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    Fantastic

    Rend is a fantastic M/M contemporary romance that is steamy and heartwarming. I truly enjoyed the overall story although some parts felt a bit drawn out. The story is told from Matt's POV and deals with his abandonment issues and fears of being left again. Rhys is the light to Matt's dark and exactly the man Matt needs in his life if he will just let himself believe. Rhys loves hard and knows what he wants. He's determined to make Matt understand and feel all he has to give. A great love story and a book I found very enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.
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    I laughed at times and cried more than once.

    When a book has no outside forces or circumstances keeping the two main characters apart, I tend to get frustrated. JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN! or STOP BEING SO STUPID! It takes a lot of subtlety and finesse to convince me there are legitimate reasons for the misunderstandings that are keeping them apart. Well, this author definitely nailed both subtlety and finesse on all counts. Although Matt's mental health issues stemming from his childhood form the backbone of the problems Matt and Rhys face, I loved that the way Rhys reacts to problems was also acknowledged as an issue. All too often, the person with the obvious difficulties are labeled the "problem" in a relationship, but this story was so masterfully done that it was clear that although Rhys looks put-together on the surface, his ingrained patterns affect all his relationships, not just his relationship with Matt. I was excited to see Theo and Caleb again and watching Theo and Matt become friends was very sweet. It was also nice to see Caleb and Rhys' relationship from Rhys' side after seeing Caleb's in the first book.
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    Spectacular!

    I was so in the mood for an established couple romance! I hadn’t really put it all together when I was reading Riven, but Caleb‘s ex-partner and best friend, Rhys, is married to Matt. I remember Theo being kinda uncomfortable reaching out to Rhys when he needed help with Caleb and Matt was there... Anyway, don’t worry about any of that, Rend can be read as a standalone. We see Theo and Caleb a fair bit, but none of their story will be spoiled if you read this one first. There were so many things that made this novel incredible. Matt’s narration of his life story is a heart breaker, and beautifully done. Thinking of everything this young man went through and how he’s processed it, it's humbling to see where he is at the start of this novel. I enjoyed watching Rhys come to understand Matt’s story, and reevaluate his own life. What it adds to him as a person, and what it does for their relationship is powerfully moving. Of course Rend is full of all the gorgeous prose I expect from Roan Parrish. I highlighted so many meaningful statements and poetic thoughts… reading over them now, it’s too hard to pick just one to share here. I’ll take the easy way out and simply encourage everyone to read this truly stunning novel. It was some of the most beautiful angst I’ve ever read, and it was a journey I’d happily take again.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In some ways, I enjoyed Rend more than Riven. In other ways, Riven was better. Rhys. Oh, Rhys. *sigh* I adore him. He's loving and tender and sweet. He's like a huge puppy dog that just wants to love and be loved. He feels emotions passionately and wears his heart on his sleeve. Matt is a tortured soul for being so young. He tore at my heart too many times to count over the course of the book. His anxiety and fear came across the page so well. Parrish flawlessly paints with words the internal battles waging within Matt. Matt has some pretty deep wounds. I ached for him to find and be comfortable with his happy place. When you don't feel like you deserve something good, it's hard at time to accept it. The sexy times between Rhys and Matt made me uncomfortable at times. There are tender moments but there are more rough (for lack of a better word) scenes. Those latter types of scenes lost me and left me a bit put off. And there was A LOT of sexy times. I get that these two have the passion, but I kinda wanted less sexy times and more tender moments. Don't get me wrong, there were many tender moments, but the sex scenes overshadowed the tender ones.
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    Dark, gritty romance

    I was pretty excited to read Rend. I was wondering what the story was behind Matt and Rhys’s relationship. So when I saw that this book was about that, I didn’t even hesitate to request it. I will warn you all. This book gets off to a slow start. It creeps the first couple of chapters. Normally, I would be complaining about slow starts to books. But, in this case, it works. It lays the groundwork for Matt and Rhys’s relationship. It also showed that how Matt’s childhood affected him as an adult. I didn’t exactly like Matt when I started reading the book. Without knowing his background, he came across as needy and insecure. But, as I read the book and as I started to learn more about his background, I realized that he was a damaged person. What clued me in was how he acted when Rhys was on tour. His mental state, which was not great when Rhys was there, disintegrated to the point where he couldn’t even function. When he finally told Rhys about his childhood, my heart broke. It broke for the child he was and the damaged man that he became. What I liked is that the author didn’t have Matt’s issues go away when he told Rhys. Instead, it showed Matt working on getting mentally better with Rhys’s help. I liked Rhys. He was so devoted to Matt. His confusion over Matt’s breakdown was sad. I do think that he should have pushed for more answers about Matt’s past. Especially since they had known each other for only 2-3 months before getting married. I didn’t agree with his reaction when Matt broke down and told him about his childhood. Leaving was the worst thing that he could have done. I did understand why he left. He needed to get his thoughts in order. I would have done the same thing. The talk that Caleb had with Rhys was blunt but true. Rhys couldn’t save everyone from themselves. Rhys and Matt had their ups and downs in this book. There were points in the book where I wondered if their relationship was going to make it. It showed that while love is great, it is work. I loved it. It wasn’t showing a happily ever after where everything is fine. Matt had some major issues that needed work. While all was fine at the end of the book, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would stay together. Of course, the sex was insanely hot in this book. Matt and Rhys didn’t lack sexual attraction or chemistry. Put it this way, I had to fan myself after reading some of those scenes. I will warn that some of the sex scenes are explicit. I loved that Theo and Caleb were in this book. I was wondering if they were going to be. Theo was just as adorable in Rend as he was in Riven. I loved that he took a liking to Matt and looked out for him. I loved that Caleb was able to talk to Rhys about what was happening with Matt. The advice he gave to Rhys was blunt but true. The end of the book was a tear-jerker. I won’t say exactly what happened but it was amazing. I felt the love!! Besides making me cry, it did make me smile too. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
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