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Syncopation (Twisted Wishes #1)

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Twisted Wishes front man Ray Van Zeller is in one hell of a tight spot. After a heated confrontation with his bandmate goes viral, Ray is hit with a PR nightmare the fledgling band so doesn’t need. But his problems only multiply when they snag a talented new drummer—insufferably sexy Zavier Demos, the high school crush Ray barely survived.

Zavier’s kept a casual eye on Twis
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Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published April 9th 2018 by Carina Press
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


rep : aromantic & pansexual mc, gay mc, m/m

"Life was chaos, and Ray knew that for a fact. He'd always lived in the whirlwind.
- Oh, Ray. To say I've wanted to hug him at every turn would be an understatement.

4.5 stars. Oh god, I loved this. Syncopation was my first read by Anna Zabo, but I'll be sure to read more of their books in the future. I swear, I'll be writing a full review at some point, but you should know that Syncopation :

▨ features an aromantic main character as well as
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Cat Sebastian
I loved this book. A musician with a support network learns to develop confidence; another musician with plenty of confidence acquires a support network. They're both fundamentally decent, kind, supportive of one another. It's steamy as hell. That alone would be enough to make me rave about this book.

But this book also has an aro character, and so I'm over the moon. Zabo doesn't shy away from what this means: Zavier's aro identity isn't just defined as an absence of romantic attraction; it's als
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Ky
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a tough book to label. It's a friends-to-lovers story, but not really. It's an enemies-to-lovers story. No. Not really. It's a second chance romance. Nope. It's not that either. It's the story of a rock band. Yes, that's it! It's the story of a rock band's first steps toward stardom...

Ray and Zavier knew each other in highschool - hence the second chance - but they were neither friends nor they interracted much. Their only conversation was Zavier turning down Ray's invitation to
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J *deep in the heart of Texas*
This one didn't work for me. And I think it's more my fault than the book.

I was a bit impulsive requesting this one on NetGalley. I saw rockstar and Anna Zabo and hit request. Not quite realizing there were going to BDSM elements, and a bit heavier ones at that. On top of that, one of the MCs is aromantic....and well, I read for the romance.

I also found this one to be really wordy, and not dialogue wordy. It made the pace feel slow.

No doubt most will probably really like this one. And despite
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Debra
Release day review posted at Sinfully.

Twisted Wishes is a band on the rise. Singer and band leader Ray is overwhelmed with trying to make sure the band is doing well and that he’s not letting down his friends/bandmates. He is doing what he can to shelter them from the demands of their gods-awful manager while still focusing on the music. Things go from bad to worse when their drummer leaves and Ray’s forced into putting a spin on it that makes him look bad. As if that’s not enough, into their au
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Acqua
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, romance, qm, q, best-mcs, db, loved-it
This is an atypical "review", because I don't review adult contemporary romance - I don't know the genre enough, I read very little of it, as it's full of casual microaggressions against my own existence. I'm an aromantic reviewer, and I think everyone can guess why I avoid some genres more than others. But I have read this one (because I'm aro) and I have something to say, so...

Syncopation by Anna Zabo is a m/m book in the romance genre, first in the Twisted Wishes series, which is a romance se
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Em Ali
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqiap, favorites
Listen, I wanna lay down and just think of how perfect this book is. Yes. It's perfect. It's got an incredible cast, a compelling plot that kept me on edge in the best ways, a beautiful partnership, awesome representation of D/s dynamics and above all made me feel so good and happy and content.

I recommend this to anyone who loves rock stars, protective doms, communication done so beautifully, CONSENT EXPLICIT ON PAGE, representation of aromanticism (did I spell that right?) and incredible writi
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Natasha
Review also on my blogTwitterBookstagram


Rep: aromantic pansexual mc, gay mc, m/m romance 

Content warnings: explicit sexual content, BDSM, drug use, alcohol consumption

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not sure how to start this review but I want to start with stating this: I LOVED this book. Upon reading the summery, I was a little confused how the author would conceive a romance book where one of the characters were aromantic, but they
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***
Anna
Dec 21, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
This is an m/m rockstar romance. It's got some bondage, domination, and a little sadism. There's angst. It's not quite as angsty as Just Business.

Ray is gay. Zavier is pansexual, kinky, and aromantic.

Trigger warnings that I can think of behind the spoiler tag.

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~Mindy Lynn~
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and the Publisher.**
Bev
4.25 stars from me. Good start to a new series from the author. Rock stars, a little BDSM, conniving band managers and great band members. Happy for Ray and Zavier [strange spelling...].
Natalie
I do have a soft spot for rock star romance, so finding one written by Anna Zabo thrilled me! They captivated me with the “Takeover” series and Anna brought their skills, as well as their style of kink, to this literary music fest. Zavier is making the leap from symphony orchestra to rock band; an easy musical change but not so much a personal one. Ray’s lingering resentment of Zavier for his Juilliard background, plus guilt from losing the first drummer is added to the pressure he’s under from ...more
Laura
Thank you very much to Harlequin - Carina Press for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Oh gosh, Syncopation by Anna Zabo was just incredible. I don't think I can fault the book in any way.

But first, a definition.

Syncopation: the quality that music has when the weak beats in a bar are stressed instead of the strong ones.


When you read the book, you'll understand. All I'll say is, Ray and Zavier.

I read this novel in two days because I became invested within the first f
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The Novel Approach Reviews
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Syncopation is a tough book to label. It’s a friends-to-lovers story but not really. It’s an enemies-to-lovers story. No. Not really. It’s a second chance romance. Nope. It’s not that either. It’s the story of a rock band. Yes, that’s it! It’s the story of a rock band’s first steps toward stardom…

Ray and Zavier knew each other in high school—hence the second chance—but they were neither friends nor did they interact much. Their only conversation was Zavier turning down Ray’s invita
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The_Book_Queen
Oh man, this was one sexy, kinky ride! While also being super sweet, watching these two together?!


There's so much positive kink and consent here and I fucking LOVED it. That's how it should be! It's a bit of a slower burn, but once these two start playing . . . oh, yes, things get hot and heavy (and kinky -- did I mention kinky?) By kink, I mean: D/s, bondage, spanking/flogging, some toys . . . and, while not on page, mention of a cock cage.


I will say the only reason this is only 4 stars is due
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Amanda
This is my first read of Anna Zabo and is a rockstar romance. Twisted Wishes is an up and coming band that is taking over music industry by storm. We have the lead singer-songwriter, Ray who is a total mess. Actually he is a very nice guy, responsible, hardworking and he is very passionate about his music. All his problem stem from their asshole manager, Carl. All the drama in the book basically caused by one person - Carl. I feel that the author gave too much credit to this villain. I don't und ...more
namericanwordcat
This romance has a lot going on. The characters are layers, complex, imperfect, and very much themselves.

Zabo does a great job as usual of creating such human heroes with glory and darkness, self awareness and struggle.

Ray shines with talent and caring and grit. Zav's fierce fairness and observation are a lovely match.

The dynamic between Ray and Zav is grand. The equality in their relationship mixing in with a past crush, difference in where they are on the romantic scale, love of music, and k
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rin (lorenzo)
Apr 09, 2018 marked it as maybe
i kiiiiiiind of what to read this

but i reeeeeeeaaaally dislike the cover hfdjhjdfhjfdf
Apolishedreader
Updated with link to nail art related to book:
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I requested this book before I really knew what it was about. Then I was a little unsure over the aromantic aspect because let's face it, I read romance for the "I love you" at the end. That being said, I was so satisfied with this book and how it ends, where they are in their lives and relationship that I didn't feel like anything was missing.

The reasons why I picked up the book in the first place held up as well.
Rockstar romance
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Leah
Once again, Zabo has produced an amazing novel and cast of characters that I immediately fell in love with! Read the full review on my blog!
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Anna Zabo has become one of those authors that I can one-click with complete confidence, knowing I'm in for a treat. Whether it's paranormal, writing in a romance world shared by many authors, or BDSM, Anna's writing is consistently on a level all its own. Syncopation is the start of a new series about the rock band Twisted Wishes, and I have already become a total groupie for the band and every member in it.

Each time a read a book written by this author, I find there is so much detail and reali
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Laura
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dísir
Music excites me and everything about the blurb of ‘Syncopation’ was catnip: a fledgling garage band on the verge of making it big, a new cocky (and talented) drummer taking the place of the old one, an unspoken, straining attraction between 2 people who’d had a rocky relationship years ago and the slow unravelling of a frontman who takes on too much on his own shoulders.

The title ‘Syncopation’ is a fitting one somehow—the beat that the band conjures, that Zavier and Ray dance to…it’s a story p
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


I am always drawn to books about rock bands and I was interested to see what kind of world Zabo would create here. Ray starts out the book and is a focal point throughout. He has the contract and his band is getting better gigs, but his manager, Carl, is a nightmare and is constantly belittling Ray, and Ray feels he has no recourse. When an argument with his drummer goes viral, it’s just one more reason for Carl to come down on him. Ray will admit that he has iss
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Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
Review to come but pleeeeeeeease someone give me Dom's book, ok?
Parvathy
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Syncopation is rock star romance with two amazing protagonists and a bunch of really amazing secondary characters and set in a beautifully glamorous world. The book is entertaining and really captured my interest right from the first page.

Ray and Zavier are two well crafted characters who are completely different as night and day. Their dynamics and they way they compliment each other comes across right from the first page. I loved that they both were really complex and had more to the
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Katinka (Unquietly Me)
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book was so good it felt like a great big hug. It gave me shivers hours after I read it, and I wanted to live in it forever. It's the kind of book that makes this world a better place and shines a light on goodness, compassion, empathy, and love. It made me feel like a better person, because I felt so good inside after I read it.

I loved everything about this book and all its sultry, sweet, sexy, and succulent delights. It was finely crafted with a suspenseful and exciting plot that culminat
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Lauren loves llamas
Trigger warning: (view spoiler)

While I expect rock star romances to be angsty, oh man, this took angst and piled on lots of sizzling chemistry with a BDSM twist. There’s also lots of diverse sexual rep: Ray is gay, and unlike some of the other m/m rock star books I’ve read, he’s never hidden from the press that he is. Zavier is pansexual, aromantic (more on that later), and kinky as he
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Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what the
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