Pride Week: Recommendation from Joyfully Jay

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We are closing out Pride month by celebrating here at Under the Covers.  What better way than by recommending some good reads to you all?  But since you always get to hear about books from us, we thought it would be fun to invite some of our favorite bloggers to recommend some awesome reads to you.  Some that you can pick up whether you’re a newbie to the genre, or a seasoned reader.  And if you haven’t checked out their blogs, then here’s some we highly recommend that you do!

Don’t miss the week-long giveaway going on at the bottom of the post as well.  You’ll get extra entries every day, so be sure to find the daily post and recommendation.

Happy reading!! #loveislove


Hi there! My name is Jay from the GLBT romance review blog Joyfully Jay. I am a huge fan of GLBT romance and have been reading it for about 8 years and running my blog for almost six. I am so excited to be here today to talk about one of my favorite gay romance stories, In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish.

I first read this book about two years ago and I was so blown away I immediately emailed Parrish and asked her to come on the blog and talk to me about the book. Since then I have read it several times as well as listened to the audio. I have read a lot of books in this genre, probably well over 1000, and this is one of those stories that continues to stick with me.

In the Middle of Somewhere is about college professor named Daniel who gets a job in a remote Michigan town and falls for hunky handyman Rex. These guys are amazing together, sexy and fragile and full of intensity. Daniel grew up with a drunken father and belligerent brothers, and as a smart gay kid he never fit in — and they never let him forget it. He is an inner city guy with a rough childhood and suddenly he finds himself in this small town in the middle of nowhere. Rex is a big hulking guy, but kind of a gentle giant (I’ll admit I kind of picture him looking like Joe Manganiello). He is somewhat of a loner and so kind and caring. He wants to take care of Daniel and to be there for him, and the hardest part for Daniel is being vulnerable and letting him after so many years of always having to be tough and strong. Parrish writes so beautifully and her character development is so rich. These guys are sweet and you can ache just wanting them to find happiness. But at the same time they are sexy and strong and Daniel in particular is nicely rough around the edges.

The book is the first in a series, but each book features new main characters, so while I have loved them all, you can easily read this without feeling obligated to continue. I think this is a really accessible story for new readers to GLBT romance, but also one that everyone would love. I’ll also mention the book features a great side character, Ginger, who is Daniel’s best friend. Parrish has recently released a new series that will be both m/f and m/m and the first book, Small Change (ReviewAmazon) has Ginger as the lead and is also wonderful. You would want to read In the Middle of Somewhere first because the story timelines overlap and Small Change will spoil some key things from this book. But if you enjoy m/f as well, I can definitely recommend giving that a try too.

I know I have barely gotten started on how wonderful this story is, but I definitely encourage you to give it a try. If you want more detailed reviews, you can check out my book review here, my audio review here, and my interview with the author here. Please stop by the blog any time if you want to hear about more wonderful GLBT romances, particularly male/male stories, which is what we feature most. You can also check out our Favorite Book Lists where we have our favorite books in a variety of different tropes and genres, so that is a great way to find something that might be right up your alley. And if anyone ever wants to talk books, please feel free to get in touch!

Jay is a wife, mom, blogger, and cat wrangler. She is an avid reader and lover of beaches, lazy days, and all things chocolate and peanut butter. Jay loves m/m romance and has been reading the genre for about 8 years.  She averages about 4 books a week and loves to talk about them with readers.

You can find Jay over at her blog, Joyfully Jay.  We review all subgenres of GLBT romance, focusing primarily on male/male stories.  Joyfully Jay runs about 20 reviews per week, as well as hosting daily guest posts from a variety of authors.  

Jay also hangs out on Twitter or Facebook and always loves meeting fellow readers!

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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 loyal Joyfully Jay (and UTC!) reader, so it’s cool to see what Jay picks!


Hi Trix! Nice to see you here as well! Thanks for reading!


Sold! Also, the cover drew me in as well.


I hope you enjoy it Elizabeth! It is a great book and a really great series.

Amy R

Thanks for the post and review, I’ve followed Joyfully Jay for a few years.


Thanks Amy!


Great post, thanks for sharing!


Glad you enjoyed!


I also enjoyed In the Middle of Somewhere & follow Joyfully Jay’s blog. Thanks for the post!


Thanks Lisa and hello there! Glad you liked the book as well!

Kathy Valentine

Awesome post and giveaway!! Shared on all my socials!


Thanks! Glad you liked it!

Sue G.

Love the name of your blog! Sounds like an interesting story! Thanks!


Hope you get a chance to try the book! Thanks for reading!


Looks good. Thanks for the rec