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  • Wonderful

    Whenever I crack open a Roan Parrish book I expect to find wonderfully well-written, complex characters who might be a bit bent around the edges but never so broken that they can't find love and Better Than People was no exception. Jack and Simon were such lovable characters and their story pulled me in and made the world disappear for a little while as only a good book can, I enjoyed every single minute. *I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by NetGalley*

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  • Sweet & satisfying

    Hurt/comfort, cinnamon sugar love story with emotional healing, anxiety rep, hot sex, & sweet dogs. Over-the-top adorable. This is going on the comfort read pile.

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  • Wonderful Romance

    Low angst and very romantic, Roan Parrish’s recent novel, Better Than People is an absolutely lovely hurt/comfort story. If pets are a beloved part of your life (and even if they’re not), the way Ms. Parrish inserts them into this couple’s relationship is truly special. A true feel good, comfort romance, Better Than People is a delight.

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  • Roan keeps me coming back

    I thought if I wrote my review right away I'd be able to express how much I adore Better Than People. I was... perhaps a bit premature. Fabulous story as always when it comes to a Roan Parrish book. I actually had no idea this was headed our way so I consider myself lucky to have snagged this. Simon and Jack... Simon and Jack aren't complicated. Unless you're asking Simon. He'd tell you they'll never work because he's too complicated to want to be with. Jack, he's not complicated at all. Like, that man is simple to the bone. He wants it. He goes about getting it. Except for those few months he spent pouting in his cabin. The thing that makes them so uncomplicated is that Jack realizes his mistakes and goes about correcting them. He supports Simon and encourages him. Jack is full of compromise for Simon. And Simon, well he's willing to compromise with Jack (and himself) too. He just has to realize that he wants those things. They're actually some of the most easy to understand characters that Roan has written. My heart hurt for both men and their upbringing. I'm so glad that Jack had Charlie and Simon has Grandma Jean. She's a hoot and I hope Charlie gets a book.

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  • figuring out life ... together

    Roan Parrish is the author of one of my favorite series of books: Middle of Somewhere, so when I saw this opportunity, I signed up right away. “Better Than People” is a sweet summer read you may want to add to your list. Jack is trying to figure out what to do with himself after a betrayal by a colleague that’s left him unable to create the children’s illustrations, he once made his living from. What makes him happy? Jack rescues pets. One of my favorite things about this book was the rag-tag band of housemates Jack has collected. They range from a cuddly Saint Bernard named… Bernard to a cat named Pirate who leads them on their walks. But it’s because of Puddles who gets an acorn on the jogging and races off… that Jack ends up with a nasty fall and a broken leg. So, who is going to take his dogs out for walks? His brother suggests a pet share app… so Jack puts up an ad. Simon is the man who answers Jack’s add for pet care. He loves animals and has had to put off getting his own dog because he’s moved in with his grandmother. His grandfather recently passed away and he’s there to take care of her (although, I think it goes both ways in an adorable on-page relationship). But the man who struggles to appear at Jack’s door is severely incapacitated by shyness and anxiety. There are times when Simon struggles to speak when he gets so completely overwhelmed that he has to leave, and sadly – he suffered from severe panic attacks. These two men are drawn to each other and boy do they both have challenges! Jack is bearing the weight of being betrayed by a long-term friend and business partner. Trust is a huge issue for him… trust and wondering if he’s been a burden to the older brother who raised him. Simon, on the other hand, doesn’t think that anyone would want a relationship with him. He’s lived his whole life struggling with anxiety and knows that he will never be “normal” and do the things that other people might consider to be day-to-day. Why would anyone want to be in a relationship with him? The switching POV in this book gives the reader lovely insight into what both of these men are thinking as they begin to get to know one another. Simon’s struggle is real. Every day he fights to do the things that he wants to do. There’s a part of him that wants to be a different person for Jack…but there’s a bigger part of him that wants the world to acknowledge that he is who he is and there are some things that he won’t be able to change. Ultimately, the book is about figuring out that “anxiety” isn’t your fault… that you are who you are. We can’t change the person that we are, sure, we can work on some things that will help us move through the world in a better way, but we can’t change some things. As someone who has lived with anxiety for my entire life, I really appreciated that Parrish didn’t make Simon’s anxiety something that could “be fixed”. I loved the fact that even though Jack struggles to understand, worries about the way Simon is feeling, the two men find a way to meet in the middle. There are some dark times in this novel – obviously, the subject matter is a bit intense. It’s well worth a read!

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