Small Change by Roan Parrish 4 Stars!
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.
Pick up this book and read it. It is a great romance which mediates within this great love story on gender roles, sexism, introversion, female community, women’s rights, tattoos, relationship of all kinds, innate personalty…
Ginger and Christopher are in their 30’s and both small business owners. Ginger is a lot of things like we all are. But so is Christopher even though he seems a lot more clear cut than Ginger but really he is just as complex.
I don’t want to go into all the complexities because this is a plot driven by internal conflicts and character development with outside forces sometimes changing the course or pace of events and emotions. Those complexities make up the heart of the book.
The romance centers around seeing love as illuminating a life and worth the risk.
Christopher is a super hot ginger who has an intersting past and is a great listener. He is steady but very much himself. I love him. I wish there was more sex in this book because that part of Christopher was riveting.
Ginger has a pile of anger and she works too much and she is funny and loving.
I adore how bisexuality is discussed in this book. I love having a bisexual heroine and the discussion on the differences between dating men and women.
All the tattoo stuff is grand as well. This is a better book if you have read at least the first two books in the series but it is very good on its own.
There are a bunch of romances that should spin off from this one (Farron and Jude, Phee +?, Marcus and his partner) and word at the back of the book is we shall get a second Christopher and Ginger book. I think it would have been richer to get a little more couple time into this book and not have another book but I look forward to that book too