Review: Rend by Roan Parrish

Roan Parrish is back with another m/m romance that delivers a delicious figurative punch to the heart. If you haven’t read my review of Riven, the first book in this series, please check it out. Rend is a different flavor than Riven but is equally emotional and transforming.

Rend CoverMatt 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.


I received an eARC of Rend from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Matt. He is Rhys’s husband. Yes, Rhys. The man we all wished was real, so we could rely on those shoulders to carry all of our troubles away. Well, Matt is a bit different. He’s got baggage and can’t cook at all. As you can predict, I’d die for Matt.

Rend’s unique point for me is how it focused entirely on Matt’s character arc and how past experiences of abandonment and emotional turmoil affect him even in his relationship with Rhys.

From the prologue, you’ll get the taste of just how whirlwind the romance between Rhys and Matt is. It’s romantic, it’s sweet and comfortable for Matt. Rhys basically gives him the freedom to just say yes to buying sweaters or having three meals together. Or even watching movies.

I adored the introduction into an already established relationship because it showed the affection and passion between a couple who did love one another but who were whisked into something they were not a hundred percent aware of.

The plot kicks up when Rhys goes on tour and Matt, who’ thanks to being in foster care, has never been alone in a house. Existing in a house that Rhys and Matt live in together is tough for matt and it’s during those chapters where anxiety manifests for Matt in nightmares and illusions of ghosts that I fell for Matt and for Rend.

It’s so refreshing to have such a take on an already married couple. There is trouble and lack of communication. I also enjoyed how the topic of codependence was also explored as a healthy thing that helped mentally ill partners feel more at ease. I managed to look so deep into myself thanks to Matt’s experience in Rend.

Roan Parrish managed, once again much to the surprise of no one, to concoct a medicine I did not necessarily think I needed, but loved. Rend is deeply character focused and explores the sensual side of Matt and Rhys’s sex life in details that made every hair on my body dance.

I am so glad to be able to read characters as flawed and beautifully precious as Roan does. If you are looking for a book that’ll move you and make you sigh as the hurt got comforted, pick up this five-star read. You can do so on Amazon!


Title: Rend

Author: Roan Parrish

SeriesRiven, 2

Publisher: Loveswept Press

Length: 303 Pages

Release Date: November 27, 2018

Rating: ★★★ / Five stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Mexican-American/Italian gay Main Character, Gay love interest, Anxiety representation


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