Small Change (Small Change #1)
by Roan Parrish
Release Date: 6/1/2017
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 book in a series that will include M/F and M/M romances.
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Praise for Small Change:
“Small Change is a gem. A beautifully written, deeply emotional story with tons of life bursting out of it’s pages. I loved this story! Can’t wait for more.” --Molly O’Keefe, USA Today Bestselling Author
“I can always count on Roan Parrish to deliver emotional truths and gritty realism. Like many readers, I was waiting for Ginger's story. And what a story it was!" -- Sarina Bowen, USA Today Bestselling author of Goodbye Paradise
"It sounds anemic to say, 'You will fall in love with Ginger,' but you will! This tattoo artist heroine manages to be both a delight and a total badass at the same time. Parrish makes her characters work for their happily ever after, which means Small Change has it all: vulnerability and great big leaps of faith, broken hearts and patched-together hearts the stronger for that patching. (Also: smashing the patriarchy and amazing sandwiches.)” --Jenny Holiday, USA Today Bestselling author
2 things I want to say immediately:
1) I'm kicking myself for still not having read Roan's Middle of Somewhere series, even though they're all ready to go on my tablet. (A friend is doing this for me mentally already anyway, I'm sure hehe) #somanybookssolittletime
2) If you only read M/F in your romance, with diverse representation at that, I think you can safely put Roan in your radar.
The first bk in a new series, it's Roan's first foray into M/F romance. I take it that people who've read In the Middle of Somewhere would be familiar with Ginger, the h. This is her story. It's her story with Christopher.
Ginger, a tattoo artist, is the owner of Small Change. She's a very busy woman who has hardly any time for anything else. Her growing years were all about not meeting expectations and never being enough. So in her older years, she has hang-ups, only trusts a few and hard pressed to open up to anyone outside of her inner circle.
She meets Christopher who happens to own the sandwich place near her shop. Christopher is pretty much the opposite of Ginger. He's open, easygoing, straightforward, and just plain sweet.
There is nothing I don't love about Christopher. He's just perfect, that even his tiny flaws were perfect *insert heart eyes* I love that what you see is what you get with him. I love how he got Ginger. I love that he gave what Ginger needed. I love his views. I just love him!
Ginger's experience, feelings and thoughts will feel familiar at some point to any woman. The family issues, the societal pressure, the biases, the insecurities, the challenges, all of them... I feel like to judge Ginger is to judge womanhood, in general. We've all been there, I'm sure. And this is coming from one who's of a minority background. Ultimately, regardless of all the bullsh!t, what I really appreciated is her growth throughout this journey.
I love that this is primarily from Ginger's POV, but you get Christopher's POV in email forms. I love the people that surrounded these 2. Just when I'm starting to feel at times that Ginger and Christopher are hardly together or that Ginger might've stayed in her head a tad longer at times, I love that Roan managed to pull me right back in quite easily, with a line or a turn of event. I love that these 2 are so relatable and life-like, if that makes sense. I love the balance of the characters' personality. I love how the pace of the story moved so naturally. I love the depth Roan gave to the story. I love the emotions that this managed to evoke out of me, the giggles, the tear or 2, and yes, even the anxiety. And it bears saying again, I love, love Christopher, yes!!!
"Care bear stares" forevah!!
PS. Ginger just inspired me more to get another tat.
PPS. Who's next on the series, Roan? Jude? Farron? Yes?:p
PPS. I really have to find the time to read the Middle of Somewhere series
Christopher broke into a smile. He put my coffee on the counter between us and held up the bagel for a long moment, assessing me. Instead of putting it in a bag, he put it on a plate with a napkin. His raised his eyebrows over eyes sparkling with mischief, and bit his lip, like he was waiting to see if I’d call his bluff. He looked like a kid reaching for a second cookie when he’d been told he could have one.
Warmth bloomed in my chest at the idea that he was actively angling to have me stay here and talk with him as I ate. “Wow, you’re not subtle, huh?” I said.
His p popped, and his grin was sunny and boyish. I liked his lack of subtlety. That he was clear about wanting me to stay.
I narrowed my eyes at him, just in case he was joking, but I left the bagel where it was. I shrugged out of my jacket and draped it over the stool, then I sat down across the counter from him. He squeezed his hands into fists and grinned.
“Yay,” he said softly, and I felt another trickle of warmth flow through me that had nothing to do with the coffee.
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.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.