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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.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Roan Parrish (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Karentwilson
  • 21-12-18

A rockin good listen

I actually added this book to my library in late November, 2018. I listened in January and just listened a second time over night. Let me first tell you that I love rocker romance. I also love male/male romance. I don’t enjoy romantic comedy, funny or light romance of any sort, the darker the better. While this is not a dark romance, in the truest sense, it is not the happiest of stories. These men are musicians, gorgeous and tatted up, talented and miserable. They stumble into each other in a bar, one night stand material for sure. One is a sad man whose career in music has ended in unhappiness, the other is a young and reluctant misfit. As their lives unfold they hurt one another, heal each other and fall deeply into a forever love. This book is beautifully written, flowery in parts and stark in others. There is a bit of humor a lot of tears and, some very hot and sexy parts. Roan Parrish shows us loneliness, drug addiction and fear and how these things are overcome in heroic and very ordinary ways. Now, a word to the narrators. Chris Chambers and Iggy Toma become these men. They are the perfect choice and pair as beautifully as any couple could. I love them both. Iggy Toma was my “boy crush” last year. I think this will still be his year. I sincerely hope the two of them continue to work together.

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  • Jessica Whitney
  • 11-07-20

I've read 100s of M/M romances; this is my #1 fave

This book is pure poetry. It touched depts of my soul that are so tender from being previously ignored. So hot it'll leave you with 3rd degree burns. This is everything you want in an M/M romance!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-12-18

ummm, top shelf

I have become an absolute front of the line, can't wait for the next book, FAN of Roan Parrish. His books suck me in from the first page and I don't want to stop till the end.
Iggy Toma , I've been a fan since the first book I heard him narrate, and Chris Chambers was impressive as well. THANKS FOR THE GOOD READ

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  • Amy Begnene
  • 28-11-18

Excellent story, perfect narration!

I love Roan Parrish. This book is just lovely. It’s a wonderful story of people battling with themselves to simply live and create.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 03-12-18

Emotional; Raw

I listened through Roan Parrish‘s Somewhere Series and fell in love, so I had to snag this book up right away.

This book I found was very emotional, it sucks you in slowly until you don’t want to stop listening because you don’t want to leave the characters.

Theo and Caleb are both battling things inside themselves and it was almost as if like recognizes like. Sure they have the connection of music and sexual attraction, but I think they also saw something else too.

Theo struggles with fame and wanting to be a part of something more. Caleb is struggling to stay clean and though that is a feat in and of itself, it’s also learning his limitation and know how strong he really is. I think the book needed to have a little faith in themselves.

The story really is raw and necessary; I think if you pick up this book you will enjoy these two as much as I did.

I enjoyed the narration, I liked Caleb’s narrator a little bit more his voice has that gruff deep thing that I love. Theo’s narrator was perfect for Theo if that makes any sense he just has that youngish vibe that Theo seems to have.

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  • Christina Azariadou
  • 08-05-21

4.5 stars rounding down

*Spoilers ahead*

Chris Chambers voice is magical and lyrical and just listening to him transports me to the story. Iggy Toma is an excellent narrator and was a wonderful Theo.

This is my 2nd listen of the story but first time reviewing it and I have to say I loved it this 2nd time more.

Caleb and Theo both have baggage and are struggling, each with their own demons, trying to work through them, protect the other from them. Most times that imploded with them breaking up, and the reason why I didn't give the story 5 stars was of Theo sleeping with groupies the first time he broke up with Caleb which frankly did nothing for the story and was never mentioned, and resulting with getting to know the others ticks.

A beautiful, gritty, heartwrenching story, do not miss.

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  • marcus a
  • 18-02-21

Riven - great audio book

I was so happy to see one of my favorite authors in audio. Several years ago I read the "Middle of Somewhere" series and loved the series. Later, I would checked up on Roan to see if there were any new book, but didn't see any, maybe she switch publishers. Over time I bought a tablet and switched to audio books, then this week low and behold Roan Parrish crossed my screen when I was browsing for a new Audible book. I saw she had several published in audio, so I decided on Riven. Usually, the musician theme is not my thing, but I had to get a new audible book by Roan and I wasn't sorry. I loved the book, story and characters, narration was great too. I really enjoy Roan's writing style, the agnst and the development of the characters, their struggles and relationships as well as the details that frame the story for this one about music and song writing, a topic I am not familar with nor thought much about, but really appreciated it in this story. Iggy Toma is a favorite of mine too he was able to do an excellent job narrating both characters. Other narrator was great too.

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  • Heather simpson
  • 12-12-20

So beautiful

I loved this story! It was so beautifully written. I always live Iggy Toma’s narration, this is the first I’ve heard from Chris Chambers and I really liked him too!!! Great story, great narration!!

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  • 💋 Serenepw
  • 31-10-19

I love Rock Stars!

Riven was well narrated. It was a really and I mean really good story about the life of Theo and Caleb. The way they met, the way they loved each other and all in between towards their HEA. I could hear the music they made together, and Theo with his band members. MM Rockstar romance is the best. Well done. I highly recommend. ENJOY!

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  • Brittany (A Bit Smutty Book Blog)
  • 23-10-19

Absolutely in love

I’m soooooo happy I stumbled across Roan Parrish as each story I listen too I fall more in love with! Five big beautiful stars

Iggy Toma as the voice of Theo is magic! I adored Theos character and Iggys voice brought all the quirk and beauty Roans words portrayed.

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  • HMM
  • 19-04-21

Narrator to avoid

After this novel I decided Chris Chambers is a narrator I am going to avoid.

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  • Deos2
  • 19-09-20

Love discovering another author to add to my personal pantheon!

Enjoyed the main protagonists. Both are musicians - one rock, one blues - who struggle with their lives. Both have fears that control and shape those lives. Both have to use their love to grow and come to understand that the stories they’ve created to protect themselves aren’t finite. Their stories can change, as life itself changes for them. Opposite as they are, Theo and Caleb each find their love reshaping their lives, giving them confidence to make the decisions necessary for a life together.

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  • Alan
  • 30-08-19

Great start to a strong series!

Lead singer of Riven, Theo Decker, is growing tired of everything to do with being a famous rock star, except the music. When he hears Caleb, a washed-up musician, singing in a dive, it opens up Theo’s mind, music and his heart. Strongly drawn characters, a mesmerising plot, and a chance to feel good!