by Mariana Zapata
Released: August 21st 2015
Published by Self Published
“… 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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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?