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Friday 26 June 2015

✍ Zaryk: Twisted Epiphany [1] - C.A. Jonelle

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of pages: 262
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ I really liked it  
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"**Not intended for those under 18. Contains mature content.**

One fatal moment tears Zaryk’s life apart and he struggles to cope with his loss and grief. Years later, with his band ‘Twisted Epiphany’ on the cusp of success, Zaryk is finding the answers in partying and alcohol. Enter Lyndsay, a shy college girl who gives Zaryk hope that there can be happy endings in life. But one night of passion ruins his dreams of something more meaningful and spoils their friendship. Misunderstandings drive them apart and Zaryk is soon lost in a different world as ‘Twisted Epiphany’ become ever more famous. Will he get the chance to tell Lyndsay how he feels? Or will Zaryk’s stardom and Lyndsay’s insecurities keep them apart?

A story of passion, love, loss and the pressures of fame, ‘Zaryk’ is the first in the ‘Twisted Epiphany’ series that follows Zaryk, Zayne, Zayden, Deklan and Kreed as they take their band from small town success to world-wide phenomenon."

Generally when I hear a book is romance my reaction is rather lackluster, however, when I saw the description as a rock band romance and saw the cover (which by the way does rock! It features Sal Costa of My Darkest Days) I was intrigued enough to pick it up and give it a try.

The story is well written in the first person, with an alternating point of view of the two main characters. I did enjoy the switching as the various scenarios unfolded as it gave a lot of opportunity for character development and a chance for me to really get involved in their range of emotions that different situations in the book evoked. C.A. Jonelle really captured these events perfectly; whether a character experiencing something traumatic, or that causes relief, anger, regret, love, and the other workings of the human mind and nature. Very well done indeed! This book, "Zaryk", is the first of the Twisted Epiphany series and ends leaving you wanting to read the next book straight away!

There are graphic sex scenes and the F-word is used profusely, but this all fit in well with the overall theme of the book, Zaryk is a rock star after all, what ever will he and the band be up to when not on stage?

Zaryk was easy to read and difficult to put down. I felt it showcases how our lives can be shaped by our experiences and choices that are made. On the light side of things I found myself laughing at some humorous points too! Again this was not what I was expecting in the slightest, so I recommended to all avid adult readers. I will definitely read this series as the other members of the band are the focal points to be explored.

Ben Crowe
BooksChatter contributor

[ARC received from the author]

About the Author

C.A. Jonelle lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband, daughter, two dogs, one cat, and six fish. She's been reading for as long as she can remember. She wrote several hundred poems in high school and started writing stories while in her late twenties.

She loves a good romance book with a tattooed and pierced rock star who is plagued by the reality of life.

When she's not reading or writing, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, or just catching up on her favourite shows such as Hell's Kitchen or Devious Maids.

She's currently working on the next book in the five part Twisted Epiphany series that is slated to come out in 2015.

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