Better Than People Book Cover Better Than People
Garnet Run, Book 1
Roan Parrish
LGBT, Gay Romance, Animal Fiction
Carina Adores; Original edition
August 25, 2020

It’s not long before their pet-centric arrangement sparks a person-centric desire…

Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whose persistent anxiety has colored his whole life, but Jack Matheson’s menagerie is just what Simon needs.

Four dogs, three cats and counting. Jack’s pack of rescue pets is the only company he needs. But when a bad fall leaves him with a broken leg, Jack is forced to admit he needs help. That the help comes in the form of the most beautiful man he’s ever seen is a complicated, glorious surprise.

Being with Jack—talking, walking, making out—is a game changer for Simon. And Simon’s company certainly…eases the pain of recovery for Jack. But making a real relationship work once Jack’s cast comes off will mean compromise, understanding and lots of love.

Available at Amazon.

Reviewed by Gloria Lakritz

Senior Reviewer & Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

Ahhh, Roan, you bring me back to the days of your  ‘Somewhere’ series. Not that I am complaining. Your choice of storyline here is not new, yet your writing makes it wonderful.

Jack  Matheson is an illustrator who we learn was taken advantage of  by his best friend in such a way that he has shut himself away from everyone, even his love, drawing.  He has decided pets are safer than people and has a menagerie of cts and dogs to keep him company.  He has broken his leg, and now is in need of a dog walker.

Simon Burke has been afflicted with extreme anxiety his entire life and  loves animals. Living with his grandma, and her being allergic, he doesn’t see his way for one of his own. But what he does see is an ad for Dog Walker.

Ms Parrish has her reader holding their breath, just for Simon to get to the door, and knock. This book is from both POV’s  and really made it that more enjoyable. You strain reading Simon’s inability to be with people, and how he suffers and how long this has been.

So this is a gentle poignant story of these two young men healing each other.  It is their breaking down slowly learning about each other’s insecurities and with their respecting of each other’s baggage as they fall in love.

Roan spices  up the story with touch, that Jack has lacked all his life, with his learning to kiss…. He lives to go to Jack’s and makeout. He’s so adorable and broken.

Bravo, Roan Parrish! Can’t wait for more!