Title: Rend (Riven #2)
Author: Roan Parrish
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 26, 2018
After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.
Matt Argento knows what it feels like to be alone. After a childhood of abandonment, he never imagined someone might love him—much less someone like Rhys Nyland, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a god, and the worship of his fans.
Matt and Rhys come from different worlds, but when they meet, their chemistry is incendiary. Their romance is unexpected, intense, and forever—at least, that’s what their vows promise. Suddenly, Matt finds himself living a life he never thought possible: safe and secure in the arms of a man who feels like home. But when Rhys leaves to go on tour for his new album, Matt finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his past.
When Rhys returns, he finds Matt twisted by doubt. But Rhys loves Matt fiercely, and he’ll go to hell and back to triumph over Matt’s fears. After secrets are revealed and desires are confessed, Rhys and Matt must learn to trust each other if they’re going to make it. That means they have to fall in love all over again—and this time, it really will be forever.
What I love about Roan Parrish is that she really makes me FEEL absolutely everything as I am reading. Whether it is anxiety, sadness, happiness, or whatever, I always feel that right along with the characters.
I met Rhys and Matt in book 1, Riven, but they were already married at this point. To go back and get glimpses of how these two met and fell in love was beautiful. Then, I got to experience some of the road bumps that they hit as a married couple, which was eye opening. I absolutely adored these two together because they were perfect for each other. Rhys is beyond protective of Matt and is bound and determined to fix whatever is wrong. Matt has such a tragic childhood that makes him doubt things that most people take for granted. Matt was my hero in this book because I was able to go on a journey of brokenness that touched my heart and soul.
I thought this was a very well written book and I really connected with the characters. I thought the plot was great and flowed well. I was so freaking happy to see Caleb and Theo back in this book. It was great to catch up with them and see the friendship grow amongst this group of friends.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!
Unlike Charli, I haven’t read Riven yet, so I didn’t have any idea what I was getting into. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beautiful romance.
I’m not going to lie. This book is sad. The first half of this book was dark, and dreary and the overwhelming feeling of Matt’s emotions was heavy. You could feel every emotion and doubt that Matt had. There was power in Roan Parrish’s writing, that made me experience every single bit of anxiety, worry, and struggle along the way. Despite all of these immense feelings, I couldn’t put this story down. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and if Matt would begin to heal, and overcome his doubt. It was a truly beautiful journey.
My favorite part of the book was Rhys. He was like a breath of fresh air, and I loved how he loved Matt. He is a beautiful character, and brought this story full circle. Honestly Rhys is one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time. Kudos to Roan Parrish for creating such a beautiful, loving, and refreshing character!
After finishing Rend, I’m excited to go back and read Riven. I know from reviews the two books have a different feel, but I want to experience more of Parrish’s writing and spend more time with all these fantastic characters.
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.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.