Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.
When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.
Lovely, just lovely. With a mix of magical realism and atmospheric romance, the story simply sang.
For those readers who are fans of Sarah Addison Allen, this book feels very similar in style, if a bit darker (perhaps a bit of Alice Hoffman mixed in). I didn't quite know what to expect going into it, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
The Remaking of Corbin Wale has garnered quite a bit of hype, and I couldn't pass up the chance to see if it stood up to the rave reviews. It really was a unique story, and all fans of atypical MCs should give this one a go. I have a weakness for a MC in romance who is outside the box, so to speak, so Corbin with all of his facets really worked for me.
The romance is slow-burn, though there is that pull of connection right from the start. It is a very intense story and it feels important as you read it, so that draw between the two MCs is almost hypnotic.
The story is also unexpectedly hot with some scenes that knocked my socks off. I wouldn't say that you should read this book for the sexy bits, but if you want some sex scenes that go beyond the norm and have a slightly kinky edge, you'll be in for a treat.
I also think that Roan Parrish really nailed the side characters. I could use a spin-off story with a couple of them (you'll know who), and I was intrigued and engaged the entire time.
Also, I finally got my yearly Hanukkah story! I had no idea going into it, but a Jewish MC was a great little treat, and it warmed my heart to read this story right as Hanukkah was beginning. Though I wouldn't say that the story was focused on the holiday, it was included, and I thought that was a nice touch.
Roan Parrish did a fabulous job creating a story that skirts the boundaries between magical realism and contemporary romance and crafting unique characters that will stick with me for a long time to come.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!