Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Out of Nowhere
Author: Roan Parrish
Series: Middle of Somewhere #2
Heroes: Colin Mulligan/Rafael Guerrera
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 274 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.
Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.
Review: This story takes place previous to and during the same time period as Middle of Somewhere. It is Colin’s story. I highly recommend you read the first book to really get a sense of what has transpired with these characters. If you have not read book 1, stop reading and skip to the next paragraph. At this point, we know from book one that Colin has always treated his younger brother, Daniel, atrociously, most notably after Daniel told the family he was gay. We also know that Daniel caught Colin in the arms of a man at their father’s funeral. Here, we learn more about everything that led up to that, as well as some of the reasoning behind Colin’s behavior.
I went into this story expecting to hate Colin. He truly was horrible to Daniel (and he continues to be through much of this story). But, there is so much behind Colin’s behavior, that my heart was breaking for him time and again. These guys have not had the most loving family environment. Their mother died, and their father was extremely gruff. Getting any sort of compliment or sign of affection out of him was a major rarity. Unfortunately, Colin struggled so much with wanting his father’s acceptance and love, that he lived his life in such a way that hurt the people around him, all in the hopes of being and doing what he thought his father would accept.
When he meets Rafe, he was really thrown for a loop. They had an immediate connection that Colin couldn’t deny. But, Rafe had some issues of his own. He was an ex-con and a recovering addict who had turned his life around and focused on helping others through the Youth Center, books for prisoners charities, etc. He knew going in how deeply closeted Colin was and spent his time growing a friendship, not taking any crap from Colin along the way. He became someone Colin could be himself with, gave him a new outlook on life, especially with helping the youth.
I can’t explain how much this story pulls you in different directions. You can almost feel every struggle Colin has with everything from the shame he feels after every orgasm with a man, to his treatment of his brothers, etc. It is an amazing job of storytelling to really pull the feels out of you for a character you are predestined to not like anything about, and this story is no exception. I loved this even more than Middle of Somewhere and highly recommend it to those who want a story with some meat to it.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*