Title: The Remaking of Corbin Wale
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Monster Press
Release Date: November 27th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Magical realism
Page Count: 226
Reviewed by: Ele
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.
“I’ve never felt that about anyone before. It’s like a place inside him is screaming my name, and I just want to answer it with everything.”
Magical, whimsical, etheral, unworldly and deeply romantic, The Remaking of Corbin Wale is unlike anything you ‘ve ever read.
This is a story about so many things, but most of all it’s about remaking and reinventing yourself. Everyone in this book gets a second chance! Even the secondary characters.
Corbin Wale…you ‘ll stay with me for ever. He is the weird artist, the outcast, the “freak” with the most beautiful mind.
Alex gets a second chance too when he comes back to his hometown to take over his mom’s coffee shop. Alex needs to be needed, and nobody needs him more than Corbin. What he didn’t expect was how much he’d end up needing Corbin too.
“The remaking of Corbin Wale was a constant overturning, like the ocean tides. The remaking of Alex Barrow had been far less tempestuous. It had been a deepening, an underscoring.”
There is A LOT of slow burn and UST. There is an amazing and real connection forming between Corbin and Alex before the fireworks finally explode. Everything in this book has a dreamy quality. Even the sex.
” Corbin’s potent imagination often turned sex into something transcendent and magical, and Alex treasured those times.”
The writing is a thing of beauty, I don’t even know the amount of talent it takes to make words tell this kind of story.
There are magical baking sessions, dogs, characters that leap off the pages, and intriguing friends in need of their own story.
If you want a holiday story without the Thanksgiving and Christmas brouhaha, but with all the season’s magic, this one’s for you. If you don’t, well…read it anyway. Highly recommended!