Invitation to the Blues (Small Change, #2) by Roan Parrish

Invitation to the Blues (Small Change, #2)

Eight months ago Jude Lucen fled his partner, his career, and a hospital in Boston after a suicide attempt. Now back in Philadelphia, he feels like a complete failure. Piano has always been his passion and his only escape. Without it, he has nothing. Well, nothing except a pathetic crush on the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.Faron Locklear came to Philly looking for a fresh start and has thrown himself into tattooing at Small Change. He’s o...


Details Invitation to the Blues (Small Change, #2)

TitleInvitation to the Blues (Small Change, #2)
Author
Release DateMar 28th, 2018
PublisherMonster Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary
Rating

Reviews Invitation to the Blues (Small Change, #2)

  • Judith
    1970-01-01
    One thing I've come to expect from picking up a new book by Roan Parrish is never to expect a similar story with new characters.Her books are wonderfully diverse and this is no exception.Book two in the series ( book one is MF ), but can definitely be read as a standalone.Both characters were introduced in Small Change and if you go both ways in your books I would definitely recommend that one.I was more than a bit fascinated by Jude and,especial...
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    1970-01-01
    ***5 Stars***2018 FAVORITE!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This book is raw, honest and so damn beautiful. It makes me believe in love, humanity and that everything can be okay. "Love and battle." Full review to come once I come down from this book high. I played. I drifted from piece to piece and movement to movement because it didn't matter. Faron's arms held me tight, and he pressed kisses to my back every now and then. Sometimes he hummed along ...
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    1970-01-01
    ***5 Stars***2018 FAVORITE!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! This book is raw, honest and so damn beautiful. It makes me believe in love, humanity and that everything can be okay. "Love and battle." Full review to come once I come down from this book high. I played. I drifted from piece to piece and movement to movement because it didn't matter. Faron's arms held me tight, and he pressed kisses to my back every now and then. Sometimes he hummed along ...
  • Dia
    1970-01-01
    4,5 starsThis one was so good! I fell hard for the writing and I highlighted a lot. So poetic and full of emotions. I loved it!I've also read the Middle of Somewhere series by this author and enjoyed all the books. But Invitation to the Blues was pretty different, as one of the main characters suffers from depression and anxiety. It's the second book in the series Small Change but can be read as a stand-alone. The beginning was super slow paced a...
  • Elsa Bravante
    1970-01-01
    Muy dudosa entre volver a leer a Roan o no tras lo sucedido con Santino Hassell, decidí hacerlo porque nunca la he visto ser desagradable o dañina con nadie así que comencé el libro con la mente lo más abierta que pude.Roan tiene un estilo que te puede gustar o no, pero escribe de una forma que parece que le habla a mi corazón. A veces no pasan muchas cosas en sus libros, como en el caso de Invitation to the Blues, porque el foco de todo so...
  • MaDoReader
    1970-01-01
    Sé que voy a estar en minoría, no está mal pero la pareja no me ha llegado al alma, y precisamente eso es el eje del libro. Mucho mejor desarrollado el personaje de Jude, al tener en todo momento su POV consigue que conectes más con él . Tenía muchas esperanzas puestas en Faron, pero no ha podido ser :/BR con Izen y Elsa <3
  • David Alexander
    1970-01-01
    ~4.5 StarsAfter making a "great escape" from a mental institute, Jude goes back home to live near his family. Once home, Jude struggles in his everyday life due to his depression. He once played the piano for the Boston Symphony and had a boyfriend (though his now ex-boyfriend, Kasper, can be classified as a grade A dick).Faron is a tattoo artist at Small Changes. He loves working as a tattoo artist though his true passion is being a painter. He ...
  • .Lili.
    1970-01-01
    Invitation to the Blues: beautiful, sensual, sad, real, but above all full of hope.4.25 Stars
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThis is a slow burn romance between Jude, a depressed pianist and Faron, a tattoo artist. Jude is in his mid-thirties and his life is still a mess. He left his asshole boyfriend and his job in a symphony to head back to his hometown where he reunites with his family and met Faron. I have read some stories about depressed hero before, which is much more angsty and sad compared to Jude. From Jude's state of mind from his POV, I don't feel ...
  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    1970-01-01
    I finished this yesterday and I feel a bit of a loss to be honest.I'd like to see a little bit more maybe. I'm just not ready to let Jude and Faron go.So, I'm the first to admit I don't necessarily like all that much realism in my romance books. I mean, I'm not here for what I get in real life, you know? But Roan's books most of the time do deal with real life shit and I seem to love it.This book was a little scary. I've been depressed. Not diagn...
  • River
    1970-01-01
    4.5 I was a bit wary going into this story because a lot of things were happening that had nothing to do with the book but I was afraid it was going to affect my enjoyment of the book.I shouldn't have worry because if there's one thing Roan knows how to do is write stories that steal your heart and make you invest all your feelings in them. This was completely the case with Invitation to the blues for me. The narrative was beautiful as usual, the...
  • Lovinghotbooks
    1970-01-01
    *I was gifted this ARC and freely give my review of it*************💙❤***********This book truly ripped me open and a lot of the reason is that I can relate to Jude’s challenges with anxiety. I cried and read, cried a little more, read again and cried and so on.......I loved it❣This is some of the reasons why (I can’t say all I want because of spoilers):* Excellent storyline * Characters that came alive and emotionally wrecked me, most ...
  • Em Ali
    1970-01-01
    i received an electronic copy from a novel take pr in exchange for an honest review. this book deals with a character with depression so a lot of the topics in the book deal with that too.it's very difficult for me to try and talk about this when it comes to the depression representation but i'll try.i felt jude's ache. the bits and pieces of how the world kind of closed up on him. how he couldn't even do what he loved anymore. how those feelings...
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes I am lucky enough to read a book that really touches me and makes me think about all the great things I have going in my life. Invitation to the Blues is one of those books. It's brilliant, amazing, thought provoking, smart, sexy, sad, happy . . . and just over all fantastic. I felt like I immediately connected with Jude. I wanted to hug him, feed him, love him, counsel him, listen to him, console him, and just be with him. And the funn...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a slow, sweet and sometimes angsty story of a relationship between a musician and an artist. After a suicide attempt, Jude can’t face returning to his life in Boston and his job playing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is adrift in his hometown when he meets Faron, an artist who has struggles of his own.Jude and Faron have a wonderfully sensuous connection from th...
  • Tolk
    1970-01-01
    Light in the darknessHow can a book that deals with such a difficult subject matter feel so light? There is so much hope in it. So much understanding. A rope down the well to help you back out when there's no hope left. Sigh.
  • Queerly Reads
    1970-01-01
    This review can also be found at www.queerlyreads.comLast November, during an initial psychological assessment, I told my new therapist that I had a history of dysthymia. But I’d dealt with that years ago in a different therapist’s office; I wasn’t depressed anymore. Later, she said something like, “...as someone who has depression, such as yourself…” and I was all, wait, no, back up, I don’t have depression, I used to have it.Which...
  • Wild Heart Reads
    1970-01-01
    Heart-wrenching and utterly gorgeous, Invitation to the Blues is Roan's strongest and best book yet. It tells the story of Jude Lucen, Christopher's brother, as he attempts to get back on his feet. Jude suffers from depression, something that isn't glossed over. For as beautiful as this book is it was also hard one at times because my own experience with depression so closely echoes Jude's. And because this is written in Jude's perspective it's h...
  • Jules Lovestoread
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. So, so gorgeous. <3 Full review coming to www.thenovelapproachreviews.com
  • Beverly Southern Babes Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    Holy shit! I’m not real sure where to start. My emotions are all over the place. Jude and Faron are truly a special kind of love. Be prepared to have your heart beating in your toes. You’re going to cry no doubt about it. You’re also going to smile HUGE!! There is just so much more to Jude and Faron then the eye can see, and it was a beautifully heartbreaking story. I didn’t want their story to end. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
  • Xan West
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ References to suicidality in the past, and a suicide attempt. Detailed descriptions of depression in the past and the present. MC has intense internalized ableism around his depression. I read the MC as autistic, and he has some internalized ableism around the traits that I read as autistic (especially his intense sensory sensitivity). Many references to a past abusive relationships, including deta...
  • Bev
    1970-01-01
    Not my favourite Roan Parrish, and to be honest, in view of Roan's tenuous connection to the Santino Hassell nastiness, I wasn't sure whether I should read it or cancel my order. I do feel that she was genuinely sorry...the only one of the bullying clique including Megan Erickson, Vanessa North and Karen Stivali [all of whom are now on my 'hell will freeze over first' shelf] who actually gave the impression of being sincere in her apology to her ...
  • Lois
    1970-01-01
    How? How can you love me? How can you, who are so magnificent, love me as I am?I love the creative milieu in which this series is set. All the tattooist, painters and musicians makes an interesting  and diverse group of characters.The series "Small Change" is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe. I absolutely loved that series and was glad that it continued in a spin off. The first book "Small Change" is MF, but I definitely recommend it to y...
  • Les Joseph
    1970-01-01
    Roan Parrish is one of my favorite authors. Full stop, no lie, no matter what she writes, I will read it and love it. I know before even starting a book--or reading the blurb for that matter--that the story will be full of well developed, multi-layered characters, the writing will be evocative and flow effortlessly, and I'll cry, be it from happiness or despair, but she will make me feel ALL THE THINGS. She's a master at her craft, weaving words ...
  • Becca Waldrop
    1970-01-01
    I am still reeling from this book. I wish I could give this book like 10 stars. I've read a lot of books for this blog and I've had a lot touch me in different ways. Whether from the poetic way it was written, to the way the characters mesh, to the intimacy of the book, and so much more. I've had them touch me because of things I have dealt with in my life and my past, but I don't think I have ever had one that I felt like I was reading about mys...
  • Dee
    1970-01-01
    Invitation to the Blues is a beautifully poignant story. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Jude Lucen finds himself back home, trying to recover his health and pick up the pieces of his life after attempting suicide. He has spent the last five years of his life experiencing the highs of professional success and the lows of living under the thumb of a manipulative and verbally abusive partner. Jude’s brother, Christopher tries to help hi...
  • Fern's Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    Ohh my goodness! Roan Parrish knows how to write complex characters that make me have allllll the feels! We got to meet Jude a little bit in Christopher's story, ADD LINK. And just from the bit that I got about him in Small Change I knew this was going to be an awesome book!I had a crush on Faron. A cringeworth, blush-inducing, heart-hammering crush on a man so glorious that I likely looked like a wisp of tatty shadow beside him. God Knew I hid ...
  • nicandbooks
    1970-01-01
    Love and BattleWow….just wow! This was my first full length novel by Roan Parrish and she has found herself a new fan. Despite this book being the second in the Small Change series, I felt it worked well as a stand alone (in saying that I have picked up Small Change - book #1 - to read!) so if that was a reason you were thinking of not picking it up, do so anyway!!This is so much more than a romance novel - it's a book about the realities of li...
  • KimberlyRose
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsWhat an intense cover! I feel like I've been... penetrated. It's a little uncomfortable.This story! Loved it. The down mc was entirely likeable. He suffered deeply, felt deeply. Yes, he did have Depression, but he wasn't egotistical--he cared about others and wanted them to be happy, wanted to share with them. He also wanted to feel good himself.The love interest... asides from the occasional halo feel (*reaches for sunglasses*), he was ...