What I Think about Rend by Roan Parrish

Rend - Riven Series, Book 2 by Roan Parrish

RendRiven, Book 2*

*This book can be read as a standalone

Themes & Genres: Gay Fiction, Contemporary Romance, LGBT, hurt, comfort

WARNING: Mature Content


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.

What I think of the book:

I’ve opened a Word file, I’m typing about this book, and I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Rend definitely left me with conflicting emotions. From the writing style that keeps jumping from “It’s good” said with a shrug to “Oh, this is so good!”; from the heavy themes to the funny lines; from Rhys being a little too ordinary in one scene to becoming absolutely amazing in another…

I am really confused at how I feel about this book.

Did I like it?


Am I happy I got a copy?


But it was somewhat inconsistent compared to what else I’ve read from Roan. However, I think that if someone mentions this book to me months from now, I won’t remember the scenes that were just okay, but instead my mind will go to the themes of love and healing, which I think Roan presented well.

Matt is going through a lot due to his insecurities and I enjoyed his journey. There are one too many scenes of crying, but darn it, the guy has a good reason to!

And the book isn’t all dark. As I’ve mentioned, there are some funny lines, and genuinely sweet – albeit sometimes corny – scenes between the male leads, and yes, that’s what I’m going to remember from this book.

Well, that, and the last sex scene. It was a very well handled, physical expression of Rhys and Matt’s feelings, which made it a favorite of mine.

Who would I recommend this book to? If you are looking for mushy romance, I wouldn’t recommend Rend; however, if what you are seeking is more of a mixture of the darkness in one’s soul and the light those who care for you can help you bring forth, then go check this book out.

My rating: Rend - Riven Series, Book 2 by Roan Parrish - Heart Rating Rend - Riven Series, Book 2 by Roan Parrish - Heart Rating Rend - Riven Series, Book 2 by Roan Parrish - Heart Rating Rend - Riven Series, Book 2 by Roan Parrish - Heart Rating (4/5 hearts)

Would I re-read this book? Maybe.

Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.

Where can you buy the book?

  • Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)

Add Rend to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)

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