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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 fr 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 only met Jude a few times, but something about the red-haired man with the haunted eyes calls to him. Faron is blown away by Jude’s talent. What he isn’t expecting is the electricity he feels the first time they kiss—and the way Jude’s needs in bed speak directly to his own deepest desires. Jude and Faron fall fast and hard, but Jude has spent a lifetime learning that he can’t be what the people he loves need. So when the opportunity arises to renew his career in Boston, he thinks he has to choose: music, or Faron? Only by taking a huge risk—and finally believing he’s worthy of love just as he is—can he have the chance for both. The Small Change series is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe and features crossover characters from that series. Each book can be read on its own. Content warning: This book contains explicit discussion of depression, anxiety, attempted suicide, and feelings of worthlessness.


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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 fr 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 only met Jude a few times, but something about the red-haired man with the haunted eyes calls to him. Faron is blown away by Jude’s talent. What he isn’t expecting is the electricity he feels the first time they kiss—and the way Jude’s needs in bed speak directly to his own deepest desires. Jude and Faron fall fast and hard, but Jude has spent a lifetime learning that he can’t be what the people he loves need. So when the opportunity arises to renew his career in Boston, he thinks he has to choose: music, or Faron? Only by taking a huge risk—and finally believing he’s worthy of love just as he is—can he have the chance for both. The Small Change series is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe and features crossover characters from that series. Each book can be read on its own. Content warning: This book contains explicit discussion of depression, anxiety, attempted suicide, and feelings of worthlessness.

30 review for Invitation to the Blues

  1. 4 out of 5

    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,especially,Faron and was really interested in reading thei 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,especially,Faron and was really interested in reading their story... This one deals with mental illness and kudos to the Author because her portrayal of Jude's condition was extremely well portrayed.His self doubt,insecurities,and feelings of worthlessness touched a cord with me as I have personal experience with a family member who suffered in the same way.My heart ached for Jude at times and Faron was just perfect with him.His patience and understanding with Jude was so special to read about. It's a slow,sensual story that was beautifully written and one I would definitely recommend. An Arc of Invitation to the Blues was kindly provided to DirtyBooksObsession in exchange for an honest review.> My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio – 5+++++ stars!!! Story – 5+++++ stars!! (Read the blurb!) Yes, yes, I know!! Another heavy and exhausting read by the very talented Roan Parrish. For me that equates to yet another PERFECT read by Roan Parrish. I loved it!! I hope this series isn’t over. There were a couple of secondary characters that stood out, and I would love to read their story. I really, really appreciate how inclusive this author is when it comes to the cast of characters. Extra points for Jude and Faron actually disc Audio – 5+++++ stars!!! Story – 5+++++ stars!! (Read the blurb!) Yes, yes, I know!! Another heavy and exhausting read by the very talented Roan Parrish. For me that equates to yet another PERFECT read by Roan Parrish. I loved it!! I hope this series isn’t over. There were a couple of secondary characters that stood out, and I would love to read their story. I really, really appreciate how inclusive this author is when it comes to the cast of characters. Extra points for Jude and Faron actually discussing dating someone outside of their race. It wasn’t overdone, but it’s wasn’t swept under the rug either. Because as wonderful as it would be, the world is not color blind.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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!!! https://www.amazon.com/Invitation-Blu... --------------------------------------- ***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 dr 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!!! https://www.amazon.com/Invitation-Blu... --------------------------------------- ***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 and I felt the vibration up and down my spine. Mostly, he drifted with me, anchoring me to him as I sent my music up into the night. I have no idea how I’m even going to put my love for this book into words?! And how am I gonna pick quotes to share when I highlighted damn near half the book?!? ALL THE LOVE. SO MUCH LOVE. And look at this AMAZING fan art!! I LOVED EVERY TIME Faron did Jude's hair!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. 4 out of 5

    *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! :) 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! :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dia

    4,5 stars This 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 and I'm not really a fan of slow burn romance, BUT 4,5 stars This 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 and I'm not really a fan of slow burn romance, BUT when Jude and Faron got together, sparks started to fly. My iPad was on fire and I really, really love the attraction between the characters here, mostly because Jude feels worthless, anxious and guilty. So much guilt for disappointing his family and pretty much everyone. It broke my heart to witness his struggles and his pain, but Faron, oh Faron *sigh*, he was like a balm in Jude's life. Jude was a pianist who left his boyfriend (for 5 years), his career, friends and life in Boston and moved to Philadelphia, after a suicide attempt. I loved the connection between them. There are also some extremely hot scenes. For reasons I thought they won't be such a great match in bed, but this author writes some explosive scenes. I was so glad to revisit Daniel, Rex and Ginger from In the Middle of Somewhere. We get only a little relationship angst, and to be honest I would have wanted to get Faron's POV too, but overall it was a great story. I love books that I keep thinking about long after finishing them, and I have a feeling I will be thinking about Jude and Faron for a while. They were so in sync even if they were different. So 4,5 stars from me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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 and I felt the vibration up and down ***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 and I felt the vibration up and down my spine. Mostly, he drifted with me, anchoring me to him as I sent my music up into the night. I have no idea how I’m even going to put my love for this book into words?! And how am I gonna pick quotes to share when I highlighted damn near half the book?!? ALL THE LOVE. SO MUCH LOVE. And look at this AMAZING fan art!! I LOVED EVERY TIME Faron did Jude's hair!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ **ARC received in exchange for an honest review**

  7. 5 out of 5

    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 the cover model have short hair? "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 the cover model have short hair?

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 always good, the characters (mostly) well rounded, their str 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 always good, the characters (mostly) well rounded, their struggles and reactions always realistic. There’s always something missing though. Jude and Faron made no exception. Jude’s depression was presented in a realistic light, without making it a depressing reading. The problems are there and they don’t get magically resolved by the epic-love-that-cures-it-all or some other nonsensical spin so often used in books where one of the MCs has mental health issues. I liked how calm, patient and understanding Faron was, although he was maybe a little too perfect to be true. Faron says to Jude that he’s not perfect and, since at that point I’d already started to think exactly that he seemed perfect, I thought something was going to happen to show how not perfect he was. It never happened though, I can’t think of a single time he was less than perfect in the whole book. While his life wasn’t perfect, he always had the perfect reaction to everything. Also, there wasn’t any real conflict. Jude had his problems with dealing with depression, anxiety and his jerk of an ex, and Faron had his own things to figure out and deal with, but between them there never was any real conflict. It would’ve been already weird in a “normal” relationship, but I found it jarring here, given the additional problems Jude’s mental issues piled on a new relationship. I guess partly it was meant to show how much of a difference the right person can make. Not everyone has the right personality to handle the challenges that come with a partner suffering from depression and anxiety, good intentions often aren’t enough, and the “right” person can certainly make all the difference. Faron being understanding and right for Jude was all well and good and it’s not like there wasn’t any relationship development, on the contrary, but it seemed too easy how well they navigated everything, just the slightest stumble here and there, everything solved with a degree of maturity and open communication that I found difficult to believe it could be found in a new relationship. Maybe I’m just become so used to the presence of the “big conflict”, that I’ve been conditioned to expect it and to feel like something is missing when it doesn’t happen. The problem is that some kind of serious conflict gives the author a chance to show how the couple is going to work through big problems every time they’ll arise and, if I don’t get to see that, I’ll be left with the feeling that maybe their relationship will crush and burn the first time one of them has a less-than-perfect reaction. In this book, Jude and Faron works through things from the start because Jude’s issues make it inevitable, so there’s some of that solving-problem dynamic, but it didn’t feel enough to me. A person with mental health issues will always be high maintenance in a relationship context and I don’t believe the most understanding and adaptable partner will always handle things with grace and perfect balanced emotions. I would’ve have appreciated seeing Faron and Jude not handling things perfectly for a change and learning from that experience. That way I would have felt more sure about their romance not being some sort of fairy tale, with the depressed MC meeting his prince charming. Side note 1: Jude has long hair, not very long, but long enough that he always ties it and Faron is able to braid it. So, what’s up with that cover? Side note 2: how much of a jerk you have to be to fake your cat being sick only to get your ex to return your calls? That's just one step above using your child in the same way. You don't deserve to be owned by that cat, asshole.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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; especially where Daniel and Ginger were concerned. This 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; especially where Daniel and Ginger were concerned. This brings me to my favourite thing about this book, which was Faron. He is my new book boyfriend. He had such great patience, heart and warmth that was the perfect fit for Jude. I just couldn’t get enough of him. He balanced Jude out and didn’t “cure” Jude’s depression and anxiety like other authors like to think a good D is magically able to do. I loved it. I hope we get to see more of him, his family and in particular his brother Sabien in subsequent books. Sooo...for the next book Phee and Winston ? That should be interesting... **cackles** 🤣🤣

  10. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Invitation to the Blues: beautiful, sensual, sad, real, but above all full of hope. 4.25 Stars Invitation to the Blues: beautiful, sensual, sad, real, but above all full of hope. 4.25 Stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 them with him. Marvelous! Faron, our tattoo artist/pai 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 them with him. Marvelous! Faron, our tattoo artist/painter was also vividly drawn, but he had very few flaws. It was here, in his near perfection, that the story lost a 5 Star rating. Still, I liked him very much, beauty and goodness personified in a person of color—a refreshing deviation from the standard POC MC. I also liked how race was indeed a subject for our lovers—one black, the other white. It was discussed and highlighted, as were the privileges and disadvantages of race in the United States. Depression was a focus here since we see this romance play out from the point of view of our pianist coping with mental illness. While his struggle was real, it was not depressing for me as a reader. Somehow, Parrish was able to allow me in his head without sucking me into a dark maelstrom of depression. How can she do this? I don’t know, but the book had little angst for one dealing with this illness. So, I loved this book. I loved it enough that I might read the MF title that precedes this one (although this one is an excellent standalone, reading IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE before this one will introduce you to the majority of the secondary characters in here: Rex, Daniel, Christopher, and Ginger). My recommendation: read this!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 how it pushes back on the gross adage that no one 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 how it pushes back on the gross adage that no one else can love you if you don't love yourself first, that only people who are 100% together can find love. Roan Parrish is a ridiculously talented writer, her prose is always lush and gorgeous, and she's become an auto-buy author for me. This is the second in a series that was a spinoff from her first series, but you can read it alone if you want, it works fine. Content warnings: References to past suicide attempt, past abusive relationship, and an on-page encounter with an ex who is verbally abusive.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tolk

    Light in the darkness How 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. Light in the darkness How 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lovingbooks1

    *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 of all because I can relate to Jude and his challenges and *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 of all because I can relate to Jude and his challenges and I have highlighted the hell out of this book. * No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings * Enough dialogues to keep my interest and keeping the story going forward whiteout loosing momentum. * Some of the most tender and sweet love scenes I’ve read to this day. * I love Faron and his calm personality, he reminds me of a person presence in my own life in some ways. Jude deserves a person like that in his life. When I sit here writing my review, I feel an urge to discuss this book and I’m afraid I will end up with spoilers if I write more so I settle with this: I recommend this book and I actually declare it the best MM romance I’ve read so far this year. 5 stars 🌟

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars This 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 all doom and gloom. He is self-deprecating with a 3.5 stars This 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 all doom and gloom. He is self-deprecating with a hint of sarcasm, which make this a less heavy read. Faron is quite a swoon-worthy hero, he is so patient and understanding with Jude. He seems perfect in every way that I was looking for some flaws just to make sure this guy is real. Of course, he is not. As I said, the romance is slow burn and the plot focus more on their day to day life getting to know each other and connecting on an emotional level. Most of the things they did are pretty mundane. I would say their interaction is very touching, emotional and sensual, but lacking in excitement and drama. We did, however, get some drama towards the end, which finally invokes some much-needed blood pressure in me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 to say? Daniel and Rex make a cameo, which was awe 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 to say? Daniel and Rex make a cameo, which was awesome! They don't really play a big part, which was cool because this book isn't about them. I loved seeing Chris and Ginger again (love them!). So many good things about this. Can't wait for the next book! 5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ash | 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 heart-wrenching to watch him suffer. I had to put t 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 heart-wrenching to watch him suffer. I had to put the book down a couple of times. "Tears pricked my eyes. It had been so damned long since anyone had held me, just held me, with nothing else at stake." But what hit me so hard was the compassion with which Jude was treated by Roan's writing. Given I have suffered from depression I can be wary of stories that deal with the topic but this was done with such care that I shed some tears of healing for myself. Faron and Jude's relationship is just so touching and soft. They fit so perfectly together. "It was like learning a new language of proximity. A language that finally felt like my native tongue." Invitation to the Blues also brought appearance from old favourites Daniel & Rex and of course Ginger & Christopher. Ginger and Daniel are as hilarious as usual and up to shenanigans. But Jude and Faron are the one's that truly shine and it is glorious. This may not be an easy read but goddamn it was in an exquisite one. ★★★★★ *I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All thought and opinions are my own*

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 diagnosed or medicated or anything on that level, but s 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 diagnosed or medicated or anything on that level, but sad or stuck or just not giving a fuck and going through the motions. Sometimes you don't even realize it is happening to you until you are happy. But really, what I felt was nothing compared to what Jude dealt with on a daily basis. And really, that is scary. I wasn't sure of my rating for this book when I finished. I knew I loved it and I wasn't ready to be finished but again, not my favorite type of romance truly. But, after having over 24 hours to think and digest, I think I know exactly how to rate it. I can't seem to get enough of this author and can't wait to see what is next in this world. She writes a lot of magic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 relationships. As Jude sits at the center of this n 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 relationships. As Jude sits at the center of this narrative, Farron's character isn't as layered but he too is a vivid portrait. The issue of race come up in this book, as Farron is black, but lightly, a little too lightly maybe. The core theme of this book of living and loving in the context of a mental illness is so well done. I liked the series this one spun off from and I adore Ginger and Christopher from the first book in the series who appear here. There is wry hum0r, amazing details and discussions of music and art, a piano is rebuilt, there is dog and clever cussing and dialogue. A treasure of a book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    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 way Roan makes you see their characters in the wo 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 way Roan makes you see their characters in the world is so well done, you feel like you are there with the characters. Both characters were magnificent and I loved reading about Jude's struggles, I feel like the author did an amazing job portraying depression and anxiety. Faron was such a lovelt characters I swear he brought the tears to my eyes because he is such beautiful soul. I lvoe reading the connection between the main characters and see their relationship develop, I didn't wanted this book to end because I was just so comfortable with this couple. I know need to get me someone that braids my hair T_T This can perfectly be read as a standalone, I read that way. I would advise for people to at least read In The Middle of Somehwere though that way you get more of an idea of how everything started.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Talia Hibbert

    Top 5 romance of all time. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

  22. 4 out of 5

    QuietlyKat

    I don’t know... I... um... yeah... don’t know what to say about this one... I can’t put my finger on why, but I never bonded with Jude or Faron. I liked each of them well enough but didn’t really connect with either of them. Moreover, I spent a lot of time squinting and thinking, “I don’t know about this...” I just wasn’t feelin it. I didn’t dislike Invitation to the Blues. I didn’t find it problematic or offensive. But I don’t feel comfortable rating it when I can’t even figure out how and why I don’t know... I... um... yeah... don’t know what to say about this one... I can’t put my finger on why, but I never bonded with Jude or Faron. I liked each of them well enough but didn’t really connect with either of them. Moreover, I spent a lot of time squinting and thinking, “I don’t know about this...” I just wasn’t feelin it. I didn’t dislike Invitation to the Blues. I didn’t find it problematic or offensive. But I don’t feel comfortable rating it when I can’t even figure out how and why it didn’t work for me. No rating.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Another great book in the Middle of Nowhere series. Sweet and well written emotional read by Roan Parrish, with a lovely Christmas themed HEA ending, which must be her trademark! 4.5 stars 🌟

  24. 4 out of 5

    Snjez

    Audiobook re-read: Greg Boudreaux was great, but tbh I enjoyed the story less than the first time I read it. I would rate it 3.5 stars now. ************ Original review: Beautiful story with amazing main characters. I loved both of them so much. Also loved seeing the characters from previous books, including Middle of Somewhere series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    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 myself. Granted I'm not a gay man or a music prodigy, 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 myself. Granted I'm not a gay man or a music prodigy, but with all this character had to deal with. With his disability and everything he felt, it was like reading myself. And it was hard in a lot of ways. To see the truth of yourself written on page, but also seeing that someone DID write it on page. And I felt like someone actually got it. I don't know if the author did research for this or if the author experiences this, but I just have to say thank you. For a few hours, I finally felt like someone understood me. Someone finally got the depths of this disability that I deal with daily. And yes, it is a disability. I've finally learned that. I'm still so emotional over this book, I almost don't know what else to write. But it made me feel like that maybe there is finally hope. Maybe this book could be true and someone will finally get it. I wish I was better with words. I just hope I've gotten across how good this book is. It's a hard one to read, but so worth it. If those reading this deal with depression and anxiety, I know reading about stuff like this is hard, but give it a try anyway. If you know someone that deals with these disabilities, maybe take it as a way to help if you don't know how? I don't want that to sound wrong. But the secondary characters in this book tried so hard to help Jude, the main character, and many times they didn't know how. Maybe this will help those who don't somewhat. I just know that it impacted me in ways I will never forget. And I hope it does for you too. I more than recommend this book. And for fellow suffers like me, try to hold on to hope. Jude has suffered from depression and anxiety for as long as he can remember. And the one thing that made everything better was music. The piano. But all the touring he did with the orchestra left him forgetting his meds or losing track and missing doctor appts. He was missing work and just couldn't seem to get better to go back. The relationship he was in was getting worse and worse, because, quite frankly, he is an asshole. Always putting Jude down and making him feel worthless. Making his disability seem like he was just a bad person. Finally, he had enough and tried to end it. Thankfully, someone got to him in time. His ex, unfortunately. With feeling like he failed, even at dying, he ran. Back to Philly and his family. But no one knows how to help. He's tried working for his brother but food makes him physically ill. So he decided to try teaching piano lessons. He makes fliers and goes to his brother's girlfriend's tattoo shop to make copies and runs into the one man who makes him actually feel. The one man who makes him want to be alive. Faron. Grace and beauty on legs. What Jude doesn't know, Faron is just as interested. Little by little, they get to know each other. And Jude is in heaven. Faron takes his illness in stride. He doesn't mind if Jude can't talk. He doesn't mind he has to be picky about food or that sex is sometimes not an option. But it makes Jude wonder how long it will last. Faron shows him the beauty of the world. How to work around his illness and he doesn't want to let him down, but life sometimes gets too hard. Through push and pull, a lot of heartaches and silence, they work to get through. Jude just has to realize there are people out there who care and in the right way. And that he can trust someone wholeheartedly. With some of his own issues, Faron has to learn to trust too. And they both have to learn, sometimes it just takes time to heal. I can't recommend this book enough. Please give it a chance and go read it. It's a beautiful love story. So real. Life isn't always sunshine and roses, and I love that this story doesn't pull punches. It shows life how it is. But also shows there is beauty and hope. We just have to be open and hold out for it. http://lovebytesreviews.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    N.G. Peltier

    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 know how Roan just perfectly captures an intense and 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 know how Roan just perfectly captures an intense and beautiful moment but she's a master of that. I enjoyed seeing Ginger and Christopher and Daniel and rex. I always wanna catch up with past couples in a series :) This book was gut wrenching at times but i love to feel allll the feels so i really enjoyed this

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Sometimes you’re looking for a light book, sometimes you’re looking for a more meaningful one, and sometimes you’re looking for something funny, you know? Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish is one of the more meaningful books that has some weight behind it. I don’t always read blurbs or even content warnings because I know authors that I like and I am almost never disappointed. I’m glad I was warned about this one going in just so that I could prepare myself. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED th Sometimes you’re looking for a light book, sometimes you’re looking for a more meaningful one, and sometimes you’re looking for something funny, you know? Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish is one of the more meaningful books that has some weight behind it. I don’t always read blurbs or even content warnings because I know authors that I like and I am almost never disappointed. I’m glad I was warned about this one going in just so that I could prepare myself. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED this book. But it dealt with depression, anxiety, and mentions of previous suicide attempts, so not the easiest topics. If those things are hard to read about this book might not be for you. Jude Lucens was introduced in Small Change and in Invitation the POV is all him which is intense because we get to hear everything he is thinking. Which I think was a really great author choice. I usually prefer dual POVs in books but here it is a very effective way to get across exactly how depression and anxiety works. Jude has dealt with these his entire life but also is dealing with the after effects of an emotionally abusive boyfriend. So this POV is extremely effective to have the reader get to hear what is going through his mind at all times. Representation matters. I cannot express how dead on Parrish got both depression and anxiety. I highlighted so much in this book, which I generally just don’t do. These things are so isolating and make one feel so debilitated and insecure. I literally have never read a fiction book that portrayed these things so matter of factly – but not only that this is *still* a romance! "It wasn’t that I was shy exactly. It was just that the prospect of talking to people required so many dozens of decisions that I preemptively felt exhausted at having to make them." Faron has his own issues to deal with but he is incredibly kind to Jude and loves him…for him. Their relationship is beautiful and I really enjoyed seeing it develop and how the relationship helps them both grow separately as well as a couple. "I let people do the work for me because I didn’t have the energy to do it for myself." Yet another aspect this book gets so right is the friendships. I loved seeing people from Middle of Nowhere – Daniel and Rex. I really enjoyed Jude becoming friends with Ginger and Daniel and seeing Ginger’s mother hen personality coming out. Seeing how friends can help so much with depression and anxiety was portrayed so accurately. "But that’s part of the problem. My parents are lovely people. They’re incredibly kind to me. They love me so much. And I can’t be…I can’t BE around them. I can’t be myself. I can’t be what they want. When I’m near them, all I can think about is how I’ve made their lives ten million times harder than they would’ve been otherwise." I just can’t say enough how much I love this book. I hope that people who could use this book get to read it, it meant the world to me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so I suppose that's 4.5 stars rounded up. I suppose it was a given that a book written by Roan Parrish and narrated by Greg Boudreaux was going to hit me squarely in the feels; the author’s beautiful, lyrical writing combined with the narrator’s ability to zero in on and convey every single bit of emotion in that writing is a match made in audiobook heaven. Invitation to the Blues is a gentle and moving love story featuring a I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so I suppose that's 4.5 stars rounded up. I suppose it was a given that a book written by Roan Parrish and narrated by Greg Boudreaux was going to hit me squarely in the feels; the author’s beautiful, lyrical writing combined with the narrator’s ability to zero in on and convey every single bit of emotion in that writing is a match made in audiobook heaven. Invitation to the Blues is a gentle and moving love story featuring a musician living with depression and the artist whose love and understanding makes a huge difference in his life. It’s the second book in the author’s Small Change series, but although characters from the first book appear in this one, Invitation to the Blues works perfectly well as a standalone. Following a suicide attempt, Jude Lucens simply up and left his manipulative boyfriend and his life as a successful musician in Boston to return to his home town in Philadelphia, feeling like a complete failure and unsure what happens next. He’s moved into his brother’s apartment (Chris has moved in with his girlfriend, Ginger – their story can be found in the previous book, Small Change) and has taken a job for which he’s extremely ill-suited at the coffee shop Chris owns. Knowing things aren’t going well, Jude needs to find other work, but the question is what? Music and playing the piano are his life and all he really knows how to do, so he decides to see if he can find work as a piano teacher. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rynn Yumako

    Loved it just as much as the first time around. Loved the mature and beautiful relationship between Jude and Faron, the communication between them made my heart melt, the sex was super hot and the writing absolutely stunning. *** 4.5 stars. A pretty difficult read for me, but beautiful nonetheless. The description of Jude's depression hit a bit too close to home at times, I had to stop a few times between chapters. I adored the relationship between Jude and Faron, the way they just clicked, how ama Loved it just as much as the first time around. Loved the mature and beautiful relationship between Jude and Faron, the communication between them made my heart melt, the sex was super hot and the writing absolutely stunning. *** 4.5 stars. A pretty difficult read for me, but beautiful nonetheless. The description of Jude's depression hit a bit too close to home at times, I had to stop a few times between chapters. I adored the relationship between Jude and Faron, the way they just clicked, how amazing they were for each other. There was absolutely no miscommunication between them, the slight conflict between them near the end came from a legitimate fear of Jude's and was resolved when they talked things out. I can't tell you how much that appeals to me. I know I said it time and time again in my reviews how much I love mature, real relationships, but it always makes me so, so happy when authors go with this conflict instead of the guys hurling insults at each other they don't mean at all, just to get the other to hate them, so they can let them go, because they deserve better, woe-is-me. There are certain times that works... but mostly it just annoys me to no end. So, yeah. I loved this. I decided on 4.5 stars because the pacing got a bit weird for me at times. (And also because I wanted to see Kaspar being pummeled by one of the guys; either Christopher or Faron. Or even Ginger! That would have been epic. I might have been happy with Jude telling him to go fuck himself. Yes, people finally saw how much of an asshole he really was, but I wanted him to suffer for how he made Jude feel for years. I'm horrible like that, yes.) Oh, and you can definitely read this book as a standalone. I didn't read the first book (I'm sure it's just as lovely, I'm just not reading adult M/F romances these days) and I didn't feel lost for a second.

  30. 4 out of 5

    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 edges are now gleaming and connected. Their imperfec 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 edges are now gleaming and connected. Their imperfections can’t be hidden. But they are made beautiful. This is the second story in the Small Change series, a spinoff of the Middle of Somewhere. A story of forgiveness of self and learning to cope with your own emotional demons. After coping comes existing and eventually thriving. This isn’t a story if you’re looking for a light angst free read. The reader has work to do. After all, it’s the very least we can do after the author has worked so hard to give us this gift. There is talk of self harm, but also redemption, and love. I’m consistently rendered speechless after reading a Roan Parrish book and need time to digest the richness. And the glorious words. And depth of character. 5 stars.

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