Title: In the Middle of Somewhere
Author: Roan Parrish
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Middle of Somewhere #1
Main Characters: Daniel and Rex
Release Date: March 2016 (audiobook)
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This is one of those series that I've heard about ever since the first book released, so when I saw that it was available on audio, I snatched it up. I'm so happy I did, because it was an excellent audiobook (and the second book was even better, but that review won't be up until next week.)
This story is about Daniel. He's that guy who has never fit in although he desperately tries to. He grew up in a household where he was the oddball. His overly masculine father and three brothers didn't know what to do with the gay academic. And now that he's a professor in a small Michigan town, he's the weird gay professor with all the tattoos. He's always stood out when all he wants to do is fit in. In fact, he works hard to make sure that he doesn't make waves anywhere.
Rex doesn't understand that. He sees Daniel as this amazing guy who should stand out in everything so he doesn't understand when Daniel doesn't stand up for himself or for what he wants and needs in life. Although Rex has his own issues. He's always kept to himself and done his own thing...very much by himself.
I loved getting to know these two guys. Neither one is real comfortable in his skin, but each of them becomes so much more when they are together. They're relationship is frantic and hot at first...and while it stays really hot, it truly becomes romantic. I love how Rex takes care of Daniel...in little ways that add up to so much.
The book was just fantastic. The audiobook narrator was phenomenal. He manages to feed so much emotion into the characters. I loved that. I'm also completely obsessed with Daniel's brother's story. It's so obvious that there's so much more going on there than just what we see from Daniel's perspective. Believe me, once you have this one done, you'll want book #2 waiting in the wings. The stories intertwine and are so gorgeous together, although they truly can each be read as a stand-alone...there is so much more to the story that you don't get unless you read them both.