The Remaking of Corbin Wale, by Roan Parrish
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.
When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.
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There is a feeling I get while reading some books. The books that I anticipate to be wonderful because I know the author has never disappointed me. The books I get excited about because of new characters to meet. Those books that I pick up with hope in my heart. And there are books that when I start reading them, I find that they not only have all those things and more, but they just ARE more. So much more.
The Remaking of Corbin Wale is that book and more.
I had a moment, about two chapters in, when I already knew it had the potential to be the most beautiful and wonderful books I’d ever read. This is right about the time I started highlighting not just sentences, or passages. No, I was highlighting pages. These sentences and passages and pages with my yellow highlight all over them, they felt like they really meant something. Not just in the moment when they fall on the page, not just the moment when I read them, but I knew they were going to mean something later on. Because sometimes words have more meaning later in a book than you could ever imagine.
There are moments in a book when I realize that it’s not just UST that has me on edge. No, it is an incredible tension that lasts the entirety of a book and its beautiful and wondrous and electric. It singes me and sizzles and has a power over me like nothing else. It’s a deep emotional connection I can feel with a couple of characters who are just… perfect.
I had all these feelings and more before I got even half way through The Remaking of Corbin Wale.
I loved the pacing, the imagery, the food (OMG THE FOOD), the depth of meaning behind making all of that wonderful food, the purpose of it all, and of course the characters. Alex has just had his whole life turned upside down, but he doesn’t let it keep him down at all. He has a chance at something he’s always wanted. He’s a great guy with an amazing heart, incredible vision and a way of reading people. I love how Alex really sees Corbin, can pick up just when to back off a little bit, give Corbin room. Alex is more sensitive that I thought he would be, and I loved that surprise. I love the tenderness and understanding that Alex has for Corbin. I love that there is no judgement at all, and the honesty that Alex gives to their friendship and relationship is a thing of beauty.
And Corbin… Corbin is simply beautiful. He has a beautiful mind, imagination, and heart. The depth of feeling he has for the world around him, for animals… he’s swoon worthy. He has a way of doing things that make sense to him, perhaps not to others, but that’s okay. I just wanted to snuggle up on the couch with him, in his amazing home in the woods, surrounded by a fire and his dogs. I wanted to live in his world, the way he sees it, with all that magic and feeling and wonder and beauty.
I wanted to live in this book with these men forever.
Something that struck me deeply was the way that they communicate in a way that is careful but free. It’s like they were destined to be together, they are each other’s person, finally found. The two of them together understanding each other, accepting each other… I love the magic that is their friendship and relationship.
This book is filled with magic. Filled with miracles. Miracles of magic. A magic of love and giving. Miracles of acceptance and trust. It’s beyond beautiful with a uniqueness that has me craving more. There really isn’t a better way for me to describe this. I’m at a loss with it’s beauty. This is a book I’ll love forever and read a thousand times. It’s a book that sets a high standard for the future of my reading. I hope others are up to the challenge because this one? It can’t be beat.
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
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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