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    My favorite from this author yet

    When I heard Miss Parrish was writing a rock star romance, I was intrigued. That intrigue only grew once I saw the gorgeous cover of Riven. Rock star romances were my first trope of choice when I began reading contemporary romances years ago, so I’ve read a lot of variations. I’ve also read many of this author’s works, and while I’m always in awe of her ability to weave words and bring a scene to life, I didn’t know quite what to expect going into Riven. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was. Riven had just enough colorful descriptions, palpable emotions, and unique characters to set it apart from the standard rock star romance, while managing to keep the characters accessible and the story believable. Both Theo and Caleb had a bit of the tortured musician vibe and, despite being in very different places in their lives and careers, they understood each other incredibly well from the start- especially when music was involved. I loved their chemistry- both the smoldering physical side and that strong, easy connection that felt “right”. It was woven into the dialogue, actions, touches, and their thoughts, and I never once questioned these two belonged together. Though the characters were broody and dealt with serious issues, I’d consider Riven a relatively low angst book. The writing flowed beautifully and I didn’t want to put it down at all. To cap it off, the ending was perfect. I’m always a sucker when a book takes an unexpected direction, and the major resolution in Riven did just that. As a fan of this author, I shouldn’t have been surprised Riven was different than expected, but it was and I absolutely loved everything about it, so much so that I fully expect it to remain a top favorite for a very long while. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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    I love angst

    I love angst, and this book definitely delivered. There were times when I wanted to shake Caleb, and times when I definitely wondered why Theo kept giving him another chance, but in the end, their love won out. The ending definitely made all the struggles worthwhile. Wonderful, engaging, and super hot prose. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
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    Good story.

    I like the way the way the author finds her groove along the way, and sort of settles in»to the characters. She writes sex wll, but I found myself flipping past most of the sex scenes to get back to the plot. Thankfully, the book is story driven, with alittle depth and some good , sympatheic character development. I liked Theo, and Caleb. I enjoyed the book.
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    Excellent, different rock star story

    I love a good rock star story and this was sooo good! It was a refreshing twist on the trope with not one but two reluctant rock stars looking at fame from different sides. Theo just wants to sing the music he writes but the rest of the Riven band members seem resentful of the extra attention he draws, leaving him feeling isolated and alone. On a rare night out for both men, Theo happens to overhear Caleb playing and singing in his friend Huey’s bar. They both feel a pull towards each other but Caleb has no desire to be noticed and Theo gets too much recognition. Theo doesn’t want to let him go and Caleb slowly brings him into his life. It’s still often a struggle for them to be together for so many different reasons. This was raw and emotional, touching and sweet. The musical theme also creates some truly beautiful moments between the couple. Even secondary characters in this story were distinctive and unique, especially Caleb’s friends Rhys and Huey. Seeing everything happen through perspectives from both MC’s added so much impact; Caleb’s fears of a relapse and Theo hoping to help him return to his music. The plot was really original compared to many rock star themes I’ve read before, avoided cliches and creates more than one moment of tension and conflict. Caleb felt a little too melodramatic a couple of times, despite how much I could empathize with his problems. Caleb and Theo had terrific chemistry on-page, with enough of an age gap for extra interest, plus just the right level of heat. It was an immersive read, offering complex individuals and unique situations that gave me as much enjoyment as “In the Middle of Somewhere”, my first favorite from this author. I’m also seeing a book coming soon, Rend, that appears to be related to Riven. I’m not sure who or what it will be about but I’ll be watching for it. I’d definitely recommend reading this one.
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    I was hooked the minute I started reading.

    Riven by Roan Parrish is my first read by this author and I was hooked the minute I started reading. It was a mix of two of my favorite romance genres, Rockstar and M/M with a bit of an age gap thrown in. Theo is dubbed the Reluctant Rockstar by the media and while his fans may think that it is just a persona, the title is a true reflection of his hatred to the fame. He loves the music just not everything else that comes with it. Caleb has been where Theo is, only he loved the fame and everything that came with just a bit too much. After multiple stints in rehab he finally has his life together and plans to keep it that way. Theo wasn't a part of those plans, but the more time that they spend together the more his plans change. I loved Theo and Caleb, they were the perfect couple. They complemented each other in the best of ways. Not to mention the chemistry between them, HOT! Their story was realistic, with multiple ups and downs and no easy fixes in sight. I only wish that there was more interaction with the secondary characters, I absolutely adored Rhys and I think that Ethan had the potential to become a great character if he had been given more of a voice. 4.5 stars *Review by Amy W., Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books Blog*
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