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 in a series that is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe. It features crossover characters from that series but stands on its own. The Small Change series will include M/F and M/M romances.
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I was hesitant when buying this book. I was really looking forward to Invitation to the Blues, but I was told that I absolutely have to read this book first. Yes, there was a lot of praise, and especially from people who have recommended me awesome books before, and I have read Roan Parrish’s novella Natural Enemies (my review of it is here) but I haven’t read a m/f romance in ages.
But I did buy it and I enjoyed it so much! As I said, I have only read Natural Enemies before, not the other books in the universe of which this book is also happening, but that was not a problem. I did not have the complete background of Ginger and Daniel’s friendship, but I could follow everything easily. It is also marketed as a standalone/the first in the new series.
And Ginger became one of my favourite characters! She is an amazing tattooist, who owns her shop. She has employees she likes, they get on well, and they are amazing characters on their own. They are diverse, but also amazing. I hope to read more about them. And Ginger is not just a tattooist, but also an artist. I liked how she’s openly bisexual and Christopher knows it from the beginning but never makes a big deal of it. It was never glossed over, or erased due to her being in a relationship with a man, which makes it really awesome.
Christopher, on the other hand, has finally decided to settle somewhere and opens a sandwich shop. He is a very curious character, a kind of person I do not understand completely. He is very kind, he is persistent but not annoying, and he’s just…good. He writes emails to his brother, who is the main character in the second book, who is recovering, never stopping even if he doesn’t get the response. He just makes him know that he is there for when his brother needs him.
The book is written from Ginger’s perspective, but at the end of the chapters, there are Christopher’s thoughts, what he tells to his brother. He has been smitten with Ginger since he first encountered her, and he is persistent in courting her, but he never actually pressures her into anything…not that he could! He brings Ginger sandwiches and does other nice things for her and actually never demands anything in return.
They both have their own problems. Ginger is afraid of relying on anyone but her, especially after she’s clawed her way up to success and to rely on someone else had not been how she’d gotten there. Christopher is dealing with his parents and trying to help his brother who refuses his help.
To be honest, the two belong together from the beginning. Ginger who can forget to take care of herself, and Christopher who almost NEEDS to help someone, even to the point of fault. There is chemistry, there is the connection, they’re just…perfect.
I love Parrish’s writing and I really adored the portrayal of Ginger. I don’t even have the words to describe her, but she is so AWESOME and I totally want her as a friend 🙂 And I am really glad I got the book in the end and I will certainly read more of Parrish’s books! 🙂
About Roan Parrish:
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.
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