Title: In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere #1)
Author: Roan Parrish
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date Book: July 25, 2015
Release Date Audio: March 25, 2016
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 350
Audio Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
To finish his dissertation Daniel Mulligan has to accept the only teaching job he could get. A small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, is by far not a dream work for an openly gay Philly who was born and lives all his life in a big city, but Daniel used to be NOT FIT INTO, so he considers it simply as the next obstacle in his life, that he has to overcome.
When Daniel had a car accident on his way to Holiday, hitting a dog that appeared from nowhere on the road, I got a little shock. I went immediately back to the blurb and re-read it – did I oversee a word SHIFTER there? No way I would have listened to it further if Daniel was supposed to have a relationship with THIS DOG. Thanks God, it was not a DOG – no shifter far and wide, but a very attractive stranger who offered his help. It is how Daniel and Rex Vale met.
I have to be honest. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this novel as much as I did if I had read it. But an audio book was a goody.
I very much enjoyed Daniel’s POV by Robert Nieman. His narrating style precisely meets my expectations. I love his voicing of Daniel a lot. This romance is simply MADE to listen to.
Maybe In the Middle of Somewhere is not perfect.
Maybe it is a bit repetitive.
Maybe it is stereotypical.
Maybe it is a bit too long.
Maybe not much happens here.
Maybe this novel doesn’t offer too much story.
But what this book gives us and what did convince me here are GREAT CHARACTERS.
It is impossible not to love Rex, and it is difficult not to feel high/joy, witnessing their relationship in progress.
The title has become a very special meaning at the end. It is not IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE anymore.
It is IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE. Means HOME. MEANS REX.
I LOVE THIS BOOK.