Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

Posted August 18, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish
Out of Nowhere
by Roan Parrish

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 29th 2016
Series: Middle of Somewhere #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Spencer Goss
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Pages: 274
Format: Audiobook
 

“…this wasn’t a terrible read but it wasn’t one that I was invested in at any point.”
~ Under the Covers

There was something sexy about the premise of the first book in this series with the stranger in the woods, and although I enjoyed that one I did have some issues with it.  Nonetheless, I wanted to give this one a try even though I knew it would be about the asshole brother of one of the MCs of book 1.

Sometimes my opinion can be turned around and other times it won’t.  OUT OF NOWHERE was one of those cases where it didn’t.  I never truly liked Colin’s character in the first book and I felt almost the same in this book.  As much as I could sympathize with him and his situation, I found myself really annoyed at the way he went after his brother for coming out when he wanted to do the same.  It was vicious and inexcusable to me.  And when they have their bonding moment towards the end of this book where he explains why he was doing it… not good enough for me.

Another thing I had a problem with in this book was the fact that Colin had so many issues about being gay because of his father.  I feel like the way the author solved this problem was …. not solving it, and I personally didn’t like that.  It felt that this issue was left open ended. I also found that the author relied on comparing the characters to celebrities to get a visual of what the characters looked like.  And believe me, I’m all for a Jensen Ackles and Jason Momoa book 😉 but every time I read that I was a bit turned off by the fact that they weren’t just better described instead of telling me they looked like this or that person.  Although, the man bun Rafael would sport at times was definitely hot!

I don’t recommend reading this as a standalone.  This story runs parallel to IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE and I think it would be best for this series to be read in order.

Now all that being said, this wasn’t a terrible read but it wasn’t one that I was invested in at any point.  I liked the subplot and Rafael’s character and that’s about it.   I don’t mind flawed characters, at all, but I didn’t think Colin was good enough to be with Rafael and in the end I found that he didn’t really deal with the internal issues he drags on throughout the book.  I think this might be an unpopular opinion as this book has a lot of 5 star reviews and I’m disappointed I didn’t enjoy it more.

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About Roan Parrish

ROAN PARRISH is currently wandering between Philadelphia and New Orleans. 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 she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Thanks for the review, I’ve had book 1 on my TBR pile forever.

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I prefer descriptions to being told how to picture someone and unresolved issues are no good… thanks

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Timitra

Yikes, I’m gonna skip this…thanks Francesca

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I really enjoyed In the Middle of Somewhere. I was very disappointed in this one. I agree with the character descriptions as well especially when I don’t know who the author is referencing and I have to stop reading to Google them. Thanks for the review.

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Glad to hear I’m not the only one. And yeah, I can imagine if you don’t know the person they’re referring to it would throw you off completely to have to google just to figure out what they look like!