Title: Where We Left Off (Middle of Somewhere #3)
Author: Roan Parrish
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova… and then was gone just as quickly.
For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny… though Will certainly tries.
But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.
I love Roan Parrish’s books. In the Middle of Somewhere and Out of Nowhere are some of my favorite books. And when I read In the Middle of Somewhere, Leo and Will and the chemistry they had fascinated me and made me look forward to their book. But this book turned out in a way I never expected.
I love coming of age stories and they are really good. They show the development of character and shows how they grow but for most part in this book I felt like Leo kept going around in a circle. The same cycle kept repeating over and over. For most part the book is a monologue and thoughts inside Leo’s head and most of whatever I understood about Will is only from his perspective. There is an explanation as to why Will is the way he is but through out the book,except towards last portion of the story, Will comes off as cold, uncaring and not much interested in Leo beyond the occasional sex and maybe friendship. The reasons for his actions and his nature is explained but then again I couldn’t completely understand it from Will’s perspective. Will remained an enigma even after I finished reading the story. The sexual chemistry and the way the author has explored it is indeed hot. Their chemistry is good but the emotional growth or depth in the relation felt lacking. Leo seemed too much invested in Will in the beginning then had a change of heart and then again went back to him. They way he kept expecting so much from Will and kept going back did not make sense to me. I understand that’s how it is when you are in love but for some reason throughout the book felt like Leo was investing in a relation where he is only the interested party. Will and his issues would make sense but I felt like I did not know Will enough from reading the book to justify it as the reason for the way he is. The author’s way of ending the story with a HFN is really understandable and from a purely realistic point it is really not necessary to have a happily every after with all the loose ends tied. But as a reader when I finished reading the story I did not know what to feel. In fact I did not feel anything. I did not know what sort of conclusion to reach or even whether I enjoyed the story. I felt completely blank…!!
I love Roan Parrish’s books and it makes me extremely sad to write this review about one of the books in a series I really love a lot. If you are someone who enjoys this author’s books then do give it a try. This was not my cup of tea, but does not mean it won’t be yours..!!!