If you read Roan Parrish’s Middle of Somewhere series, you may remember young Daniel’s best friend Ginger. Tough and tattooed, she came out of the pages even in books that weren’t about her. Now she’s back as the star of Small Change.
Parrish’s previous books have been…gay. As in, from the perspective of gay men in homosexual relationships. This book features a heterosexual relationship (with a bisexual woman). This book includes both f/m and m/m relationships.
There are a ton of LGBT+ characters at every corner, including Ginger herself.
There is a lot of talk about LGBT+ relationships and community outside of the perspective of a gay white man.
But anyway, the story.
Then enters Christopher.
Here’s a little taste of the beginning of their romance:
Christopher broke into a smile. He put my coffee on the counter between us and held up the bagel for a long moment, assessing me. Instead of putting it in a bag, he put it on a plate with a napkin. His raised his eyebrows over eyes sparkling with mischief, and bit his lip, like he was waiting to see if I’d call his bluff. He looked like a kid reaching for a second cookie when he’d been told he could have one.
Warmth bloomed in my chest at the idea that he was actively angling to have me stay here and talk with him as I ate. “Wow, you’re not subtle, huh?” I said.
His p popped, and his grin was sunny and boyish. I liked his lack of subtlety. That he was clear about wanting me to stay.
I narrowed my eyes at him, just in case he was joking, but I left the bagel where it was. I shrugged out of my jacket and draped it over the stool, then I sat down across the counter from him. He squeezed his hands into fists and grinned.
“Yay,” he said softly, and I felt another trickle of warmth flow through me that had nothing to do with the coffee.
Oh yea, and if you’re unfamiliar with Roan Parrish’s books, they’re all NSFW. This one included.
Christopher’s passive aggressive messages to his brother made me dislike him a little.
Ginger herself was very relatable, and the side characters were as amazing as always.
I’d say that if you’re a Roan Parrish fan, you absolutely should give Small Change a read. If you want a different kind of LGBT+ book, give it a read. If you want steamy romance, give it a read! I wasn’t a fan of Christopher, but you might be!
I give Small Change an 9 out of 10. Now let’s see which charming side characters get to take over the next book in the series…
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.