The Remaking of Corbin Wales by Roan Parrish

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.

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It’s the Holiday season and in my opinion the perfect time to read this book since it reads like a modern-day fairytale. Packed full of magic, imaginary friends and new love. A fairytale for grownups.

Corbin is one of those characters who will stick with me for a long time. He’s so incredibly damaged, but not in a conventional way. He knows he’s different, he knows that people don’t like or understand him and he knows that he will forever be alone. I nearly cried when I found out what he drew all day long, the why’s behind it and how long it had been going on. I loved his whole outlook on life. How he interacted with his friends and animals and his beliefs in how the world worked.

If we’re sticking with the idea that this is a magical fantasy, Alex is definitely Corbin’s prince charming. He’s the only one who sees Corbin as a man and not a freak. He may not see the world as everyone else does but he recognizes that Corbin’s world is very real for him and just wants to be part of it. The ways in which he makes sure Corbin is comfortable….I want to know that kind of love!

This is a story about two men who have found that one person that makes them believe in something that has always been fantasy for them up until now… and that is a beautiful thing! It’s the perfect holiday story of true acceptance and pure love for this season.

Roan always delivers on the feels and I cannot wait to see what she has up for us next.

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