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Small Change

(Small Change #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the ...more
ebook, 285 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Monster Press (first published May 27th 2017)
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KVR The person on the cover is Ginger in profile with the side of her head that is shaved. My interpretation is: The upside down represents her feelings t…moreThe person on the cover is Ginger in profile with the side of her head that is shaved. My interpretation is: The upside down represents her feelings that her world has been turned upside down with Daniel moving away and then him moving on into a stable relationship with Rex. Also, her moving into a relationship with Christopher and trying to navigate that relationship with her job and painting as well as everything else she deals with on a daily basis.(less)
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4 Stars.

Ginger is Daniel's best friend from In the Middle of Somewhere and this book,kind of,runs parallel with that one.However this is a standalone and the first book in a new series by Roan Parrish that will also include MM stories.

Ginger Holtzman is a tough independent woman.She's had to work hard to get where she is and she's not about to relinquish her independence any time soon.The owner of a Tattoo shop and currently working on an upcoming art show,she knows how hard it is for a woman in
K.J. Charles
This was fantastic. It's a very much emotion based-romance, internal rather external conflict: angry, prickly, defiant tattoo artist pushes away sweet, nurturing cook out of a combination of inability to express emotion, deep seated feelings of not being good for others, and rage.

Only, the tattoo artist is a woman and the cook is a man and my God I've never read this before.

Ginger is a magnificent character, a woman living in a state of constant simmering rage at the world, the injustice of it
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bisexual
This was such a great and diverse romance.
The main character is a queer jewish woman who owns a tattoo shop. I absolutely loved the theme of female power in this book. It discussed a lot about the sexism in the tattoo community and how female tattooers aren't taken seriously. Her shop was named most queer friendly and I loved the found family of people who worked there including a black woman and a trans man.

The love interest was adorable and I loved that he was genuinely a good person. I am so
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I liked this one quite a bit! I'm especially excited to read the little bonus short story that the author wrote that apparently has to do with pegging? Lmao sign me up ...more
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
71% dnf.

I’m bored and giving up. This story is monotonous with too much day to day stuff, an unnecessary amount of focus on food and eating, and details about tattooing and coloring and artistic creativity than I cared to read about. Relationship wise there wasn't enough happening. Ginger was too busy for a relationship, and frankly, I found Christopher kind of boring. Everyone in the story was oh so hot. The land of beautiful people. It was hard not to focus on the parts of the story that I’d
Skye Kilaen
Dear Universe, I would like more high quality F/M queer romance, please, and soon. Please see this book for an example. It's about Ginger Holtzman, a prickly, stressed-out bisexual Jewish tattoo shop owner and painter, who does NOT trust cute, friendly sandwich shop owner Christopher Lucen, even though he's clearly smitten with her. Well, it's clear if you're not Ginger, because she doesn't trust even the *idea* of smitten. Also she's far too busy working her ass off managing her business (and b ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked this a lot at first, can totally get saying the wrong thing and hitting out at the nearest target when tired and stressed, because you're on the warpath and they're there in your sights. I got that part. Didn't so much get the easy forgiveness when she finally got around to apologising. Christopher is lovely. I'm married to a Christopher who gives hugs and makes me frequent coffees and occasional bagels - they're worth holding onto. Would LOVE more of these 'nice guys' in books as oppose ...more
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

"In cooking, you can swap out one ingredient for another. Sometimes it doesn't change much, like oil for eggs in a cake. Sometimes it changes everything, like salt for sugar. The way I feel about you? It's not like a recipe. I don't want to swap out your moodiness for a smile, or your temper for a laugh. It's like...alchemy or something. The way people come together, and it's just...Magic."

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Roan Parrish's writing, and she's easily kept the
Amy Cousins
God, this book. I love it. I stayed up all night reading it, so now I'm an incoherent zombie, but as soon as I nap and wake up again, I'm gonna write something so damned eloquent about it, everyone who knows me will be unable to resist reading it on release day. It's a gorgeous book. <3 ...more
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from author via A Novel Take PR as part of blog tour*

2 things I want to say immediately:

1) I'm kicking myself for still not having read Roan's Middle of Somewhere series, even though they're all ready to go on my tablet. (A friend is doing this for me mentally already anyway, I'm sure hehe) #somanybookssolittletime

2) If you only read M/F in your romance, with diverse representation at that, I think you can safely put Roan in your radar.

The first bk in a new series, it's Roan's firs
Surprisingly for me, I didn’t love the book. Until now all of the author’s books were 5 star reads and favourites of mine, but Small Change sadly couldn’t live up to my expectations. Which isn’t to say it’s a bad book (as you can see from my rating) but I wish it would have been better. There are some aspects here that I really loved, some that I didn’t like, and others that I am quite conflicted about.

I am delighted that the female/male relationship was awesome. There are no stereotypical gende
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have thoughts. I am wavering between 3★'s and 4★'s and just don't know where this will fall. I am not a huge fan of half ★'s but this may fall into that rating. Maybe I'll know once I get some thoughts out.

First and foremost, Roan Parrish's writing totally works for me. All the words and all the thoughts and just all of it totally works for me.

Overall I liked this book. It brought out a lot of emotions and that is not easy to do. Sometimes I feel like I read without emotion. Sometimes I am sho
Kaje Harper
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally, an M/F romance with a woman who feels real and who doesn't lose herself, in the process of becoming half of a couple. This book gives us Ginger, artist on canvas and skin, and Daniel's best friend from the previous series, plus Christopher, the local sandwich shop owner who falls for her. Both characters really appealed to me. I loved Ginger's independence, her focus on her art as central to who she is, her quirky humor and demand to not bend to convention. I loved that she was bi. I lo ...more
This book was maybe everything I have ever wanted in a romance?? Ginger is a queer cynical tattoo artist who owns her own shop in Philadelphia. Her whole life she's had to fight for who she is. Christopher is a happy-go-lucky redhead who's just opened a sandwich shop in the neighbourhood. I loved how it gender flipped the usual dynamics of the nurturing woman who brings the man out of his shell. Christopher is the nurturing one taking care of Ginger and bringing her food! I also loved how integr ...more
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I loved the audio for this so much. This is my fourth read and I anticipate many more. I adore this book to pieces.
Rafa Brewster
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

This struck me as a great romance story for the modern woman. Ginger is a strong, independent woman who's very set in her ways. I thought the author did a thorough job showing us the many sides of Ginger - her passion for her tattoo shop, Daniel and her employees who are essentially her family, her art, her staunch feminism, her quirkiness and her intensity. While I was fascinated by her and thought I got a pretty good handle on her, I don't really know if I ever actually connected with h
Liz Jacobs
Oh my god. Oh my god, I'm just so happy and satisfied and full of FEELINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. What a wonderful, human, loving story ❤️❤️❤️ I loved this to bits and pieces ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ...more
Maria Rose
Small Change by Roan Parrish is the first in a new series, a spin-off from her Middle of Somewhere novels. It’s set in the bustling busy streets of South Philadelphia and stars a feisty tattoo shop owner and her business neighbor down the street who runs a sandwich cafe. It’s my first experience reading this author, and definitely won’t be my last!

Ginger Holtzman is a workaholic. Getting her tattoo shop off the ground has come with a price, most notably the lack of time for a personal relationsh
4 hard-won stars!

Though I knew and loved Ginger from the Middle of Somewhere Series , I couldn’t get into this book initially. To say the beginning 20-25% of the book didn’t work out for me would be an understatement. It was slowww and not engaging enough.

I started and stopped this so many times that I had given up and was about to skip the whole thing and head straight to the next book in the series. I somehow convinced myself to give it a final try and boy am I glad I did.

After the initi
Kayla | shesthewoooorst
This is the first book I’ve read by Roan Parrish, and I really enjoyed it. This is an absolute grumpy/sunshine pairing. Christopher is a top notch cinnamon roll, but never in a way that lacks depth. (Love notes in the form of sandwiches!) Ginger is a Difficult Heroine, which is my absolute favorite kind of heroine. She’s tough and prickly and sometimes angry and deeply loyal. She has crap to work through and a lot of the narrative is her trying to sort through that junk and figure out how she ca ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, kindle
I really, really liked this story. I could so identify with Ginger's anger. Maybe more will be added later to make this more of a review and less of a few disconnected sentences thrown into the same space.

Side note: It was nice to see Daniel from In the Middle of Somewhere again.
Carol (bookish_notes)
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2017
We finally get Ginger and Christopher's story!!! We've seen them as side characters in the Middle of Somewhere series, and I've always wondered how a tattoo artist and sandwich shop owner ever got together. The timeline for this story takes place in parallel with In the Middle of Somewhere. While this book totally works as a standalone, I would highly reading the other series as well to fill in some of the gaps and because the m/m series is wonderful.

Ginger has fought her way in the tattoo indus
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Small Change was an emotional read for me. Ginger’s journey and her growing awareness of finding some balance was so well written. I think it depicted very accurately what it is like to be a woman in a profession and striving for excellence. And, hello toxic masculinity, and some serious frustration and anger. The writing about tattooing captured perfectly that relationship between artist and subject too. So good!

One of the stronger parts of the book for me was Ginger’s anger. It really resonat
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the first things that stood out to me in this book was how well Roan knows the city of Philadelphia. She mentions all the coolest places so if you ever visit I suggest hitting all the spots mentioned in the book. I just may do my own Small Change tour later this year!

Okay, so Ginger is a total badass. I knew this from In the Middle of Somewhere but since we only get quick glimpses of her I definitely wanted to get to know her better. I found that she's someone I could definitely relate to
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

There's a lot to like about this book. The relationship between hardworking, prickly, talented Ginger and the eminently lovable, loyal Christopher is certainly something to behold, even if I didn't get always get the attraction on Christopher's part. Then again, I know plenty of couples IRL who shouldn't work but who

I loved Ginger's passion for her art, for her shop and for her co-workers who are more than just employees, they are her family. She's tough, uncompromising and un
Gonna think about this one for a while before writing an actual review but wanted to note something and to put in trigger warnings.

Want to note that this has a queer heroine, named on the page, and its rooted in queer community. Most of the secondary characters are queer, including a trans man secondary character who is an MCs ex.

Trigger Warnings (view spoiler)
Jen (mrs-machino)
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be thinking about this book for a while, loved it. It was a little odd to start off already being familiar with Ginger and Christopher as a couple from Middle of Somewhere, but Ginger was a fantastic, multi-faceted character and Christopher was a cinnamon roll with some nice depth. It was great to see both of them grow throughout the book.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really hate the term cinnamon roll for heroes but Christopher meets my understanding of that phrase as well as any hero I have ever read. And Ginger is the best kind of prickly defensive heroine. Was really into this and I want to eat at Melt, I want to go to restaurants again.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars!

Small Change is a PHENOMENAL book! I love it so much! The writing, the characters, the plot, topic and issues addressed! The book is feminist af, it's very honest, it's sex-positive, body-positive; the romance is swoon-worthy. I have so much love to this book.

Ginger is the main character. She's 34, she's the owner of tattoo shop in Philadelphia. She's Jewish, bisexual fat woman and proud af. Ginger is talented artist and she's so passionate about her work. I fell in love with from page
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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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