Review: Counterpoint by Anna Zabo

Anna Zabo’s newest novel is a whirlwind of attraction, trust and soft heroes that’ll turn you into mush. Join Dominic and Adrian in Counterpoint, a steamy Rockstar romance that gives you both the exhilarating and the comforting with a good dose of Dom/sub dynamics.

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. 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. 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.

I’ve received an e-arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a huge of Anna’s work and they’ve written some of my favorite romance books over the past year not only because they deliver a romance that makes my heart rejoice but also for characters I genuinely want to know more about.

In Counterpoint, the sequel to Syncopation, it’s Dominic Bradley, most popularly known as Domino Grinder to his fans, and the instantaneous attraction he gets towards Adrian Doran.

This book was such a comforting read. It put me in such a good mood that a weeks-long anxiety calmed down and I could sleep. Adrian and Dominic are allowed so much time to progress their attraction to one another. Because Adrian doesn’t know who Dominic is when he dons his eyeliner and outfits for the stage, Dominic can show him all the nerdy, bookworm delicious sides of him without a care in the world.

Counterpoint puts a big emphasis on trust. It’s careful to encourage trying out new things, but only if you’re super confident you want to and comfortable with them. Adrian, the dominant, introduces Dominic to kink in a way that’s familiar to him, which is through books and food and art, is so incredible because they’re things Dominic understands and already loves so it was enlightening to him to know that something kinky like that can involve his favorite hobbies.

The book revolves around Dominic’s internal struggle. He struggles with finding a balance between his own nerdy person and the rock star persona he’s created as Domino. I loved how Adrian and Dominic are so equal in their intellect. While their experiences might vary on the whole kink level but when it came to sex and being with people, they were very similar. They liked casual sex for their own reasons and when they met one another they’re at a point where they wouldn’t mind pursuing something more.

I loved loved loved their progression to lovers. It was perfect. They did everything they loved to do alone together and just enjoyed themselves. Their dates to food places, to parks, to art shows and museums inspired me so much. I felt like I wanted to do those things with someone who’d open their heart and mind for me.

This is what Counterpoint felt like: like someone probing my heart gently and unobtrusively. The angst in this novel was so perfectly written. Adrian is a natural protector. He just loves Dominic so much at that point that he couldn’t help but feel a bit of hurt. That point truly made me appreciate Anna’s writing. They managed to make me fall in love with two soft hunks.

I definitely recommend Counterpoint for people who enjoy a good relationship filled with soft moments, consent-filled sexy moments that are enthusiastic and simply filled with adoration and comfort, as well as moments of vulnerability and care.

You can also check out its companion story Syncopation. It features Dominic’s band mates, his best friend Ray and the new drummer, Zavier. It’s extra hot but it functions differently than Counterpoint. Both books have a strong relationship, amazing friendship and well developed characters. I think you’ll like it.

You can pick up a copy of Counterpoint on Amazon!

Title: Counterpoint
Author: Anna Zabo
Series: Twisted Wishes
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Representation: Pansexual main character, Gay main character, nonbinary author
Trope: Rockstar, dual identities, lust at first sight, D/s dynamics, hot nerds