Melissa reviews Riven by Roan Parrish Published May 29th 2018 by Loveswept, 262 pages.
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.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: Because it’s Roan Parrish!!! Like I could ever pass up a book by this author!
OMG, this book is awesome!! I don’t have enough words to say how much you need to stop everything and read this, so that statement will have to do. 😉 Warning, there is an element of insta-love in this. The two MCs meet and have sex and then can’t stop thinking about the other and then get together, but they are essentially strangers. Ok warning over! Now to the good stuff!
These guys are explosive, just burn up the sheets hot. One think you can guarantee with a Roan Parrish story – steamy hot sex scenes and men you want to be real. Theo is so sweet and sensitive, and also a lost soul. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so just know he has never felt truly wanted by anyone before, and he is now a famous rock star with band mates who don’t seem to care about him. He doesn’t feel connected to them and there is this energy between them that almost screams “stay away – we only want you for your talent, not you.” This really hurts Theo because he wants so much to be part of a close group and he is afraid to say no to them for fear of being rejected or hated.
Caleb though, he has his own demons to contend with. He is an addict and he escaped fame to live in a remote home away from the glitz and glam and drugs of celebrity/rock stardom. When Caleb and Theo meet, Caleb is apprehensive about getting involved with Theo because of who he is and what he represents. Their relationship (if you want to call it that – they certainly aren’t sure if they would) seems to be going smoothly until…Theo is followed by the tabloids to Caleb’s oasis. Now people know where Caleb is and where and who Theo is involved in. The drama between them that follows is so very real and hard to read. Caleb is so scared of relapsing, and Theo just wants someone to want him enough to try.
I was so in love with these characters, and it is MORE THAN OBVIOUS Roan did some research in music because literally everything written about writing music and the creativity behind it just blew me away and felt so real and I completely decided to never want to be a music writer, lol. 😀 That stuff is hard!!
Of course our hero’s can’t stay apart, and while the road wasn’t easy & smooth, these guys are so worth the potholes traveled to get to their HEA. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this world. An absolutely brilliant story and I highly recommend it.
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.