Rend (Riven, #2) by Roan Parrish

Rend (Riven, #2)

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 incen...

Details Rend (Riven, #2)

TitleRend (Riven, #2)
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews Rend (Riven, #2)

  • Renée
    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 wan...
  • Wendy
    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 l...
  • Diana
    Full review now posted, November 27I 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 lo...
  • .Lili.
    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. ...
  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    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 additio...
  • Elsa Bravante
    Me ha parecido... maravilloso. Roan Parrish siempre sabe conectar conmigo como lectora, crea personajes que me hacen sufrir profundamente por lo reales que me parecen. Esta vez lo ha vuelto a conseguir, me gustó muchísimo Riven, pero quizás este me ha gustado incluso más.El libro parte de un punto difícil para mí, la pareja ya está formada, es un matrimonio y una de las cosas con las que yo más disfruto es ser testigo de cómo se conocen ...
  • Jassy
    *** 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 ha...
  • ~Kristin~
    5 StarsI 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 ha...
  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    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.
  • David Alexander
    ~4 StarsWhen Roan Parrish announced that Rend was going to about Matt & Rhys, I wasn't sure what to think because it was my first time reading about a couple already together. Needless to say that next time I won't doubt the ability of an author to write a great story. I felt for Matt the first half of the book, he was always wondering when Rhys would abandon him just like everyone else did. I loved Rhys, the way he never gave up on Matt even tho...
  • 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 be...
  • Trio
    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...
  • haletostilinski
    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 whe...
  • Hollis
    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 kn...
  • Rafa Brewster
    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-...
  • Sahitya
    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 reali...
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    Reading a Roan Parrish book is always an emotional, gut-wrenching experience . . . one where you know going in you'll need tissues and enough alone time to finish the book in one sitting - and then recovery time before facing real life again. Once you begin, there's no turning back. Parrish runs her characters and readers threw the high angst wringer every single time. Love it or hate it - there's no denying this author's gift for writing charact...
  • Lily
    * 4.5 stars * Man, this book is not an easy one, and if you expect it to be similar to Riven, you’ll be disappointed. But it’s not a bad thing in my opinion, this book is almost as good as Riven, but just in a different way.First of all, before you start reading this, I advice you to get some tissues ready, because when those feels hit you - they hit you HARD.This book follows the struggles of Matt, the husband of Rhys - Caleb’s bff from th...
  • ♡❀✦☞ Sammy ☜✦❀♡
    4.5 Stars!
  • Calila
    *Received ARC from Netgalley*I really loved this. From the first instance the characters felt like full people who I'd known forever. Actually at first I thought this was a direct continuation from the first book (it's a different couple, but we met them in the first book I guess) with the same couple. That's how well formed they felt right away. How invested I was in their story from the start. It's not a happy fluffy book, Matt and Rhys deal wi...
  • Santy
    This book wasn’t easy to read in the least but I ultimately enjoyed it. Why? It was real.It provided a sense of reality that I believe us Romance readers need once in a while: HEAs are hard work.Yes, whirlwind romances are all well and good but the fact remains: the couple really doesn’t KNOW each other. These gaps in knowledge will definitely pop up and might cause tension or worse. I believe the key is to fight like hell for the union like ...
  • Christina
    This. Is. Heavy. Be prepared with tissue and ice cream because this is probably one of the worst ugly cry books I've read....and it's perfect!A little disclaimer first though...I'm not giving anything away, but it totally took me a while to realize that this actually overlaps the first book a bit. Not a lot, but you'll notice once you start reading. In the first book, when we meet Rhys, he's already married. But this is prior to Theo and Caleb ev...
  • River
    This book, oh this book! I love love it. I knew going in that it was going to be a slow paced story since the couple is a established one but it totally worked for me. Sometimes when you are supposed to be okay you are not, sometimes your worst enemy is your own head and sometimes you just need a little help even when you don't think you need it. Beautiful story, beautiful characters. I can't wait for book 3.
  • Aelin Galathynius
    I read this book about a week (or two) ago but I still haven’t stopped thinking of it so I’m finally writing the review. You must read this book because it’s about an ESTABLISHED COUPLE and those are a rarity in the romance community or tbh in any community unless it’s a sequel... and this book is so much better than any you’ve ever read for sure. I bet. This is about Rhys, a musician who is going on tour and Matt, his husband who was i...
  • Natasha
    Review on my blog • Twitter • Instagram Rep: gay Mexican/Italian American mc, m/m romance, mentally ill mcContent warnings: portrayals of anxiety, explicit sexual content I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewYou know what my least favourite feeling while reading a book is? Lukewarm. This is the companion to the book Riven which I DNF'd (if I remember, it was because it had things in age gap...
  • Ricardo
    Received a free copy from NetGalleyI’m going to go against the tide and say I didn’t like this book very much. Parrish’s ability as a writer is not in question but I do have my doubts about the characters and about the plot. For starters, the plot is extremely thin... two guys fall in love, one of them a musician (Rhys) and the other suffering from the results of a traumatic childhood (Matt), they marry, and they encounter the difficulties ...
  • Tolk
    I expected to like this book because I absolutely enjoyed Riven, the first book. As I was reading the story I started to understand why Matt had acted the way he did in Riven. I enjoyed reading about the beginning of the relationship between Matt and Rhys, was enjoying the flow of the story. And then, boom, there were all these emotions I didn't know how to handle. I felt overwhelmed just like Matt and confused like Rhys. And it blew my mind. It ...