Title and Author: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Order at links: Amazon Audible
Reviewed by: Alisa
What to expect: A low angst love story with strong character development and some charming and humorous moments.
Two weeks ago Binge on Books was excited beyond belief to bring you all sorts of fantastic, exclusive info about Roan Parrish’s next release in the In the Middle of Somewhere series, Out of Nowhere. This week, we have the gorgeous cover for it and a teaser you may have seen already if you subscribe to Roan Parrish’s newsletter. But if not…well…get ready for a double whammy of amazing.
Without any further waiting, here’s your very first peek at Out of Nowhere:
If you follow me or this site pretty regularly, there are two things you will know with a great deal of certainty:
1. I adore author Roan Parrish. Why? Girlfriend can write. Whether it’s sexy, nuanced romance, an essay about gender, identity, and pandering, or a paranormal Halloween short, one thing’s for sure: it is all gorgeous and lush and poetic in a way that will just sort of…linger, burrowing inside you and letting you think of nothing else.
2. I’ve been dying to get my hands on some information – any information – about the sequel to In the Middle of Somewhere. Who would the book be about? What would the title be? WOULD WE SEE MORE REX OR DANIEL?!
Well, finally, the loooooong wait is now over and I can tell you all about that next book. So now the BIG reveal! Read More
I have a treat for you.
I know, I know, you’re all agog: what can it be? WHAT CAN IT BE?!
Only the sweetest, most sexy, most literary treat you’ve had in a while. Today I have an exclusive sneak peek at Roan Parrish’s In the Middle of Somewhere. It’s the first of several and believe me, you will only want more cause Roan? Man, can she write.
Author: Jordan C Price
Published by: JCP Books
Format: Kindle edition
Genre: Mindscrewy Urban Fantasy M/M Romance
Reviewed by: Judith
Let’s do a little role playing cause you all know Judith loves that:
You: man, I really need a new book to read. Something…gritty? Urban fantasy-esque but without all the trappings of the genre. Maybe some m/m. A bit sexy, a lot introspective…
The world: JORDAN C PRICE’s MNEVERMIND OH MY GOD READ IT.
You: Naw, man. I want something that–
The world: Shut up! You need to read this book. Read it, read it, read it.
Chorus of authors and trusted book sources: Read it, read it, read it readitreaditreadit REAAAAAD ITTTTT.
You: Holy crap this is good…no, wait, it’s getting better…this is amazing…HOLD UP. This is phenomenal.
The world: Told ya. Fool.
Format: Kindle edition
So let’s see if I can guess this whole story based solely on this cover: there’s a girl who is somehow royalty (Sovereign) who must die (corpse like girl photo) to give hope (Hope) to a bunch of mystical people (purely conjectural but based off the mystical flowing lines up and down the cover’s sides). Did I get? Did I get it? Scarily enough, yes.
Plot: Farley Hope’s mom has been missing for a few months when she starts realizing that the world around her has become more than unusual. Strangers start following her for no reason and she’s prone to bouts of vision induced hysteria. Eventually all hell breaks loose as two opposing forces converge on her in an attempt to force her to choose a side. A side of what? She has no clue and doesn’t want any part of it. But when she’s cornered by a hottie named Daniel and a middle aged woman at the local fair, she is somehow convinced that her destiny is to save a mystical, underworld that co-exists with our own. To do so, she must die. She joins Daniel at a hidden bunker and slowly begins to learn about this secret world, what part her father played in it, and about her own destiny. When Daniel disappears and more people arrive at the bunker, Farley finds out more than she bargained for. Finally the time comes for her to fulfill her destiny and make a choice, whether she dies to save them or not, and it’s the love she feels for Daniel that makes her hesitate in her quest. Will she be able to go through with her destiny or will forbidden love conquer all?
Review: Dear reader, I must ask: was our synopsis a tad confusing? Would you call it none too clear on the big points and a kind of glossed over? Maybe a bit trite and utterly vague? Well, folks, I’m sad to say this book read exactly like that. Sovereign Hope is a big story with lofty goals but it’s so indecisive and so vague that it never fulfills them. I get easily annoyed by books where fantastic things happen in a way that is never explained to the reader. I also get annoyed at books where the characters react to every bizarre and magical plot twist with calm and poise, never questioning what the F just happened. This book does both of these and it kept bugging me because I would put myself in several of Farley’s situations to see how I would react. Let me tell you, it wouldn’t be with the same all accepting BS attitude Farley does. I would have run screaming but she just accepted everything, going with the flow even if it sounded weird and way too mystical to be real. Case in point, Farley is approached by strangers and told that she’s part of a magical world that exists underneath our own. In fact, she’s the only thing in this magical world that can stop some evil dudes from destroying them all. Of course she’s hesitant at first (because their story is bat crazy) but instead of running away and calling the police, she goes with these people voluntarily to their hidden, underground bunker and lives with them. Umm…what?! It makes no sense. Another case in point, while living with these crazy people, Daniel, one of the more magical crazies, treats her like garbage. Is verbally and physically distant and cold, acts as if she is a constant liability, never wants to spend time with her, only sees her as a deadly weapon…and what happens? Oh only that she falls in love with him! The buildup of their relationship was not romantic or tense. It was fraught with lots of awkward and unnerving situations, the majority of which occurred in a bunker. It just didn’t work for me. The writing style as well was good but not good enough to fully convey the realism that a story like this needs. I felt like I was reading the cliff notes version of the actual events since there weren’t a lot of descriptors and everything seemed under explained. We never really learn about this magical world or the evil menace that faces it. We never feel fully connected to the characters or their plights. The particulars of magic abilities of people are glossed over though we certainly see them in action. I guess in the end this book reads like a movie: there’s big budget action scenes, a little romance, some incredible chases, and a fantastic conclusion; there is no depth, no range of emotion, and no plausible reasons for why things happen.
In the end I’m giving it a 6/10.
How much did I like the heroine: 7. Farley had a lot of promise: an imperfect heroine looking to find out about her roots and how to change her destiny. She seemed like she wanted to better herself through hard work and perseverance. But I never felt like I could connect fully with her character and she accepted everything crazy that happened to her or around her with such nonchalance that I found myself annoyed at times.
How much did I like the love interest:8. Daniel is all brooding good looks and coiled power. This deadly combination proves way hot but his personality is a mood killer. He’s such a Debbie Downer all the time and I could never get the hook on how he really felt.
How believable is the plot: 6. Reality aside, this plot should have been straight forward but was way confusing. What’s this mystical other world that co-exists with our? These Reavers that rule them (forgot to mention them but they just seemed stupid, like psychic vampires or something), why are they
the rulers again? Farley’s dad was supposed to be dead but surprise! He’s not and he’s a ruler of this crazy underground world! I don’t know, it read like a novel trying not to be just any other vampire/werewolf/paranormal book. But the plot was too poorly thought out or explained to make a lot of sense.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 7. The writing was decent without a ton of grammar/spelling mistakes. I just never felt connected to the story or the characters. Like the lack of description kept be disconnected or the copious amount of action were trying to make up for not explaining anything fully.
How much did I want to keep reading: 6. I really had no desire to keep reading or to stop. I just pushed through in a hope that it would pick up somehow.
Final Score: 6/10. The writing is decent, don’t get me wrong. I just feel like the style or the depth of the writing would have been better suited to a different book. As it stood the story stagnated in parts and had far too much action in others. There wasn’t enough description and I never could connect fully to there characters. I would say give it a shot for a change of pace from the typical paranormal books on the shelf but don’t expect too much.
****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****