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: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 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.
I’m not going to lie to you…I wasn’t really prepared for the emotional roller-coaster that was Rend. I immediately requested an arc after reading Riven based solely on the love I’d had for Riven (one of my few 5-stars-for-real reads this year), and I didn’t even read the blurb for Rend, I just thought, “It must be mine!” Luckily it all worked out in the end.
We first met Rhys in Riven as an already married man, and Caleb’s ex, who’s still his best friend. Rend is told entirely from Rhys’s husband, Matt’s, point of view and begins with the night Matt meets Rhys, a larger-than-life gorgeous Viking of a man who’s incredibly, and mind-boggingly, into Matt. But Matt grew up in the system and his past is what shapes him and the relationship he has with Rhys.
This was a love letter. A fucking love letter from a man I’d only met five times. A love letter saying things I’d never imagined anyone would say, seeing me in a way I’d never seen myself. As I read it again a room opened inside me, turning emptiness to possibility, solitude to potential. A room opened inside me, and I wanted to fill it with Rhys. I wanted to choose. I wanted, for the first time in my grungy fucking life, to choose someone and make them mine. And it terrified me. “Oh fuck,” I said to no one. “Oh fuck, fuck, fuck me.”
We’re all works in progress, some more than others. Matt and Rhys love each other madly, and would do anything for the other. Which leads to a minor relationship miscommunication that happens so often: One partner assuring the other that it’s fine, I’m fine so they don’t impede the other’s dream – even to their own detriment.
“…it was like I had to break apart the universe and remake it as one where I could love you more…I know I did a lot of damage. When I was breaking it apart. I know I hurt you. I was clumsy with it. But I wouldn’t ever want to go back there. To that other world where I didn’t know how to love you. I wouldn’t want to live there.
While it was gut-wrenching at times, what Matt and Rhys go through together to make sure their happily ever after continues is heartbreaking and heartwarming and has made me all gooey love eyes at this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE RHYS…and Matt’s wonderful too.
The only thing that would have made this better, for me, would have been having Rhys’s POV. This needed Rhys’s POV, IMO. Regardless, I absolutely loved reading this and would heartily recommend. Best if read after Riven, because even though it could probably standalone, it’s better for having read Caleb and Theo’s story.
Established relationship romance with a single first-person POV, medium angst, vigorous and super hot sex scenes, dirty talk, emotional growth, an enduring love that just needed a little work, and a very, very happy ending.