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Syncopation

(Twisted Wishes #1)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  149 reviews
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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~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

I love a good rock-star book and although I struggled with this in the beginning, I ended up really liking it by the end.

Ray is the lead singer of Twisted Wishes (loved this band name) along with his best friend Dominic, and the statuesque goddess that is Mish. Ray has worked very hard for years to get his band off the ground. They are on the rise even though things haven't been so smooth and it only gets worse when photo's of him and his drummer Kevin having an altercation are floating
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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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Acqua
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance, qm, q, best-mcs, db, loved-it, ymm
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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Hollis
I'm not going to do a great job reviewing this book but I really loved SYNCOPATION. This is more than just your standard m/m contemporary or sexy rockstar story. This is so character driven, so raw, and full of representation (this was my first read with an aromantic character) and.. trust. Friendships and relationships and honesty and heart and just gah. Feels. Feels spilling out all over the place.

There were only two things I didn't totally enjoy. We had a very present and sliiiightly OTT (at
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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* Too Many Books Too Little Time
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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River
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I had a hard time getting into this story, I felt like it started slow and didn't really pick up.

I really liked reading about an aromantic character, it was my first. I can't really judge the execution of it because I just don't know much about the theme but I'm always down for representation.

I particularly didn't like the pace of the relationship, I did like the fact that these guys got to know each other as friends first but the whole we are fucking to we are committing to each other long-te
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Em
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqiap, mm
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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Claudie Arseneault
All right, this got long, so full commentary is on my Patreon.

A disclaimer: I am not usually a contemporary romance reader, especially when it is heavy in sex scenes. I picked it up as an aromantic reader because I knew Zavier was a pansexual aro and had heard good comments. This is mostly a review of the representation.

Overrall, I enjoyed both the story and the representation. Up until the end, anyway, and I'd actually recommend reading it without the epilogue. More on that later.

I loved the w
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Sahitya
After reading the ARC of Reverb and meeting all the rockstars of Twisted Wishes again, I finally decided to pick up this first installment of the series. I really wanted to know the beginnings of Ray and Zav’s story despite already knowing about their HEA and this was such a wonderful book to read.

Ray is a very talented singer/songwriter and his passion for his art and love for his band really reflects off the page. But he is also a product of the class divide and seeing him question his talent
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Natasha
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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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⚔ Silvia ⚓
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

Syncopation is a book that I expected to love, and while I did love a lot of it, I also can’t give it the full five stars I was expecting to give it when I started reading. I did enjoy it a lot though and I can’t wait for the sequels.

First off, I had never read a book about a band even though I know there’s a lot of them. This was my first. I loved the music/band element so mu
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***
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
 Rosebud
Syncopation : The quality of a rhythm being somehow unexpected, in that it deviates from the strict succession of regularly spaced strong and weak beats in a meter

Frontman Ray Van Zeller of the up and coming band Twisted Wishes might have just put the proverbial nail in the band's coffin when he confronts Kevin, the band's drummer, especially after their confrontation and parting of ways goes viral. The fall out is that Ray is now being labeled as diva drunk with anger issues, but more importan
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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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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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Xan West
Note: I suggest that arospec readers avoid reading the epilogue.

For the most part, I loved this book. And I had a lot of trouble with the epilogue, especially with regard to the aromantic representation. I want to explore these aspects of my reading experience in detail, so this is going to be a longer review. 

Read my full review on my blog.

Content Warnings (view spoiler)
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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...].
Lisa The Novel Approach
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ 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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Elke
This was pretty fucking great. Coincidentally (or nor) it also had some pretty great fucking.

It has Ray, the gay lead singer MC with synesthesia and his enemies to friends to partners relationship with Zav, the aromantic pansexual drummer. Both other band members are also queer.
I loved the aro rep and how the relationship Ray and Zav formed was never treated as lesser than romantic relationships and everything was very clear about that Ray ended up falling in love and it was okay that Zav never
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Apolishedreader
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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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rin
Apr 09, 2018 marked it as maybe
i kiiiiiiind of what to read this

but i reeeeeeeaaaally dislike the cover hfdjhjdfhjfdf
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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Rafa Brewster
Stopping at 25%. I'm interested to see how it plays out with the two heroes but I am so not a fan of the manipulative/bullyish manager as a plot element. I might pick it up another time, we'll see.
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Anna Zabo (they/them) writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns and prefers Mx. Zabo as an honorific.

Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania.
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Twisted Wishes (3 books)
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