MENAGE-A-REVIEW: Counterpoint by Anna Zabo

Author: Anna Zabo
Book: Counterpoint
Series: Twisted Wishes, Book #2
Page/Word Count: 292
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
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Counterpoint by Anna ZaboTwisted 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.

4.5✨s – This was a fantastic book! I did not read book 1 in this series but will remedy that soon (it did not take away from this book by missing it). Dom is a complicated man who has reasons for his different personas. Watching his quiet side flourish with Adrian made my heart sing! An Adrian – holy hotness. Predictably, Dom’s two worlds collide leaving both him and Adrian adrift. Watching them work their way back to each other and how they navigate the future is wonderful.

5✨s – Anna Zabo has done it yet again, writing a glorious, slightly kinky romance featuring a reluctant rock star and a toppy tech exec, making it a shoo-in for my favorites for the year list. Dom’s “split personality” was described in Syncopation; Domino Grinder is the bold and confident stage presence but his true self is Dominic, bow-tie wearing nerd and bibliophile. Dom believes if his secret is revealed, it will be the end of his career. Pansexual and 10 years older, Adrian Doran is drawn to Dominic during a chance meeting in a cafe and the attraction is sealed through the erotic consumption of lemon meringue pie in public. (Yum!) As they begin seeing more of each other, Adrian guides Dominic through the BD part of BDSM that he craves. It’s fairly mild; cuffs and rope in the bedroom, no impact play or pain plus both men are occasionally versatile. I really enjoyed the balance the author achieved between the personalities of the men themselves. Sex scenes that are integral to the story never seem excessive with the judicious use of exposition for some.

Dominic’s fears are deep-rooted and his secrecy becomes a major obstacle to the future of the relationship when Adrian discovers his deception. Naturally Zavier, Ray and Misha are on hand to offer support and advice for Dominic and Adrian has his own friends who add interest to the narrative. His friend and coworker Jackson has a strong role and later he discovers friend and kink-advisor Janelle has a tenuous connection to Zavier. (I’d love to see a story for Jackson in the future, although he has a boyfriend in this story and seems quite vanilla.) Adrian also has to contend with problem coworkers and dissatisfaction with his job, all of which adds texture and dimension to this fresh take on a secret identity trope. This could be read as a stand-alone fairly easily I think but I hope you don’t deprive yourself of Ray and Zavier’s story! I recommend this one quite highly.

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5✨s – What a fantastic story! A book full of depth, happiness, woe, and hot hot scenes with incredible kink! Dominic Bradley aka Domino Grinder is living the high life as a rock god with his best friend and bandmates as a part of world famous band Twisted Wishes, but also enjoying his anonymity as the book nerd he also is. Adrian Doran is a computer programmer fed up of one night stands and finds himself drawn to Dominic when he sees him sat read in a restaurant. Both men feel an instant connection to the other but Dominic is very reluctant to trust his secret famous side to Adrian, at least until he knows him better. But more time together leads to both men falling more for each other, as well as exploring more of their d/s sides. Damn this is a hot read. The way each man expresses themselves from their POV when they’re together is intense and makes you feel how much they’re into what they are doing. Dominic is extremely worried about the two halves of himself being able to exist together. As Dominic, he’d never be able to perform on stage in front of thousands but Domino gives him the freedom to be loud, brass and play his music to the world. He’s a wonderfully sensitive guy very worried about acceptance from those around him and trust is the hardest thing he finds to give. His family is the band and the only people he trusts, especially after what happened to them in book 1 of the series. Adrian is settled in his life now after moving back from California. He’s got his own issues with family, unfulfilled with the job and one night encounters. He’s a strong guy mentally and emotionally after having to fight against family and things going a little awry at work at the moment. His support from his closest friend, Jackson is important to him. The MC’s are amazing together, you can instantly tell the attraction and the building emotions between the two. As well as the time they spent wrapped in each other at Adrian’s home, they take a few trips around the city which Anna is brilliant at describing and painting the setting of where they go so you feel right there as they come closer together. The overall storyline is easy to read and draws you to the characters, actions and emotions well written and I was eager to read the next chapter and the next, and then next until I finished at great book! This is the second in the Twisted Wishes series but can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read the first but will definitely be going back to it! I didn’t feel lost at any point with enough detail from the previous book given to easily understand. I highly recommend this book, think it’s one that many would enjoy even if you don’t normally read a BDSM story. I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review

About Anna Zabo:
Anna-Zabo-AuthorAnna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks.They can be easily plied with coffee.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Anna uses they/them pronouns and prefers Mx. Zabo as an honorific.

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