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by Donna Soluri

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Best Laid Plans

Series: Garnet Run #2

Author: Roan Parrish

Release Date: February 23, 2021

The second book in Roan Parrish’s Garnet Run series is out now. Best Laid Plans is an LGBTQ romance centered around a somewhat grumpy hero, Charlie Matheson, and a seemingly sunshiny hero, Rye Janssen. I loved every single minute of their story, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book with two thumbs up!

Charlie has the biggest savior complex I’ve ever seen in my entire adult life, both in real life and on the written page. That is a huge statement because I come from a long line of savior complex adjacent folks. His parents’ sudden death left him, at age eighteen, with the weight of the world — and the care of his younger brother — on his shoulders. Charlie quickly learned to compartmentalize his own wants, needs, and desires to give his young charge, Jack, the best possible life. He did an excellent job compartmentalizing; once his brother went off into the world, Charlie turned his savior and caregiving talents on the kindly people of Garnet Run, and its surrounding areas. Don’t think Charlie is just out here running willy nilly with his trauma. He sought therapy, has some very workable coping mechanisms, and lives a happy if not fulfilled life, but twenty-year-old habits die hard.

“Her words flow over your heart and will leave you lighter and brighter than when you started.”

There’s no beating around the bush here; Rye had shitty parents. He could never please them, mainly because they were simply a miserable lot, but when he came out to them in his teens, he quickly learned living on his own was the best option. Rye knew that “found family” would be the only family he could count on from a very young age, but even then, he was painfully on his own in the big, cruel world. When he received word that the grandfather he didn’t realize he had, had left him a house in the wilds of Wyoming, he packed up his beat-up car and made the trek with grand hopes of new beginnings. Little did he know, but this house was literally caving in on itself and in need of serious structural work. With nowhere else to turn, he finds the local hardware store and its owner, Charlie, whom we all know cannot pass up the thrill of helping a stranger in need. Especially one as handsome, carefree, and slightly broody as Rye.

It takes some persistence, but Charlie eventually gets Rye to agree to his offer of help. Charlie quickly enlists a cast of secondary characters you’ll enjoy meeting to help salvage Rye’s impossibly unsalvageable home. Naturally, sparks fly. We learn that Charlie’s inability to care for himself runs deeper than merely lacking an opinion on home décor, color palettes, and bland dinner entrees. Charlie has never considered his own pleasure in any aspect of life. Next comes one of the most honest, endearing, gently humorous, and wildly detailed sexual proclivity discussions I think I’ve ever read. Rye is determined to figure out what makes Charlie tick, sexually and emotionally speaking. I’m pretty sure if more people had such open, frank, and honest discussions about their sexual likes and dislikes, we’d probably cut way back on the divorce rate.

The character and relationship development of Charlie and Rye is a thing of beauty. The fixer must learn the hard lesson of “fixing thyself,” and the loner has to sort out his trust issues and believe in the concept of home. Parrish paints a sometimes painfully realistic picture of this growth in all of its real, organic beauty. Her words flow over your heart and will leave you lighter and brighter than when you started. Best Laid Plans is remarkably low angst considering all of the obstacles we need to overcome. I blame that on the open dialog and sharp, evenly paced banter. Charlie and Rye are unlikely partners, opposites that attract, and genuinely bring out the best in each other while taming their own demons along the way.

While Best Laid Plans is the second book in the series, it easily reads as a standalone. Jack and Simon from book one have a substantial supporting role, but enough of their story is re-told to make them feel like they’re family, not strangers. There’s also a rag-tag group of kids that will win your heart, and cats, so many fluffy, snuggly, adorable cats! (If you’re allergic, you might consider some Benadryl before you dive into reading — cats and pets in general easily steal the show.)

If you’re in the mood for a small town, opposites attract, LGBTQ love story with a smattering of cats and frank sexual discussions, Best Laid Plans is the book for you!

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Gutting Sweetness by Roan Parrish

Savoring by Roan Parrish

First Kiss by Roan Parrish

About Donna

Donna should be an empty nester, but she’s not, thanks COVID-19. She’s a voracious reader of all books; she can’t pick just one sub-genre. A staunch supporter of seasoned romance and a lover of cupcakes, you’ll often find her with a cup of tea and a mountainous TBR pile close at hand. Follow her @DonnaSoluri on B+M Bites.

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