Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Release Day Review: Syncopation (A Collaborations Novel) by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga (Giveaway)

Title: Syncopation
Series: Collaborations: Book 2
Authors: Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 196

Colt Boudreaux was raised in the Louisiana bayou and is gifted with a talent steeped in the rich and soulful New Orleans blues tradition. He makes a living as a session musician, playing guitar for anyone who needs him. When his manager sends him to New York, the Cajun is as beguiled as he is baffled by the energy of the city—and just as charmed by Kyle Alexander.

Kyle is a successful classically trained ballet dancer, choreographer, and native New Yorker whose unbridled talent defies convention, and whose rebel spirit favors ink, shuns the orchestra, and is every bit as unique as Kyle himself.

They find a connection right away that inspires rhythm and movement, mood and music, both in and out of the bedroom. It’s not long before they’re as obsessed with each other as they are with their art, and they decide to work together on an improvisational piece for Kyle’s upcoming solo exhibition.

But Kyle is focused, and Colt is free-spirited. Colt’s work ebbs and flows with inspiration, and Kyle’s is rehearsed. Kyle is social and sophisticated, and Colt… isn’t. When their talents weave together, it’s magical, but will their differences destroy it all?

5 Stars

I loved the sound of this book when I read the synopsis but I didn’t realize exactly how much I would absolutely love it. It gave me everything I wanted - it had my heart racing, had me on the edge of my seat, and I felt the heartache these two wonderful men felt.

Colt had this way of speaking that had me melting, the accent strong enough in the words that I could hear his smoky vocals well after I put the book down. I could picture everything so clearly, as if these two authors were right here beside me walking through New Orleans.

I have come across very few male ballet dancers and that is such a shame because I love everything about them, and since I can’t dance to save my life, I could kinda live through Kyle’s obvious love of it. Kyle is sweet, if a little brattish at times, though that is by no means a bad thing.

The side characters like Timmy, Ryder and Nov were really well rounded and I hope maybe in the future we can get Timmy’s story.

I have seen these two authors around and have been curious about both and I am glad that I got this chance to experience this beautiful story.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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  1. I enjoy reading about men who dance for a living

  2. Yes, I too can't dance to save my life. I love it but I'm just so bad at it. 🤣

  3. I love books featuring dancers. I won the first book in this series, so I need to get on with reading it!

  4. Yes I enjoy books with male dancers "Set A Blaze" By K C Burn was a recent favourite.

  5. Not usually no. I don't have anything against it but I just haven't read many books with male dancers in it so it's not that I don't like it but I also just don't seek it out.

  6. I do enjoy books about male dancers. They are incredible.

  7. I have no issue reading story featuring male dancer, I think of it just like others’ passion or even their job. It’s not impossible to see/meet male dancers in real life, so why not in books??