Review: ‘Reverb’ by Anna Zabo

43185688Published May 6th 2019
317 pages

Twisted Wishes bass player Mish Sullivan is a rock goddess—gorgeous, sexy and comfortable in the spotlight. With fame comes unwanted attention, though: a stalker is desperate to get close. Mish can fend for herself, just as she always has. But after an attack lands her in the hospital, the band reacts, sticking her with a bodyguard she doesn’t need or want.

David Altet has an instant connection with Mish. A certified badass, this ex-army martial arts expert can take down a man twice his size. But nothing—not living as a trans man, not his intensive military training—prepared him for the challenge of Mish. Sex with her is a distraction neither of them can afford, yet the hot, kink-filled nights keep coming.

When Mish’s stalker ups his game, David must make a choice—lover or bodyguard. He’d rather have Mish alive than in his bed. But Mish wants David, and no one, especially not a stalker, will force her to give him up.

I was thrilled when I found out that Mish was getting a book! Seeing Ray and Dominic each get their respective HEAs in the first two books of this series was a joy, and it’s only right that we get to see Mish get hers too.

She may be a bad-ass rockstar but someone has it out for her and she needs a professional to watch her back. David is exactly the man for the job. And as much as she resents his presence in the beginning, the chemistry between them is explosive and she soon finds herself pretty damn glad that he’s there. David’s priority is keeping Mish and the rest of the band safe, but it gets harder and harder to do as he falls head over heels for his rock queen. And when he starts to think he’s not the best thing for her or her bandmates he has to make some tough decisions that break him apart.

This is a book full of a lot of intense emotion. Fear and anger, elation and lust. It takes you everywhere. I loved Mish’s strength, the way she stood her ground against the person wanting to tear her down, but also the way she let herself be vulnerable with the people she trusts. I loved how her and David complemented each other, how they let each other be unapologetically themselves. I loved David’s self-assurance, his honesty, his empathy and his genuinely huge heart.

I loved how beautifully queer everybody in this Twisted Wishes family was and how who they were, who they loved, how they identified – none of it ever became bigger than they were. It was never used as a plot point or something that entirely defined anyone, it was just a part of them, the way it always should be.

I also absolutely adored that David, an ex-military man in his 40s, carried a teddy bear with him and didn’t show an ounce of shame about it. I connected with him in a huge way over Marly, the comfort and safety Marly brought him given everything he’s had to combat in his life. And the way Mish accepted it too, the way she understood the importance of it, that really touched me.

There was so much to love, and that overwhelming sense of family and friendship that came through in the earlier instalments of this series really shined in this book. It’s most definitely a series I’ll go back to.

4/5 stars