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Out of Nowhere

(Middle of Somewhere #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,402 ratings  ·  869 reviews
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 do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that h ...more
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Published February 29th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judith by: Parvathy
***4.5 Stars***
Raw passion,
Long hair.....yes I was in M/M heaven

I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this one.It's just the kind of book I love.
Colin,oh Colin....yes he was a total prick in the beginning but the more I read and got into his mind,the more I loved him.
He's such a flawed,lonely character just going through the motions of his life.He's known from a young age he was gay but can't even admit it to himself never mind anyone else.
I haven't read book one but got the gist of the wa
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Colin is a 36-year-old self-loathing, closeted gay man, still living to please his father, and so damn unhappy, he takes his anger out on everyone else, especially Daniel, his younger brother and one of the MCs from book 1.

Colin is also the first-person narrator of the story, and, wow, is that exhausting. Colin hates his life. He hates Daniel for having what he can’t have. He even resents Rafe; Rafe, who saves Colin from a severe beating in the first chapter; Rafe, who is AMAZING.

Much li
First, some advice for those reading Out of Nowhere before release day: Re-read In the Middle of Somewhere now, if you can. This book runs parallel to the first book and events overlap. It confused me at first, so I want to make sure you guys aren't confused. Spoiler below if for those that have already read In the Middle of Somewhere.

(view spoiler)
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

"You were as much in prison as anyone I knew there, Colin. Only you created it for yourself. Your father paced out the cell and your brothers fit the bars and you turned the key in the lock and buried it somewhere only you know. And you stared at Daniel through the bars and cursed him for being able to walk out the door. But he's not the one who did something wrong. All he did was save himself. And you can too. But you have to find the key and unlock the door."


First o
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

11/2020 re-read via audiobook
I felt for Colin a bit more than the first time I read this. Being inside his head is really exhausting, but I think the narrator did a really good job with his character.
I love how amazing Rafe is with him, though Daniel is still my favourite.
Warning: (What I'm sure is an) Unpopular opinion ahead.

Reasons why I didn't particularly like this book:

- 65 "Um"s and a heck of a lot of "I..I..but.."s.
- a plethora of sex scenes in which the author didn't seem to know how to properly describe what was going on, to the point where I had to skip some.
- a super unlikeable main protagonist.
- a super unlikeable main protagonist that was supposed to be 36 but came off as 18.
- a super unlikeable main protagonist that didn't seem to ever finish a s
3,5 stars

As much as I loved the writing, I just couldn't get to like Colin. Like at all!

This is the second book in the Middle of Somewhere series. It can be read as a standalone, but I strongly advise you to read these books in order.
I really loved In the Middle of Somewhere. I fell in love with Roan Parrish's writing. I just couldn't put this book down. I loved Daniel and Rex so much!
In Out of Nowhere we get Colin's story - Daniel's brother - who we already met in In the Middle of Somewhere.
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, to-read-again
I just love it when we meet a 'villain' character in one book, to then find exactly the same guy an unlikely 'hero' in the following book.

Colin was a horrible, homophobic sh** in book 1 of the series and you couldn't help detesting him.
As I found out in this book, I could have hardly hated Colin more than he does himself.

Saying that he is the most seriously f***ed up character I've come across in a while is probably the understatement of the year. His self-contempt is of epic proportions, calli
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 4.5 stars down

I am so glad I came back to this book after having it on pause for over a year. This time around, I decided to include the audio, and I have no regrets. This was an awesome angsty, heartfelt read.

Colin…damn. There’s no excuse for the asshole behavior, but I totally get it now.

On a side note, I guess all the "um" and stammering is a family trait??? Not as bad as Daniel, but still a bit much.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4.5 Stars!

Sweet lord this one was hard to read.

I pretty much had that knot in my stomach the whole time. On edge. Anxious. This one really brought out the emotions.

This was told entirely from Colin's POV...who frankly I did not like the majority of the book. He made it so hard to like him. He was such an asshole.

He was so bitter. And mean. To Rafe. To his brothers. It was really hard to read sometimes.

Rafe was awesome and there many times I wondered what he saw in Colin.

But there was also s
Wendys Wycked Words
Before started this book, I read a lot of the reviews. So I knew I had to keep an open mind going in, because there were a lot of remarks about the hero Colin being an asshole. Apparently he was a big asshole in book 1 too, but I haven't read that one yet. However..these two books overlap, so I have an idea about what happend in book 1.

Colin is one out of four brothers. He works as a mechanic at his dads garage, along with two of his brothers. His other brother, Daniel (book 1), recently moved t
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Audio review here.

It takes real chutzpah to focus the sequel to a wildly popular story on the biggest antagonist from the first story. It takes a really, really good writer to make that story engaging, believable, and engrossing. I couldn't really believe it at first but Roan Parrish managed to do that for me.

Colin Mulligan is full of self loathing, he self harms to feel something, he drinks too much, and he takes terrible chances to feed that inner monster within that craves the touch of other
Ezinwanyi Chinyere

Colin Mulligan was first introduced in book 1 “In the Middle of Somewhere” as the verbal caustic tormenter of his younger brother Daniel. Colin relentlessly voiced his contempt of his little brother’s sexuality. At the end of book 1, it was revealed that Colin was a closeted gay man.

This sequel was full of angst as the reader was exposed to Colin’s life, from his perspective and it was rough. Colin was a man living in constant anguish and fear of exposure. After losing his mother, Colin’s yearne
Dec 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read the first book of this series In the middle of somewhere a long time ago and loved it. But, then I saw a lot of reviews by my GR friends appreciating this book more than the first book and I had to pick it. When I started, I realized it's Colin's story. The bully, homophobic elder brother of the previous book's MC. I got excited because who doesn't like a good redemption story.

My reaction to this book surprised me because it kept changing with every few pages.

Up to 15-20%- Colin is a 36-y
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just Wow!

Nothing I like more than a damaged and screwed up MC who is strong enough to figure himself out or at least try his hardest to do his best, and that is what we get in this book. Collin is one messed up guy. Rafe is strong enough for both of them...until he's not, then it's up to Collin. Will he fail, will he run, will he just say F it and hit the bottle, or will he find himself teetering on the edge of too far and not be able to pull himself back?

You have to read this book so you
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it


Like most, if not all readers I really disliked Colin in the previous book In the Middle of Somewhere but after reading several reviews I was confident this book would change my opinion of him. Unfortunately it didn’t and that was my problem, I just didn’t like Colin.

Now Rafe was fabulous (like Rex in the previous book) I loved him and yes this book was well written with great secondary characters (the kids) and while I read and appreciated the writing I can honestly say I just never really
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Re-re-re-re-re-read2021: I don't log all my re-reads of this one because it is THE book that gets me out of slumps so I go to it often. I just love it so much!
Re-read 2021: I still LOVE this book, it remains my favourite!
I've read this book several times and really love the complexity of the characters and Colin's relationship to Daniel. The way internalized homophobia is depicted is very realistic and refreshing because people who have internalized it are not really aware of it (that's the poi
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 stars**

Although I had some issues with In the Middle of Somewhere, it was an impressive debut novel. But I felt that with this second installment, the author really showed what she can do, and how skilled she is.

Objectively, Colin is an asshole, a bully, a bad, bad man.

But all I saw was fear and misery. Instead of weakness I saw depression and confusion and self-loathing. Daniel managed to break free, but Colin is still under their father's thumb.

One thing that troubles me, though, is (vi
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 real stars rounded up to 5 really, real stars because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and just because I can.

Sometimes the hardest books to read tell the best stories...

'Out of Nowhere' is the second book in Roan Parrish's 'Middle of Somewhere' series and very possibly not only the best one yet...but the best one...period...end of sentence.

This is Colin's story and Rafe's. But it's more than that. This is about family. Something we all want and we all get but for each of us it's never th
* A Reader Obsessed *
Can I just say I'm emotionally exhausted??

Really, in all honesty, Colin is fucked up, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. He's full of shame and guilt, and he's also so afraid of the truth that he's desperately buried a part of himself so deep as to avoid any confrontation. Thing is, he can't truly hide or deny what is inherently him, and the self loathing takes center stage making him a miserable mess. One day though, his imposed isolation is broken, as enigmatic Rafe saves him from a
Ok, the writing was phenomenal, so there's that.

But, holy shit, that was a chore to read. Depressing for every page except, maybe, the epilogue. I don't mind gritty, but my MCs need to have a sense of humor to pull off some levity/banter from time to time. These two did NOT. I am seriously exhausted.

So all that combined with an MC that I didn't like? No, not your average MC that you don't like. One you really downright HATE. Who's cruel, both intentionally, and in the most nonchalant of ways, b
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am so glad that I read the first book so I could appreciate Colin.

As much as I disliked Colin in the first book, I knew that there had to be so much more with him. The way that he treated Daniel wasn't out of hate but Colin wanted to be open with his sexuality but was so afraid. I could not help but absolutely adore Colin. I could feel his pain so much that my chest hurt. He was not easy to like at times but at the same time I just loved him so much.

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Rafe was such a beau
Audio Version--review includes audio sample

I really liked this when I read it, but this this on audio!

This is not an easy story to read. It’s the story of a man who is so filled with self-hate that he’s tormented not only himself, but those around him. He has little substance and few good qualities. As the story starts Colin is in a place where he works, he drinks and he seeks out violent encounters with strangers. One of these encounters goes really wrong and it brings Colin to t
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! I loved hearing this story from Colin's POV and it was so beautifully done, this author's writing style is excellent. I just finished In the Middle of Somewhere a few weeks ago so it was great to be able to continue the story like that. Very interesting and complex characters and a wonderful plot. Put this one on your 'couldn't put it down' shelf ;) ...more
I admit, I was curious as to how Colin, who was so awful to Daniel in In the Middle of Somewhere was going to become a likable character, but Roan Parish accomplished it in Out of Nowhere. Also, the events in Out of Nowhere run concurrent to In the Middle of Somewhere, so if it's been awhile since you read book one, you might want to give it a reread, as some things will make more sense if you recall the timing and context.

We first meet Colin in In the Middle of Somewhere, and Colin is dismissiv
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-audio
Love this book, so impressed with how Colin is written that we see his flaws, he's by no means the perfect guy beneath the bluster, yet we're are drawn in and want him to be happy. The torured anxious feelings are conveyed well. While there's a sense of relief to him by the end he doesn't change character, it's more allowing himself to be, there's still an abrasive edge though it's tempered. Leave the book wanting a peek ahead to see where he Rafeal and co are at, how things pan out with his bro ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remembered really hating Colin in the first book, but this book really explained the way Colin felt about himself and also why he treated Daniel so badly. It doesn't justify it, but it does explain it.

I loved this so much that I'm going back and reading the first book again so I can reconnect with Rex and Daniel.

I thought Rafe was awesome and he really helped Colin accept himself without being ashamed of who he was.
Audiobook Review

From the beginning of Out of Nowhere, Roan Parrish’s words and Spencer Goss’s narration will grab a hold of your feels by the scruff and not let them go until the end. It is one hell of an emotional ride and the payoff is worth every heartrending moment.

In general I’m not a fan of angsty books. I don’t normally seek them out, as RL is hard enough, I read to escape and I don’t need to make a trip to Anguish Island. Which is really stupid, because some of my favorite all time read
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. I absolutely detested Colin in book 1,Middle of Somewhere, and there was no way I was going to warm up to him in book 2, so I thought. The author did an amazing job of explaining the complex family dynamics that made, not only Colin, but the entire family, full of anger and jealousy.

Colin Mulligan works with his father and 3 brothers at his Pop’s garage. Although he enjoys working there, he is just existing and not living life. Colin is ful
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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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“Armor’s not dangerous. That’s for survival. It’s weapons you have to watch out for. And you—” He strokes my lips with his thumb. “It’s mostly armor, Colin. And when you’re with me, the armor falls away. Who you are without it… it’s beautiful.” 5 likes
“You were as much in prison as anyone I knew there, Colin. Only you created it for yourself. Your father paced out the cell and your brothers fit the bars and you turned the key in the lock and buried it somewhere only you know. And you stared at Daniel through the bars and cursed him for being able to walk out the door. But he’s not the one who did something wrong. All he did was save himself. And you can too. But you have to find that key and unlock the door.” 3 likes
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