Title: The Rivals of Casper Road
Author: Roan Parrish
Series/Number: Garnet Run #4
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Themes: MM Romance, Halloween, Competition, New To Town, Holiday Romance, Complicated Family Relationships
He’s in it to win it until he falls under his neighbor’s spell.
Bram Larkspur’s rugged, sexy looks belie his fear of all things horrifying. But as Casper Road’s newest resident, he’s excited to join the annual Halloween decorating contest. The competition is keen, especially from six-time champion, architect Zachary Glass. But when enigmatic Zachary sparks a prank war, it’s game on – until one sizzling kiss turns these rivals into allies. Now only one thing scares Bram: how quickly he’s losing his heart to Zachary.
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For starters, I have loved the Garnet Run Series up until now. They have really become some of the most comforting reads since I first discovered them. The Rivals of Casper Road was no different. It was a lighthearted and fun read. I know that a lot of people were expecting some really heavy enemies to lovers vibes, and that wasn’t really the case with the book, but for me that was a bonus.
I tend to have a very hard time believing enemies to lovers, so seeing these two start off with Zachary being a little icy and uninterested, only for them to spend more time together and eventually start a bit of a prank war was nice. I liked watching them get to know each other and learn about themselves and each other. I always enjoy that Parrish talks about character histories, and pasts. It’s nice seeing them support each other through things and but not be magically fixing each other either.
While I don’t think this is my favourite of the Garnet Run series it will definitely still be a comfort read I return to and I look forward to the new things Roan Parrish has coming.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars