Roan Parrish was a new to me author, but when I read the blurb for Raze I was really interested. Raze is the third book in the Riven series, but they can be read as a standalone. This book was released yesterday and today I’m here to tell you what I thought about this book. A big thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
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.
Raze started off really strong. I loved reading the first chapter about Huey and I could tell that he had a wall built up. Addiction was something he was still dealing with and his routines were making it so he wouldn’t slip. Felix is a person with such a kind heart, maybe too kind, and his family always came first.
Felix has always taken care of everyone, because he was the oldest and his mother worked a lot to keep the family going. He’s not really sure what he wants, because his needs are never on top. When his sister gets a break, Felix is alone more and needs to figure out. I thought he was really sweet and funny. I can’t imagine how hard it is putting everyone’s needs in front of your own. That made it totally understandable he was a bit lost. I would’ve liked to have seen him discover more, because this part of his journey didn’t start until near the end of this book.
My heart wanted to break for Huey as well. After losing his mother, his father has a hard time and he’s kind of left on his own. When he hit rock bottom, the climb back to the top was hard, but he did it. He devotes his life to routine and his sponsees, but who takes care of him? I thought Huey was really interesting! I loved watching him starting to let himself feel more and even maybe being happy.
This story didn’t completely keep my attention though. I think it may have been just a bit too long and sometimes too descriptive. That made it harder for me to connect with the characters at time, because it distracted me. Even with that being the case, the romance was very heartfelt and definitely very steamy at times. I think my favorite was the kitten near the end, haha.
All in all, this was a fast read with lovable characters. Even though it didn’t impress me as much as I hoped, I do want to read the other books in the series. Have you read anything by Roan Parrish? What did you think?