“This love story is heartrending, swoon-worthy, and extremely well-told.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.
Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.
When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.
Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together—not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.
Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?
Carina Adores is home to romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.
Book 1: Better Than People
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Book 3: The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Lonely knows lonely…
ROAN PARRISH tells an unusual story about an older thirty-five-year-old brother, CHARLIE, and his four-year younger brother, FRANK, a distinctive depth in writing style… a style very different from her usual story-telling technique…
A story about two not-so-different brothers, even as each brother knowingly KNOWS… being alone in a very small town of admirers …
… their own individual insecurity and silent loneliness ……
When some…one…silently cries for help…whilst crossing each brothers individual life journey… unpreparedness …
…an unselfish acknowledgement…
allowing that new…some…one…to enter into an unexpected relationship… a terrifyingly empty destiny …
The premise itself is not unbelievable. Obviously, in this genre, suspension of disbelief is required. But this strained that considerably. This book is not well-written. We are made to fall in love with Jack in the first book, and Rye does everything he can to make him seem like an ungrateful jerk. Speaking of Rye, he is a thoroughly unlikable main character. Charlie is such a sweet guy who deserved so much better. “Better Than People” was a page-turner - beautiful, romantic, and hot! This was the opposite. I actually couldn’t wait for it to be over. I’m not sure I trust this author to continue the series. The pan and non-binary issues were gratuitous and pandering. I really wanted to like this book. But I honestly cannot, in good conscience, recommend this novel.
This book was soft and slow and hard and soft.
There was just so much to love as these two men reached across the divides of their pasts and unfulfilling views of the future towards each other. Their freeing view that 2 people can create the worlds they want is so emancipatory.
I got an ARC - but clearly you can see that did not influence me as I read the book ages ago in 1 sitting.