ARC Review: Raze (Riven #3) by Roan Parrish
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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.
Man, Roan Parrish is like my kryptonite. But in a good way. I love her stories! Like love love love them. Like cannot put them down and it doesn't matter what is happening around me I am reading and don't see the outside world love. Like feel all the feels and cannot get enough of them love. Seriously, her books are amazing. I only just found her earlier this year and so many of her books are now all time favorites. So many. She writes such amazing characters, people that feel so real and struggle as a lot of people do and they find love. They find their happy. They make me feel everything and I never want the stories to end. But they do and then I am tasked with trying to find a next book to read that will be even half as good as one of hers. It is a fantastic problem to have, especially since I can just go back and re-read these stories again and again and again.
Raze is the third book in the Riven series, but you don't have to have read the prior books to read this one. You should read them because they are amazing, but if you haven't you could just jump right into Felix and Huey's story. I loved these two so so much. They are so freakin cute together I can't stand it. I love their relationship and how they are when they are together. Gah! This story was amazing!
Huey is a recovering addict and he is pretty set in his ways. He doesn't really get involved with people, be it romantically or otherwise. He is very strict with himself, with what he does day in and day out, because that fear is still there. What happened and how he used to be is still there even though he has been sober a long time. But he is fine. He is paying it back tenfold and doing everything he can to help others.
Felix is such a giving person. He helps take care of everyone, and has for so long, but no one really takes care of him. He doesn't want to complain about anything or be vulnerable because the thinks that is such a baby thing to do. Like why can't he just be strong and fine by himself?
Oh my goodness Felix is so freakin adorable I couldn't stand him! I love love loved how he would be so nervous and ramble and just generally be adorable with Huey. How he could be himself and show Huey his vulnerable side. How he says what he thinks and doesn't really filter himself all that much. He was so cute. I loved him so much.
And Huey? Oh, kill me now. I love the strong, silent types. The big gruff guys who are super sweet teddy bears inside. Huey isn't used to talking, isn't used to emotions and being connected to someone else. He isn't used to a lot of things anymore, but Felix makes him want to try. Makes him do things he wouldn't normally do. Breaks him out of his shell and gets him back into the world. These two were amazing together. I loved reading both of them and how they think about things. My heart hurt for them, but then was so so full once they figure things out. I adored how they talk things out. How Felix understands Huey and Huey Felix. How they talk about what they need when certain things happen. How they love each other. This book was amazing. These characters were so sweet and kind and everything. I loved them, I loved this story.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★