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Publisher's Summary

“An irresistible queer romance.” (Publishers Weekly on Better Than People)

A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.

When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.

Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together - not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.

Is this what it feels like to have a home - and someone to share it with?

Garnet Run

Book one: Better Than People

Book two: Our Level Best

Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

A new Carina Adores title is available each month:

The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover

The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

Just Like That by Cole McCade

Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters

Better Than People by Roan Parrish

The Love Study by Kris Ripper

The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher

Just Like This by Cole McCade

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding

The Hate Project by Kris Ripper

Hard Sell by Hudson Lin

©2021 Roan Parrish (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Predictable; cliched; boring

Roan Parrish is one of my favorite authors and I pre-ordered this book and couldn’t wait for it to come out. What a disappointment!I It lacks intensity and the plot is far too predictable. And it has none of the mystery or conflict that I love in her better works but instead it’s sickly sweet and boring.

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I love Roan Parrish, but

this one is a return for me :(

I was bored. There was zero chemistry between the MC's. It felt preachy somehow and just a story about 2 people who meet and become friends. I cannot express how much I was looking forward to Charlie's tale and how disappointing it was. After the Middle of Somewhere series, Corbin Whale and better than people, I had come to expect a certain kind of story from this author. The change for me was jarring. I have said in other reviews, that no one does intimacy like Roan Parrish. Don't expect that here. Quality writing of course but not romance.

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Warning: Keep a full box of tissues close by

I have been moved, in one way or another, by every book by Roan Parrish. But this book, blew my socks off. As a lover of cats, this touched my heart deeply, my cat of 16 years cuddled with me as Greg Boudreaux’s outstanding talent enveloped me into this story! Thank you, Roan & Greg for a beautiful experience!
5⭐️!

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Building a Life

I was so glad that Charlie got a story of his own. He is such a caring person and needed his own person to share it with. Rye is willing to take a chance to have a better life. Things don't seem to work out in the beginning with enough time things have a chance to build.

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making a home

"Charlie had made himself a ghost house. And he wanted the most colorful, alive person had ever met to make a home with him there." I've been looking forward to Charlie's story. Oh my Charlie, you made my heart absolutely ache. Rye wasn't without his heartache and seeing these two souls love and heal and partner together was beautiful.

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Lovely story brilliantly voiced

Roan Parrish has written another great story and Greg Boudreaux makes it come alive in the best possible way.