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(Treacherous Chemistry #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Chris Sinclair fades under a dark cloud after losing his mother
to cancer. On the cusp of adulthood, he doesn’t know where he
should go or how to get there. But watching life pass him by was never the plan, and when he is forced to attend a concert in an attempt to coax him out of his shell, he discovers that life might have more to offer.

Dante Heron holds the audience betwe
ebook, 1st Edition, 213 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Pride Publishing
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Avylinn Winter The general release across online stores is 23rd of August. It will also be available exclusively from Pride Publishing from the 26th of July.

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★! Volatile (stand-alone, book 1). Watty-award winner; Coming of age m/m between musical prodigy & student!

“This was a side of him I knew existed from the brief times he had let me inside his world, but each time these volatile thoughts of his dispersed, I was left wondering if I had imagined it all.”

Books in Treacherous Chemistry series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 0.5: Oblivious - FREE!
Book 1: Volatile
Book 2: Toxic

Volatile (stand-alone) op
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**

Multi-layered and organic, Volatile is a well-written Young Adult story about two beautiful souls, Dante and Chris.

With Dante, we get a complex and tortured violin virtuoso who meets Chris, a 20-yr-old college student, at the after party following one of his concerts. From the moment they set eyes on each other, you can sense the chemistry between them but seeing how young Chris was, I knew we were in for a bumpy and agonizing ride as he clearly lacked the sophistication or maturity
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Suffering Beyond Death Stars

It was okay to fail if you tried to make things right afterward—if you tried again and made sure to never fail the same thing twice.

Volatile is a story of two lonely persons. Dante never had a normal life growing up, he was a difficult person, he was volatile, emotional and reluctant to talk about what was wrong and instead, he would leash out. Chris had love-insecurity. He had a void within himself that was consuming him. Love did nothing to him but hurting him. He
2.5 it is me not the book, stars

Damn! Took me 5 days to finish a book with 246 pages. Yaap! That happened.

Started out 5 stars then somewhere along the way, it all went haywire.

MCs: Chris and Dante

I liked the characters enough to stick with the story to the end. The story on the other hand dragged and the MCs don't get together until around 80%. The story is told in the POV of Chris, as a narrator Chris was sometimes boring and whiny. i didn't get to know Dante through his eyes. This is one of
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

"Volatile" Chris, is offered a job of a lifetime in assisting the famous violinist Dante, in his European tour. From the moment they meet Chris, feels this connection with Dante that leaves him confused since his never had an attraction to a man. Dante was a mystery through out the book, so aloof but talented in his music even with his hot and cold attitude there was something about him that just drew me in.


The ups and downs between Chris/Dante were so frustrating and amazing at the
True Loveislovereview
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2017
Reading this was like walking on tiptoe, looking over your shoulder at every corner, stop at every crack on the stairs, waiting....and waiting before opening another door, because.... everything could blow up in your face. I was holding my breath more than once. My heart hammered and not because of suspense but because of anticipation......
Everything was delicate, Chris, Dante, his violin, the atmosphere, the environments, their interactions and even their kisses....

So many words.... never spoke
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the stars of the universe for this book.

There is nothing more to say ... except ...

This book was purest poetry.
I admit it. I saw the cover and was enchanted. And it got even better.

It is a story of first love. Being pure, so inexperienced, full of anxiety and self-insecurity.
Misunderstandings and the inability to talk to each other. It was heartbreaking.

This book made it into my favorites shelf within minutes.

I love it so much that my heart bleeds, like Dante's fingertips.

Words I would never
What started as a 5 stars read for me ended to a 3 stars. Yes, I've read it one sitting and it was good, but somewhere along the way I lost interest. I was SO excited to solve the puzzle that Dante was. I even thought he had some problems growing up, I even thought he might have ADHD or something close to it. He was so hard to read. He just went from super friendly and sweet to super hard to handle in a blink of an eye, mood swings and all.
The slow burn started to become unbearable at some poin
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, m-m, college-boys
I will start by saying this is defínely a YA book, for me YA is hit or miss. I enjoyed the premise and where this story line went, but there were to many issues that irked me.

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Christian Baines
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Avylinn Winter doesn't seem overly concerned with hitting the familiar beats of romance genre, which I think is a big part of why I liked this book so much. Chris and Dante are headstrong characters, often distant and difficult to understand, who often take a less than mature route when faced with a problem. In other words, they felt real to me. Messed up in all their insecurities, their character progression takes baby steps, and feels well earned, even if each really just needs to get out of h ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
4 stars.
May contain spoilers.


Ms. Winter knows how to get things done. I've been having a hard time finding a story that could satisfy me and my difficult tastes. Well, this one was a ray of light to me. Like, from the first page. And you know what? Yes, you can tell right away. Great books can be smelled, can be told right from the beginning. What comes in that first page is essential to deduce whether you're going to like the rest of the thing or not. Those first lines had it all: cha
*•.¸✽ Damjana ✽¸.•*
4.75 stars

Chris and Dante are two young lonely guys. Somehow lost in this world with a lot of their own problems.
Dante is famous violin player with complex character who lived all his life under parent's expectations and pressure of not being good enough. Chris is college student with his own grief and insecurities and is hired to be Dante's personal assistant on his Europe tour. They have instant connection, but their fears prevent to have proper communication which leads to some of misunderst
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
This is my first Avilynn Winter book and I have to say I'm highly impressed. Her words are like poetry. The way she describes how when Chris first absorbs Dante's music is beautiful and melodic and a little heartbreaking.

Dante is a tough nut to crack. You never know what he's thinking or if he has some sort of mental issue. I thought maybe he had some kind of depression, or he was just being a temperamental artist. I guess it's really a mix of both.

He and Chris relationship, both personal and
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never read anything by this author before but am so glad I have now!
Volatile tells the story of Chris and Dante. They're both lost, both looking for that "SOMETHING" to complete them but don't know what it is....
Dante is quite an enigma, and due to his upbringing finds it hard to communicate with others and let them in to see the REAL Dante, bot the stage persona that everyone thinks he is.
Chris is somewhat of an enigma too but in an entirely different way but for similar reasons.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, ya
"No moon tonight."
"Maybe it's hiding."
"From what?"
"Us. Maybe it circles the earth to watch over all of us, becoming smaller and smaller every night with each disappointment."
"Then why does it grow?"

This book is far from perfect. The characters have flaws, the story isn't always clear, there are holes in the pacing and plot.
But it still touched me, and had these weirdly and magically beautiful moments that made reading it a wonderful experience that I adored.
Joyfully Jay
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Volatile encompasses the feelings of first love mixed in with the emotional aftermath of losing a parent. Chris’ first person POV gives an up close and personal view of his turmoil. Since the death of their mother, Chris has been living with his brother and his brother’s husband. He has a lot to process and staying home all of the time is about the only thing he can do. Until he meets Dante.

Dante is a famous violinist and he can entrance an entire room with his musi
Valen Mesa
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is a great story! Author's narrative is beyond excellent and each character is attractive in it's own way I couldn't stop reading form the beginning ...more
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 Stars

Volatile is a really wonderful and emotional read. I loved the characters and the enigma that was Dante Heron. It is not a conventional romance. There are ups and downs and a lot of misunderstanding, angst and more importantly, love.

Chris Sinclair has lost his zeal to enjoy life. After the death of his mother, he has closed himself up emotionally from the outside world while still suffering inside terribly. His overprotective older brother is always there for him but he still feels alon
Adam Valmont
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like good romantic plots
Volatile, I've read this book for free on wattpad, it's so good, I can't wait till it becomes available on amazon.
The noncommercial cover:

The book follows the story of young Chris who hates life and finds everything boring in it. Who believed he had lost the good in everything, that's all till he heard the devil -I should correct and say an angel ♥- playing the violin. That angel in a devil disguise is named Dante. A rather refreshing childish love interest, which I adored.

Dante is a very compl
Avylinn Winter
Jun 21, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Volatile is a novel dear to my heart, mostly because the characters Chris and Dante wouldn't shut up until I'd finished writing it. Then they refused to shut up anyway, which means they show up in Toxic as well as in the third novel in the series which is still in the works.

I know Dante and Chris are not always the easiest characters to love, so I won't fault you if you curse them to the end of the world and back while reading. My only defense is that they're young and very human. They were nev
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt 4.5 stars

"As if he heard me, his eyes opened. Lashes flashing, those pale eyes landed on me, and they seemed to see right through me, right into my very core.
I can't do this, I thought, but I couldn't look away, I couldn't blink.
His eyes held me locked in place, and it felt like it was only he and I, alone in the swirling snow. No one else mattered. He played for me, filling my being with the emotions latched onto every note leaving his violin.
Only us, there was only us, no one el
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Daniela by: Jennifer Oliveira
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt
Reading "Volatile" has been an emotional blast from the very moment when Dante touched the ropes of his violin until the last of their kisses. A tornado has taken hold of my heart and now I'm the one mourning xD Mourning the loss of these characters and their stories.
I died about twice while reading, fundamentally due to the deep conversations and moments, expressed in such a simple way. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Mari  Cardenas
Original Review:

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Chris Sinclair never expected that attending a violin concert would turn his world upside down.

After losing his mother to cancer, and trying to get by in college, even if nothing really holds his interest, he's offered the chance of a lifetime by becoming Dante Heron's assistant manager and traveling with him around Europe. Dante is a renowned violinist, a prodigy, very temperamental and has a p
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Review. This review can also be found here.

4.5 Stars

Ever since his mother’s death, Chris has forgotten every reason to live when the sound of a violin breaks through his every barrier. Chris finds himself enchanted with Dante, the black haired violinist, but little does he know that the few words he exchanges with this enigmatic musician are going to give him a reason to live.

Chris finds himself on tour with Dante. He finds himself drawn to the enigma that is Dan
Helena Stone
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is going to be a hard review for me to write. Volatile is a wonderful book and flawlessly written, it just wasn’t a book for me. But, I have absolutely no doubt that my reasons for finding this a harder story to read will be the main reasons others are going to adore it.

But, let me start with everything that was wonderful about this book before I get to my very personal reasons for having a hard time with it. This is a very well written story. The words and descriptions hooked me from the m
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talk about your high-angst stories...Volatile is steeped in it, and the story actually had my stress levels pretty high through most of the book. Between Dante's unpredictable moods and personality, the growing feelings Chris is experiencing, and the blossoming-and-then-not relationship between the two--it's enough to have you strung out almost the entire time you're reading it.

Chris comes across as slightly depressed and still unable to fully move past his mother's passing. He's unsure of himse
E Low the
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow..just wow. It's been awhile since a book really hit me in the heart like this one. Chris is a young guy who's still trying to cope with the death of his mother and is dragged to a concert by his brother Aiden, and his brothers husband Cal. He is instantly moved by the music, and more so by the violinist, Dante. After meeting Dante only briefly that night, Dante's mentor, Lara feels like Chris is the person that is needed to accompany him to Europe as his assistant.

Their relationship is like
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If you love crying, and laughing and feeling like you are partially in high school again this book is for you. Now, it is m/m but it's not too descriptive on the sexy parts so if you don't like to get too descriptive this is definitely for you. Dante is a violinist with some serious baggage, and Chris is a college student, who on losing his mother lost his sense of self. Now, Chris and Dante are both as far as they know straight as an arrow, but they can't both explain their pull to each other. ...more
Volatile is the perfect title for this couple. They're all up and down and lack of communication. I'm still not sure how much I like this overall, there were moments that made me roll my eyes because if they just SPOKE in the midst of all their angst everything could've been avoided but at the same time I did get caught up in the romance and even teared up at one point. So it wasn't bad. The strum and drang served it's purpose. I got invested. I really liked the past bit, once they commit and ar ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touches the heart

This is the first book by this author that I have read. It will not be the last. The writing was beautiful. The story touching. The characters complex. I want more of these two MCs.
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