Title: Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere #2)
Author: Roan Parrish and Spencer Goss (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 4th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Middle of Somewhere: Book Two
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.
While it’s true Roan Parrish created these characters, Spencer Goss gave them life.
In my original review for this story I admitted that while it takes real chutzpah to focus the sequel on the biggest antagonist from the first story, Roan Parrish absolutely makes Colin Mulligan’s story engaging, believable, and engrossing. But…it’s Spencer Goss’s narration that made me empathize with Colin and hope for him. There is such a strong element of hurt/comfort that is brilliantly conveyed through the narration.
Spencer Goss perfectly captures the complicated, broken person Colin is and made me feel sorry for Colin and all of his self loathing. He made my heart hurt at the self harm and terrible chances Colin takes and made me so happy when Rafael Guerrera begins to break down Colin’s walls. And it’s Spencer Goss’s narration that made me yearn for Colin’s HEA.
The narration for Out of Nowhere is spectacular. The story is angst-filled, complicated, sometimes hard to get through, and I needed a new box of tissues and a pint of ice cream by the end…but the narration is truly fantastic.