Review: Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Posted January 12, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Review: Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata
Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin
by Mariana Zapata

4.5 Stars

Released: August 21st 2015
Published by Self Published
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 171
Format: eBook

Recommended Read!

“… it’s full of humour, romance and friendship. A perfect mix.”
~ Under the Covers

This isn’t the first book I have read by Mariana Zapata, however, it is the book that has me absolutely addicted! Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin was perfect for me; a sassy, hilarious heroine; an adorable good boy with the looks of a bad boy and lots of lovable and funny side characters. I picked this book up and was soon immersed and invested into the Rhythm & Chord Tour and didn’t want to leave… much like Gaby.

Gaby comes along on her brother’s band’s tour as the merch girl. After all, she doesn’t have much else going on; no job and her boyfriend has recently broken up with her. Besides, she loves her twin brother and the other two degenerates in his band. That’s when she meets Sacha Malykhin and they are hit with insta-friendship, they just seem to…fit and as the tour continues she begins to wonder if maybe there could be more.

Zapata is the absolute queen of friends to lovers and slow burn romances and this book is no different. Although this can make her books fairly predictable, which makes this a double edged comment; you know exactly what you are getting when you pick up one of her books, whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the reader. Personally I didn’t mind, the well-trod path her story took wasn’t the reason I picked up the book nor was it why I continued eagerly turning pages. It was all about the characters.

First, the romance, Gabby and Sasha become fast friends, they click immediately and their funny, teasing relationship with an underlying current of sexual tension was riveting to read. I loved their friendship turned romance I felt like Zapata created something beautiful between them by making it more than a surface deep insta-love interaction.

Now, for the second reason I loved this book, the surrounding characters, Gabby’s brother Eli and the rest of the band members were hilarious. I loved that this book showed you more than just the romantic relationship, but also the Gabby connecting with her brother and her best friends.

I am now a Mariana Zapata addict and I have no intention of kicking the habit. If you haven’t read her before this one is a great place to start, it’s definitely one of my favourites, it’s full of humour, romance and friendship. A perfect mix.


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About Mariana Zapata

Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.
Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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8 responses to “Review: Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

  1. Kathy valentine

    Fabulous review suzanne!! Sounds like a great read!!! On my the gr8 list!! Shared on all my socials!

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