Anna Zabo’s writing clicks all of my hot buttons: amazing characters, realistic situations, kinky dirty sex, and a way of drawing me in so that the world around me disappears. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
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.
In Counterpoint, we once again enter the world of the band Twisted Wishes, this time focusing on guitarist Domino Grinder. The world sees a tattooed bad-ass rock god on stage, but Dominic Bradley works hard to keep his real life and the persona of Domino separate. Painfully shy and reserved as Dominic, the only way he can cope with the fame and attention is to maintain two distinct lives. Romantic entanglements would jeopardize this and risk disclosure of his closely guarded secret, so Dominic has always preferred one night stands and brief encounters. But when he meets Adrian, a computer programmer by day, dominant lover by night, Dominic needs to decide whether he can trust Adrian enough and risk exposing himself to the world around him.
I adored this story. First, because Anna Zabo’s writing clicks all of my hot buttons: amazing characters, realistic situations, kinky dirty sex, and a way of drawing me in so that the world around me disappears. But also because their stories focus so much on character development. I know these people as good friends that I care about. I know their hopes, innermost desires and what makes them tick. The author does not simply tell a story, but creates these fascinating lives and lets me experience a new reality vicariously through the character’s eyes.
The reality I lived this time was that of a man who was a study in contradictions. He was a geeky, reserved hipster with a passion for music who became another person when he immersed himself in his talent. He was confident in his abilities but lacking in confidence in himself. He was a man that gave the appearance of taking on the world, but only wanted to kneel and submit and trust someone enough to hand the responsibility over to them. And this is what he found in Adrian, and I absolutely loved these two as a couple and the way in which Adrian so fully gained Dom’s trust and love and never betrayed it.
Counterpoint is the second novel in the Twisted Wishes series, although it could be read without having read the first story. But why would you want to? This band is full of such fantastic personalities that missing out on Ray and Zav’s story would be a shame. I look forward to Misch’s story and how the author will treat it. Their stories mostly involve m/m romance, so I look forward to reading how they take on a female main character.
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