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 Twisted Wishes for years, and lately, he likes what he sees. What he doesn’t like is how out of control Ray seems—something Zavier’s aching to correct after their first pulse-pounding encounter.
Despite the prospect of a glorious sexual encore, Ray is reluctant to trust Zavier with his band—or his heart. But touring together has opened their eyes to new passions and new possibilities, making them rethink their commitments, both to the band and to each other.
I absolutely loved Syncopation and gobbled it up. There’s so much good here. Speaking of…
- A nonbinary author writing about a queer rock band is all.the.yes. Loads of rep including aromantic, gay, and pansexual.
- This is the first time I’ve read a romance with an aromantic character and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. The dynamic that develops between Zavier and Ray is wonderful and let me grok what one version of an aro relationship may look like. It’s one of those cases where fiction gets something into your brain better than non-fiction ever could.
- Ray doesn’t know that he’s into BDSM kink and Zavier guides him there with support and consent all the way.
“I don’t want to be manhandling you and pressing you against a wall if that is not your thing. Consent is sexy.”
- I love not just the main relationship but the entire band. Zabo fleshes the characters out and, at the same time, leaves you wanting more. HEAs for everyone, I say!
- This book has the best anaphylactic shock scene/rep I’ve seen in fiction. If you suspect allergic shock Epipen first (while someone else calls an ambulance), ask questions later! This is how you save lives, people. All of the hospital stuff was thoughtfully done and this medical interpreter appreciates it.
- The manager had so much more coming to him. I needed more catharsis after all his crap.
I’ve never read Zabo before and I’m excited to check out more of their writing! The next book in this series, Counterpoint, is an instant add to my TBR, and they have some backlist, too. Oo.