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Better Than People

(Garnet Run #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,968 ratings  ·  518 reviews
It’s not long before their pet-centric arrangement sparks a person-centric desire…

Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whos
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Published August 25th 2020 by Carina Adores
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I wasn't sure what to expect from Better Than People, but I was charmed by this story of two animal lovers, one with crippling social anxiety and the other with a broken leg, both struggling to find their way.

After seeing some mixed reviews from my friends, I was bracing myself to not love Better Than People, but Roan Parrish won me over again with this story. It takes place in the same "world" as The Remaking of Corbin Wale, so if you enjoyed that story, you will probably enjoy this one as wel
☆ Todd
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it

After adding a handful of Parrish books to my Goodreads TBR "maybe" list over the last few years, the blurb for this story finally made me request the ARC to actually read.

I found both the writing and plot to be on-point, and I liked both Simon and Jack quite a bit, but it never quite turned into me becoming deeply-invested in their relationship. :- /

Never having read Parrish before, I'm not sure if humor and/or banter are something that the author normally includes or excels at, but at least fo
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-romance
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Jack Matheson is a children’s book illustrator with a small menagerie of rescue animals. He’s reached a mental drawing block following a bad break off with his former friend and writing partner, causing him to withdraw and become isolated from friends and family. One morning while walking his pets he suffers a serious fall, breaking his leg in the accident. Not able to do the walking for at least the next six weeks, he signs up with PetShare, an app that pairs pet owners with pet lovers. Simon B ...more
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Audiobook on sale today only 5.26.21 at audible for $5.00

Audio 5 Stars
Story 4.5 Stars

Roan Parrish delivers another sweet hurt/comfort story.

I really loved this one. It did remind me a bit of the author’s book The Remaking of Corbin Wale because one of the MCs has anxiety issues and finds it impossible to interact and communicate with people. Most people being people don’t have the patience to deal with him and the crueler of people consider him a fre
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was soooooo good! I'm not sure I can quite articulate why I loved this book so much but I did.

Maybe it's because I love seeing happy endings for characters that don't fit into the 'square jawed alpha' stereotype.

Maybe it's because it's a book chock full of different types of love, love that persists against the odds and love that provides a bedrock of support for the people it encompasses.

Roan has such a talent at writing outside the norm.

Her characters have an otherworldly way to them a
I have been trying to read this one for a month, so I am giving up on it and putting it on my "go back to later shelf". I usually love RP books, but I just never could get into this one. ...more
h o l l i s
I wish I had loved this one because pretty much everything about it should've worked. It's a sweet m/m contemporary, features a lot of pets, and is authored by Parrish. But right from the get-go this was giving me some vague THE REMAKING OF CORBIN VALE vibes (and, spoiler, it's set in the same 'world' I guess? as the self-titled character of said book is mentioned) and while I was utterly wowed by the writing in that book, it wasn't my favourite by this author, either. I think I just prefer this ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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I knew practically as soon as I started this that it was going to be a hit for me.
It just had such an easy flow and such a charming sentimental vibe to it.
I instantly felt at home with both Jack and Simon each with there own separate challenges and I could see them muddling along together quite nicely add in how bloody adorable they were together and I was totally sold.
Jack has such an exasperated outward persona he’s grumpy and gruff with a bark definitely worse than his bite and a tendency to
Low angst and very romantic, Roan Parrish’s recent novel, Better Than People is an absolutely lovely hurt/comfort story. If pets are a beloved part of your life (and even if they’re not), the way Ms. Parrish inserts them into this couple’s relationship is truly special. A true feel good, comfort romance, Better Than People is a delight.

a copy of Better Than People was provided to me by NetGalley for the purpose of my honest review
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
Solid 4 Star Read!

Very feel good.
Low angst.
Smoking hot sex.
Virgin alert.
Slow build.
Likable characters.

Overall really enjoyed this one. Perfect for a lazy Saturday!

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
First read: 2.5 stars
Second read: 4 stars
Third read: 4.5 stars - I guess the rating will just keep going up every time I read it? lol this is officially one of my comfort book :')
Fourth read: 5 stars - I've read this four times cover to cover ffs

Listen. I'm trying not to be too hard on 2020 Mariah, cuz she was going through a lot. BUT WHAT THE HELL WAS SHE SMOKINGGGG??????? (the answer is nothing, cuz drugs are wack.)

I was in a 2 star book slump, and I decided that the obvious remedy was a rere
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 21, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
♪ ♫ Reindeers are better than people... Sven, don't you think I'm riggghhttt? ♫ ♪

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Ed Davis
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, the reviews seem to be all over the place for this book. I loved it. This could have been a totally depressing story. Jack had been betrayed by his best friend and hadn’t been able to draw for nine months. Then while out walking his animals he fall and breaks his leg. He finds a dog walker to help him. Simon suffers from social anxiety. Slowly these two find and help each other. I just thought it was beautifully written and it left me feeling very emotional but happy.
A beautiful story. I wasn't expecting to get so emotional while reading this one.  But the story pulls at your heartstrings and there were a few scenes that had me blinking back tears.

There are lovely relationships in this book.  Brothers, orphaned too young. Grandparents who are too often a lifeline for children.  Longtime friends who forgive and support and never give up.

Simon suffers from extreme anxiety.  He can't interact well with people.  However, he adores animals.  This is great for Ja
Roan Parrish
Jun 02, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote

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Reread April 2021. I loved this book just as much the second time around as I did the first. It's beautiful. It hurts in the very best way.

Original review:
This was an absolutely fantastic read. I started it thinking I would read a few chapters before doing other things... well here I am, it's 01.22 in the morning and, I'm finished.

Jack is suffering from broken trust of being betrayed by a friend and a broken leg from a nasty fall and needs someone taking care of all his animals. (He's been re
DNF at 42% - 2.5 stars

I’m pretty sure it’s me, not the book.
There are things I liked a lot, the pets and the way Simon’s anxiety issues were depicted, and things I liked less ((view spoiler)), but overall I think the book isn’t
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I’d really hoped that I might like this better than other readers.

I usually do like this author’s writing a lot, after all.
I love medical themes, and here we experience what it’s like not to be able to ‘talk freely’ and be riddled by social anxiety. Highly illuminating!
And the MCs are both artists in one way or another.
And there are dogs in the book. (Ok. I admit it’s the dog theme that was the deciding factor for me to buy this.)

So …why the heck didn’t I enjoy this more?

a. While Jack is incredi
~ 3.5 Stars ~

That was a cute story. I read a few books by Roan before and prepared for a lot of angst.
Although Simon’s social anxiety was painful to witness (read? Watch? You get what I’m saying) it didn’t left me with sadness and the hopeful side of the story was more powerful.

I could really use an epilogue here. I feel like the story suddenly ended where it shouldn’t (at 83%!! Can you blame me? I didn’t even mentally prepared for it) and I would liked a HEA instead of HFN.

Anyway, I always
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book with Simon, Jack and the pack of animals, all their names and personalities were hilarious!!
Jack learned to trust again due to Simon and Simon learned he was able to have a life with a boyfriend. I would have liked to know more of Simon's disorder and maybe meet his parents, his grandmother was sweet and the only supportive part of his family. Jack had his brother Charlie, who's story I'm looking forward to reading next!!
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Difficult one to rate. I really liked the characters and love dogs so this book should have been an instant win. Unfortunately as attraction turned to love I was seeing less and less reason for why these men were together so couldn't fully invest in their HEA.

Simon's crippling anxiety is the main focus of the book. It means the whole romance is basically Jack learning to navigate Simon's fears. While the story is slow and meanders there needed to be something more between them than the instant a
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Animals didn’t make him feel self-conscious. They didn’t make him feel like he was drowning. They gave and never required anything of him except kindness.”

The legion of Roan Parrish fans might be a quiet and unassuming bunch. Yet whenever a new book of hers is about to be released, our collective excitement is downright palpable. Because no matter where her imagination might take us, we know that the sheer humanity of this author’s stories will grab us, wrap us in, and stay with us
This is a charming story of two men who find each other and bond over the love of animals, plus there's plenty of well-detailed steamy sex.

Jack Matheson, who creates whimiscal illustrations for children's books, is burrowing in after a problematic parting of the ways with his co-author. He's hurt and gathers comfort from his tribe of cats and dogs named Pickle, Mayonaise, Bernard (yes, he's a St. Bernard), etc. When he breaks his leg, he advertisers for a pet walker and Simon answers the ad. Sim
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alluring, passionate, and adorably sweet!

Better Than People is a sensitive, touching tale about the kind, aggrieved, talented Jack who is not only struggling psychologically to come to terms with his long-time friend/business partner’s betrayal but also the frustration of being housebound due to a broken leg, as well as the shy, extremely anxious, graphic designer Simon who longs for companionship from someone other than his grandmother and a bunch of four-legged creatures with fur.

The prose is
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

‘Better Than People’ by Roan Parrish is another great addition to the Harlequin-Carina Adores monthly series. It’s a wonderful, warm, feel-good gay romance novel that shouldn’t be missed.

It’s unusual to describe a character in a gay m/m romance as ‘adorable’, but that’s exactly the word to describe Simon Burke, the shy graphic designer Parrish has created as one of the main characters in her delightful book.

Simon, who lives with his grandmother, the only person who ever really loved him
If this book were available on KU, I doubt I’d take the time to review it but since it’s not and I had to buy it outright to read it, I’m going to add my vague input. Perhaps it will sway others one way or another before throwing money down on it as well.

This book should have worked for me, but I was curiously uninvested and somewhat bored from start to finish. I liked the characters. The plot was solid. The writing was good...? I mean if it was really, truly good, would I have been uninvested
Yna the Mood Reader
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, featuring-doggos
“Animals didn’t make him feel self-conscious. They didn’t make him feel like he was drowning. They gave and never required anything of him except kindness.”

📚 Series?  No.
📚 Genre? LGBT Contemporary Romance.
📚 POV? Dual, alternating.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:   social anxiety (undiagnosed), broken leg accident, anxiety attacks / panic attacks, animal abuse, death in the family
⚠ Book Tags :   Small town romance. Virgin lead. Pet lovers. Dogs. Cats.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 🐶🐕
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

The cover and title are what drew me in. I didn’t read the description at all (which really shouldn’t be that shocking to people at this point). I love that Puddles made it to the cover. Puddles is my favorite dog in the book. Puddles is a lot like my chiweenie, but with a lot less attitude. So if you are a dog person, then this book will have some really cute scenes for you. It has a lot of dogs responding like people and e
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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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