Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Raze by Roan Parrish

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

For 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.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is a sweet and angsty romance. A recovering addict, Dane has spent years creating a life full of structure and routines that keep him safe. He takes care of his sponsees, but he doesn’t let anyone get close. Felix is almost Dane’s opposite. For as long as he can remember, he’s been inseparable from his younger sister. So when she lands her dream job, Felix feels abandoned and lonely. Felix and Dane meet by chance and their improbable connection is awkward, frustrating, and kinda beautiful.

I really enjoyed Dane and Felix. Both are interesting, complex characters and they are both very loveable. I found their relationship as frustrating as they did – neither man has any communication skills and there were too many moments where I wanted to bang their heads together. Both Dane and Felix are prone to moping and overanalysing everything, so much of the book is spent in the characters’ heads – very little actually happens in this story. The result is a story that feels slow and there’s probably a little bit too much snowflake angst at times for me.

There is an age gap between Dane and Felix, but they are so well matched in other areas that it didn’t feel like a thing. Felix’ existential angst feels real and familiar as does his minimum wage job and his desire for meaningful work. This isn’t my favourite book by this author and I probably preferred the first two books in the series. I’m not sure I’m quite the right demographic for this series and I’m pretty sure urban millennials will relate to Felix and Dane’s relationship better than I did.

Also Available in the Riven Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Riven post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rend post.

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Raze (Riven #3) by Roan Parrish to read and review.

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