Saturday, September 24, 2016

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish (audiobook)

Title:  Out of Nowhere
Author: Roan Parrish
My Rating: A
Narrator: Spencer Goss

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Middle of Somewhere #2
Main Characters: Colin and Rafe
Release Date: July 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible/Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
10 hrs 33 mins

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.
 
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.5

Straight up, Colin's story is painful and HUGE KUDOS to Robert Nieman for his narration of it, because his voice for Colin was perfection. He managed to feed so much emotion and pain into his voice for Colin and that added so much to this already powerful story. 

Colin is one of those guys who's in the closet because he doesn't know how else to be. He's so far in the corner back there that he can't even admit to himself that he might be gay. That's something that's just not a possibility for him with him and his family...no matter that he has a brother who is gay. (And it should be noted...that Colin HATES that Daniel is out and free to be himself. It makes him so angry that Daniel was brave enough to do that when Colin isn't.) Because Colin is flat out embarrassed of who he is. In fact, he pretty much hates himself and the person that he really is. 

I'll be honest...this is my one niggle with this book. Colin has deep, dark issues that really should be addressed by a trained professional. It's obvious that he has deep self-loathing as well as prolonged issues with depression. He is not in a good place and that comes out in so many aspects of his life. It's painful to read...and like I said earlier, the narrator does a brilliant job of acting that out in his voice for Colin. 

Rafe is amazing. Seriously, he's one of the best heroes I've ever read. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to deal with Colin's hang-ups, but Rafe handles him incredibly well.

There was so much to love about this story. Normally I read about one audiobook a month as I do my chores and my household stuff. I listened to this audiobook in a single day because I was so caught up in the drama of the story. I thought it was wonderfully done and I love the way that this book and the first book story lines overlap so the reader is able to see the same scene in completely different ways. It was a brilliant book and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it...especially the audiobook version of it. 

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