The Rivals of Casper Road
by Roan Parrish
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2022
HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada), Harlequin Special Edition
When new neighbor Bram Larkspur arrives, the Casper Road Halloween decorating contest gets uber-competitive. But a sizzling kiss with his rival Zachary Glass turns them into allies... Will he fall under her spell?
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.
From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
Book 1: Better Than People
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Book 3: The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Book 4: The Rivals of Casper Road
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Zachary is very insecure and quite oblivious and Bram is ray of sunshine with trust issues. This pair was so sweet that my heart was really happy! A Halloween contest in a street called Casper Road in the little town we already love, Garnet Run. We have cameos from the characters of the previous books and we have a great romance that starts as a prank war.
As usual the writing style is easy to follow, and it was a plot that made it hard to put the book down. It was interesting, romantic, and very emotional. I don't think I'll ever get tired of Roan Parrish stories!
When Brahm moves from Olympia Washington to Garnet run Wyoming he is heartbroken his best friend and boyfriend proved they weren’t the best nor great at being a boyfriend when they cheated behind his back. This is how he found himself living on Casper Road across from Zack glass his taciturn, but adorable neighbor who happens to be the six time Halloween champion. Although Zack is a bit standoffish Brahm has never met a stranger and so when he find out Zakk loves horror movies he carved A vampire from a tree stump thinking Zack would love it. Zack however takes Umbridge to this and thinks he is trying to win the contest, but Brahm Who is usually guileless takes up the challenge. He won’t even think about how cute Jackie is when he’s angry nor will Zach think about his big broad lumberjack shoulders this book was so good and funny! I truly and thoroughly enjoyed this book a little innocent competition never heard anyone right? I loved it and love how he got Zack to come out of his comfort zone did I say I loved it! I received this book from NetGalleyShelf and the publisher but I am leaving this review totally voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.
If Hallmark made a MM Halloween movie, it would be this one. Perfect for pumpkin spice season, along with some sugar cookies and a cozy blanket.
Bram moves to Garnet Run to escape a bad breakup and ends up moving to Casper Road, a street with a love of Halloween. But no one loves it as much as Zachary, Bram’s neighbour.
Zachary is a buttoned-up architect who likes things neat, tidy and straight to the point. But then carefree, easy-going Bram moves in, shakes things up and makes him question what’s important.
I enjoyed both the characters. I liked that they had unexpected depths. Big & strong Bram is a tender soul and easily scared. Zachary is stoic and straightlaced but has a hidden prankster side and a love for all things horror.
Together they are lovely and pretty sweet. If you are looking for a light-hearted, small town, romance you’ll enjoy this.
I've been saying for years (while reading Christmas romance books in December) that there should be more Halloween romances !!! The best day of the year deserves more queer love stories ! To then get the announcement that not only was there a Halloween romance coming this year - but it was written by the author of one of my absolute favourite Christmas romances ?! I. Am. Thriving.
Sort of Grumpy/Sunshine (more ... kinda-awkward-maybe-neurodivergent? / sunshine). Super cute and cozy! Absolutely everything I'd want from a fall time love story. Already preordered and cant wait to display this warm and autumny cover on my shelves!
This is such a sweet sweet story!
Bonus: Fourth book in the Garnet Run series but you can read as a stand alone!
Bram is new to Casper Road, and he is excited to begin his new life, finding how to recover after a serious heartbreak. Moving in with his dog Hemlock to the Halloween loving street, Bram makes new friends and explores the possibility of moving from past heartbreak.
Zachary has lived on Casper Road for several years and lives for the Halloween season, and his routine. When his new neighbour begins to change everything in his very carefully planned life, Zachary must decide if his goals are truly the future he wants, or just the one he thinks will be be safest.
This is my first time reading a Garnet Run novel and I am absolutely in love with the series now.
The characters are so sweet and adorable, with all their storylines developing through the novel. I love how the side-characters have their own smaller side-stories within that connect them to the development of Bram and Zachary, as well as their own stories. This novel had me laughing through the whole prank war, and tearing up at the emotional interactions with both their families.
A sweet found family and healing story that had me rooting for Bram and Zachary from the start.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This was a sweet, fast little romance with sympathetic characters - I especially liked Zachary, awkward, introverted, and so accustomed to being dumped that he doesn't even consider the possibility that a relationship might actually work out. I also like the clash of a boyfriend who loves horror and one who's very easily scared and upset, because it is a conflict that is very manageable by any couple with a reasonable amount of mutual respect. This is a sweet, cozy, low-stakes romance that is the literary equivalent of eating chocolate pudding.