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Release Day Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

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Release Day Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

Book Info

Book Series
Middle of Somewhere
About the Author
ROAN PARRISH is currently wandering between Philadelphia and New Orleans. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. 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.
Author Website
Publication Date
February 29, 2016
Content Warning
Explicit m/m sexual content
The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried. 

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Powerful Read
Colin is a hot mess. In his mid thirties and still hiding in the closet, not only from his family and friends, but from himself as well. He spends his days working on cars at his dad's shop and on occasion his nights trolling for anonymous hookups. Quick bj's that he refuses to reciprocate. This usually leads to him getting beat-up. Colin feels he deserves to be beat-up for wanting to be with a man. Colin feels so much shame and self loathing about being gay. Rafe rescues him from a hookup that goes horribly wrong one night. They awkwardly begin hanging out and eventually seeing one another. Wanting Rafe is something Colin can't deny no matter how hard he tries.

This was a powerful and emotional story. I honestly wasn't sure about this book when I first started. The first couple of chapters I kept thinking "man, I really don't like Colin. He's a complete jerk.", but the author drew me in and immersed me into Colin and Rafe's story. She kept me hanging onto every word. I couldn't put this book down. She made me fall in love with Colin. Watching him learn to accept himself and learn to accept the love he felt for Rafe was a beautiful thing. Colin and Rafe had chemistry that was off the charts. You could feel it coming off the pages at you. I loved watching him grow and I adored how patient and caring Rafe was. I loved the secondary characters of the kids in the youth alliance, and I think some of them have a story to tell, so I'm hoping this isn't the last we have seen of them.

This was an extremely well written and heartbreakingly beautiful story. I loved it, and can't recommend it enough!!
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