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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

 Volatile (Treacherous Chemistry #1)  - Avylinn Winter

Author: Avylinn Winter

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Length: 72,000 words

The Violinist (Now called Volatile), won a Watty award in 2015 in the LGBT+ category. The Wattys is the world’s largest online writing contest hosted once a year by Wattpad.

Blurb

Like a depressed moth drawn to a wild flame, Chris hoped that flame would brighten his life, not burn him alive.

Chris Sinclair fades into a grey world after losing his mother to cancer. When forced to attend a concert as a last attempt to coax him out of his shell, he discovers that life might not be as bleak as he first thought.

Dante Heron holds the audience between the tips of his fingers and the delicate bow, playing the violin as if every heart is his to command. However, something darker brews behind the façade, and Chris is determined to solve the enigma.

When Chris is offered the job of traveling around Europe with the famous violinist, he surprises himself by accepting. With no idea what awaits him, he's thrown into a world where emotions rule and rules are bent.

They're a perfectly dysfunctional match, but then there's always calm at the heart of the storm.

Review 4 Stars:

After the death of his mother, Chris Sinclair feels lost and rootless. His older brother and his husband have been pillars of support and do everything to try and cheer him up.

He's not even sure he wants to go back to college after the summer but he keeps most of his feelings bottled up inside. His world is turned on its head when he attends a classical concert and is instantly enamoured with the violinist and his music.

Chris feels as if the music is playing only for him and the entire audience is enraptured by Dante Heron's playing. His brother knows Dante's agent and Chris gets to meet the star after the show, but Dante seems uninterested in anything but his music.

When Chris is offered the job of touring around Europe and getting Dante to rehearsals and concert venues on time, he suprises himself by accepting and hopes to get to know Dante better.

This was an emotional roller coaster of a book. More of a slow burn romance, rather than the characters jumping straight to sex, which was a refreshing change of pace.

Both characters are damaged emotionally and as they get to know each other better over the tour, so do the readers. My one niggle is that we only ever see Chris's point of view, we don't get a peek into Dante's head at all.

There was also a lack of dialogue which was disappointing to me. Dialogue is a good way to get to know each character, but most of the time we don't get Chris and Dante's conversations, we just get paraprhases such as they discussed this, they discussed that.

Now don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book a lot, but it could have been better. I wanted to see them get their happily ever after, for these characters have been through so much that you can't help rooting for them.

Both Chris and Dante are not very good at communciating and you watch them struggle with their feelings for a while, but you as the reader do know the feelings are there. 


It's a romantic, unconventional love story that is a delight to read and will have you thinking about the story long after the last page is turned.

Author Bio

Raised in one of the cold corners of the world, Avylinn spends her days either wrapped up in a blanket or basking in the precious sunlight. When she can’t choose herself, she’s holed up in an office working with climate research that has little to do with the worlds and characters she creates in her vivid dreams.

Always the emotional one, she has found her outlet in writing, voicing thoughts, emotions and fears through her characters that feel very much alive to her. And, what began as a hobby soon took more and more time in her life until she realized that she had left her old life behind and entered a new one where her emotions turned into a super power—ready to launch at her poor readers.

She recharges with the help of coffee, cinnamon buns, popcorn and occasionally a healthier alternative.

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