Rend (Lili’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: 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.

Disclaimer: I’m not sure how to write a coherent review for this book. I was twisted up in feelings from beginning to end.

I went into Rend by Roan Parrish expecting a similar book to Riven, but the fact is they’re entirely different. I think I had a lump in my throat through most of the book. It’s told through Rhy’s POV, and due to his childhood, he’s afraid of being too happy because he’s always in fear of the rug being swepped from under him. Matt was solid throughout and was ever so patient with Rhys’ feeling- he’s a caretaker.

Rend had me from their first meeting to the very end. Roan Parrish can fucken write.

If you’re in the mood for a story that is:

-Full of feels
-Excellent character development
-Outstanding relationship growth
-Flawless writing
-Hot and emotionally charged sex scenes
-And everlasting love

Then, read this book. I highlighted the hell out of this book. My favorite passage:

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.”


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I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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