Title: The Remaking of Corbin Wale
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Page Count: 237
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.
When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.
Love was a curse. No love was a curse.
Solitude was a cure. Solitude was a torment.
Distance was safety. Distance was crushing.
Every once in a while, I’ll come across a story that’s special. Unique. Unlike anything I’ve ever read that reaches inside me and truly resonates with my brain and leaves goosebumps on my heart. It happened with Winter Oranges. It happened with In The Absence Of Light.
And it happened here.
I just don’t know that I can articulate why this book pushed so many of my buttons.
Told in alternating POVs, this is Alex and Corbin’s story. Alex moves back home after needing a restart button on his life – to open his own bakery in his Michigan hometown. And Corbin has lived in this town his whole life. Been shunned his whole life. For being weird. For being a freak.
Theirs is a slow burn, friends to lovers, romance. But it’s so much more, so much deeper.
Corbin has secrets. Family secrets that hold him back.
“[…]Now I’m only me. I’ll always be only me.”
And Alex has gone through life never once feeling like Corbin makes him feel. He’ll do anything to crack Corbin’s shell and get close.
But more than any of that, he wanted Corbin to talk to him. He wanted to be included in the cocoon of him, invited into Corbin’s world.
The two men bond over a shared love of baking, and of dogs. And of patience and understanding.
They both need each other, but are so hesitant to scare the other away.
It was like desperation but with none of the darkness.
When I say the writing was stellar, I can’t tell you how much of an understatement that is. Parrish executed this story flawlessly. It was so evocative. I was in awe of her talent, and reread many passages multiple times, just to let it wrap around my heart once more. To feel it one more time.
Read this book. That is all.
“You remake the world a hundred times a day.”