Book Review: Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Hi Blisses,

I tried so hard to write this review. It’s not as well-written as I want it to be but it makes me feel like I’m still capable of writing a review. Hehe.

TITLE: Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin
BY: Mariana Zapata
GENRE: Contemporary Romance


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.


I love Mariana Zapata to the stars and back and I have read and reread her books so many times before. That said, I have no excuse why I haven’t read this until now.

Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin made me realize how much I missed Mariana Zapata’s writing. I just love her way of developing a slow-burn romance and for me, she’s the queen of slow-burn romance. In this book, I loved how the romance started as friendship right away, then friends-being-flirty and then finally blooms into romance. The romance really develops very slowly but the journey is so worth it, especially because of how funny the scenes are.

I think this is the funniest among all Mariana Zapata’s books. Gabby, our heroine has always been one of the boys, with her twin brother, Eli and his bandmates, Gordon and Mazon. She grew up with them and they basically know each other’s best and worst. Of course, they never hesitate to use their worst to humiliate each other. It’s really fun having them on the tour, on one bus for months. Having Sacha, our hero, and his own band with them won’t stop Gabby, Eli, Mazon and Gordon for being hellions.

On the other hand, Sacha is very, very mild to the point that I found him to be too tamed for a rockstar. But he’s so romantic and therefore swoony. I love how he really cares for Gabby, even though sometimes he’s influenced by Eli and the other boys. I just think in the last part of the story, he should’ve stopped waiting for Gabby and just told her exactly what he feels. But I do get why he remained quiet. It’s in his personality. Besides, he’s being a gentleman and he thinks he’s doing the right thing. I don’t really blame him. My main issue regarding this is on Gabby. Her uncertainty annoyed me a bit in the last part of the book. Her I-don’t-think-he-wants-more-than-friendhip worries kinda annoyed me. I mean she’s too open with everything. Considering her personality, it shouldn’t be an issue if he asks Sacha right away, but she waited too.

My other issue is I didn’t enjoy ‘prostitute’ and ‘gay’ jokes. If you read this, you’ll know what I’m saying. But aside from these, Rythm, Chord and Malykhin is one enjoyable read thanks to its funny characters. If you want some story to pass the time, especially if you’re in a community quarantine like me.

RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies

Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.

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