Rend (Renée’s review)

Title: Rend (Riven #2)
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House LLC
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 303
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.

Matt Argento knows what it feels like to be alone. After a childhood of abandonment, he never imagined someone might love him—much less someone like Rhys Nyland, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a god, and the worship of his fans.

Matt and Rhys come from different worlds, but when they meet, their chemistry is incendiary. Their romance is unexpected, intense, and forever—at least, that’s what their vows promise. Suddenly, Matt finds himself living a life he never thought possible: safe and secure in the arms of a man who feels like home. But when Rhys leaves to go on tour for his new album, Matt finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his past.

When Rhys returns, he finds Matt twisted by doubt. But Rhys loves Matt fiercely, and he’ll go to hell and back to triumph over Matt’s fears. After secrets are revealed and desires are confessed, Rhys and Matt must learn to trust each other if they’re going to make it. That means they have to fall in love all over again—and this time, it really will be forever.

Holy hell, get the tissues ready, folks!

This one put me through the emotional ringer. Matt is our exclusive narrator here, and he is a sad dude. A product of the foster system, he learned never to want anything.

And even though Chapter 1 begins 18 months into his marriage to Rhys, and he’s so in love, he doesn’t trust that happiness will last for him.

The first half of this book was gut-wrenching. It is a black cloud over your head and you just want to curl up in a fetal position to make the pain go away. How can someone be so broken? How can someone literally not want anything because he’s never even thought to ask for it?


I couldn’t put it down. Every painful word resonated into some of the best character development. I read this in one sitting.

And the second half happened. What a refreshing way to show resolution of marital problems. The black clouds parted, the sun rays descended, and the angels were singing. I loved, loved, loved the second half.

If you’re going into this one expecting it to be anything like Riven, you will be in for a surprise. It’s like comparing Books 1 and 2 of the Middle of Somewhere series.

I will settle on 4 stars because I liked the story overall, even with the pain of the first half. Parrish is very talented in her writing skills.

Best quote of the book:

I loved his transition from fuckbeast to cuddlemonster.

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Galley copy of Rend 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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