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(Riven #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  796 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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
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Published July 2nd 2019 by Loveswept
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it

I wanted to love this,I really did but something just wasn't pulling me into this.It started off promising enough but I just got bored and felt disconnected to the story.

Huey and Felix both had issues and I honestly got them,especially Felix.Yes,he might have been a tad needy and insecure but that's the kind of character I love.I really admired the way he sacrificed his own life and put his family first.

Huey just infuriated me.Period.I hated the way he treat Felix at times.Again,he had demons
3.15 stars for the story


Kirk Graves - 5 stars

Tor Thom - 3 stars

I had to switch to reading the ebook, KG narration was amazing but Tor? He has a really good voice but his style was not working for me, he sounded bored and the breathing was just annoying.

I had a hard time connecting with this story until around 60%. The writing is good, and i like that Roan writes stories about everyday guy. His characters are normal and some might find that boring but i like it.

My big problem was Huey
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 3.5 stars overall because….

Kirt Graves – 5 stars, Honestly, KG could have narrated the entire book. His performance was that good and the only reason I didn’t stop listening and request a refund.

Tor Thom – 2 stars – Yes, he has a great voice, but his less that subtle intake of breaths cancels that out, as does his lack of performance. Most of the time, he was just reading and breathing.

Story – 3.5 stars rounding up because I know I would have enjoyed the story A LOT more if the audio ha
Melanie A. ~mostly on hiatus~
"You're in your power when you know what you want."
~SIGH~ Nobody does character-driven romance like Roan Parrish!

I'm a big fan of books that are mostly about 'nothing' (lol). I love the emotional nitty-gritty of two people learning to love one another. And that describes Raze to a T.

I can see why this book isn't as well-loved as the first two though.

Felix and Huey, while very much three dimensional characters, weren't especially likable in the traditional sense.

Huey deals
Moony Eliver
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The world is made up of people and ideas and desires and roaches and, like, hunks of plastic, and puppies.

This is the kind of line that makes me love Roan Parrish’s stories. They are everyday relationships, depicted beautifully. People who are vulnerable but not weak. To quote her recent tweet, her protagonists’ enemies are themselves. The conflicts in her books aren’t corny, contrived drama that you’ve read umpteen times — they are real issues that arise between people due to the baggage that
No chill was had in the waiting-to-read-this-closer-to-pub-date when this ARC landed on my kindle. I was done within a day. Also, forever sending apologies to my buddy-readers, Hayley & Moony, for being the worst. Again. Whoops?

"I forgot you're not supposed to bring up masturbation at the dinner table on the first date."
"Yeah, that's strictly second-date dinner convo."

Right off the bat, I have to say, this cover does not do Felix justice. I wasn't really a fan of it to begin with but after seein
In a series where each of the characters has touched me so deeply, I have to say Roan Parrish has outdone herself with Raze. Parrish gets into the very essence of these incredible men, building a story for each of them and exploring what makes them tick. Whether it’s overcoming addiction or finding what sparks your passion, for the couples from the Riven series, simply surviving isn’t enough.

My favorite part of a Roan Parrish novel is how thoroughly she explores her characters. Parish gets deep
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

I've been really looking forward to Huey's story. I was intrigued by his character in the first two books. And I must say he did not disappoint.

However, I will say this is my least favorite book of the series so far. I just didn't care for Felix.

I found him needy, whiny and immature for the majority of the book.

As with the other two books, the writing was great. I would say this one wasn't as angsty and somber and heavy as the other two. But it was still mildy to moderately so. It
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*
"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. Feli
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
4.5 S T A R S

I leaned in and kissed him, because he was beautiful and alive and today I was a person.

Roan Parrish is my fave M/M author and when I got approved for this ARC I was jump-on-the-bed-screaming excited. AND it was even better because my fave ghoulfriends, Moony and Hollis, received an ARC as well, which meant super hilarious, all caps text sessions to come. It also meant another disaster (but the fun kind) of a buddy read where this time I was the one who finished before anyone el
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Readers can always count on Roan Parrish to deliver authentic characters toting excessive baggage while battling personal demons - be it addiction, ghosts, and/or their own insecurities. They're usually their own worse enemy, heavily laden with firm beliefs about their own fate in life along with the certainty they dare not deviate from their designated course. Until something . . . or someone crashes into their world, sending it spinning out of control. As in previous books in the Riven series, ...more
It’s probably somewhere around 3.5.

This book is quite in the same vein as the previous books in the series - emotional, sexy, sweet and heartfelt. Huey and Felix are wonderful characters who have to fight their own issues and open their hearts to finally get to be together. It’s a lovely journey, but I somehow didn’t feel invested enough. It’s probably my fault that I kept comparing it to Riven, and I don’t think it’s ever going to be easy to match that brilliant love story. This was still a bea
BWT (Belen)
For everyone who sometimes needs permission to be a person.

With each installment in the Riven series, my expectations have been completely obliterated every time. Roan Parrish has a way of taking the most mundane, daily elements of life and manages to make every moment special. None of these stories are anything like I thought they would be, and I've been blown away every time.

I loved the way they push and pull with each other, I was very happy the drama and angst weren't over-the-top, and
I’m starting to feel like I’ll never find another Roan Parrish book as good as my favorite one, but this one came closer than most.

As usual with this author, not much happens in terms of plot, it’s all about the characters’ struggles as they go through a particular time in their lives and try to figure out themselves and their relationship. The process is always complex and realistic, so for me the factor that determines how much I like one of her books usually comes down to the degree to which
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an overwhelmingly beautiful addition to a favorite series of mine.

The overall tone to this series just should not work for me but it more than does. I have loved each book so far and this one was no exception.

I am not a fan of addiction in my stories but Roan Parrish has a way of making me forget my reasons and fall all in. Like she was able to do with Riven, where we first met Huey, this hooked me and did not let me go. I started and finished in one day. I couldn’t put it down.

I don’t know
Jul 07, 2019 marked it as dnf
dnf @ 50%

Sadly, it's not working for me. I don't really like either of the MCs and there's nothing to keep me invested in their story.
Absolutely adored this!

I've been enjoying this series so much, and I will definitely say this was my favorite of this series so far - or favorite of the whole series if this is the last book of the series. The last two have been really good and I've enjoyed them so much but have been so angsty that this one feels like a breath of fresh air. That is not to say that this doesn't have angst and that it's a fluff fest, because that is so not the case. But it wasn't as much angst as the past two and
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, age-gap
Huey's story wasn't at all like I was expecting. The previous two books were angst filled while Raze had a more slowed down approach. There was angst but not over the top.

The story center's around Huey living his life post-addiction. I felt that aspect of the story was nicely written. He had always come across as strong and steady, but in reality, he was being held prisoner by fear.

Felix, on his end, was going through many changes. From a young age, he became "the man of the house." As he got
Good book!

One of the things I really liked about this book was the way it developed ; especially concerning the relationship between our MCs. I also liked how organic the growth of their relationship was.

However, BOTH our MCs had baggage and lots of it. They both had their issues to deal with : Felix had his "neediness and co-dependence on his sister" baggage and Huey had his "over-rigidity caused by fear of what would happen if he relaxed his hold on his emotions" baggage. Both their issues we
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read, netgalley
I need to reread sometime I think because I could not get into this much. This is still the quality writing that Roan Parrish always offers but I disconnected from this around halfway through and skimmed some parts of the rest. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t reconcile Huey as the bar owner slash NA sponsor with how he seemed to be around Felix. I couldn’t feel any chemistry with these two and their behavior started grating on me. Very likely just one of those me-not-the-book situations. #Raze #Ne ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
So sweet .. Felix was a beautiful character, he gave so much of himself he rarely got anything in return. He meets Huey / Dane and his world spins on its head. Dane was a brick wall physically and emotionally but Felix saw past that and only wanted Dane. As both men came to terms with their life perceptions, they realized they both deserved love.
DNF 30% -- Putting a pin in this one. I'm not feeling the chemistry at all and I'm bored.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. While I liked both Dane and Felix, this book lacked the lyrical feeling that the first book had that I liked so much. In fact, this book was almost the complete opposite of that type of writing since Dane was such a reluctant communicator. Had this book not been part of this series I think I would have liked it more but it suffers in comparison to the first two books a bit.

As usual, the characters feel real, have real lives and aren't perfect people, which I always appreciate in my r
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtq, 2019
*ARC received for an honest review*

I haven’t read this author before. So I stepped off the cliff into the midst of a series - starting with a book that should have pushed my buttons.

I get impatient reading about people with emotional impediments to their own happiness as book heroes. When someone doesn’t like themselves it’s difficult to read about them falling in love - distancing themselves from the other MC, making bad decisions, needing counseling or other kinds of help. Frequently these ch
Not my favorite of hers. It was good but it didn’t tug at my heartstrings the way I’m used to when I read her books.

Pet peeve trigger: Felix’s mouth was described as lush. Fortunately it wasn’t plush so I didn’t have to scream and scare the neighbors. Please writers no more lush plush in your stories!
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Felix Rainey is a caretaker. The eldest of five children, he’s been caring for his siblings, cooking and assisting his mother with household tasks, and working to put in money to support his single-parent family since he was a child. He and his sister Sofia are besties. Closest in age, the duo are now living together while Sofia gets her degree and Felix works to support her. When they walk into a bar to sing a duet on karaoke night, they have no idea their lives are about to change.

Huey has wo
Thanks to Loveswept for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Roan Parrish has a talent for writing quiet stories. The books are often about heavy topics, like former addicts struggling to continue to overcome their addiction, but they're still soft stories, and feel very personal.

The final Riven book, Raze, was a wonderful and very satisfying conclusion. I've been wanting Huey's story since we met him in the first novel, and getting to delve into his history was both
Lynn (Smile24k)
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-reads
I rounded my rating from a 3.5 up to 4 stars because the overall quality of this series is 4 star worthy.

This third installment in the Riven series features Huey, a narcotics anonymous sponsor who once served as a sponsor for, and is now a good friend of, Caleb from book 1. In order to stay clean, Huey has put walls around his life in the form of intense structure. He follows his schedule and rarely deviates from it until he meets Felix. Felix is the opposite of everything Huey is and he challen
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roan Parrish has this incredible knack for just obliterating my heart and then putting it back together again in the form of an Epilogue. This book was no different.

Both Dane and Felix were complicated characters with emotional trials to overcome. Dane was so afraid to let go of his routine, to let go of his stress, his words even, for fear of slipping back into his addiction. But it took Felix to get him to realize that the way he was living was just as much of an addiction. And Felix, who put
Talia Hibbert
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Truthfully, this book straight-up RUINED ME. It dealt with the themes of addiction and recovery so beautifully (Huey and his Sharpie made me cry because REAL). Felix’s feelings about his sister, his family, and the direction of his own life were so honest and relatable. I highlighted almost the entire book because the language and characterisation were stunning. This will probably be like the third time I’ve called a Roan Parrish book a masterpiece but I’M SERIOUS, OKAY.

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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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