Author: Roan Parrish
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/25/2016
Length: 13 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
In the Middle of Somewhere was a pleasant story of dissimilar people falling in love in the middle of nowhere. Well, nowhere Daniel wanted to be to start with.
I really liked both characters. Though this story is told in first person narrative, we get a good grasp on who Rex is as well as Dan. Dan is neurotic and self-absorbed but grows so much with Rex’s attention.
This is an easy story, though there is some drama and tension, there isn’t a big break up or big misunderstanding that causes trouble. I felt that it dragged in spots but overall had good flow. The sex was amazing, but I attribute some of that to the narrator of the audiobook.
I loved Ginger and what she brought to the story. It was good to have a solid female character. I also liked Will and Leo and their respective friendships.
If the next book in the series was about Dan and Rex, I would pass. I am satisfied with their story and have no desire to read more about them. However, I see it is about Collin, and while he is an A-one a**hole, I am mildly curious as to his story so I may check it out. I haven’t decided yet.
Anyway, if you love contemporary, give this a try.
I liked the narrator’s voice and thought he did a great job of Dan. The sex scenes were outstanding and the flow was very natural. It felt like someone relating a story to me from their memory, which as a first person narrative, it was. However, I had trouble telling the characters from each other. There was no attempt to give the other characters a distinctive voice and it became confusing at times. I would like to try this narrator with a third person narrative.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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