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Small Change by Roan Parrish
Series: Small Change #1
Published: June 1, 2017 by Monster Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
I LOVED Small Change and devoured it quickly because I never wanted to put it down. The writing of this book really grabbed me and sucked me in; I usually don’t like reading 1st person POV’s but Roan Parrish doesn’t a wonderful job with it. There was a great flow and pace to the story that allowed it to cover a longer period of time without feeling like it was dragging. It’s hard to describe, but Parrish’s voice and writing is just really enjoyable to read.
Christopher was everything I look for in a romance hero and he truly made my love of this book. I liked that he was a steady, calm, and drama free hero who wasn’t threatened by Ginger’s success or personality. However, Christopher still had tons of depth when you learn about his history and his experiences with his brother. One of my favorite parts in this book were Christopher’s emails and texts to his brother, Jude. It was a great opportunity to see things from Christopher’s POV and get more of his voice in the story since everything else is in Ginger’s POV. I also loved when he told his brother about Ginger because he was so sweet and adorable.
Ginger goes through a lot of growth in this book and I always appreciate an author who can truly demonstrate character growth. Ginger has a lot of anger and trust issues and she’s lived a hard life — her family doesn’t accept her and belittles her accomplishments, she’s struggled as a female tattoo artist in a male dominated world, and she hasn’t had any great relationships in her past to show her what love can be like. But after some stumbles and some mistakes, she gets things figured out and learns to trust, ask for help, and let Christopher in.
“I wanted Christopher. I wanted him in my corner when shit was rough. I wanted him in my bed, holding me. I wanted his sun to shine on me.”
I didn’t really see this as a negative, but I wanted to include that Ginger might not be the heroine for everyone. She’s a bit messed up in the beginning and has some pretty big issues. She doesn’t really know how to be in a relationship which means that she makes lots of mistakes with Christopher. She’s maxed out on personal time and doesn’t want to make compromises and she’s quick to trigger her temper. She’s used to lashing out at people before they can hurt her and that means that she sometimes says things she immediately regrets. Roan Parrish finds the perfect line between Ginger’s problems and her growth, but she might not be for everyone.
All the side characters were really interesting and I’m already imagining who will get stories in the future (hopefully everyone!). I also loved seeing more of the connection with Daniel from In the Middle of Somewhere.
**Reader Safety: References to secondary character with depression and suicidal thoughts
5 stars – loved it!
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