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(Riven #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  318 reviews
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 Rhy
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 259 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Loveswept
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Nov 09, 2018 added it
No rating.DNF@ around 40%.

I tried,I really did but after two weeks I'm throwing in the towel here.

I'm not in the least bit bothered about these characters.I found what I read so depressing and boring.Apparently it gets better in the second half...I honestly wasn't interested to find out.

Just about everyone loved this so probably best to move along and check out other reviews.

Review copy provided by NetGalley
Audiobook - 5 stars
Story - 4.35 stars

“I can only afford to pick up guys on Wednesdays,” he said, indicating the dollar-drink sign.


Lawd Cheesus! I guess this is what we call angst!

Rhys already stole the show for me in book 1, so, i was excited to read his story. I was not prepared for the rollercoaster that was Rhys and Matty's relationship.

I completely get why this was book had mixed reviews and a couple of Dnfs. It was frustrating as hell.

I didn't even realize this book was told solely
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

I really enjoyed reading "Riven" and so when I saw this one go up...I, of course, had to read it too... But...let me start off by saying that these books are nothing alike. This one was actually much darker/emotional than I expected.

This book is about an already established couple Rhys and Matt. I've got to be honest here and say that I don't remember much about these two from the first book, just that Rhys is Caleb's ex. That said...I read a lot of books, so it's hard to remember every single
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5++++ Thanks Simone for giving me a heads up that about the audio coming out. It was more than worth the “painful” wait. LOL

Story – 5++++ Roan Parrish is officially a favorite/go to author for me.

This book was fucking amazing! My favorite by the author to date.

In short, Rhys and Matt are married and deeply in love. They come from very different backgrounds which influences their expectations of marriage. The relationship angst was high and exhausting but at NO time did these guys doubt
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Full review now posted, November 27

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that Rend was not about Theo and Caleb, the couple from Riven, but it is about Caleb’s oldest friend, Rhys. We already know Rhys is married to Matt, and Rend is their story.

The first half of the book is, well, rather boring. It tells of Matt’s day to day life, and I just felt like it was almost void of any emotion from Matt. Rhys is full of life and is madly in love with Matt, but Matt is struggling. The second half
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 pati
Melanie A.
Story: 5 STARS!
Audio: 5+ STARS!
"I don't know how to do this."
Oh, man . . . ooey, gooey, coming-of-age New Adult GOODNESS from Roan Parrish. And what a performance by Greg Boudreaux!

So, I ended up LOVING this one, but truth be told, when I started, I was a little cranky.

First, it revolves around an established couple so I didn't get to experience that new love high that I love so much. And second, it's mostly about only one character's fight with his demons.

But it didn't take me lo
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Sheesh. Talk about hitting you where it hurts.

This one was hard to read. Most of the book in fact. It was very melancholic. Even with Rhys' sunny disposition.

My hurt broke time after time for Matt.

I really feel like I should remember Matt from Riven. After all, Matt and Rhys were married before Theo and Caleb even met. But I don't.

Much like Riven, the writing is flawless. It's captivating. It's full of so much emotion.

Great addition to the series. I think Noe needs a book. Or Huey
Moony Eliver
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come, maybe? We’ll see. I’m a little overwhelmed about what to write, because this one hit me on a cellular level. Oh fuck it, I’ll try. Here goes nothing…

This book isn’t for all capital-R-Romance readers. First off, it’s about an established couple, which isn’t everyone’s bucket of fun. Secondly, it’s not all hearteyes and pixie dust. The angst is real, it doesn’t feel contrived for plot’s sake, and it’s not easily resolved.

This story IS for... Readers who sometimes feel like the Roma
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so in the mood for an established couple romance!

I hadn’t really put it all together when I was reading Riven, but Caleb‘s ex-partner and best friend, Rhys, is married to Matt. I remember Theo being kinda uncomfortable reaching out to Rhys when he needed help with Caleb and Matt was there...

Anyway, don’t worry about any of that, Rend can be read as a standalone. We see Theo and Caleb a fair bit, but none of their story will be spoiled if you read this one first.

There were so many things th
Mar 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt
I don't even know what it's about, but after reading Riven I am TOTALLY all in. ...more
BWT (Belen)
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 husba
*** 3.75 stars

Rend was an emotional rollercoaster for me. First of all, it's not about two people getting together and everything stops with their Happy Ever After. It's about what happens afterwards and about how to fight for your relationship if problems are arising.
The main focus of this book was definitely the relationship between the two MCs and their character development was very well written.

We have Rhys, a sunny musician from a happy home, leaving his husband to go on a tour. An
5 Stars

I loved Riven, it was my first book by this author, I knew immediately I wanted to continue this series. I will be honest, I usually avoid highly emotional books. I am such a tender hearted, sappy, softie that they really affect me and truth here, I’m a complete and total ugly crier. So when I read a friend’s review, I took a pause because she started off with how broken hearted she was for Matty. And she was right on it, this story had me so twisted up inside, the unfairness life can put
dnf @ 35%
Very well written but I'm the wrong reader for this story. It isn't working for me.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read, 2018
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Just wow. Roan outdid herself with this one. Matt and Rhys are an amazing couple and my heart pounded when Matt was going through his troubles. We meet Rhys in Riven, which is another amazing book. Rhys was sort of involved with Caleb, but then Caleb and Theo get together and Rhys is their friend. I loved Rhys. His character was just beautifully written. He is a big man and he takes such care with Matt, which Matt can't help
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m, arc
4.25 stars.

Rend was super an enjoyable read! The characters were really well developed and I loved their story. No matter how heartbreaking and a hard read it was at times.

If I'm being honest, I did enjoy book 1 a tad bit more. And if I haven't already said this, I'm now a huge fan of Roan Parrish and I need more.

I can't wait for everyone to read this one.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.
I've given this an A+ for narration (duh!) and a B+ for content at AudioGals.

Rend isn’t an easy book to read or listen to, but it’s one that well repays the time spent with it. It’s the tale of a marriage on the edge of collapse and a troubled young man who is dealing with some very real, very deep emotional issues – and I came away from it having experienced laughter and tears, moments of joy, moments of pain and everything in between. When an author can do that simply through the arrangement o
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I want to do this book justice with my review, but I fear that I can't. It was just so....

Refreshing: This isn't your typical romance. It followed a new playbook, one with moves and plays I haven't seen before. How often do we get a "romance" with a married couple? For this, I thank Roan Parrish.

Introspective: We only see Matt's POV. Through his eyes we struggle with his inner ghosts--those of the past, present, and future. Even though were in his thoughts a lot, I never felt like I
Since Out of Nowhere, I’ve been reading Roan Parrish’s books waiting and hoping for the next Colin, whose struggles I felt like my own and who made me so happy when he finally found the strength to face and overcome his demons. Matt came pretty close, although I’ve a strong feeling that if I’d read this book around the time I read Out of Nowhere for the first time, I wouldn’t be here making distinctions between the two of them.

As a romance reader, I’ve sometimes said that I didn’t believe in a
4.5 stars!! 💘💕 Loved it!! It's a heart-breaking love story of Matt and Rhys told from Matt's POV. This is the second book in the Riven series, but it is nothing like the first book. Riven was angsty.. but Rend is emotionally draining.. 😭
In all honesty, Matt and Rhys should be enjoying their HEA, since the story starts with the married couple living a perfect life, full of romance, passion and understanding. But the deep cracks start showing up when Matt is by himself for a few months when Rhys i
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was exhausting.

I do have to admit I read this book in one sitting and couldn’t put it down, but I can’t say I really enjoyed it.

I normally really love books with established couples where one of them is having some issues and the other one has to provide all kinds of comfort. But I felt as if there was not enough comfort in this.

I could understand Matt’s issues and I really felt for him. But I was also a bit frustrated how it all seemed so gloom and doom. Every time Rhys tried to help Matt
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
It's me. It's the book. It's me. It's the book. It's me. It's the book.
It's me?
It's the book?

This was my thought process the whole time I was reading this. Let me first say that I loved the shit out of Riven. It's one of my top 3 favorite M/M, so I was excited AF when I saw that the series was going to continue. I was even more excited when I saw that not only was the book going to be about Rhys, but that it was going to be about a couple who already had a "developed" relationship, who were alr
Rafa Brewster
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, that prologue should be outlawed it was that incredible.
Secondly, well.... I will endeavor to put my thoughts into writing at some point closer to release date. I thought Riven took my breath away, and Rend somehow managed to top that. So much emotional depth in a complicated character paired with a beautiful romance.

ETA: Okay, here's my full review below.

Rend was quite simply a stunning read. In the most basic sense, it’s a second-chance romance between established couple Matt (who
After the absolutely beautiful love story that was Riven, I thought I knew what I was getting into with Rend but wow was I wrong. This book put me through an emotional wringer and I have truly forgotten how much I cried. This is not the story of two people falling in love, but about how two married people deeply in love have to fight for their relationship when there are unresolved issues.

The story is through the single POV of Matt, who we realize from the get go has lot of issues to work throu
Wow, what an amazing read!

Rhys is Caleb's best friend from the first novel, and remember how he was married? Well this is his and Matt's story. Rhys grew up in a rare truly happy home. He grew up with parents who loved him and supported him and never left him, and a good sister too.

Matt, of course, had the opposite life. His dad left when he five, and his mother left him two years later, so he mainly grew up in the system. He broke my heart when he told the story of how he'd wait for his mom t
Sam (AMNReader)
Recently, I have this kind of strict rule, with the exception of suspense. If I don't want to reread, it's not a 4. It's a helpful guideline I adopted that my friend here had been using...I might rate this a 4 if not for that.

I don't want to reread this book. To be clear, I enjoyed it, but this is never going to get picked up again. I'm a big fan of internal journeys, but this one felt slushy and hard. I'm a big fan of married couples in romance and this one is no exception. I'm struggling a bit
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Wow this was hard on the heart ... such emotional angst, but beautifully constructed. Matty has grown up with abandonment issues and serious self doubt. When he meets Rhys who is larger than life and filled with sunshine he can’t fathom the thoughts and world he lives in. While both men adore each other, they come from different places and situations. After a complete breakdown, they slowly rebuild and communicate. I wasn’t expecting the themes in this book, but I must say that I loved it. It wa ...more
I know there's more to everything you say, but I like how you make me feel like there's time to learn everything about you.

Oh look there's feels and emotions spilling out all over the place. What a surprise! Not.

He looked like a Viking and moved like a rock star. He kissed like he wanted to fuck me through the wall of the diner and touched me like he wanted to wrap me up in a bear hug. And all of it just made me want more.

I honestly don't even know how to write this review. I loved RIVEN so much
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Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time sh

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