I’ve loved Roan Parrish’s writing. The Out of Nowhere books really struck me as realistic and messy, with imperfect characters and ones that have stuck with me ever since. Rex kills me every time I read that book. I’ve listened to the audio of them numerous times because I just love them so much. The second book with Colin – ugh – just so perfect with its imperfections. I can’t recommend them enough.
So Small Change is a bit of a change (ha) from the first books for obvious reasons – this one features an m/f pairing as opposed to the m/m pairings in the first 3 books. Which can be a risk. But I’m glad the author took it! Look – I know that some readers are *very* dedicated to staying with a particular gender pairing throughout a series and cannot get behind switching it up. That’s just not me. I read across genres and pairings so I like when authors change things up! When it’s an author that hasn’t disappointed me yet I will stick with them until they do and even then I will give them quite a few more chances because they took a risk and I like that.
Small Change features Ginger, Daniel’’s best friend, who was featured in book 1 and has been seen throughout the other books on and off. I love Ginger and kind of think she’s awesome. She’s pretty much a badass and that’s apparent from the first time we saw her in book 1 and this book leaves no doubt about that. She has this low-level anger about her that colors her outlook on life and she has something to prove…which I could totally relate to and honestly think a ton of women can as well. I loved that aspect of Ginger. She has a lot to figure out about herself and how to wade through her emotions, a relationship, and her extremely successful tattoo shop.
Christopher goes after what he wants here – which is Ginger. He has his heart on his sleeve, and that’s such a play on classic romance book gender roles that I really enjoyed that switch. Christopher does come across as almost too perfect at times, which is what took away from 5 stars for me. He does have a side story which helped and I can see why we wouldn’t want him to have too much going on since Ginger does have a lot happening. There is such a thing as TOO messy, that can turn into basically a hot mess of characters. It’s such a balancing act. And the side story he has was right up my alley so maybe it’s just that Ginger was so completely awesome no other character could compare for me?
We were learning each other in small, manageable pieces – mapping each new inch of terrain slowly, to see how far into each other’s territory we could venture.
If you haven’t read this author before I highly recommend it! The writing is excellent and the characters are even better.
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. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
ARC provided via A Novel Take in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: Small Change
Author: Roan Parrish
Release Date: June 1, 2017