotional stuff, ITMOS will stay with me for quite some time.
Plus, Roan Parrish is an author that I plan on following for years to come.
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.