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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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!

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  • Karentwilson
  • 21-12-2018

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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  • Cranky Reader
  • 07-06-2021

Angsty

I rather liked most of this. A couple of guys with limited friendships & all the anxiety make music together. The tension before a particular show was the emotional highlight of the book for me. Well done.

The guys tried to encourage each other’s best selves, but I was frustrated that while generally supportive, Caleb’s go to move when stressed is to cut himself off from Theo. Now that I think it through, he deescalated from lashing out to running away which, while progress, still put the burden on Theo to not upset him, which was hard because lots of things set him off like music and going places. They seem more settled by the epilogue so here’s hoping it works for them.

Also, how do two grown adults not figure out how to actually cook? If they were ordering takeout, I’d understand, but how do they not make more progress in getting decent meals? Learn recipes exist & make meals or buy them, I don’t care, just for improve your food situation.

(And for the record, too many beignets never made me or my friends feel ill, so it was odd to have it described as if it’s inevitable that eating beignets will make someone feel sick.)

Steam: Med-high. M/M on page early and fairly often. Some had much more emotional weight than others.

Narration: Liked the dual narrators, made it easy to know POV.

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  • Jessica Whitney
  • 11-07-2020

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
  • 03-12-2018

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
  • 28-11-2018

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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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 03-12-2018

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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  • casrock
  • 30-08-2021

MM Rockstar Romance

Theo Decker completely made this book!! He is a wonderful, wonderful character who I want the world for. He is such a sweet person, and so very talented and just wants to find love and acceptance in the people around him. He is such a loyal person, but true to himself, that his family pretty much wrote him off and emotionally abused him for his trouble. Then he elevates a band who treats him like less than, and doesn't want to include him, and yet he feels like he owns them or something and works himself to death for them. Then he hears a beautiful song from Caleb Whitman, and falls for him hard. Only thing is, Caleb is battling some pretty heavy demons of drug addiction and is not ready to love Theo, and give him what he so deserves. Eventually all is well, but it is tough ansty road to get there. It was a 3 star read until the end, and I loved the ending and so 4 stars for me. Also, the powerhouse narration of Iggy Toma & Chris Chambers was the icing on this delicious morsel!!

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  • J. A. D.
  • 05-07-2021

another great listen

I really loved this story. Roan Parrish always delivers and this book once again brings her characters to life. The narration is superb. I love the rock star vibe and the whole back story of the upside and pitfalls of fame but I also enjoyed feeling like an insider to.these talented musicians creativity and process. I loved Theo and Caleb they were perfect together despite their imperfections. Both are loveable guys and their stories are realistic and they held my interest until the very end.

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  • Momma Loves Romance
  • 26-05-2021

What Came 1st? The Cover or the Voice?

So, Theo is a young, hot, rock star and that’s the voice that Chris Chambers decided to give him???
The voice he gave Theo sounds like a pimple faced teen in a plaid button down, thick glasses and a pocket protector.
Aren’t these narrators supposed to be actors? I only gave him 2 stars because of Iggy Toma. He was really good.

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  • Christina Azariadou
  • 08-05-2021

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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  • 28-05-2021

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.

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  • HMM
  • 19-04-2021

Narrator to avoid

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

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