Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Where We Left Off
SERIES: Middle of Somewhere #3
AUTHOR: Roan Parrish
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26th, 2016
Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova … and then was gone just as quickly.
For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny … though Will certainly tries.
But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairytale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.
So, Roan Parrish fans (like myself) let’s get something very, very, very clear right up front. This is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING like the first two books. This is sort of a coming of age, finding your independence while dealing with this huge affliction, loving someone who fights loving you every step of the way. I think a lot of readers will be put off by Will’s nature but one thing to keep in mind is Will is always up front with his feelings, thoughts, and emotions. He doesn’t make grandiose promises because he knows he can’t keep them.
Here in lies the biggest problem with Leo and Will trying to be together. Leo wants romance, love, those heart stopping, and breathtaking, surreal moments while Will wants none of that. This isn’t like one of those stories where one of the characters fights love but turns a corner halfway through the book and boom, love fest. Will fights a relationship throughout the entirety of this story. There is no commitment between these two characters so go into this knowing there will be multiple partners had by both men. And it kind of hurts when you love characters so much and you love the thought of them being together so much but Will and Leo had to go through what they did to get to where they could start building a solid relationship.
Now with all that prefaced know that this book is friggin good. It’s wordy, yes I found myself skimming bits here because I was dying for those Leo and Will moments so much. I would always go back though just to be sure I was taking it all in. And don’t get me wrong. Will and Leo had some heart melting, grin wearing totally sweet moments. They also had some incredibly wild, hot sex (who would have thought, dorky, funny Leo was a toppy little thing??)
The side characters like always are friggin amazing too. They’re so quirky, endearing, and friggin funny. I love Roan Parrish’s cast of characters in all her books.
This author is brilliant. I love her writing and this series so much. I would definitely recommend it because I think it’s an important piece in this puzzle that seems to be coming together. Was this book my favorite in the series, no but it was still amazing and so different.
I’m hoping that there will be more books in the series because I’m totally not ready to let it all go.
Overall, a completely unexpected but worthy addition, recommend.