September 30, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Rhythm, Chords & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: September 8th, 2015
Rating: 5 hearts
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 on 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.
I love romance with rock star so Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin was for me, no doubt about it. It’s my first book of this author and it won’t be the last because I like her style. This book is full of humor and romance but also friendship, family and tour.
I thing to know is that Gaby and her twin brother were very close in their young year. They have two friends, Mason and Gordo, these two are now with Eli member of a band.
I like Gaby, she’s very cool and fun, she’s also very protective over her brother and her two friends. She has some smart comments and the situations are sometimes crazy. I like the relation between Gaby and her trio, they made mistakes in the past but they won’t do it again.
Sacha is hot, very hot, he’s also the singer in a band who toured with Eli’s. He’s not like the other boys in the band and I like that, he loves what he’s doing but he knows that being on tour for 6 month is hard to have a girlfriend.
The relation between Sacha and Gaby grows very slowly or not, they are attracted very fast by each other’s but the sexual begin more in the end. It’s not a problem for me because I think that it’s cool that they learn to know each other’s and don’t go straight for the sex. But once the step is passed, they are no rewind.
I like the ambiance of this book, it’s not only just music and tour, it’s also the other way to see the star system, yes they have a lot of girls but they sleep on bus all together, they are doing a job they love but they are away from home and the people they love often.
One thing I love is that the characters aren’t broken; they didn’t have a sad story, just a life story. I found that refreshing that people hasn’t a bad case behind them.
Mariana Zapata has a way to create character and bring them to life, it’s easy to identify yourself as Gaby, she’s strong but also weak and she’s human just like us. It was also nice to see the life on tour for a worldwide rock tour.
Quick word: A light romance full of fun, love and rock’n’rollk.
About the author
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.