"Counterpoint," by Anna Zabo
Contemporary Gay (M/M) Rock Star Romance
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.
Okay, hot dayum, folks, this week’s read was killer. Counterpoint, by Anna Zabo, is book two in the Twisted Wishes miniseries from Carina Press. I haven’t read book one, but you can bet your booty that bad boy is already purchased and sitting in my Kindle to start reading as soon as I’m finished with this review. Because, holy smokes, I fell so flippin’ hard for these characters. I cannot wait to see Ray and Zavier’s story, because I just know it’s gonna be crazy hot and delicious and just… Okay, sorry, I’m totally getting off topic here.
Let’s return to the review at hand, shall we? The totally amazeballs, steamy pile of yumminess that is Dom and Adrian’s story. So, where to start? This book is a wonderfully fun twist on the rock star romance trope… and it has some hella hot, well done BDSM, too. I mean, come on, what more can a gal ask for??
Dominic Bradley—aka Domino Grinder, the rockin’ lead guitarist of the hit rock band, Twisted Wishes—is a delightfully nerdy, shy, and anxiety-filled mess in his private life. The only way he can step onstage and manage the pressure of stardom is to don the larger-than-life persona of Domino. For years, he’s lived this double life, unsure of who the real Dom is. He’s studiously kept his two halves separate, fearful of what might happen if they were to ever intersect.
That is, until Adrian Doran enters his life. What starts out as a ridiculously smokin’ hot and wonderfully playful chance encounter eventually turns into so much more—for both men. The only problem is, Adrian only knows about his loveable, beautiful, submissive little Dominic. He’s completely clueless his boyfriend is a rock star in hiding.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? In a way, it is. But, oh, what a blissful mess. It wrenches your heart, but it’s so raw, and real, and amazingly deep. We’re shown their love, pain, and everything in between with vivid, heartrending words that cut and soothed and left me wanting more, more, more.
When I hit the end, I was both satisfied and disappointed. Satisfied because the story was rich, the characters were charming, and the ending was a dream. Disappointed because it was over and I desperately needed more. More Dom, more Adrian, more Twisted Wishes. Just more of everything. And, thankfully, I’ve got book one to read.
Let’s just say, I’ve already warned my husband to steer clear once I finish that book. I might be a bit on the grumpy side of things when I realize I have to wait for the next installment. (Because, there dang well better be… if these two books are it, I might melt into a puddle of unfulfilled readerly goop.)
So, what are you waiting for? I mean it… seriously… what the heck are you waiting for?? Counterpoint is available for pre-order or can be purchased for immediate enjoyment on or after its release date, September 24, 2018!
Until next time,