Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Riven by Roan Parrish

Title: Riven
Author: Roan Parrish
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Theo and Caleb
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This book was so good, but as good as the story was to read, it was even more beautiful in how the author presented the music. Gah, Roan Parrish wrote a wonderful romantic love story between two broken men, but it was even more perfect in that it was a love story to the making of music. Seriously, this book was beautiful on every single level.

Theo is currently a rock star, burned out by the life he's been thrown into. He never realized what fame would do to him, how wearing down it could be. And right now he's lost, hating this life that's become his. He tries to live his downtime in anonymity, but that's getting harder and harder to do. He's on one of those downtime moments when he stumbles into a bar where Caleb is playing and is mesmerized.

Caleb has spent the last year fighting for his sobriety from the remote location of his grandfather's vacant farm. He used to be somebody in the music world, but lost all that to heroin and alcohol. He's terrified of getting mixed up in music again because that's one of his triggers. And Theo is right in the heart of the music world. 

But the two can't seem to stay away from one another. They connect sexually, but it's so much more than that. Theo isn't comfortable with anyone, but with Caleb, it's different. They also connect musically as only two song-writers can. 

Seriously, this book is beautiful. It's one of those that makes you feel deeper for just having read it. I loved both Caleb and Theo and adored the little glimpse into their music and song-writing. I loved the book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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