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In the Middle of Somewhere

(Middle of Somewhere #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,946 ratings  ·  1,330 reviews
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author

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
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published July 10th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Peter Doherty I'm a married dad/grandad and I enjoyed, it's an easy read with interesting characters, enjoy.…moreI'm a married dad/grandad and I enjoyed, it's an easy read with interesting characters, enjoy.(less)
Page Crusherz Rumor has it there may be more coming, but this is definitely a self contained novel. I believe anything after this will feature other MCs

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2 um stars. DNF @40%. Review posted July 13, 2015

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Roan Parrish is nominated for Best Debut Author at Goodreads for In the Middle of Somewhere! Vote vote vote! It is SUCH a fabulous book!

WARNING: This review will contain some serious fangirling.

This book is by first time author Roan Parrish, but after reading this, you probably won't believe that. You might think, oh, Roan is just a pseudonym for N.R. Walker or Amy Lane or K.A. Mitchell or any of the talented authors who write fabulous warm 'n fuzzy, ang
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WARNING #1: This review is brought to you by Grumpy Kat™ and contains "unpopular opinions."

WARNING #2: If you are one of those people who have an issue with negative reviews that contain quotes to get a point across because you feel they are unfair and taken out of context, then MOVE. ALONG. There's nothing for you to see here.

I apologise in advance for how long and rambling and lacking in eloquence this review is.

Right. To say I was looking forward to reading this would be a massive understa
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

This is a strong debut with sharp writing and well sketched characters.

Because the book is told from Daniel's POV, we are aware of his ramblings and insecurities.

But what about Rex, the shy, withdrawn carpenter?

I adored Rex. Rex is the boyfriend everyone wants: sculpted like a god, kind, smart, an awesome listener, good with animals, and really, REALLY good with his hands.

I desperately wanted Rex's POV; being in Daniel's head that long was a little annoying.

Daniel and Rex's relationshi
It is ME! not the BOOK!

Who is a quitter at 85% close to the end with 70 more pages to read:



Time of Audio-book death 1:55 minutes. The narrator has a good voice. But he had the same voice for all the characters even the female characters. 😣😣😏

So i switched to reading.

Time of reading death 85%, i just couldn't take it anymore, i tried but being in Daniel's head is exhausting.

I loved Rex , even though he was too perfect, but i he was swee
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Not bad, just not for me. After trying for days on end to read this, I DNFed at 50%. More of a review to come.
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

**1/12/17 - Re-read via Audiobook. I need some Rex in my life right now.

1/26/17 - Finished my audiobook reread and though I'm leaving my rating below the same, I've decided to round up to 5 stars. I loved this book EVEN MORE the second time around and it just doesn't feel right rounding it down to a 4 star. I still stand behind my thoughts that some of Daniel's ramblings could have been edited out, but damn....this book is so damn wonderful!


*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

This book was slooooooooow! Too slow. And loooooooooong. Too long. But damn if I didn't still really enjoy it.

This was a romance. A simple, sweet, no fuss romance. And I ate it up.

The sex - off the charts HOT!

I loved, loved, loved Will! And Leo! I can't wait for their book! Colin however...

...he better have a damn good reason for acting like an ass!

If I'm being completely honest, Daniel annoyed me a bit throughout the whole book. But Rex more than made up for Daniel. He was...

The w
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Sadly this was not for me.

The book felt unnecessarily long and I quickly got bored with Daniel's thoughts. 2 Stars.
All the stars

I can't believe how much I adored this book! I've read it in one sitting.
This author surely knows how to develop the action. I got super invested into the story. So much that I just couldn't seem to put it down. I was dying to read more. Now I keep wondering what took me so long to get to it!

I loved the writing, the story, the MC's and yes, I simply adored Rex!!! He was so kind and sweet even if he was a mountain of a man.

I just can't believe this is the author's debut book! I bo
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, re-reads
Just as good as the first time around.

I listened to the audio this time and I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. I think it was perfect for Daniel. I would give the audiobook 5 stars.

10/2020 read for the third time, via audiobook
Fantastic debut novel from Roan Parrish!

What I loved:

* Rex - I loved EVERYTHING about that man! He may have been a tad too perfect (read: unrealistically so), but you won't hear me complaining. Every time I thought he'd shown us the best of him, Roan peeled back another layer and I was toast.

* the super steamy sex. These guys had great chemistry together and HOLY GOD was Rex thorough in the bedroom! ...and in the shower ...and against (multiple) trees. If you read this book and say that you don
Reread October 2016

Original review:
4.5 stars!

I was worried. For two reasons. First - the hype. When there's a lot of hype, it's easier to be let down. Second - Daniel came across as a tad exhausting in the first few chapters. But I needn't have worried.

This is the debut novel of Roan Parrish and bravo! This story is simple perfection. There is no suspense, murder, mystery, police, etc. And that was the perfection of it. It was just a love story. And I ate that shit up!!!!

Daniel moves to the midd
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rex, take me! Seriously, because I am in love with you!

I'm assuming there will be a second book because I really want more regarding some things that were left open ended.

That being said, I really enjoyed this one. I loved the relationships between Daniel/Ginger, Daniel/Leo, and Daniel/Will. Daniel is a hard one to figure out. He's pretty abrupt and harsh, but underneath all of his sarcasm is someone who really just wants acceptance and is insecure about it.

Thank goodness he met Rex. Hot, sexy,
First, let's take a moment to appreciate that book cover.

Now wipe that drool off your chin.

Given that insanely hot cover, an interesting blurb, and the raving pre-release reviews, I was stoked to read 'In the Middle of Somewhere'. While I enjoyed it overall, it wasn't exactly the 4 or 5 star read I was hoping it would be.

I loved the small-town setting. The town of Holiday, Michigan, is off the beaten track, held in place perhaps only because of the small local college. I've developed a fondness
Nick Pageant
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Another great BR with Alona!

I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters are endearing across the board and the whole thing is very well written. Very soapy plot, lots of fun.

Kade Boehme
I mean, basically all my three stars are because Rex was amazing. But the book was so looooong. Like, I LOVE a good long book with meat on its bones. And the story was good, I'll give it that. And I'm def kinda biased because present tense is not my fave because... Well it's tedious and feels a little boring. So the first part of the book was exactly that. I did a lot of skimming. Too much of the author proving how much they know the Philly punk scene, too much extraneous detail at times. And th ...more

BR, July 11th with Susan and Julie

I really, really loved this book!!! It was beautiful ♡♡♡

This is a story focused mainly on the character developments…

Daniel Mulligan is the youngest of a family of boys. All his brothers and father care about is cars and sports.. Daniel has always been the outcast because of being gay and wanting different in his life. He graduates from college and needs a job saving money to continue his career.


He is interviewed for this job as a English professor at
4.5 stars

Tough, tattooed, city boy Daniel finds himself in the middle of nowhere northern Michigan interviewing for a job as an English professor at small Sleeping Bear liberal arts college. While the interview goes well, the return trip to his hotel does not and he soon finds his car crashing into a tree to avoid hitting a dog. Rex, a shy, carpenter who is built like a god and, according to Daniel may or may not be a serial killer, appears from the woods to offer his assistance and brings both
Megan Erickson
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This book. It had so much heart. More heart than I've read in so long. It made me happy and a little choked up and OMG so good. The characterizations are really fantastic and we get such a well-rounded background of all the characters.

Big men who are really softies at heart get me every time and I'm not sure I've ever read a better one of these than Rex.

Ginger was an amazing side character and if (view spoiler) doesn't get his own book, I might die.

Definitely a must read.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite, have-audio
Re-read - I still like the book but Daniel is a bit much in comparison to Rex's solid calm and Ginger is FAR too omniscient, her name is mentioned 306 through the book, the epilogue consolidates this as the Ginger-Daniel show which kills the romantic vibe.

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Audio for this is very engaging too.
None of the voices felt forced and there's the right amount of expression.

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Lets just accept Rex is the perfect (fictional) man and move on ;)
Seriously though; big strong, handsome, skilled with his h
Kaje Harper
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel is a tough Philly kid who grew up to be an English professor, despite the obstacles of no money, and a blue-collar father and brothers who have only disdain for any kind of education, and who hate the fact that Daniel is gay. Despite being estranged from his family, he loves the big city. But the only job he's offered after graduate school is in the wilds of rural Michigan, and he takes it out of necessity, hoping something better will come along.

And there he meets Rex, a quiet, large and
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance junkies

ETA: link to my review Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends

Out today!!!!

I'm writing a review for Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends. I'll add a link when it's available.

4.5 cabins in the woods

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

Impressive debut novel from Roan Parrish! I'm honest when I say that I wouldn't have guessed this is a new author's work

Apart from the solid writing there were many things I liked:
-Rex.Who in their right mind wouldn't like Rex? The man was the perfect boyfriend, or maybe the perfect human being!
-The sex. Every sex scene in this story is very emotional. It is never just sex, these men have amazing chemistry and a deep connection. And although scorching hot and filthy, the sex doesn't t
Jul 10, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF at 29%

I was pretty much bored out of my mind, because. Nothing. Happens.

The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
In the Middle of Somewhere was a very entertaining contemporary read with catching main characters.

Daniel is used to live in a big city, but when applying for a job at a small school in Michigan, he finds himself in the middle of nowhere. His first trip to Holiday ends in a disaster - hitting a dog during a car crash he is lost in the woods and feels completely helpless. When Rex - a shy and withdrawn carpenter - finds and takes him to his cabin to help the dog, they immediately feel attrackted
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

First Read 7/2015
Second Read 2/2016

It took be a while to think of a rating and a review for this book. I want to say first that for a debut book this author nailed it. She did a great job with the characters and the story line. I enjoyed her writing style alot. She wrote the perfect guy in my eyes. I love Rex, everything about him. I have no bad words for him, I thoroughly enjoyed his character from start to finish. I understand him more that it's been 2 days since I've finished the book. I get
Denise H.
**** Wonderful, amazing, extraordinary story !! ****
This will be one of the year's best M/M romances!
*** Our main character is from Philly, Daniel, a tattooed smart guy in his PHD program. He's job hunting for a teaching job in Holiday, Michigan, when he hits a dog with his car, and carries the poor animal to get help.

Help comes in the huge muscled man, Rex,

who then takes him to his home and fixes the dog. This is quite a sexy encounter, but Daniel must return home after his interview
I was in the middle of writing a long ass review of this book when I decided to look something up in another tab. When I went back to my review tab Safari decides to auto refresh, which seems to happen a lot on iPads whether they're new or not. Sooooo I'll just write a short one.

I liked quite a lot of things about this book. I liked that Daniel had flaws and could be annoying. I liked that it was long and meandering. I liked Ginger, I loved Rex (even if he was a bit too perfect). I liked that Da
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Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time sh

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