- File Size: 1336 KB
- Print Length: 295 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (April 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0789GZX16
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Syncopation (Twisted Wishes) Kindle Edition
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The whole cast? Spectacular. Every single character is dynamically written and wonderfully multifaceted. Ray Van Zeller is a man who simultaneously wants and needs to be strong for the people he loves, while also feeling like he’s not good enough and always letting them down. It was so beautiful to watch him go from this mindset to the confident leader he finally becomes by the end of the novel, with the help of Zavier and the rest of the band, and their unfailing confidence in him. So many times, I just wanted to wrap him in a blanket and hold him when someone crushed his spirit, but it was so great to see him come out stronger and braver in the end. Zavier Demos is self-assured and confident in almost every moment of his life, that it is utterly fascinating to watch him lose his calm with Ray and adapt to this new aspect of his life. Also, it was so interesting to watch him, an aromantic person, process the fact that while he’s not in love with Ray, he feels for the man in a way he’s never felt for someone else, and how that connection fits into his life. And the two of them together? Fantastic. They trust and understand each other so much, and they respect the other’s boundaries and don’t push them into situations they aren’t comfortable with. These two strike the perfect balance, and Zabo has created an ideal partnership with Ray and Zav.
Dom and Mish were wonderfully fleshed out as well. They’re secondary characters–though really, the only reason I wouldn’t call them main characters are because they don’t have POVs in this book–but their personalities shine through beautifully. You get a sense of who they are, both within and outside the band, and it’s so incredible to see different pieces of them. I can’t wait to read more about them in the next book, which is Dom’s, and am keeping fingers crossed there will be a third for Mish!
And, even Carl, who is a stunningly loathsome creature and and whom I hate with every fiber of my being, was a great character in that he was pretty well-rounded. Once you realize he’s the antagonist of the story, it’s not difficult to predict some of his moves, but they’re still somehow surprising in just how appalling he and his actions truly are.
Discussion of different queer identities and how your romantic and sexual orientations can be different? Phenomenal. I was brought to tears a few times when Zavier expressed his frustration and helplessness and pain about people not understanding or willfully misunderstanding when he gave clear expectations It was so stunning to see him realize that Ray actually got it and him, and process that Ray would not try to pressure him into something he couldn’t give. They both communicate so well and respect each other so much that I couldn’t help but love and adore them and their relationship. And god, the way they believe in each other and are endlessly supportive and take care of the other? Gah. So good.
I love everything about this book and I want everyone to read it. Once again, Anna Zabo has produced an amazing novel, and I cannot wait for more from them and this series!
I'm one of those people who gets goosebumps from listening to music that affects me. Reading about the music in this novel, the way it's described and the way it connects the two heroes, literally made the hair on my scalp raise.
I was a bit hesitant about the history between Ray and Zavier based on the back-cover blurb, but Zabo makes their connection work in a way that never seems contrived. Friends to lovers and enemies to lovers are tried and true tropes, but the evolution that occurs between the men here is indescribable. All I know is that I never once raised an eyebrow, because it all flowed so naturally (and sexily). I especially enjoyed the unexpected twist of how Ray handles Zavier's revelation of his aromantic status.
Each of the band members in Twisted Wishes were completely fleshed out characters. I especially enjoyed Ray's utter dedication to his music, and I was pleased that I recognized his synesthesia through Zabo's description before it was confirmed later in the text.
One minor quibble is that the heroes seemed to just keep reacting to what the villain threw at them instead of ever being proactive about the issue, beyond doing some initial research at the beginning. The villain's final motivation is also never made 100% clear. Nevertheless, the plot's resolution is still satisfying.
One of the perks to being friends with a book's author is the ability to text them while reading and demand to know that another character's story is next. Luckily, it is! I enjoyed this book so much that I've already got the sequel pre-ordered. You should, too.
Into this mess walked Zavier Demos, a concert percussionist, with problems of his own. He wanted to join Twisted Wishes in the beginning but Ray didn't want him. Now he's not going to let the chance pass him by. Between them they have enough issues to fill an arena.
Ray needs a safe place, free from the turmoil that is slowly destroying him. Zavier recognizes that Ray needs help to achieve some inner peace. Ray doesn't know it, but Zavier is going to give him everything he needs. Which just might involve ropes, cuffs, and floggers. And some really hot sex. It started out with a slow burn and got steadily hotter. A tale of two men who merged their music and their souls and found each other.
Story does involve two men in a BDSM relationship.
But then, there is Carl.
If you've read any reviews, you know readers cannot help reacting to him. I'm no exception. I don't think I have ever hated a bad guy this much. Credit to the author for making me care beyond all reason. Credit, too, for resolving realistically. Although I was hoping for a meteor-strike.
The last chapter is a balm. I admire the reasons. A lot of romances end in a cookie-cutter wedding scene as if that's everyone's dream. I loved Zav & Ray's practicality.
You should read it. Pause when you need to. But trust the author.