Middle of Somewhere: Book One
Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.
2015 Rainbow Awards - Best LGBT Cover Runner-Up
The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance & Runner-Up
Best Gay Debut
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Somewhere in time, a brief encounter envelopes trusting love
Author Roan “PASSION” Parrish’s — ‘MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE’ — trilogy — (1): “In The Middle of Somewhere” (2): “Out of Nowhere” (3): “Where We Left Off” — importantly — must be read in sequence. Each character, a protagonist’s history, involves both plot and each story’s evolutionary fulfillment. Roan Parrish’s stylistic-writing unfolds as Parrish develops both dialogue and creating unique real individuals’ character. “In The Middle of Somewhere” is about thirty year old cute and an intelligently smart Daniel, after a brief encounter - with Rex, who-after Daniel’s automobile accident in the snow, rescues Daniel; “Out of Nowhere” is about Daniel’s homophobic thirty six year older brother, his idol - Colin, introduced in book 1, and with Rafe, who rescues Colin from two thugs beating him in an alley behind a gay “Cellar” bar; “Where We Left Off” is about two individuals met in book 1, Leo and Rex’s former lover, graphic illustrator, Will. Roan Parrish’s theme — “things mean different things when you say, ‘I LOVE YOU’ — I don’t know? What IT means — to have some one love ME. And I know how I feel about YOU — but, I don’t know how to act about IT …?” Problems with the mind and existence! The story about Daniel and Rex is an honest exploration of a dueling relationship exploring solutions of acceptance.