• Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (995 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Where We Left Off  By  cover art

Where We Left Off

By: Roan Parrish
Narrated by: Spencer Goss
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly.

For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can't deny...though Will certainly tries.

But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment - everything Will isn't interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he's happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other's lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.

©2016 Roan Parrish (P)2017 Roan Parrish

More from the same

What listeners say about Where We Left Off

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    692
  • 4 Stars
    196
  • 3 Stars
    75
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    12
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    743
  • 4 Stars
    130
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    9
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    630
  • 4 Stars
    177
  • 3 Stars
    81
  • 2 Stars
    21
  • 1 Stars
    16

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Spencer Goss's narration elevates it immeasurably

I found my original review and am adding it at the end of this because I shouldn't have to chase my own reviews down. I hate Goodreads so much.

At any rate I love this book, I love everything about this book, about Leo, about Will, and about how they find their way to each other in a way that makes absolute sense for them. I love that this is a romance even if it's outcome isn't perhaps a standard romance ending, although there's no way anyone can tell me the ending isn't romantic. Nor can anyone make me believe that they aren't romance goals, being adjustable in a relationship is the ultimate form of love. Recognizing that different types of relationships exist and work and that that doesn't lessen any relationship is something we all need to understand.

But, the audio, the audio of this book surpasses most all other audio out there. I would get down on my knees and beg Spencer Goss to narrate more books in any genre if I thought it would make a difference. He is the standard for all narrators out there for me and it kills me that he only narrated three books. Sigh ...

Original review*******
This is another situation where I'm basically a mess, and want to grab people and make them read this book. Or, even better, listen to Spencer Goss's narration. This book tore me up when I read it, and listening to it made it even more emotional and amazing.
Will breaks my heart, Leo makes me believe in the ability to allow your heart, and maybe more importantly, your mind to accept all the options and possibilities love provides. If I thought Will needed redemption I'd say this proves that love can redeem someone. But, I don't think Will needs to be redeemed. He needs the kind of largely unconditional love that Leo gives him, but he really doesn't change. He just expands his views, and opens his heart, and gives in to loving Leo. He is still the acerbic, tetchy person he was which makes his crazy, romantic, OTT declaration in public at the end all the more meaningful. I'm not sure how this book, which is arguably Leo's, as it is told from his POV, became so much Will's book for me, but it did. I love how much Leo grows, he goes from a sweet, innocent kid with stars in his eyes about not only Will, but also NYC, to someone that is worthy of and capable of accepting who Will (and the city) is.
As to the audio, Spencer Goss is such an amazing narrator. He is one of a very short list of narrators that I will buy anything (even books I don't have any particular interest in) that he narrates because I know the experience is going to be outstanding. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot out there yet, but I'm willing to wait.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I want MORE

I am sad this series is over…I really enjoyed each one of these stories all for different reasons.

What I liked best about this one is that they didn’t struggle with their sexuality it was deeper than that. It was learning to love more than anything and having the courage to open yourself up to that kind of vulnerability.

Leo really struggles with is he good enough for Will. And he has to learn to be good enough for himself first. I loved that he finds this group of friends that just get him and help him see he has worth for who he is.

Will isn’t a character I liked all that much, until the end where I understood he was protecting himself. Once I understood that then I got him and why he is the way he is.

That ending … it may not be the “typical” HEA but it was the right HEA for these guys.

I really enjoyed Spencer’s voice. I want more MM done by him, his tone is so smooth and gruff too it is just right.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

I wanted to love Leo & Will's book! It was a lot of drama which I don't normally enjoy and Leo was pretty immature. But I needed these two to get their HEA and they did so I love that. This book was hot and sweet and heartbreaking all in one. I loved the characters in book 1 and had expected them to grow by the time book 3 hit but honestly they didn't seem to. I loved that Leo knew what he wanted and Will was such a lost soul I wanted to yell at him to stop leading poor Leo on or man up and admit you love him ;) In the end I was happy with this story and the narration was really good!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Simply stunning narration!

Any additional comments?

5 Stars for the narration!

Spencer Goss is definitely on my immediate buy list. The way he uses inflection to convey the emotion of the story, his character voices, his timing, voice over…all of it is simply stunning for someone who’s so new to voice acting, and frankly would be remarkable for a veteran actor.

I adored the audio for this. Goss has a way of taking the almost lyrical quality of Roan Parrish’s writing and elevating it to something that is irresistibly enchanting.

The writing is on par with the other stories in the series, and Parrish certainly delivers the heat (eventually) as well.

But, once again, I find myself wishing for multiple POV and wishing I bought into the relationship side of the story more, which is where my focus was on. The whole coming of age drama, which is most of the story, just didn’t really strike a resounding chord with me. I understand this is ultimately about Leo’s growth. I just didn’t need to read so much about his classes, and friends, and boss, and yoga.

While my overall issues with the story remain, the narration for this was simply fantastic! I think those who love New Adult coming of age stories with a sprinkling of relationship angst, some sexy times, and a HFN that holds a glimmer of possibility for more should definitely check it out.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Narraror vs Author

First, Spencer Goss.
I dont want to diminish the writer's job, because these stories are amazing, but honestly, rhe narrator BROUGHT THEM TO LIFE! He is incredible! I cannot believe he only has three books on audible, I want more of him! So much more! I would buy the books only to hear him, I swear. He gives each character their voice depending on physical characteristics, age, sex, situations, everything! I LOVE HIM!

Now the story.
I loved the second one better, definitely; that was my favorite.
But this one... this one made me feel like no other. Im such a hopeless romantic that I immediately saw myself in Leo: his thoughts, his feelings, his insecurities, his angst. Everything.
Will was a good character, but not as lovable as the rest of the trilogy not even Colin. There's one thing that even towards the end kept putting me off about him, that's why I decided to give it four stars.
Other than that, the author (and the narrator) again made me fly out of this world and into the story, and thats one of my favorite things about books.

Oh! Just one more thing: I WANT MORE OF THIS SERIES!!!!!!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Story, Told Beautifully

Gah! This story was as emotional as Out Of Nowhere (also by this author), and I was on the same kind of emotional rollercoaster he sent me on in THAT one. By that I mean the highs and the lows for the main characters were intense and powerful. The narrator has a way of making things both realistic and gut-punchingly affecting. As with the last book in this series, done by this narrator, he made it seem like I was listening to a ten hour long movie, rather than a book.

I highly recommend this audiobook.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great series, great writing, painfully amazing

This book was hard to listen to. And I mean that in the best way possible. The main character is giving, empathetic, and the love interest isn't. But his thought process is entirely unique in most romances. The way he thinks makes me physically uncomfortable despite I know, logically, what he says can help someone with too much empathy not suffer burnout. This book really wrings your emotions and for me, brought new insight on relationships, societal niceties, and self-awareness. I thought I loved the previous installment the most. Nope. This one.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

All the stars for Leo!

Okay, I can kind of understand why Where We Left Off isn't getting the same amount of love as the previous books. It is different than the first two. I'm not sure I would even call it a romance since Will spends 80% of the book saying he doesn't want a relationship. I would say this is more of a "coming of age" story for Leo. And I love "coming of age" stories!

And I really really loved Leo! My heart hurt for him over and over again as he pursued Will. I was almost in tears during the first chapter when Will shot him down. Not to mention the Tiramisu Incident. My heart was in pieces. I wasn't sure Will could be redeemed in my eyes after that. Will isn't a very likable guy. I get that he has his reasons for being the way he is, but he really makes it difficult to warm up to him.

I loved Leo's group of friends at NYU. Especially Milton. I was cracking up when he finally met Will.

The narration for the audiobook was incredible. I adore Spencer Goss. I know he doesn't narrate many books, but I'm so glad he stuck with this series. <3 <3 <3

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

The weakest in the series so far

I had really looked forward to Leo's and Will's story, and loved the previous books in the series. Unfortunately, I struggled a bit with the characters in this one. I couldn't quite relate to Leo, and Will just didn't seem believable. Still I give it 3 stars because I like Parrish's writing style, her sense for detail and because I enjoy the world she has created in the Middle of Somewhere series.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

all the angst

I really like that this Leo and Will's story didn't evolve into the stereotypical fairy tale with a HEA ending! I like that there was complexity in the characters and in their relationship! I like that it ended with a hopeful happy for now resolution. That was realistic given Leo's age and Will's history. I loved this book!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for T
  • T
  • 04-22-20

A personal favourite

The first book to this series was actually the first audible I ever listened to and it was fantastic. The rest of the series did not let me down and it ended with my favourite of them all.

I've listened to this book 2 or 3 times over already, I love it that much. The character development, struggle to adapt and love - it was really enjoyable.

Some parts had me on the verge of tears and the end made me the happiest person in the world.

If you're on the fence, buy the book - you'll enjoy it.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Trung
  • Trung
  • 12-09-22

Leo deserves all the stars

Loved this story and loved Leo's return. He's as adorable and sweet as ever.

Will isn't perfect. Will is a late 20s/early 30s gay man with trauma and years of dealing with it poorly. I think we all knew this from book 1. We get a glimpse of this here but it's masked under bravado and pretty privilege.

It's a sweet book with a more realistic take on character development and unpacking decades old behaviour.
recommend!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rafal Nycz
  • Rafal Nycz
  • 02-02-22

Loved the first two books but this one was terrible

First two books were really good and I enjoyed them a lot. This one however was as boring as it can get. Story about a nice guy trying to win over an as..ole and begging him for them to be together. Will is such a poor guy!!! He is beautiful and his life is so miserable because of that! Seriously! Performance 5 stars. The story zero!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

Roan is my fave author atm! Beautiful trilogy!

Loved the banter between will and Leo. Wishing for another installment maybe where they are now 5 years later. PLEASE Roan.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Avid Listener
  • Avid Listener
  • 03-19-21

Where we left off

Must read/Must Listen!!!!! Last 45 mins made me sit the hell down and just take it in!!!
Spencer Goss, beautifully done!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tazzy
  • Tazzy
  • 06-01-17

loved it.

loved all 3 books and all the characters. more please. need more from Roan Parrish.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rayovlight
  • Rayovlight
  • 03-30-17

Another great read.

I didn't want this one to end! A great escape from the day to day run of the mill to get to know these characters!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jo&Isalovebooks
  • Jo&Isalovebooks
  • 03-28-17

Simply Breathtaking!

What did you like most about Where We Left Off?

THE START THE MIDDLE AND THE END LOL. I loved everything,

Who was your favorite character and why?

LEO hands down 100%. He is just kind, honest to God happy go lucky person, he sees the best in people, he loves without limits and goes for what he wants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

God there were so many, probably when Leo flies to see Will and they spend time together. Leo does this big gesture to come to Will's desperate side and you can see Will's defences start to crumble, you can start to understand the mystery he is, the person behind the facade.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry, oh God so many times. Leo suffered emotionally so much throughout the story, I think we have all had our share of disappointments and heart aches and I wanted to hug him and tell him all will be well LOL, but also made me angry, Will drove me bonkers!.

Any additional comments?

Spencer Goss. PLEASE NEVER STOP DOING THIS! You were born to act and these characters need you, the reader community needs you. You were MAGNIFICENT!.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kerr Neville
  • Kerr Neville
  • 03-25-17

Not good

Most disappointing intermate sections too much and totally boring a total waste of a credit.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for BevS
  • BevS
  • 03-24-17

3 out of 3 for Spencer.......

***Original Review dated 24/3/17***

Well, my wish came true and Spencer Goss narrated the audio book. How did he do?? Read on.....

This is going to be a gushing review, so I make my apologies now in case you have need of tissues [or a bucket]. All the stars….and more, in fact even the one called ‘The Shire’….

A really well-written story from Roan, and as seems to be the norm with her work, Spencer puts his heart and soul into the narration…just as he did with Out of Nowhere and Rhys Ford’s Fish Stick Fridays. For me, he has elevated this story from merely really good up a couple of levels to…let’s say sublime or magnificent, as either works in my opinion. Narrated solely from young and impressionable Leo’s POV, wearing his rose-coloured glasses [and come on, who didn’t love Leo??], I freely admit there were several times when my eyes welled up just from listening to the quavering emotion in Spencer’s voice. The pacing, the characterisations….just everything was excellent.

Spencer treats the words given to him by the author with the utmost respect….with as much TLC as if he himself had written them, wringing out every last drop of emotional intensity whether it be anger, sadness or happiness AND as usual, I was totally blown away by his mad narrating skills **fangirling moment**. His narrating is a kind of art form IMHO; he’s just so involved, interested and invested in the story and its characters, he doesn’t appear to treat the narration as just another job…and that care shows, in every word he utters. He doesn’t race through things, he seems methodical [and slow to use his own word], but I’d far rather listen to someone who truly cares about a story than not, and that is why I’ll probably buy everything he narrates within reason [even I have my limits with some authors ;)]….he’s just THAT good!!

I was much kinder to Will’s character in my review of the story than some other readers, and I loved Spencer’s interpretation of him too. Yes, it looked as though Will was supposed to be the story’s token bad guy, and had been sending out mixed signals to Leo [he SO had], BUT he was a private person, in way over his head, and had never truly expected anyone to ‘get’ him in return. He was also fed up of people just wanting him for his looks alone. Yes, Leo had known from the start that a relationship wasn’t on the cards; Will had warned him and made it perfectly clear that he would carry on with his life in his own way, and Leo had seemed to accept it then….but the heart wants what it wants 💜, and love makes fools of us all at some stage. So yes, even though I ‘got’ Will, I didn’t like the way he did things sometimes. The last chapter however was a revelation and a real ‘light bulb’ moment 💡, and to declare his love for Leo by shouting it loudly [and somewhat angrily it has to be said], witnessed by a small crowd of onlookers in Central Park was poetic justice I thought, and left me with a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Joycinta
  • Joycinta
  • 09-19-17

Roan Parrish has lost his faith in Love.

In two letters: P.U.

Welcome to &quot;Where We Left Off&quot; a tale of disillusionment where a handsome, intelligent young man falls for a guy completely void of anything likable.

Story line in three dot points:
* Will tells Leo not to change for others
* Leo proceeds to try and change himself for Will
* Leo and Will both settle for a romance that will satisfy neither.

I spent the whole book hopping that Leo would just dump Will's toxic ass and hook up with Tom.

The real question this book raises is who the hell hurt Roan Parrish so bad that he thought this book was a good idea? Poor bastard lost his faith in love. I can only hope that he finds someone who can bring back the romance for him. xx

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gehrminator
  • Gehrminator
  • 08-07-22

Don't give up on this romance ❤️

OMG, these are two beautiful and flawed guys that both desperately need love... neither has been modelled healthy relationships or had love deeply expressed to them so it's a really long and arduous journey to acknowledge and accept that they are even worthy of it.

Leo is able to admit readily that he needs and wants Will, he can feel to the core of his being the constant gravitational pull towards him but doesn't really understand enough about himself to effectively advocate his desires and requirements. Will is so damaged from his upbringing that he has hardened himself to avoid any more hurt and constantly pushes people away to mitigate this.

With the love, understanding, guidance and lessons of those around them, especially for Leo, growth and recognition begins to occur, trust is probably the last thing to eventually come and strengthen everything.

I really loved the themes that were used throughout this story from science (predominantly physics, astronomy and astrophysics), to philosophy, art, expression, yoga, theatre, dance, coffee, food, family, found family, fantasy, science fiction, television, movies, literature, and just New York itself - the great melting pot.

🎧 Spencer Goss' narration was really stellar on this story, the fragility and naïvtey of Leo at the start that gradually built in confidence over his first year in New York was such a nuanced performance, then adding in Will's subtle shifts in dynamic, along with the entire diverse collection of supporting characters... this really was a gift that only highlighted and championed the amazing text. Bravo! 🎧

I've seen reviews where people have given up on this story, finding Will too disconnected, but boy do they give up before they see all the damage that makes him the way that he is, and also before they see the payoff of sticking with him, or fail to recognise the ways he is yearning for love and understanding yet denying it for himself just in case it's taken away again.

Oh, Roan, just beautiful character design, plotting and prose... so much beauty in the everyday occurrences that all add up to create the relationships around us... this series is terrific.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Carla
  • Carla
  • 05-14-21

All the feels!

Amazing third book in the series. I cried with heartbreak and with relief. Real fully developed characters, an epic story and great narration. Will carry it in my thoughts for a long time.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!