DUELING REVIEWS: Natural Enemies by Roan Parrish

Author: Roan Parrish
Book: Natural Enemies
Page/Word Count: 150 pages
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
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When opposites attract, love blooms in unexpected places.

Buttoned-up botanist Stefan Albemarle has felt like an outsider his whole life. As a result, he mostly keeps to himself—makes it easier not to notice that no matter how he tries, people think he’s a know-it-all and a snob.

Freewheeling urban gardener Milo Rios has worked hard to get where he is, and he’s passionate about his job at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He can get along with almost anyone, but no one has ever made him care enough to stick around.

When Stefan and Milo meet on Milo’s tour of the Botanic Garden, it’s hatred at first clash. But hatred quickly turns to lust as Milo shows Stefan how exquisite it can feel to lose the control he’s clung to for so long. As Stefan’s mask begins to slip, Milo sees a deep vulnerability in the prim academic. Once he’s experienced Milo’s world, Stefan can admit that he wants more from life than professional success. If they can work together, Stefan and Milo just might be able to cultivate the future they both yearn for.

Look Inside

Milo trailed off self-consciously as I looked around his verdant apartment. This was who he was. He was too many plants in a tiny space. Plants called to him because he took care of things, nurtured them, gave them what they needed to thrive.

I felt oversaturated—so full of feeling I almost didn’t recognize myself.

“Yes,” I told him. “You understand that each one needs something different than the one next to it. You respect those differences. You give each what it needs and you enjoy the way it grows.”

My voice wavered. When was the last time I spoke to someone who saw me? Who understood?

Milo crossed to where I stood near the bed. He cupped my face and looked into my eyes. “I do,” he said. “It’s good that they’re all different. It’s okay that they’re the way they are.”

His gaze was intense, and when his palm landed on my chest, over my heart, I gasped. Everything about him electrified me.

“I like that they want certain things,” he said, eyelids half closing as he slid that palm down my stomach and cupped my cock. I hardened in his hand and he leaned close. “I like the specificity. It’s what makes them what they are.” His grip tightened and I hardened further. “I like giving it to them.” He cupped my ass with his other hand. “I like giving them what they want. What they need.”

He pressed with both hands, squeezing my ass and my erection, and my whole body felt hot and needy.

He took my earlobe between his teeth. “Do you want that? Do you want to let me give you what you want?”

He bit down sharply and I slammed my hips forward without meaning to, trying to get more friction.

“Stefan.” His voice was flower petals and pollen and honey. He traced the shell of my ear with his tongue and it made me shivery and lightheaded.

“Yes, I— Oh, god, yes, I want it.”

“Good,” he purred, then his mouth claimed mine in a bruising kiss and his hands were everywhere.

4.5✨s – Surprise novella by one of my favorite authors!! This is a story of two botanist, both highly educated, that have chosen to apply their gifts in different ways. Stefan and Milo *sigh* – I love them! Stefan and Milo are opposites in every sense of the word and Roan does an excellent job of highlighting their differences while bringing them together. The journey each character has taken and the one they take together is just perfect. It’s a sweet, detailed story – and very informative (I actually had to look up some of the plant references after reading so I could get mental pictures).


4✨s – So, I jumped into this one with no idea what it was about, or even the name of it… but I’m such a RP fan, that whatever it was, I knew was going to be amazing. Rex and Daniel from In The Middle of Somewhere, are still one of my favorite couples to go back and read. In saying that, lemme explain a little about this one. First, we have Stefan, who is a plant eugenisct… now, I’m not sure what that is, and I know absolutely nothing about plants, and there are some big worded ones mentioned here; and while I felt a little out of my depth with it all, it’s described well enough to where I wasn’t fumbling around trying to figure anything out, or having to pause and google anything; so I appreciated that LOL Stefan is an enigma… he reminds me a lot of Sheldon Cooper, from Big Bang Theory, he’s terrible in social situations and he doesn’t have a life outside of his work. He’s constantly trying to be the best, and while he loves what he does; of course he’s lonely, he feels like he doesn’t relate to anyone, and nobody really likes him because he’s so matter of fact, and blunt. He likes facts and doesn’t seem to understand sarcasm or rhetoric…. When an e-mail comes in about someone else getting mentioned in a local magazine that he feels like he should’ve been picked for, he’s furious…. He wants to see what the insanely hot guy has that he doesn’t. So, he sets off to find him… That’s when he meets Milo…He’s rude to him at first, defensive and confrontational.. even though Milo has no clue what he’s so upset about. Milo is the kind of person who does what he does, simply because he loves plants. He loves teaching kids why plants are important, and what they can do. He runs a tour for tourists and well, anyone who wants to learn a little something about plants and their importance, and he’s good at it. He’s funny and charming and a real people person… so very much unlike Stefan. They didn’t get along at first, Stefan kind of puts his foot in his mouth and realizes that he’s acted hastily… That’s where things take a turn, and instead of getting annoyed by Stefan’s pompousness that he doesn’t mean… Milo is kind of turned on by it. And there’s where everything starts for them Stefan feels different with Milo… alive in a way that he never has before, and Milo, with that dirty mouth and always positive attitude is good for Stefan. I’ll admit, I didn’t really feel it between them in the beginning, because it kind of popped up out of nowhere…but, I really enjoyed watching Milo bring Stefan out of his shell a little bit, and Stefan being what Milo was missing. It was a sweet, enemies to lovers short story with such a cute little ending. I really enjoyed it! 4 stars from me

About Roan Parrish:
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

Where to find Roan Parrish:

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