Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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 ninety-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… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.


This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

I found a few of the things that Gaby did pretty immature and nonsensical for a 26-year-old. Particularly when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I also wanted more swoony moments with Sacha singing, but that could just be because I am a sucker for musicians. 🙂

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this book and didn’t find that I was overly annoyed with any of the characters (just rolled my eyes a bit at Gaby a few times), I loved her relationship with her brother and his bandmates, and it was a fairly interesting story, if somewhat unoriginal.

Mariana is great about writing fun, down-to-earth friendships and relationships and this story was no different. If you love Mariana Zapata books, you’ll likely like this one as well. Definitely worth a read!

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

The audiobook reader wasn’t bad, however, I couldn’t stand the male voices she did.

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

Like I mentioned, I didn’t connect with the characters as much in this novel, therefore, I’m sorry to say, the relationship fell a little flat for me.

Re-read Worthiness: No

I likely won’t reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I plan on having a copy of every MZ book on my shelf!

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry Sacha!


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