Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

TheRemakingofCorbinWale_500x750Title ~ The Remaking of Corbin Wale

Author ~ Roan Parrish

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 27th November 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday

Rating

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Synopsis

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.

 

Lisa’s Review

“Because love doesn’t live in kisses and flowers and first dates. It lives in your mind, in your heart.”

I want to start by stating that I am a complete and utter fangirl of this author. I have stated this before, and I will likely repeat this statement many times over. I stand by this simply because Roan Parrish graces us with literary storytelling that is unique and utterly captivating. The Remaking of Corbin Wale is yet another example of a wonderfully written romance by this author that entranced me from the beginning and left my heart reeling.

Alex Barrow leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City and returns to his hometown in Michigan after his life falls apart. Despite the dismalness of his situation, there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel for Alex. He takes over his mother’s café and turns it into a bakery, something he has always dreamed of owning. Here Alex can lose himself in his creativity and take pleasure in the fact that he now owns his dream business.

Corbin Wale is somewhat known as being peculiar. Being called a weirdo all his life, Corbin has resorted to living in a fantasy world that he’s created in his mind. The things he believes and feels are so very real to him. Corbin is a regular at the café, now bakery. He can go there and be left alone with his thoughts. This does not mean he goes unnoticed though.

Alex is intrigued by the odd customer that comes regularly to his bakery. Corbin fascinates him and his loneliness and beauty call out to Alex like nothing else ever has. As Corbin keeps coming to the bakery, both men start to build a somewhat tentative and fragile relationship. There is no denying that what they share is intense and special and it only grows when Corbin begins working at the bakery. However, no matter how strong their feelings are for one another, Corbin will not allow himself to ever be with Alex. Alex may be everything he has every dreamed of, and for that reason he can’t put him at risk. The profound connection Corbin and Alex share certainly has the power to change the course of their lives forever. But, is what they share enough? When you open your heart to someone it leaves you vulnerable and raw. There can be no secrets if things are going to work. Will Alex and Corbin be able to withstand all the obstacles that are in their path, especially when the hurdle is Corbin himself?

At the crux of this entire story and reading experience is Corbin himself. His POV was so enthralling and his mind was something else. Corbin was trapped in a life that he grew up in, being taught that his love has the power to destroy. I hated this for him. What I absolutely loved is how Alex saw beyond the so-called weirdness and was captivated by the beauty and innocence that radiated from Corbin. What he saw was a uniquely beautiful soul who lived a life of solitude. Alex wanted nothing more than to break through and have a real chance at making Corbin happy.

Both Alex and Corbin go through an emotional journey of growth and self-discovery; however, it is the love story between both protagonists that will leave you sighing and all sappy. It was most definitely a slow burn as Alex and Corbin’s relationship organically turned into something more than friendship. I was completely engrossed in the intensity that they shared. While this book certainly depicts and totally exemplifies how hard and painful love can be at times, Alex and Corbin somehow make it through the cloudiness. They somehow withstand the challenges and are unable to walk away from one another. I am having a hard time coming up with further terminology. The love story in this book had a very magical feel to it and I think that is all because of the distinctiveness that a character like Corbin brought to the overall story arc.

All in all, The Remaking of Corbin Wale is a wonderful stand-alone tale. Roan Parrish is definitely an author that captures my attention with such interesting stories. This is definitely a recommended read!

“The remaking of Corbin Wale was a constant overturning, like the ocean tides.

The remaking of Alex Barrow had been far less tempestuous, It had been a deepening, an underscoring.”

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Meet Roan Parrish

b&w author picRoan 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.

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