Out of Nowhere, by Roan Parrish
Series: Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
Narrated by Spencer Goss
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Book Release Date: February 29, 2016
Audio Release Date: July 4, 2016
Audio Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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 does 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.
In the Closet/Coming Out
I absolutely loved this book when I read it for the first time (and the second time, and just as much the third time). Told from the first-person POV of Colin, a closeted gay man, it was heart-breaking and angsty and gorgeous.
I can tell you right now that Spencer Goss’ narration only makes this book even more incredible. The way he read Colin’s voice was exactly the way it sounded in my head, right down to every stuttering hesitation, every pained moment.
Spencer doesn’t just narrate this book– he fully embodies Colin and Rafe and the incredible cast of characters. But it’s Colin’s narration specifically that I’m most impressed with; he manages to imbue so many emotions into every sentence that I could feel everything Colin felt.
It was honestly beautiful.
This is the rare time that the audiobook not only does the book justice, but enhances the experience. It might be cheesy to call this a feast for your ears, but that’ s exactly what it is. (What it’s not, however, is a feast for my stomach– I ended up so distracted by Roan’s gorgeous words and Spencer’s stunning narration that I ended up burning dinner one night.)
Highly highly recommend this audio book. In fact, I think you should read the book and listen to the audio, because I think you’ll find that your enjoyment is amplified by the combination!
Roan’s debut novel, In the Middle of Somewhere, won the award for Best Debut Novel in the Goodreads M/M Book Awards last year! [It is currently on sale at Dreamspinner Press for $1!]
I received a copy of this audio book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.