Review: Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Marian Zapata
Publication Date: August 21, 2015


Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Over the past 11 months I’ve been struggling with reading. You see I work from home as a ECE and have a licenced subsidized home daycare with the Quebec Government. I’ve worked throught the whole pandemic right from the start offering childcare services to frontline essential services. At times it was really scary because at the beginning, no one knew what exactly Covid-19 was so there was the extra stress of having people (other than family) in my home.

Alas, a couple of months ago I finally felt the urge (need) to start reading again so obviously I started by re-reading my favourite comfort stories.

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin is one of those stories. Everytime I pick up this book I’m immediately sucked into the story by it’s characters, witty banter and amazing writing. I love the protagonists with all my heart. Gaby and Sasha are, and will always be two of my favorite fictional characters. Their story just gets better with the complimary secondary characters making it a perfectly well written story.

I just completed reading and listening to it for the 6th time. The audio version of the story is also exceptional. Callie Dalton (the narrator) does an amazing job of the capturing the characters essence and delivering it to the listeners.

If you’re looking to read an amazing slow-burn, contemporary-romance I highly recommend this book.

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Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

Luna and the LieLuna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



“5- You only miss the shots you don’t take Stars!

I’d like to start off by saying that I almost cried when Mariana posted on December 13th, 12 minutes earlier on Facebook that “Luna and The Lie” was LIVE.
It took me about two point three seconds to “one-click” that sucker to get it on my kindle PRONTO!
However, I wasn’t able to start reading it until Friday night.

This is how it played out in my house:

Husband: Heather, It’s 4 am. What are you doing?
Me: Reading.
Really, I didn’t realize how late it was.
Husband: You coming to bed?
Me: Soon.
…4:45 am – Bed

8:00 am
Husband: What are you doing?
Me: COFFEE. Finishing my book.
Husband: Really? You got hardly any sleep.
Me: But, it’s SO GOOD! I gotta finish it!
And I did.
Then I re-read the last chapter and the epilogue because it was freaking AMAZING!

This book is one of my favourite books this year!

Luna… was just an amazing character to read!
Her hope, gratitude, love, forgiveness, fierceness, and the “little bit shady” when she needed to be was GOLD!
I loved, loved, loved her!

Ripley was just an amazing character as well.
He was the mysterious, bad-ass, alpha complex character that was perfect for Luna and her loving heart.

Favourite Quote:
“You calm me. You know that? You do to me what all that jewellery you wear does for you. Just looking at you makes me feel better. And not just fucking better but better. Different. Like you look right through me and my bullshit and you know what’s in there better than I do.”

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I loved the setting of the story, at an auto repair/classic car restoration shop.

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This is classic Mariana Zapata slow-burn perfection.

So many times throughout the book this was me.
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I highly recommend this book.
I know I’ll be re-reading again (probably soon) because it was that good!

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