Riven (Renée’s Review)

Title: Riven (Riven #1)
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House LLC
Release Date: May 29th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 262 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

The reluctant rock star who didn’t want to be…

Theo Decker had no idea when he joined Riven a few years ago just how big they would become. And, as the lead singer, he is the most recognized. He’s the one who gets mobbed everywhere. He’s the one that the paparazzi chase.

Music is everything to him, but the fame and the constant touring…he’d prefer to take a pass.

Caleb Whitman was once in the music industry and talented in his own right. But a strong addiction took its hold, and it took four tries at rehab to get clean. Caleb knows his triggers, and the fame, touring, many other aspects of music are big ones for him.

A chance meeting brings these two together. And while there is no insta-love, there is an instant connection which felt organic.

Most of the angst in this one came from Caleb’s push/pull game. He has to balance wanting Theo with not wanting anything to do with the music industry. And since Theo has been told that he isn’t worth it for his entire life, that hits a little too hard for Theo when Caleb keeps pushing.

This is very much a sexy read. In face, there were two times that I thought the characters should be talking, but the clothes were coming off instead.

Definitely a great story with two damaged characters who need to recognize what’s right in front of them.

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Galley copy of Riven provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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