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In the Middle of Somewhere

by Roan Parrish

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I'm a bit conflicted. This book was long and I think I need to marinate, so-to-speak, a bit before I post anything. So, Review To Come. . .

ETA: 15 months later:
I'm still conflicted. I might give this a re-read at a later date but for now I'm going to go with 3 stars.
  AddictedReader28 | Oct 19, 2017 |
4.75 stars

This was exactly the story I was looking for at the time that I read it. I really understood Daniel, and I loved Rex. Several moments made me pretty emotional. It would just sneak up on me. Everyday life was happening for the guys, and then it would seamlessly become something deeper. Mmmm, what a beautiful couple they are. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
4.75 stars

This was exactly the story I was looking for at the time that I read it. I really understood Daniel, and I loved Rex. Several moments made me pretty emotional. It would just sneak up on me. Everyday life was happening for the guys, and then it would seamlessly become something deeper. Mmmm, what a beautiful couple they are. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I am not much for m/m romance; I vastly prefer f/f romance, simply because I'm a queer woman and that is what I like to read (I've actually been accused of being homophobic before for not liking m/m romance, which is all sorts of hilarious to me). It's not like I pick up m/m books and say, "ewww, yucky, penises are gross!" or anything like that, but I just don't find myself being emotionally drawn to the characters most of the time. But this book came so highly recommend to me that I had to give it a try.

And the person who recommended the book to me was right - I did enjoy the book, so much so that I found myself staying up way past my regular bedtime to finish it. Daniel was a tough-as-nails guy from Philly who was hiding some serious emotional damage, which is my kryptonite when it comes to main characters. The book was completely told from his perspective, and I know that some readers didn't like this, but I loved it - I found his internal monologue to be hilarious, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once during the book. I know some have also pointed out that Daniel tends to repeat words frequently, and I DID catch that (especially "channel," which was just a no), but it honestly didn't distract me from the story that much, and I'm willing to give new writers a little more slack in that department. I liked Rex as well. The sex scenes were okay but didn't do much of anything for me, but I really wasn't expecting them to, and I was in the book for the angst and emotional upheaval (both of which were plentiful - I just wanted to roll around in the angst and feels like a chinchilla in a dust bath - this was me throughout most of the book).

And even better, I come to review this book on Goodreads and discover that the author has already written another book in the series! YES PLEASE, DOWNLOADING NOW! ( )
  schatzi | Jul 10, 2016 |
First off, let me just stare at this beautiful review!!!

Secondly, a BR is planned for February 25th...a reread for Els, Nathan, Momo and Teo, and a first time read for Marte. All welcome as we prepare for the release of "Out of Nowhere" on February 29th!!!

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Well I have to say, this book took me totally by surprise. Elsbeth said…”Hey, let’s BR this!”…I said “OK!” And yes…that was the extent of my knowledge about this book. Our dear BRer Susan bailed before I even started…hate that it did not work for her. L But for me…this was just the perfect book. So here’s my no nonsense review…

Are you looking for beautiful character development…



Are you looking for a book solely about the heartfelt relationship between two amazing men with little plot and zero angst…



Are you looking for a book with an absolutely awesome female best friend…



Are you looking for a book with unbelievably hot and emotional sex…



Well if this has intrigued you at all…



You will not be disappointed…this lands in the tops for the year for me. An absolutely unforgettable read…I want a Rex and a Daniel of my very own.
Thanks Elsbeth (and Nathan, who joined late) for the amazing BR!! Can’t wait for the next one.


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  JulieCovington | May 29, 2016 |
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In the Middle of Somewhere is a deeply character driven book, which I found at turns to be charming, delightful, fun and poignant. Some of the prose is beautiful and so very apt. I recommend. Grade B+
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Daniel:" You like my forearms?"

Ginger: " No, not yours in particular. I mean, they're fine. Just, it's a sexy body part."

Daniel: "I totally agree, I just didn't know girls liked them too."

Ginger: "Oh, yes, Daniel. All girls like forearms. Every single one. No really, I've asked all of us and we all agree. . ."
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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.
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Daniel has never fit in: not at home in Philadelphia or in school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. His new job is at a small college in northern Michigan, but he's a city boy and small town life doesn't suit him either. Then he meets Rex Dale, a shy furniture maker, and their chemistry is explosive. Can they break down the walls built by a lifetime of inability to trust others?… (more)

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