Plot and Themes: 5/5
Quick & Dirty Review: The Remaking of Corbin Wale is a truly magical M/M Romance. It was engaging from page one, full of ups and downs that kept me glued to the page, with amazing characters that I was mesmerized by.
Content Warnings for the Book: Slight mentions of Domestic Violence, PTSD
Release Date: 3/22/2018
Publisher: Monster Press
Page Count: 218
The Remaking of Corbin Wale is set in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After his life in New York falls apart in a matter of days, Alex Barrow moves back to his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan where he takes over the family-run coffee shop and turns it into the bakery he’s always dreamed of having. It’s there that he meets Corbin Wale, the strange and reclusive man that has been shunned by most of the town’s citizens. The story focuses on the developing relationship between the two of them as Alex slowly tries to break down the walls that Corbin has built for himself to protect others from his family’s curse.
I’m always hesitant to read romance books. I like the idea of M/M romance books, but I’m quickly turned off to books with unrealistic amounts of sex and flimsy plots that are unbelievable. Parrish nailed this book, though, with a strong plot and realistic character development that didn’t instantly find the two main characters romping around in sheets together. Parrish weaves a magical storyline across the pages, and I found myself stuck to the pages as the relationship between Alex and Corbin grows stronger with each new chapter.
Alex – Leaving his life in New York behind after quitting his job and coming to terms with the incompatibility between his partner and him, Alex moves back to his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan to figure out his next steps in life. Realizing how difficult it has become for his mother to keep up with the family coffee shop, he decides to take it off her hands and revamp it into the bakery he’s always wanted.
Corbin – Having grown up in a small house in the woods of Ann Arbor, Michigan under the care of his witchy aunts until they passed away, leaving him to figure life out on his own, Corbin has always been considered by most of the people in town to be crazy and unstable. Reclusive and believing that his family has been cursed to lose the ones they love within a year of finding them, Corbin has built walls around his emotions to keep others from getting too close.
The plot focuses on the relationship that forms between Alex and Corbin. Intrigued by Corbin from the moment he steps foot into the newly renovated coffee shop turned bakery, Alex becomes determined in his efforts to tear down the walls that Corbin has built to keep others out. As the two become closer, Corbin slowly begins to open up to Alex while maintaining what he considers a healthy distance, emotionally, in order to keep himself from falling in love with Alex and thereby protecting him from his family’s curse.
Pros- Great character development, addictive, strong plot that kept me cheering for the characters.
Cons- The book opened quite a few doors with Gareth, one of the side characters and Alex’s best friend, that I wish had received better closure. Despite being a side character, I found myself invested in his story and wanting to know how things turned out for him romantically,
Overall- 5/5 stars.
The Remaking of Corbin Wale was what I was hoping it would be, and I will definitely be checking out some of this author’s other works.