Title: Raze (Riven #3)
Author: Roan Parrish
Release Date: July 2nd 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Sometimes the walls we build to save ourselves have to come tumbling down.
For the last ten years, Huey has built his life around his sobriety. If that means he doesn’t give a damn about finding love or companionship for himself, well, it’s probably better that way. After all, the last thing he wants is to hurt anyone else. Until Felix Rainey walks into his bar, fresh-faced, unbearably sweet—and, for some reason Huey can’t fathom, interested in him.
As the eldest of five kids, Felix Rainey spent his childhood cooking dinner, checking homework, and working after-school jobs. Now in his twenties, he’s still scrambling to make ends meet and wondering what the hell he’s doing with his life. When he meets Huey, he’s intimidated . . . and enamored. Huey’s strong and confident, he owns his own business—hell, he’s friends with rock stars. What could he ever see in Felix?
As Huey and Felix get closer, the spark catches and soon they can’t get enough of each other. But Huey’s worked hard to avoid intimacy, and Felix threatens his carefully constructed defenses. Huey realizes he needs to change if he wants to truly put his past behind him—and build a future with Felix.
Roan Parrish’s pitch-perfect Riven novels can be read together or separately:
RIVEN * REND * RAZE
“We looked into each other’s eyes and breathed each other’s air and tasted each other’s lips over and over and over
I was living.
We were together.”
I left this sitting in my kindle for a long time, afraid I wouldn’t like it. Early reviews said that the characters are needy, closed off and impassive. The reviews are definitely right, but I still loved EVERYTHING about them.
Maybe what made it work so well for me was that the characterization was so perfectly consistent. Felix didn’t read like a caricature, a guy who threw hissy fits out of the blue or somebody who would whine about minor things. No, he read like a guy who naturally wanted, needed, someone to care for him and show it. No half measures about it.
Huey, on the other hand, is so focused on staying clean and helping others stay clean from drugs and alcohol, he has completely forgotten how to communicate his feelings. He’s almost turning into a robot, and Felix came and changed all that. Felix needs, and Huey wants to give, but doesn’t know how.
“All the times I’d stayed silent so that he would never stop talking to me because I loved the sound of his voice…
And he didn’t know.
My beautiful Felix thought I didn’t care. And it was my fault.”
I loved that the secondary characters, the protagonists of the first two books, are not here just for the reader to get a glimpse of their HEA, but their role is crucial and it matters to the plot.
The angst is not overwhelming but it’s ever present. The sex is smoking hot, very emotional, very intense. The quality of writing is top notch, and this goes for the whole series. I truly think this series is Roan Parrish’s best work to date.