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review 2018-04-07 05:20
Good Characters and story
Syncopation - Anna Zabo Syncopation - Anna Zabo

Ray stared at the tabloid website headline. Carl was the no good band manager the record label had sent. Ray was accused of being drunk and attacking fellow band member - the drummer Kevin who had actually been the one drunk and the rest of the band- twisted wishes- attested to it. Carl knew kevin had been drinking on tour ray had even went to carl about it and nothing had been done. The band needed the tour for the record label dangled in front of them. Ray had put the strange little band together -Dom his best friend from HS , Mish the red haired bass playing crooner. Abd Kevin the kid from YouTube . Ray had brought them all together and they had done the impossible and had a hit. But Kevin hadn’t survived the pressure - all the publicity, touring, maybe it was ray’s fault always going on about practices and looking and sounding their best. They hadn’t had a break in months. Xavier had got a scholarship for drums at Juilliard. Ray had asked him back in HS about joining the band and Xavier had said no in a uphanded way . But Xavier had been attracted to Rya but Ray was sixteen Xavier was eighteen - no way. Xavier followed Rays career as he never got over the nerve of that cocky sophomore approaching a Juilliard bound Senior for his garage band. Xavier hadn’t been on stage for three months, not since Xavier had walked away from his position as  principal timpani on the Silverton Orchestra. Xavier had slept with the Maestro Dimitri Ferbian. But Dimitri wanted romance and love and Xavier was aromantic and Dimitri was incapable of hearing anything he didn’t want to hear. Xavier still hadn’t found another orchestra position when he decide to submit his CV and type up a statement of intent and sent it to the auditions for a drummer for Twisted Wishes. Xavier now knew not to have sex with those he worked with. Xavier had been everything ray had wanted to be- born with rock star looks, and a rock star name , and a musical prodigy also. Xavier joins the band. Ray and Xavier are very attracted to each other and have hot chemistry but Xavier makes it clear he’s not a relationship type of person so they start out as casual lovers . the manager and record labels gives Xavier and ray a rough time about their relationship but Ray and Xavier still continue being lovers.

I enjoyed this book considering I don’t read male/male or female/female books. But i accidentally chose this one I apparently seen Rock star and that's all it took oh well. But here is what I thought. I liked the plot  but felt this dragged at times. I skipped over the sex parts and I am not really into whips when it comes to the BDSM part so I didn't miss everything. I had never heard of aromance so that was something new and interesting. I did like the actual build up for Ray and Xavier to build a friendship before the sensual part. I really liked how protective Xavier was of Ray. I loved Ray’s commitment to the band. I also liked how ray and the band interacted with each other including ray and Xavier. I liked Mish and Dom also. So as long as you knew what this entails I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-09-15 21:44
Daily Grind (Takeover, #4) by Anna Zabo 4.5 Star Review!
Daily Grind (Takeover) - Anna Zabo

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N'At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn't have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he'd become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob's visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.  

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?

 

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Wow. Runs around clapping! I found a great gifted new to me writer. 

Ana Zabo creates nuanced grown characters who I adore watching fall in love and then work to have a loving relationship. 

I have so many favorite things about this book. It gets all the details just so, This is a full world with lively and complex heroes.

We get a romance that deals with what it means to grown up working class and with addicted parents and be successful, what it means to be bisexual in your late 30's through this era cultural change, small business ownership, coffee and third spaces, being a workaholic...

Brian is a workaholic. and Rob is workaholic. in recovery but with more resources than Brian. This is the core conflict in the book. Brian can be very annoying but it the true to life kind of frustration that you feel with people you love that have an addiction or point of view problem.

The love story is lush and comforting and sexy. Rob and Brian get a great deal of couple time as well well as time to make their own arcs. All the characters in this book matter and nothing is simplified. The setting is great. 

So well written! I ordered all the rest of the books in the series and can't wait for more. A great love story. 

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review 2017-02-19 22:20
Daily Grind (Takeover #4) by Anna Zabo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N'At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn't have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he'd become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob's visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.  

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?

 

 

 

The forth book in the Takeover series is the first book for me that I've read.

I actually requested this book by accident but wound up reading it because I didn't like it being left unread.

While M/M romances aren't really my thing I can tell its a decent book for those who do enjoy them. Its written well, the characters are intriguing, and the sex scenes are explicit for those who enjoy a well detailed love scene. Just wasn't my favorite genre.

 

Anna Zabo

 

 

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review 2016-10-20 00:00
Just Business
Just Business - Anna Zabo 3.5 stars

Both men are suffering from their pasts. At first it seems that are only making each other's pain worse, but eventually it's realized that each is exactly the right person to help the other heal. There's lots of soul searching and questioning and tons of sexy times. Just Business is a beautiful and erotic romance.
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review 2016-08-25 07:55
Due Diligence (Takeover) - Anna Zabo

After 'Just Business' I was hesitant to continue with this series. But I'm glad I did. This one was so much better. In fact, it's the best in the series so far. Todd and Fazil were burning up the sheets (just a figure of speech - not like they were always in an actual bed!) I loved how their connection and love for each other had survived fifteen years of separation.

There were a few things I hated as well, like Todd and Fazil failing to even consider the obvious solution to their biggest problem. Seriously - no one with such a lack of common sense or ability to look for alternative solutions would ever make it to a college degree. It made me want to pull at my hair and yell at them. And I didn't really 'buy' this problem. Really, no one is that blind!

The other thing I hated was that there were not real consequences for the nasty people in the story. I am not very good at this 'turn the other cheek' business and I want the bastards in my books to get what should be coming to them. I enjoyed this book a lot - especially after being so disappointed in the last one - an I am very much looking forward to Brian's story.

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