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)
Release DateMar 28th, 2018
PublisherMonster Press
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, Lgbt

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

  • Judith
    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**
    2-14-19 OMG!! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS IS ON SALE!! $0.99 TODAY ONLY!! I can't recommend this book enough! Go, go, go snatch up this deal!!!***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 f...
  • *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
    Once again, Roan Parrish nails it with the feels. But I must admit this one was a bit of a downer pretty much throughout the whole book. But I liked Faron and Jude. A lot. So while, it's not my go-to book I *am* glad I read this one. Roan's writing is worth it. And it's always good to step out of the norm and change things up. Sure hoping the new guy Phee gets a book! :)
  • Dia
    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...
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    ***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 ...
  • Elsa Bravante
    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...
  • Ele
    "I don't want you out of generosity. Or because I'm some kind of angel or savior. I want you because something inside you vibrates just so with something inside me"... What a beautiful love story. Heavy subject and tons of self loathing but delivered in a way that doesn't overwhelm the reader. The angst is just so, and the romance is always, always present. Great surprise. "Your battle and your love re the same to me, Jude." P.S. But why does ...
  • MaDoReader
    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
  • Elena
    3.5 stars I’m starting to think I might have outgrown this author, which sounds ridiculous, because I’ve read maybe 4 books by Roan Parrish, not nearly enough to have something to outgrow.It’s the only explanation I can find, though. I really liked In the Middle of Somewhere and Out of Nowhere is one of my favorite books. The other two books (included this one) I’ve read this year, though, have left me pretty indifferent.The writing is al...
  • .Lili.
    Invitation to the Blues: beautiful, sensual, sad, real, but above all full of hope.4.25 Stars
  • Santy
    Okay. Damn. Roan Parrish. *slow clap*This was fantastic. It wasn’t an easy read primarily because of the thoughts that went through Jude’s head. These ranged from self loathing to borderline suicidal and was very tough to read sometimes. Also, since this book was solely in his POV, it was 100% undiluted. He was also working through rebuilding his relationship with his family and trying to be better overall. So it wasn’t all doom and gloom; ...
  • Amanda
    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 ...
  • Melissa
    This was so, so GREAT! I have been looking forward to Faron's story since he was introduced and I am very happy with his story. The relationship between Faron and Jude was so special, and it felt so real. I was worried that once Jude got together with Faron, all his problems would magically disappear. That didn't happen. Jude was still just as messed up as he always was, but now Faron is there to help. They are great together. What else is there ...
  • Eugenia
    Stunning!!! 4.5 Stars!!!.....I absolutely LOVED this book! The quality of writing was glorious: descriptive, evocative, and, at times, lyrical. It was a pleasure to absorb the words on the page and delight in the images and sounds my brain made of them. GLORIOUS!!The characters had DEPTH! Jude, our pianist struggling with severe depression was so roundly depicted, that I could feel and hear him. I knew him. I knew his flaws and fears and felt the...
  • River
    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...
  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    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...
  • Skye Kilaen
    This quiet, deep M/M book is a falling-in-love story between depressed musician Jude and laid-back painter and tattoo artist Faron (POC, yay!), with #ownvoices mental health rep. Jude has a lot of internalized self-loathing around his depression, even though he's not at his lowest point, but to me the overall arc of the book is how finding someone who truly accepts you can help support you in continuing to do the work of helping yourself. I like ...
  • Tolk
    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.
  • Lovinghotbooks1
    *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 ...
  • namericanwordcat
    4.5 Stars! I love Roan Parrish languid, lyrical and emotionally dense writing of character driven romances that allow hope, sorrow, and joy in the very human conditions of us all. This book is a wonderful showcase of her talent as we watch Faron and Jude fall in love. They are both artistic, talented men who feel deeply. Jude in his cycles of depression and recovery from an abusive relationship is lovingly and compelling depicted. As are all his ...
  • Natalie
    TW: discussions of attempted suicide.This book was jus beautifully written which not surprising because that's what Roan does. Her words always grip you and jus never let go. I loved that Faron loves Jude as he was, even as he was honest with him about things. He never tried to change Jude or make him feel bad for his depression and anxiety.The way they each interact with their art and music respectively was just so lushly described !! I dont kno...
  • Queerly Reads
    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, “ 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...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsInvitation to the Blues is the second book in Roan Parrish’s fabulous Small Change series, focusing on the staff at the Small Change tattoo shop. This series also takes place within the world Parrish created in her Middle of Somewhere series and connects most directly to In the Middle of Somewhere, my favorite book of that series and I book I totally adore in general. I’ll say that you could read this one as a ...
  • Em
    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'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
    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...
  • Natalie
    I’m not sure how many times my heart broke for Jude. I’m so grateful my depression isn’t the level of his in the story. Mine’s bad enough and thinking of that sort of suffering, exacerbated by his toxic ex-boyfriend, was so hard to read. Then I had to wonder if the author suffers from similar issues to understand it so well and I truly hope not. Anyway, this was the sort of hurt/comfort that makes a truly glorious romance. Faron was exact...
  • Sarah
    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...
  • Steven
    There’s an ancient Japanese artistic discipline of repairing broken or cracked pottery with a lacquer infused with gold or silver. This is called Kintsugi. Turning the broken into pieces of art. This is exactly what Roan Parrish does. She takes these fractured bits of humanity - broken by the world, the mind, or a misplaced love and recreates them. Transforms them into gleaming, beautiful wholes. The cracks are still very visible but the sharp ...
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    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...