Riven (Riven, #1) by Roan Parrish

Riven (Riven, #1)

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 h...

Details Riven (Riven, #1)

TitleRiven (Riven, #1)
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Riven (Riven, #1)

  • Judith
    3.5Liked it but didn't love it,like I expected...One ABSOLUTE positive was Theo...I love a character that is sexy and hot but has a kind of innocence about them,More pics,(view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)]There's no denying both men had a great chemistry and the sex scenes were some of the best I've readThe musical aspect was very well done and I'm sure the Author did her research because I was totally invested in that part of the story. Unfortunatel...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Everyone else LOVES this book, but I'm getting flashbacks to when I read In the Middle of Somewhere and was the only hater of the bunch. Though I loved The Remaking of Corbin Wale, I'm thinking maybe Roan Parrish isn't for me. Riven was far from terrible, but I just... don't get it. I found the characters to be boring and I couldn't get myself emotionally invested. There was this strange feeling of disconnect that I couldn't shake. The music aspe...
  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    5 Stars! I think this has to be my favorite story by this author so far. Theo was the type of character I desperately wanted to reach through the pages so I could hug him and Caleb garnered the same reaction out of me. One of my favorite couples I've read about this year hands down. Theo loves music. He loves writing it and creating it. He loves seeing people enjoying their music. What he doesn't love is the paparazzi following him and taking his...
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGWhen you open a book and you connect to the characters instantly and they touch you deeply, it's already a good sign. If the story speaks to you then you are on a good way to your next favorite. Roan Parrish is a new-to-me author and this is what happened to me when I started reading Riven.Theo lives everybody else's dream. He is the lead singer one of the most popular bands, Riven. He and his bandmates sell buckets of r...
  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    4 STARS He was lust and heat and power and I fucking loved it. Have you ever read a book for the cover alone? What? Now don't look at me like that. Have you seen this cover? There's just something about it that's utterly magnetic. It lures you in. And then you read the blurb, and INSTANT HOOK!This was my second book by Roan Parrish and I'm definitely a fan. Riven is an emotional, character driven story that was as gripping as it was raw. Now no...
  • Wendy
    I have read a number of books by this author that I really enjoyed and when I read the blurb for this one, I got really excited. I mean "rock stars" are a definitely a weakness of mine...Add the words "rough and damaged" and I am sold!! I couldn't wait to open this baby up.Theo is the lead singer of the up and coming rock band "Riven". He really loves singing but being the focus of the band is not all it's cracked up to be. Theo is being hounded ...
  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    This book blew me away. It moved me. It made me hurt. There was so much feeling in the writing. I couldn't stop reading. I loved Theo and Caleb so so much. One of my favorite books of the year. ARCH kindly provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, for an honest review
  • .Lili.
    I can't get this book out of my head. It was-breathtakingsoulfulmagicalpoeticpassionateI don't think I can write a coherent review for it. Riven is one you have to experience. It's about two men going on a journey together; it's about healing, trust, new beginnings. It's also unlike any rockstar book I've ever read. It didn't rely on typical cliches. It was just so full of feeling. Trust me, friends, read this book. Sorry to be so vague but you'l...
  • Alisa
    This was a mixed bag. It started poorly for me because the purple prose was out in full force. This author loves her words and she loves to use all of them at the same time. What could be said in 4 words, she uses 20. It kept pulling me out of the story and by 15% I was thinking about dnf-ing this. I liked the overall plot enough to push through and by the mid way mark it either got better or I became numb to it.This story is about Theo who is a ...
  • BWT (Belen)
    Riven took my expectations of a rock star romance and completely obliterated them. This is unlike anything I thought it was going to be. I anticipated it being good because I have yet to be disappointed by a Roan Parrish novel, but I didn't realize how invested I would be in these characters.In sweet, naive, Theo. I couldn’t deny that it was satisfying— amazing, even, to have people love our music so much. I was so gratified whenever I saw pe...
  • Renée
    The reluctant rockstar who didn't want to be......Theo Decker had no idea when he joined Riven a few years ago just how big they would become. And, as the lead singer, he is the most recognized. He's the one who gets mobbed everywhere. He's the one that the paparazzi chase. Music is everything to him, but the fame and the constant touring.......he'd prefer to take a pass.Caleb Whitman was once in the music industry and talented in his own right. ...
  • ~Kristin~
    5 StarsThis is my first book written solely by Roan Parrish, and I was absolutely blown away! It was one of those books that pulls you into another world, the very best kind of escape. I am not a fan of overly angst filled books and I sometimes miss out on really great stories, luckily this book made me feel, but it didn't tear me apart. It was the perfect mix of emotions.The struggles of both MCs were so well described, you could see at the begi...
  • Diana
    Riven by Roan Parrish was an emotional story about two musicians, Theo and Caleb, trying to find their happiness. The writing was phenomenal and pulled you into the story making you feel every emotion the M/C were going through. Battling inner demons and struggling to be honest with themselves and each other, in what they truly wanted out of life. I listen to music all the time, but. I do not have a musical bone in my body, so reading about music...
  • Ele
    One of the rare occasions where I have zero niggles. I found everything about this book perfect. I think it's the best Roan Parrish to date. 5 stars.
  • Vir
    4.5 starsThis is a sweet and natural love story between two intense and troubled men. Two musicians who know first hand that everything comes with a price. Because that’s what happens to Caleb and his additions and also the toll for Theo to pay with his aversion to fame. Very different in their problems and experiences but very close and similar in the core. The fears are not the same but both have them. Both are scared somehow about the thing ...
  • Elsa Bravante
    Ese chico de la portada es maravilloso... El contenido del libro, pues como casi todo, irá en opiniones, pero para mí también lo ha sido. Una historia de amor entre dos músicos que viven un momento distinto en sus carreras, pero soportando ambos un peso que les impide ser felices y sentirse bien con lo que hacen, el hecho de encontrarse cambiará sus vidas.La dinámica entre los personajes es una que ya hemos visto en otros libros de Roan, no...
  • Chris
    Theo & Caleb .. a beautiful story of second chances, moving forward and finding courage. Both guys were deeply in love with each other but Caleb fought each step, not trusting that he was good enough. Battle scars and history seemed to drive his decisions, especially in being a hermit. Bless Theo for his bravery and love ... there is always hope.
  • ⚣❣☙ Cocky™ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    5 StarsI finished this a few days ago and I'm still not any closer to writing a coherent review today than I was then...but I'm gonna give it a go. Because ARC.Rock Star MCs don't typically appeal to me...and I don't usually like that trope or the stories that seem to go with it. So, when I decided I would ask to review this book I did it with some trepidation. But only a little. After all, it's written by Roan Parrish and I've yet to at least 4 ...
  • Hollis
    A reluctant rockstar who rose to fame to prove something to the family that treated him as a burden, a post-rehab musician so afraid to fall back into addiction that he polices his whole life to the detriment of living, music and wonder and hope and learning to love yourself..That's RIVEN in a nutshell. But the story is so much better, and so much more, than my crappy summary.Reluctant rockstar wasn't precisely accurate. More like, Rock Star Who ...
  • Ariana
    Omg. I am slain.So so good!I love music. (not that I really understand the procedure of making it - that's my partner's thing!I love musicians (see above XD)I love Roan Parrish's writing.Darn.So much exquisite depth, so much real feeling, so much thoughtful exploration of emotions and so much reality in how people react.Theo and Caleb rock (and no that's not meant the music way).They have got their issues, deep set, damaging and hurtful.But each ...
  • Fabi
    I'm struggling a little with the rating and review of this book. Maybe I can break it down into what I loved, liked, and didn't.LovedBoth MCs are songwriters and musicians. I loved how the story focused on their talent and calling. All of the secondary characters were also musicians and that was a big plus for me too.LikedI really liked that both of the MCs in a MM Romance were unapologetically gay. There was no drama or undue attention given to ...
  • Laxmama
    ARC review for NETGALLEY, Roan Parrish is really hit or miss with me. For me this one was not grabbing my attention and I gave up about 15% of the way. This is most likely a case of just not clicking for me as everyone is loving this book. I may give it another go sometime later down the road.
  • Elsbeth
    Wow. Wow.This author understands music. This author understands writing. It just blew me away!!!This is my absolute favorite of Roah Parrish so far.And as always, after reading such an incredible story, words get stuck...I loved Theo and Caleb so much. Sweet, dear Theo. I wanted to hug him all the time.Being so gifted in his making music but being to unhappy with his life that had brought him. Yes, he loved his music but hated all the attention. ...
  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    4.5 almost true love ★'s rounded all the way up!I love Roan Parrish’s writing. Seriously. I’ve said it before but I am going to say it again. She is easily and I’ll also add quickly climbing to the top of my favorite list. She has a way of writing that I feel I can see it, hear it and feel it. It's like magic. This was no exception.I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one though, favorite author or not. Let’s get the discl...
  • Lily
    Rejoice music lovers, ‘cause this book is all about the music!And the romance, of course.Theo is a rock star. His band, Riven, is huge right now, and since he’s the lead singer - he’s the face of the band. That means that people constantly recognize him on the streets and try to get his autograph, picture, hug, clothes... you know, whatever he’s willing to give them. Unfortunately, he’s not that happy about that. Theo loves making music...
  • haletostilinski
    This was a win for me. I couldn't put it down unless I had to. Once I picked it up again I just had to finish it because I wanted to know what happened. This story blew my expectations out of the water. The "separation" or break-up, usually happened near the end, maybe around 80% - and lets face it, all romance books have some separation of our MC's, no matter how short a time it may be. I'm actually surprised when the break up doesn't come - it'...
  • Liz (Bugetta)
    Ack!!! This was so good. I could have read another two hundred pages about these guys. I love Roan Parrish's writing and I can't wait for Rhys and Matty's story in Rend!
  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    5 stars. How strong the stories we told ourselves were. What power they had to shape how we saw the world, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. This book was breathtaking.I just...I'm blown away by how much I loved this.I loved Caleb and Theo. Their love for music, for each other, to be happy again, to find what makes them want to live. There was this moment before, the first note left my mouth, when everything changed. Ther...