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Most often I read books so I can compare them to their movie adaptations. But if I’m hearing a lot of chatter about a book, I’ll read it to see why people are so interested in it.

Unique approach to a book series

Zaryk: Book One in the Twisted Epiphany Series - Kt Colwell, C.A. Jonelle, Clarise Tan

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This series is taking a unique approach to creating a book series. Instead of the main characters being the same in each book, it will change between the band members in each book. An interesting idea, and I am curious how this will be done. Will the story overlap in each book? Or will the next pick up where the last stopped?

Fair warning, book 1 did end at a bit of cliff hanger, the kind that makes you groan and shake your first. So let’s hope the author doesn’t keep us waiting too long.

Now, I’ll admit, I had a few annoyances with this book. Three of the characters have very similar names: Zaryk, Zayne, Zayden. I started reading it, saw that, and was like, “Yup, I’m gonna get them confused with each other.” I plowed ahead regardless, hoping I could enjoy the book anyway. I didn’t even try to figure out who was who. The three are triplets, and I think they even look identical. Not enough information was given to help me differentiate between them. Like, there was no, so and so is the tallest, this guy has short hair, only this one wears a Mohawk, I know one does but all three could for all I know. The only time they were compared to each other was when one of the girlfriend’s said they all have huge penises, so from that I decided to surmise they are identical triplets.

The story switches between the male and female characters that the love story revolves around. It’s told in first person and normally I prefer to stay in one character's head if the story is first person. Usually that’s because an author doesn’t do a good job making the narration sound different and I get confused as to whose head I’m in. I will applaud this author in that she kept her voices very distinct. I had no problem knowing whose head I was in, even if I skipped the chapter title that reminded me.

The plot is basically a soap opera revolving around the rock band. Which fans of romance and erotica novels should enjoy, which is who this book is targeting at. So you will not be disappointed if that’s what you are looking for.

Yes, this is an erotica, and it has a disclaimer, but to me that content wasn’t too graphic. I actually read this on a plane and I know the people next to me were glancing over. What made me embarrassed to be reading it was all the cussing. The F word was used so often it became a filler word with no meaning. I get that some people may talk like that, but when it’s in a book, it can start grinding on you. Especially when it seems that every single character uses the word just as much as the next. If it was just one or two characters that used it constantly, it would have been more plausible to me. And it was just that one cuss word, over and over, seriously, every ten words, was the F word. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I’d had a censored version.

All in all, it was a good read. If you can ignore the overuse of the F word and the easily confused Z names. It is a quick read too. I was able to finish it on my four hour flight. I’d recommend it if you like drama filled eroticas because this one sure does deliver!