Review: Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by Z.A. Maxfield

Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost
Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by Z.A. Maxfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy crap. I must have been so busy waiting with baited breath for the next St. Nacho’s book that I passed out and missed this one completely! Color me surprised. Oh. What. Fun. And this was a nice, long, meaty read that I could really sink my teeth into.

So Fitz is kind of young and innocent and on his own for the first time, and manages to dive head-first into the deep, shark-infested end of the dating pool. When he wakes up in a dumpster at the end of an awful encounter (sure, we’ve all been there, right?) he is rescued by two ghostly apparitions who decide to sort of adopt him as their own and help him navigate the slings and arrows of outrageous relationships. Somehow, Fitz finds himself trapped between his former stepbrother and a hot boyfriend who doesn’t necessarily have Fitz’s best interests at heart. Then, you know, hilarity and drama, and a little bow-chicka-wow-wow ensues.

I enjoyed that while Fitz kind of starts the story as an innocent rich kid, he isn’t a helpless, hapless omega who truly can’t fend for himself. And sometimes when he gets dicked around he knows it’s because he’s doing the right thing, and he still insists on being the good guy. The world needs people like that. I also loved that this was a little reminiscent of Crossing Borders with the younger protagonist and maybe also a little hint of The Long Way Home with the paranormal aspect, but it was *very* much its own story. I think Fitz’s age was a big part of what made the story so fun; the character voice and the humor that you just can’t get away with when writing an older character.

Disklikes? Minor nits maybe, the biggie being that I had difficulty getting a bead on the age of Ari, the major love interest, and that would have helped anchor the relationship a little better in my head. But it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story, and maybe I just missed something somewhere?

So listen, while you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting to see if Dan gets to ride the Camshaft, this book would be an excellent expenditure of your time. Srsly. 😉

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