Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page/Word Count: 274 Pages
At a Glance: Out of Nowhere was so wonderfully written and so consuming that I didn’t want it to end.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: 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 does 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.
Review: Oh, this book, I don’t even know if I have the words to describe it, but I’ll give it a shot.
Going into Out of Nowhere, I didn’t think I would like Colin…I didn’t want to like Colin…but I love him. I couldn’t help it! It’s hard to dislike someone when you see how much they are hurting, he’s so lost and torn and angry and so lonely. That’s not to say I wasn’t angry and frustrated right along with him (angry and frustrated at him too, but in a very loving way).
So much is going on in this book that at times it seemed like there was too much going on and that it was too angsty, but then looking back on it, it really didn’t feel that way to me. I was so drawn into the story that I just sat back and followed along on the journey.
And then there is Rafe **swoon** such a fantastic character. He is flawed but knows who he is and what he wants and doesn’t want. He looks logically at his obstacles and what he can and can’t have in his life, and he has so much patience for Colin but doesn’t back down from his principles and what he knows he can’t deal with. And my goodness, were these boys smoking hot together.
It was really nice seeing some of the events that happened in In the Middle of Somewhere from a different perspective, and how it was woven into this story. I think Roan Parrish did a fabulous job with this book. It was so wonderfully written and so consuming that I didn’t want it to end. So many different issue were brought up throughout the book but were handled so well. I can’t recommend this book, or Book One, enough!
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