Time to Comfort: Rend (Riven #2) by Roan Parrish

release day review

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38944629-rend?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.

Matt 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.

Review

This was not what I was expecting.

I’d really loved Riven – it had angst and pain – sure – but the overall feeling was lighter and definitely had a brighter outlook to it.

I’d thought this would have a similar vibe. Well – it didn’t. It was very, very, very, very angsty – drama at every turn and full of sadness and emotional upheaval.

If this is your bag- you will be psyched because Roan Parrish is a great writer. However, if you’re looking for something lighter in line with Riven – don’t read this.

I thought it was interesting that our MCs are already married in chapter 1 and the book is not our guys getting together but Matt getting over his low self esteem.

I really didn’t like the fact that Matt was a mental health professional with apparently no ability to manage himself – at all.

I think that was definitely part of the problem I had with this. I appreciated the idea of it, but I didn’t necessarily like that our guys were already together.

In any case – it was nice seeing the MCs from book 1 and – as I mentioned – Roan is a great writer – I was just over Matt and his self doubt pretty much from sentence one so this just didn’t tick any boxes for me.

3 of 5 stars


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Time to Comfort: Physical Therapy by ZA Maxfield Narrated by Thomas Fawley

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6465468-physical-therapy?from_search=tru

Blurb
For reasons they can’t explain, Ken and Jordan are drawn together, each finding in each other the thing they most need.

When Jordan Jensen moves to St. Nacho’s he has one goal in mind: starting over. He wants to reconnect with best friends Cooper and Shawn yet is uncertain of his welcome. He has the skills to get a job, but isn’t sure any prospective employer can get past the time he spent in jail for alcohol-related vehicular homicide. He’s past the worst part of his life but knows it will haunt him forever. So Jordan plans a life of quiet service. One thing he knows for sure: finding love is entirely too much to ask.

On the first day of his new job, Jordan meets Ken Ashton. Ken has every reason to hate Jordan for his past: Ken’s baseball career was shattered in a drunk-driving accident. But for some reason he can’t explain, Ken needs Jordan’s touch and finds healing within Jordan’s warmth and strength.

Without entirely understanding it, Ken and Jordan develop a powerful emotional and erotic connection, but Ken must help Jordan find the faith to trust it. Unexpected help comes from the people of Santo Ignacio–and the town itself–a place where Physical Therapy can be a path toward spiritual healing and powerful, passionate love

Review
This is the second book in the series but is definitely a stand alone story. The characters from the first book are in the story but in my view you do not need to know their story to follow this one. This story lets you know there is bad blood between Cooper and Jordan and covers Jordan’s side. But I suppose book 1 would give the story from both sides.
For me this story is about healing for both main characters. Jordan brings a lot of emotional baggage with him when he moves to St Nachos. He is to be looking for redemption and finds love. Ken needs to. Heal physically from his injuries and emotionally after his life was destroyed in the accident. One caused by drunk driver. He also has to come to terms with having feelings for a man capable of driving when drunk, although he does seem to come to terms with it quite quickly. Too quickly for me. There is angst in the story, yet where I expected confrontation (Cooper and Jordan) it didn’t materise. The relationship between Jordan and Ken is a bumpy road. It did feel contrived that Jordan needs to atone for killing someone whilst drunk driving and his atonement comes in the form of someone injured through the actions of a drunk driver. It’s quite frustrating to listen to at times with the way Ken treats Jordan. But I also appreciate that Ken would have a lot of mixed feelings about Jordan. Also it’s not physical therapy, Jordan is a masseur. I liked that both Jordan and Ken were eventually able to work their way through both their personal and relationship issues.
The narration by Thomas Fawley is good. I hadn’t heard of him before this series. His characterisation of both Jordan and Ken fitted them well. He brings out the emotions giving them the gravitas they need to have impact. I like that he also focuses on the secondary characters giving them their quirks.

4 of stars out of 5 for both story and narration

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