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Invitation to the Blues

(Small Change #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  997 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Eight months ago Jude Lucen fled his partner, his career, and a hospital in Boston after a suicide attempt. Now back in Philadelphia, he feels like a complete failure. Piano has always been his passion and his only escape. Without it, he has nothing. Well, nothing except a pathetic crush on the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Faron Locklear came to Philly looking for a fr
ebook, 1st edition, 220 pages
Published March 28th 2018 by Monster Press
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One thing I've come to expect from picking up a new book by Roan Parrish is never to expect a similar story with new characters.Her books are wonderfully diverse and this is no exception.

Book two in the series ( book one is MF ), but can definitely be read as a standalone.Both characters were introduced in Small Change and if you go both ways in your books I would definitely recommend that one.I was more than a bit fascinated by Jude and,especially,Faron and was really interested in reading thei
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5+++++ stars!!!
Story – 5+++++ stars!! (Read the blurb!)

Yes, yes, I know!! Another heavy and exhausting read by the very talented Roan Parrish. For me that equates to yet another PERFECT read by Roan Parrish. I loved it!! I hope this series isn’t over. There were a couple of secondary characters that stood out, and I would love to read their story.

I really, really appreciate how inclusive this author is when it comes to the cast of characters. Extra points for Jude and Faron actually disc
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**


OMG!! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS IS ON SALE!! $0.99 TODAY ONLY!! I can't recommend this book enough! Go, go, go snatch up this deal!!!

***5 Stars***

2018 FAVORITE!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This book is raw, honest and so damn beautiful. It makes me believe in love, humanity and that everything can be okay.

"Love and battle."

Full review to come once I come down from this book high.

I played. I dr
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Once again, Roan Parrish nails it with the feels. But I must admit this one was a bit of a downer pretty much throughout the whole book.

But I liked Faron and Jude. A lot.

So while, it's not my go-to book I *am* glad I read this one. Roan's writing is worth it.

And it's always good to step out of the norm and change things up.

Sure hoping the new guy Phee gets a book! :)
4,5 stars

This one was so good! I fell hard for the writing and I highlighted a lot. So poetic and full of emotions. I loved it!

I've also read the Middle of Somewhere series by this author and enjoyed all the books. But Invitation to the Blues was pretty different, as one of the main characters suffers from depression and anxiety.

It's the second book in the series Small Change but can be read as a stand-alone. The beginning was super slow paced and I'm not really a fan of slow burn romance, BUT
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***5 Stars***

2018 FAVORITE!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This book is raw, honest and so damn beautiful. It makes me believe in love, humanity and that everything can be okay.

"Love and battle."

Full review to come once I come down from this book high.

I played. I drifted from piece to piece and movement to movement because it didn't matter. Faron's arms held me tight, and he pressed kisses to my back every now and then. Sometimes he hummed along and I felt the vibration up and down
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I don't want you out of generosity. Or because I'm some kind of angel or savior. I want you because something inside you vibrates just so with something inside me"...

What a beautiful love story. Heavy subject and tons of self loathing but delivered in a way that doesn't overwhelm the reader. The angst is just so, and the romance is always, always present. Great surprise.
"Your battle and your love re the same to me, Jude."

P.S. But why does the cover model have short hair?
3.5 stars

I’m starting to think I might have outgrown this author, which sounds ridiculous, because I’ve read maybe 4 books by Roan Parrish, not nearly enough to have something to outgrow.
It’s the only explanation I can find, though. I really liked In the Middle of Somewhere and Out of Nowhere is one of my favorite books. The other two books (included this one) I’ve read this year, though, have left me pretty indifferent.
The writing is always good, the characters (mostly) well rounded, their str
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

Invitation to the Blues:

beautiful, sensual, sad, real, but above all full of hope.

4.25 Stars
Okay. Damn. Roan Parrish. *slow clap*

This was fantastic.

It wasn’t an easy read primarily because of the thoughts that went through Jude’s head. These ranged from self loathing to borderline suicidal and was very tough to read sometimes. Also, since this book was solely in his POV, it was 100% undiluted.

He was also working through rebuilding his relationship with his family and trying to be better overall. So it wasn’t all doom and gloom; especially where Daniel and Ginger were concerned.

Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Light in the darkness

How can a book that deals with such a difficult subject matter feel so light? There is so much hope in it. So much understanding. A rope down the well to help you back out when there's no hope left. Sigh.
Stunning!!! 4.5 Stars!!!

.....I absolutely LOVED this book! The quality of writing was glorious: descriptive, evocative, and, at times, lyrical. It was a pleasure to absorb the words on the page and delight in the images and sounds my brain made of them. GLORIOUS!!

The characters had DEPTH! Jude, our pianist struggling with severe depression was so roundly depicted, that I could feel and hear him. I knew him. I knew his flaws and fears and felt them with him. Marvelous!

Faron, our tattoo artist/pai
3.5 stars

This is a slow burn romance between Jude, a depressed pianist and Faron, a tattoo artist. Jude is in his mid-thirties and his life is still a mess. He left his asshole boyfriend and his job in a symphony to head back to his hometown where he reunites with his family and met Faron. I have read some stories about depressed hero before, which is much more angsty and sad compared to Jude. From Jude's state of mind from his POV, I don't feel all doom and gloom. He is self-deprecating with a
Skye Kilaen
This quiet, deep M/M book is a falling-in-love story between depressed musician Jude and laid-back painter and tattoo artist Faron (POC, yay!), with #ownvoices mental health rep. Jude has a lot of internalized self-loathing around his depression, even though he's not at his lowest point, but to me the overall arc of the book is how finding someone who truly accepts you can help support you in continuing to do the work of helping yourself. I like how it pushes back on the gross adage that no one ...more
This was so, so GREAT! I have been looking forward to Faron's story since he was introduced and I am very happy with his story. The relationship between Faron and Jude was so special, and it felt so real. I was worried that once Jude got together with Faron, all his problems would magically disappear. That didn't happen. Jude was still just as messed up as he always was, but now Faron is there to help. They are great together. What else is there to say? Daniel and Rex make a cameo, which was awe ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, arc
*I was gifted this ARC and freely give my review of it*
This book truly ripped me open and a lot of the reason is that I can relate to Jude’s challenges with anxiety. I cried and read, cried a little more, read again and cried and so on.......
I loved it❣️

This is some of the reasons why (I can’t say all I want because of spoilers):

* Excellent storyline
* Characters that came alive and emotionally wrecked me, most of all because I can relate to Jude and his challenges and
4.5 Stars!

I love Roan Parrish languid, lyrical and emotionally dense writing of character driven romances that allow hope, sorrow, and joy in the very human conditions of us all.

This book is a wonderful showcase of her talent as we watch Faron and Jude fall in love.

They are both artistic, talented men who feel deeply. Jude in his cycles of depression and recovery from an abusive relationship is lovingly and compelling depicted. As are all his relationships.

As Jude sits at the center of this n
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heart-wrenching and utterly gorgeous, Invitation to the Blues is Roan's strongest and best book yet.

It tells the story of Jude Lucen, Christopher's brother, as he attempts to get back on his feet. Jude suffers from depression, something that isn't glossed over. For as beautiful as this book is it was also hard one at times because my own experience with depression so closely echoes Jude's. And because this is written in Jude's perspective it's heart-wrenching to watch him suffer. I had to put t
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arcs

I was a bit wary going into this story because a lot of things were happening that had nothing to do with the book but I was afraid it was going to affect my enjoyment of the book.

I shouldn't have worry because if there's one thing Roan knows how to do is write stories that steal your heart and make you invest all your feelings in them. This was completely the case with Invitation to the blues for me.

The narrative was beautiful as usual, the way Roan makes you see their characters in the wo
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I finished this yesterday and I feel a bit of a loss to be honest.

I'd like to see a little bit more maybe. I'm just not ready to let Jude and Faron go.

So, I'm the first to admit I don't necessarily like all that much realism in my romance books. I mean, I'm not here for what I get in real life, you know? But Roan's books most of the time do deal with real life shit and I seem to love it.

This book was a little scary. I've been depressed. Not diagnosed or medicated or anything on that level, but s
Talia Hibbert
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Top 5 romance of all time. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
I don’t know... I... um... yeah... don’t know what to say about this one... I can’t put my finger on why, but I never bonded with Jude or Faron. I liked each of them well enough but didn’t really connect with either of them. Moreover, I spent a lot of time squinting and thinking, “I don’t know about this...” I just wasn’t feelin it.

I didn’t dislike Invitation to the Blues. I didn’t find it problematic or offensive. But I don’t feel comfortable rating it when I can’t even figure out how and why
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book in the Middle of Nowhere series. Sweet and well written emotional read by Roan Parrish, with a lovely Christmas themed HEA ending, which must be her trademark! 4.5 stars 🌟
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, re-reads
Audiobook re-read:
Greg Boudreaux was great, but tbh I enjoyed the story less than the first time I read it. I would rate it 3.5 stars now.


Original review:
Beautiful story with amazing main characters. I loved both of them so much.

Also loved seeing the characters from previous books, including Middle of Somewhere series.
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
TW: discussions of attempted suicide.

This book was jus beautifully written which not surprising because that's what Roan does. Her words always grip you and jus never let go.
I loved that Faron loves Jude as he was, even as he was honest with him about things. He never tried to change Jude or make him feel bad for his depression and anxiety.
The way they each interact with their art and music respectively was just so lushly described !! I dont know how Roan just perfectly captures an intense and
I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so I suppose that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

I suppose it was a given that a book written by Roan Parrish and narrated by Greg Boudreaux was going to hit me squarely in the feels; the author’s beautiful, lyrical writing combined with the narrator’s ability to zero in on and convey every single bit of emotion in that writing is a match made in audiobook heaven. Invitation to the Blues is a gentle and moving love story featuring a
Rynn Yumako
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it just as much as the first time around. Loved the mature and beautiful relationship between Jude and Faron, the communication between them made my heart melt, the sex was super hot and the writing absolutely stunning.


4.5 stars.

A pretty difficult read for me, but beautiful nonetheless. The description of Jude's depression hit a bit too close to home at times, I had to stop a few times between chapters.

I adored the relationship between Jude and Faron, the way they just clicked, how ama
I’m not sure how many times my heart broke for Jude. I’m so grateful my depression isn’t the level of his in the story. Mine’s bad enough and thinking of that sort of suffering, exacerbated by his toxic ex-boyfriend, was so hard to read. Then I had to wonder if the author suffers from similar issues to understand it so well and I truly hope not.

Anyway, this was the sort of hurt/comfort that makes a truly glorious romance. Faron was exactly the man that Jude needed, at the right time. I kind of
Queerly Reads
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
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Last November, during an initial psychological assessment, I told my new therapist that I had a history of dysthymia. But I’d dealt with that years ago in a different therapist’s office; I wasn’t depressed anymore. Later, she said something like, “ someone who has depression, such as yourself…” and I was all, wait, no, back up, I don’t have depression, I used to have it.

Which is how I learned that depression isn’t something you cure; it’s
Joyfully Jay
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Invitation to the Blues is the second book in Roan Parrish’s fabulous Small Change series, focusing on the staff at the Small Change tattoo shop. This series also takes place within the world Parrish created in her Middle of Somewhere series and connects most directly to In the Middle of Somewhere, my favorite book of that series and I book I totally adore in general. I’ll say that you could read this one as a stand alone as Jude and Faron are new MCs. However, bo
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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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