Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Roan Parrish
Rating: 5++++ stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.
Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.
When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.
Small Change is the first book in a series that will include M/F and M/M romances.
Review: I can’t even begin to express how much I adored this story of love, redemption, and vulnerability. Ginger and Christopher are each damaged in their very own way but the journey that unfolds as they work through their layers is sad, sweet and terrifying but ultimately triumphant. The emotional maturity revealed is sublime to watch and made me so interested in their history that I immediately had to read Daniel’s story after. This world and its inhabitants made me feel happy and joyous and I loved every bit of it.
Ginger Holtzman is a wonderful character with quirks, and she’s got a lot of insightful thought that I really related to. Her journey of discovery quite literally reminded me so much of a lot of what I went through growing up with parents who didn’t understand me–and I had somewhat different issues. Plus, my youth was in the <whispet> 1970s. That didn’t keep me from completely relating to her, though.
Christopher loved his family but had a brother who lived with severe mental health issues. So he knew what depression and emotional instability caused and had lived through his own. The way his story was created showed that even those who have unconditional love from their family or at least perceive it that way can still have issues. I guess for me the takeaway is that we all struggle–no one’s immune.
Their meeting and subsequent relationship developed in a somewhat innocent yet provocative way. Ginger’s crusty exterior and take no prisoners attitude matched well with Christopher’s very open and honest dialogue. He was not a game player which was good for Ginger, who was used to veiled accusations and manipulation from her family. We get to see the stutters, the misunderstandings, and the victories all in real time, and I cheered for them the whole way.
This author got to the inside of what feeling abandoned and betrayed by those pivotal people in your life does to you, and how breaking from them to find health is an ever evolving fight. I think a sign of a really great author is one who transcends type and generation and reaches into core feelings that we all share, and in this book Roan Parrish is sublime at it.
Read this book! I’m hooked on Roan Parrish now and I think you’ll be. Thanks!