Roan Parrish
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Release Date
May 2018
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Mar 14, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
15 people found the following review helpful
The author's writing had some poetic quality that make reading RIVEN a sublime experience. It contains some magnificent characters and a connection with music that was mesmerizing.

Theo loves music, but that's about everything he loves about the music world. He hates the tours, the paparazzi but most of all, being famous. Caleb is trying to stay strong. Being alone has given him the peace he'd been looking for. He's still fighting his own demons when the sound of music connects their paths, making the need for each other start growing stronger and changing their lives as they knew them.

This was a beautiful experience. I loved the author's writing. It felt a little complex at the beginning and, for a moment, I thought I would have trouble with translation because of the frequent use of words that were unknown to me, but after a while it was easier to get myself into the story, even though there were a few times when I felt the need to seek a word's meaning. I still enjoy the writing a lot. It was beautiful to see how the phrases flow in a very artistic way that seem in sync with the overall emotion of the book. It is a little slow-paced but it fits perfectly the romantic feeling of the story.

The relationship between Theo and Caleb was fantastic. I tend to prefer a more slow burn development but they had an amazing chemistry from the start and it was perfect. They were perfect for each other. There was nothing about them that I didn't like. The sex scenes had a perfect match of sensuality and sweetness that I love to read in such intimate moments. They were such a perfect match. I loved them as a couple and I loved them as individuals. Theo's struggle to fit was endearing. His awkwardness outside the stage and the different persona on it remind me of stories I heard from beloved rock stars and it fit him perfectly. Caleb's owns struggles were also interesting to see and felt so realistic that there were moments when it was painful to see him willing to make so much sacrifices to keep his life in order.

Overall RIVEN was a stunning book, the few issues I had with it were minor inconveniences for the things I loved about it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a MM Romance, but especially for people who enjoy music. I think they might appreciate the constant presence and importance of it in the book.
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