Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Release Review: Riven by Roan Parrish


Two tortured musicians inspire each other to risk their hearts in this edgy and emotional novel.
Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.
Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.

Advance praise for Riven

“[Roan] Parrish may well break readers’ hearts with this deeply felt, perfectly paced contemporary. . . . The author’s sensitive portrait of an addict in recovery adds depth and layers to the story. . . . Generous and tender in all the right ways.”Publishers Weekly

Riven has it all: off-the-charts chemistry, heart-wrenching emotion, and a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one.”—Sloane Kennedy, author of The Protectors series

“Roan Parrish turns her signature lyrical prose to the world of rock and roll, and the result is both beautiful and off-the-charts hot.”—Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author of One and Only

5 Stars

Theo is a “Reluctant Rock Star”, although he loves music, he is tired of being artistically controlled by bandmates and managers. He just wants to make his music, his way and while he appreciates the fans and what they’ve done for his career, the spotlight isn’t for Theo and he just wants the simple things in life, to be able to walk down the street and go out to dinner without being mobbed. Out one night walking the streets of NYC, between tour stops, he happens upon a bar with a guy and his guitar on the stage. He can’t turn away from the voice he hears, and when he catches sight of the face to go along with the voice, he’s hooked.

Caleb had it all: Love, great friends and family as well a successful music career, but drugs took it all away and now, after his fourth stint in rehab, he struggles to get by from day to day and stay sober. While he still loves music, he can’t deal with the lifestyle that comes along with it. He wants Theo, but he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight that comes with Theo’s career.

I absolutely loved this story. I adored both Theo and Caleb, although I kind of wanted to smack Caleb a few times. I’m torn with how I feel about him and his actions, because while I completely understand that being with Theo, no matter what Caleb’s feelings for him were, threatened his sobriety, my heart broke for Theo when Caleb pushed him away. But when they were together it was magical and they fit perfectly. The chemistry between them was out of his world and they were smoking hot together.

I loved that we got a good balance of their struggles, both as a couple, and individually. My heart broke for both of these men. They are both a bit lost, but together they find comfort, a home, harmony and it was a beautiful thing to watch develop.

The story was emotional to read, it was well-written and flowed well, and I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked from the first word and I can’t recommend it enough!

*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review was not a requirement*

About The Author:

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.

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