Review: Riven (Riven #1)

Author: Roan Parrish

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  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 his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.

Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.


Review: Riven is the angst filled story about a rock star who really doesn’t want to be a rock star. Of course Theo’s ridiculously talented. Amazing at songwriting and performing. Gorgeous and charismatic. Theo just doesn’t like the fame that comes along with it. I do feel like we’ve seen this character many times before but I still enjoy reading about it. Theo at times seems almost childlike. His parents wanted a doctor. He was pushed to be the perfect son but rebelled to become a rock star. Which he lucked into. This leads to Theo having issues with needing approval and acceptance. I did appreciate how this was an issue for Theo to overcome but not overwhelming to his character.

Theo meets his love interest wandering around the city one night. He hears a haunting singer and is taken by him right away. The music is coming form Caleb who used to be a musician. Touring took it’s toll on him. He turned to drugs and drinking. He hits rock bottom and disappears from the public eye. Theo is tempting to Caleb but letting him in would mean welcoming back in all the things Caleb is trying to leave behind. He lives alone in a house left to him in the middle of nowhere. Caleb and Theo have amazing chemistry they can’t seem to deny. Theo seeks Caleb out after he one night together. Caleb thinks it’s a horrible idea for his state of mind but can’t seem to resist Theo.

I liked a lot of this book. It’s pretty heavy on the angst which I can usually take a little more than normal when it’s presented in tortured artist form. The fact this was an musician who is also a recovering addict worked here but there were points of the story that it became frustrating. I enjoyed all the musical collaboration aspects. Caleb’s best friend was a highlight for me. I liked their banter and all the history it suggested. I enjoyed the story but didn’t feel any real connection to the characters or their struggles. This book is pretty much what you expect from these types of stories. Worth the read though if you enjoy them like I do.

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