Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, M/M Romance
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.
Out of Nowhere is the sequel to In the Middle of Somewhere, and while both books could be read as standalones, they work much better if read as two parts of a whole since their timelines overlap almost completely. Actually, something that bothered me in the first book suddenly made perfect sense after I’d read the second one, so I’d strongly advise reading them back-to-back for optimal enjoyment.
While the first book was all about Daniel, the youngest of the four Mulligan brothers, this one followed Colin, the second eldest brother, a car mechanic utterly dedicated to his work. And let me tell you, I’ve rarely come across a fictional character I l loved to hate as much as I did Colin. Wow, that guy’s quite a mess. His picture belongs in a dictionary next to “self-centeredness” and “his own worst enemy”. The image he shows the world, even the image he has of himself is an asshole of the highest order, so full of fear, self-hatred and denial that he lashes out at everyone and everything, including himself. Except for his father, whom he idolizes, for whom he works himself to the ground with rarely a word of appreciation, let alone thanks. Talk about daddy issues.
Enter gentle giant, Khal-Drogo-lookalike Rafael – aka Rafe – the first person ever to bother to look past Colin’s steel-wire armored ramparts, to look for the decent guy Colin might be underneath all his bullshit. To call Colin on his asshole-ness, to slowly, gradually help him climb out of the hole he dug himself. At first, I couldn’t fathom what Rafe ever saw in Colin, and I more than once despaired along with him, but as it seems, Rafe really is a sucker for lost causes.
It’s not as if Rafe was simply a goody-two-shoes, he has issues of his own and at times quite a bit of attitude. In a way, he was just as broken as Colin, but at least a bit ahead of him on the road to healing so he could show Colin the way – or at least point him into the right direction. It was almost painful to see how much these two men needed each other, but fascinating too, how Rafe chipped away at Colin’s walls one brick at a time and how Colin, who thought he had nothing, could give Rafe so much.
To be perfectly honest, I liked this book even more than In the Middle of Somewhere, precisely because of the huge amounts of angst, pain and heartbreak. If you’re looking for a light, fluffy read, if you want perfect, likable heroes and full redemption, stay away from this one. Colin’s character growth is amazing, but far from completed; I don’t think it ever will be, and Rafe’s just the same. However, that makes them all the more human, and that’s what I look for in my reading—real people who keep trying even though they keep failing, because perfection is impossible but sometimes daring to reach for your dreams is enough.
A few technicalities: this book is in 1st person present tense, which I’m normally not a big fan of, but the writing is so fabulous it didn’t bother me at all.
This book contains hints at D/s elements.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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