My lovely readers, I hope you have a great day so far!
I want to present you my review of The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish.
See my post for my review but also for a pretty cool fanart of Corbin and Alex which was drawn as a commision for the book by the artist Smoxt.
Also be sure that you don’t miss the recipe for the “ALEX BARROW’S CHANUKAH CHALLAH” at the end of the post 😉
Be also sure and stop by at my instagram account for the CorbinWaleTour; also check out the other posts. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I’m honest: it’s not easy to express the right words for this amazing book. But let me try it.
I was, when I finished the book, totally blown away. Why? Well, I can only say in pretty neat words: it was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
And right after I finished it I felt squishy inside, warm and cozy and totally good. ❤ There were literally everywhere sparkles inside me, fitting to the amazing cover. This book was and is a true & marvelous piece of prose, and it shows how well Roan is able to capture her readers. ❤
The book is also another thing: it’s super slow burn. But if you expect boring scenes without any sensual content, you are totally mistaken. There is the underlining tension, the attraction, and it’s so beautiful how the emotions and the trust is blossoming between Alex and Corbin. It’s in the scenes when they meet for the first time, it’s in the baking scenes – which make you totally hungry, be aware of it, you want to eat something or try some of the awesome stuff out otherwise you suffer XD – and later when they are in a kinda domestice atmosphere in Corbin’s house.
Corbin reminds me of a skittish deer, a shy animal out of the forest – it’s kinda literally to see because he actually lives in a house, he inherited from his passed away aunts, near the woods, with only a few stray dogs as his “companion” – timid but under the shell a kinda vibrant and really imaginative young guy.
Alex is seeing the potential in Corbin and how he is misunderstood by the other people in the city; Corbin is the “freak” in the society, simply for being reluctant, shy and not overly communicative, mistaken for having mental issues. My heart went to him right from the start and it made my heart sing when Alex is bewitched by Corbin as much as I was.
And, alas, Alex, he is such a charming guy, he is the most lovable guy I ever read in a book. He is a true cinnamon roll, too pure to be true. He supports and sees the strength in Corbin, sees who he is behind all the shyness. He is attracted to the real Corbin behind. But is also pretty sure what he can bring into a relationship, and that’s one of the most awesome characterizations and realisations by a character I ever read.
As I say the book is pretty dominated by the slow burn, but the way how Roan is capturing the reader with her words, with the high prose, with the structure of the sentences. I’ve already read a few books by her, but this is a new level of awesomeness. I don’t exaggerate. I was from the first to the last line bewitched, there is a kind of spell in the words, in the way how the scenes become vibrant, how I, as a reader, be into the scenes, with Alex and Corbin.
Like the other books by Roan Parrish, friendship and family is playing a huge part. This time we have with Gareth the best friend of Alex at his side. And wow, Gareth is a character I really liked (I wouldn’t mind a story of his own, there was a small hint in the book what may can be ;)). He is a totally opposite to Alex – from his character to his appearance – but it’s clear why they complete & understand each other so well. I also loved the instant bond he has with Corbin and I guess Corbin can take a huge advantage of the friendship with Gareth and it can help him in future. 🙂
Gareth is also a pretty important part in the characterization of Alex, and his skillet allogory is funny but so sophisticated.
Like I said the book is a piece of art, full of awesome, magnificant prose. This doesn’t have a limit in the erotic scenes. And there it’s especially beautiful. I admit, I was close to tears, no actually I cried, because of the beautiful writing, rich with metaphors and allegories.
I can go on and on, but for now I stop here and say: get this book when you love slow burn, a shy, kinda scared, skittish character and another who is protecting the other and be there without hesitation. Also when you love a guy who can bake & you need inspiration for awesome stuff. xD
5 out of 5 stars for this marvelous piece of prose. One of the best books I’ve read 2017 and maybe ever. ❤
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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.
20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.
See this cool artwork Roan commissioned for her title by the artist Smoxt. *^* Isn’t it amazing?! *^* ❤
You wanna more art & inspiration pictures? Check out the pinterest board for the book. :3
Author bio – Roan Parrish
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.