Review: Small Change (Small Change #1) by Roan Parrish
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 in a series that is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe. It features crossover characters from that series but stands on its own. The Small Change series will include M/F and M/M romances.
Well, I didn't expect to love Small Change as much as I did. I started it later at night and at first it was just okay. There was a lot of Ginger telling me things, but I was hoping that once we got to know everyone it would get better and be more showing. And it was! I quickly got so wrapped up in the story and stayed up way too late reading. Who needs sleep?
Christopher is the owner of a coffee/sandwich shop down the street from Ginger's tattoo parlor/home. Ginger cannot survive without coffee so when she breaks her coffee maker she heads to Christopher's shop. And oh they were so freaking cute together! I absolutely loved Christopher and he is the best for Ginger. He is incredible. He cares so much about everyone and seems so happy and carefree, but he has his struggles just like everyone else. But Ginger needs that calm, no drama kind of style that he has. Because she doesn't want to open herself up to someone who could leave her and make her feel bad about herself. Her family does that enough so she doesn't need that from anyone else. So she does not want a relationship, but what happens when you start falling for someone even when you don't want to?
Ginger is super sweet and I love the way she sees the world. Though she does have her struggles when things get to be too much she gets overwhelmed, but it was still beautiful to read. Christopher was so perfect for her. When she struggles, when she messes up, he doesn't turn it into a big deal. They are grown-ups and talk about things and he gets her. He is there for her. He knows Ginger and knows that she is prickly for a reason and he doesn't mind waiting to see where things go. He was all in right from the start, and she doesn't make it easy, but oh I loved them. This story was so sweet and it was one of those where you just want everything to work out because the characters are amazing. A great read and definitely won't be my last from this author.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2