- File Size: 1504 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010P7F6I8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Mulligan may be a tough, inked-up guy with a sharp tongue on the outside, but it’s a cover for his insecurities brought on by a lifetime of not fitting in, particularly with his family. When he lands a job as an English professor in a rural town in northern Michigan, a place where everyone knows everyone else, it’s just another place where he’ll be an outsider, especially since he has never been willing to hide the fact that he’s gay. But it’s most likely a stepping stone toward something bigger and better anyway. After interviewing for the position six months earlier, though, an accident that stranded him in the middle of nowhere introduced him to Rex Vale, a strapping flannel-clad man with a kind demeanor who took Daniel’s breath away. When their paths cross again, their chemistry is explosive, but if they’re ever going to be together, they both must let down their guard and take the chance.
During both readings, the thing that stood out most for me was the fact that the writing is amazing. It’s flawlessly smooth, sharp, poignant, and simply beautiful prose, the sort of thing I would expect from a well-seasoned author, regardless of the genre. So the fact that this is the author’s first release makes it all the more remarkable. When I read it the first time, I had not realized how much longer this book is compared to the average romance. It’s a testament to just how good the story and writing are.
The story is told completely in the first-person point of view of Daniel, so it isn’t long before the reader has a pretty good impression of how his past has turned him into the man he is now. After his mother died when he was a child, he was left with his auto-mechanic father and his three older brothers. It’s already a contentious situation by the time Daniel comes out to them, and of course that only creates more tension between him and his family. Despite the fact that he’s intelligent enough to have earned a doctoral degree in English, his insecurities and ingrained defensiveness color all of his interactions, including those with Rex.
As Daniel and Rex begin to forge a relationship, it doesn’t take long to feel the connection they share. Rex really is nearly perfect boyfriend material: he’s kind, attentive, caring, and physically sexy as hell, just to make a short list. He’s just the sort of character that’s easy to cast as your next book-boyfriend. But he too has some insecurity which results in him being a loner. What we learn of Rex comes slowly as the book progresses, and the timing for when these things are revealed amplifies the growing feelings they have for each other. Like so much of the writing in the book, their attraction leaps off the page.
While Daniel and Rex do have a couple of bumpy spots in their developing relationship, the biggest source of angst in the book accompanies the strife between Daniel and his family. The blurb for the book hints at a truth revealed back home that comes as a big shock to him. I’m not going to add any detail to that, but I will say that the family drama fits perfectly explains much about Daniel’s personality. The situation is far from resolved in this book, though. Having already read the second book, I can tell you that it is handled there too, so you have something to look forward to.
I can’t say enough good about In the Middle of Somewhere. Not only is the quality of the story a wonderful surprise to have come from a debut novel, but the quality of the storytelling is right up there among the best I’ve read. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in the genre. I felt that way when I read it the first time, and I still feel that way now that I’ve read it again.
In the Middle of Somewhere is a hypnotic, slow burn love story. As the story plays out, layers are peeled back revealing each man’s past including events that shaped the people they are today. Daniel and Rex’s sexual chemistry and scenes are HOT – topping the sex-o-meter time and time again. I found the author’s style to be unique, words flowing in a mesmerizing manner that held me captive even with the slow pace. And that was my only issue with this book . . . it moves at a snail’s pace – heavy in inner monologues and rambling thoughts about anything and everything. At times, it took me out of the story and tested my patience. Having said that, I cared enough about these characters to read through those passages seeking answers to questions raised and hoping for some kind of hea for Daniel and Rex. Rich in details, In the Middle of Somewhere is a touching, heartfelt, sometimes funny love story. A Must Read!
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