Review: Raze by Roan Parrish

Raze will burn your world to the ground. Just kidding…or am I? Join me in my gushy love letter for a Raze, a book that stole my heart and had me begging for more of its brand of gentleness.

Sometimes the walls we build to save ourselves have to come tumbling down.

Raze CoverFor 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, unbearably sweet–and, for some reason Huey can’t fathom, interested in him.

As the eldest of five kids, Felix Rainey spent his childhood cooking dinner, checking homework, and working after-school jobs. Now in his twenties, he’s still scrambling to make ends meet and wondering what the hell he’s doing with his life. When he meets Huey, he’s intimidated . . . and enamored. Huey’s strong and confident, he owns his own business–hell, he’s friends with rock stars. What could he ever see in Felix?

As Huey and Felix get closer, the spark catches and soon they can’t get enough of each other. But Huey’s worked hard to avoid intimacy, and Felix threatens his carefully constructed defenses. Huey realizes he needs to change if he wants to truly put his past behind him–and build a future with Felix.

Roan Parrish’s pitch-perfect Riven novels can be read together or separately:
RIVEN * REND * RAZE Goodreads

I received an eARC of Raze from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have concluded that saying goodbye to characters is the worst thing ever about reading romance series. I’m disgruntled that Raze isn’t 600 pages long and spanning decades over the cast’s lives.

What’s so good about Raze is that it ties up the characters from the books so beautifully. There is Huey, a character who appeared in both Riven and Rend as a supportive dude, is given his own story, his own HEA. And there’s Felix who is a darling with a heart of gold. Actually, I have decreed that Felix is entirely too good for this world. A cinnamon roll.

I was so excited to hear that Huey would get a book. It was perfect. He always exuded such a presence in helping Caleb in Riven, then playing a tiny role in how Matt and Rhys met in Rend. When I first began reading Raze, I was immediately enchanted by the contrast in Huey and Felix’s characters. Where Huey’s emotions are guarded and nonexistent, Felix seems to be overflowing. I loved the simplicity of their attraction since it felt a bit like a whirlwind I wanted to lose myself in.

Felix’s nature of taking care of his family of five, caring for his sister so deeply, and now wanting to spend time with Huey, it melted me. This guy is so authentic and genuine, it begs the reader to want to hold him and never let go. Huey, however, is like a silent threat. He seems like the brooding hero I adore, then reveals in increments his past of drug abuse, how much of his days, his time, he dedicates for other people and snares you into sobbing into your pillow because you want to hold this hulking guy in your arms. What seemed to me as differences at first between Felix and Huey now revealed itself as similarities. They are both people suspended in their life, living for other people. Felix wasting away at a job he doesn’t like. Huey being there for his sponsees when it began draining him.

Together the two are explosive, both the quiet and loud type of explosives. It felt like Roan Parrish had a hold on my heart and kept squeezing until I could think of nothing but how brilliant this book showcases Felix and Huey’s hard-earned HEA. I loved the exploration of Huey’s family, how not all mistakes need to be righted and to choose the right ones. It was his awkward tentativeness that made me want to reach into the book and pat the guy on the shoulder. He was doing his best.

I loved that Felix began asking and demanding what he wanted rather than give everyone what they wanted. Felix is sunshine. He makes me smile and he isn’t even real. I saw so much of myself in him; the part of him that wanted someone to hold onto him, to think of him. Even his need for a stray kitten to like him was endearingly relatable.

I was cheering for them by the end, begrudging the inevitable “The End” and wishing for more. It’s hard letting go of these two. Although I had more than 300 pages with them, I still want more. One simply cannot have a taste of Parrish’s characters and be sated. I can say with confidence that I will wait, with bated breath, for the future.

In the time being: thank you, Riven. Thank you, Roan Parrish. You can pick up a copy from Amazon!


Title: Raze

Author: Roan Parrish

Series: Riven, 3

Publisher: Loveswept

Length: 316 Pages

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Queer main characters


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