Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Counterpoint by Anna Zabo

Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley is an animal onstage. But behind his tight leather pants and skull-crusher boots lies a different man entirely, one who needs his stage persona not only to perform, but to have the anonymity he craves. A self-imposed exile makes it impossible to get close to anyone outside the band, so he’s forced to get his sexual fix through a few hot nights with a stranger.

When computer programmer Adrian Doran meets Dominic, he’s drawn to the other man’s quiet voice and shy smile. But after a few dirty, demanding nights exploring Dominic’s need to be dominated, Adrian wants more than a casual distraction. He has no idea he’s fallen for Domino Grinder—the outlandish, larger-than-life rock god.

Dominic is reluctant to trust Adrian with his true identity. But when the truth is revealed prematurely, Dominic is forced to reevaluate both his need for Adrian and everything he believes about himself.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolutely loved this story! Dominic and Adrian’s friendship is beautiful and the smoking hot sex scenes are fabulous.

Dominic is a wonderful character. The world knows Domino, his fierce stage persona, while he saves Dominic, the quieter and more intellectual side of himself for his private life. I really enjoyed Dominic’s personal journey in this story. Computer programmer Adrian is a very ordinary character and I love the contrast between his work in a cubicle at a bank with Dominic’s rock star life.

The chemistry between Adrian and Dominic is electric and I love the way Adrian helps Dominic understand and enjoy his personal kinks. This is a sexy book that straddles the line between romance and erotica. The characters and the storylines here are so well developed that the numerous (and very imaginative) sex scenes always feel intimate and sensual. The kink in this book feels honest and real and I really appreciate the absence of tired BDSM tropes.

I feel like the writing and editing is much stronger in this second book than it was in the first. This story doesn’t have any of the sensationalist over-the-top drama that often overshadowed Ray and Zavier’s relationship in the first book. I really loved this slightly more understated and thoughtful second story and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

4.5 stars

This is the second book in the series, and I think it is far richer for having read book one. You need to understand the trauma that the band members have already suffered, and the price that the madness of their previous manager has taken on all of them. Dominic was a nervous and shy person from the beginning and the fear of being found out as Domino the rock star has been made even more worrisome since all the crazy that happened in the last book.

I found the examination of a man leading two lives and trying to imagine which took priority, and which was really him, absolutely fascinating, absorbing, and demanding. It is done carefully and not overplayed but sits in the reader's mind as the story progresses and the need to be honest or walk away becomes imperative. He recognises that the developing relationship with Adrian is special. He is calmer, he is playing better, and it fulfils all his sexual fantasies, without danger or fear. But still, there is that last barrier he just can't surmount. He is at least honest with Adrian that there is a secret to be told, and Adrian is amazingly patient.

I don't want to say more, as it will be richer for you to read it and get the reveal. I can say that it is a very well-crafted story, gives us more insight into the band and its future, as well as a very satisfying romantic, passionate, and intense new relationship. Fabulous, thank you Anna Zabo!

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Anna Zabo 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 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 they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks. They can be easily plied with coffee.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo to read and review.

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