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. But 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 90-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, and a fantastic body, and if he weren't so funny.... Let's be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.
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I live in the outback Australia and so love to listen to a good raunchy kickass story where the female is tall strong and in total control.
I have listen to couple of Mariana book's Under Locke & Kulti, they were brilliant in there own way, this one not so much. I don't really think adults talk the way they are written in this story. In there teens yes, not so much once you get to twenty-six. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed, I like to feel like I'am on a ride when I listen to a book, a ride of emotions wither it is funny, loving, hatful, sexy, mind blowing, dangerous or bizarre. There was no ride, I felt like I was sitting on the kiddee merry go round. Narrator sounded like she was talking though her nose, abit off putting.
"NOT UP TO PAR WITH ZAPATA'S OTHER WORK."
The characters are underdeveloped and the storyline is flat. Building a character is one of Zapata's strengths but she missed this time. The performance din't help. Sticking with Callie Dalton to do the performance instead MAY have helped it some. Disappointing.
"Solid Love Story...narration was not the best ...."
Mariana Zapata is an author I admire. I believe Kulti was one of the best books written in 2015. This story is not one that you have the urge to continue into the wee hours listening to. You can walk away and pick it up later.
Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin is witty and humorous as is MZ's style. The developing relationship between Sasha and Gabby evolved slowly and lends itself more to a real life romance rather than a fictional character romance.
The back drop of touring with her brother's band as Gabby tries to put her life together is light hearted and funny. Despite the talent of this author I found that I thought the story lagged. I think perhaps this particular story would have been better for me if I had read it rather than listened. I did not care for Ms. Robbins performance of male voices .... and I found her voice was grating at times.
While I am not overwhelmed with this story as I have been with some of her other works, I do believe this book to be credit and/or sale worthy.
"Great story! :D"
This was a great story. I loved both Gaby and Sacha and their story was fun and interesting while still having some drama and pulling of heart strings.
Gaby is a recent college graduate who's boyfriend recently dumped her over the phone. Since she was living with said boyfriend (at his insistence) this left her without a boyfriend and without a place to live. Gaby's twin, Eli, is in a band with two of her BFFs since the age of 5. They ask her to come on tour with them to sell merchandise for them since she doesn't have a job or place to stay outside her parent's house she agreed.
Sacha is the lead singer for a band and loves his music. His mother is an Opera singer and doesn't exactly approve of his type of music but Sacha doesn't care. Sacha's a good guy and doesn't sleep around on the road. He did have a girlfriend but she didn't like him being gone on tour all the time and gave him and ultimatum, his music or her, which ended things between them.
Gaby wasn't thrilled at the idea of going on tour with her brother again (something she's done for them in the past) but she needed the money and it seemed like a perfectly timed opportunity. She also felt it would be tough to drop everything to travel once she had a "serious" job so she might as well travel with her brother and friends while she still is free to. Gaby shows up to join the tour right before that night's show is getting ready to start so she gets settled in and starts working the merch table. Gaby isn't familiar with the band her brother's band is opening for and hadn't heard their music until their show started. Gaby pretty much fell in love with Sacha just based off his voice alone. Unfortunately, their actual meeting ends up being rather embarrassing for Gaby (when she mistakes him for someone else from behind and kicks him in the butt) and it doesn't help the situation that Sacha's gorgeous and Gaby has trouble forming thought around him at first.
Despite their unfortunate meeting, Gaby and Sacha end up becoming friends quickly. Gaby grew up desensitized to most guy stuff and so she's female but also perfectly alright hanging out with the guys and sometimes having humor just about as crude as theirs. Because of this, the friendship between Gaby and Sacha is easy to develop but hard to get past. They become close but when Sacha seems content to keep their relationship as just friends, Gaby is confused and even a little hurt. Gaby figures she's expecting too much and Sacha just wants to be friends so she tries moderating her growing feelings for him but isn't very successful in this. Their relationship is a bit undefined for a while so I was very happy when things finally came to a head and Gaby and Sacha talked things out. Once this happens, it doesn't take too much for them to be solidly together and the story ends with the beginning of their HEA.
I enjoyed this story greatly. I loved Gaby and thought she was a great heroine. There were times I wish she'd have had more confident in herself but I could see how she'd feel the things she felt, especially once you find out her background and such. I thought Sacha was a wonderful hero and my only complaint about him was that he tried to "take things slow" with Gaby and left her thinking her didn't like her that way. I really wish he'd have made his interest clear to her before the slow progression started. I mean I like the slow burn, but I don't like seeing feelings hurt either. Still, I loved the story and the characters in it. It wasn't just the relationship between Sacha and Gaby that I loved but the friendships as well. Gaby's interactions with Eli and her friends were perfect and I could totally see these people growing up together to get to point that their relationships are at in the story. Overall, the story wasn't perfect but I loved it and would definitely recommend it. :D
"Good not great"
The Amazon reviews kept saying that this was funny. Maybe it was the narrator? I just didn't find it that funny. That said, it was still an enjoyable book. I would not use a credit on it but, if it's on sale, I would get it.
"Wow a refreshing storyline"
I have read many romance books and after a while you can kinda tell how the storyline is going to go. this one surprised me and showed a totally different build up to a romance that wasn't driven on lust and sex. I absolutely loved Sasha and Gabby. just perfection and the narration was outstanding. please give this a try you won't be disappointed and you will laugh and swoon.
"An okay story, with sometimes annoying narration"
Of all 5 of Zapata's audiobooks, this was by far my least favorite. All the others are 4-5 star. Did I mark it down because my expectations were so high? Possibly.
Definitely the narration affected the experience. Most of the male voices were similar, and sounded like 10 year olds. When you're thinking about how annoying the voices are instead of listening to the story, it's hard to enjoy the book.
As far as the story, it was okay. Some funny parts. Not bad, but not great either. Somehow the characters didn't seem fully developed. Gabby's nickname of "Flabby", used throughout the book by her brother and his friends, got on my nerves. Again, maybe it was the narrator. In any case, I don't anticipate listening to this one again. :(
"Sweet love connection"
I thought this was a funny and easy listen. At first I wasn't sure if I could handle the way Carly narrated her brothers voices and some of the other band mates, especially with all of not good reviews on the narration, but I got used to it and the funny antics and sweet friendship to love story kept me intrigued. I really loved how close Sassy and Princess got before admitting the strong connection they had. I had many times of laughing and feeling the embarrassment that Gabby runs into. Carly did a really good job of Gabby.
Mariana Zapata did an awesome job of making this more about friendship.
"Always a good read"
Anything that Ms. Zapata writes is always, without fail incredibly excellent. I'll read anything that she creates.
"Great book, not as good performance"
I enjoyed the story. Mariana Zapata has quickly become a favorite author of mine. The narrator however, I wasn't a huge fan of. She constantly seemed like she was screaming and male characters were weak. But overall the story was worth the purchase.
"I love this book and I adore the author."
Mariana Zapata hit another one out of the ball park. Funny, relatable, realistic, and loving you won't be able to stop listening. Miss Zapata pulls you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat through out the whole book. Simply wonderful.
"Narration, and action a bit staccato some of the time."
Sometimes loud, too loud for my taste - a bit like New York streets. But enjoyable for all that.
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