All Note Long, by Annabeth Albert
Series: Perfect Harmony, Book 3
Publisher: Lyrical Shine (Kensington)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Giving true love a spin . . .
Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .
Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .
Music Industry/Show Biz
To be honest, this book shouldn’t have worked for me.
First off, I don’t even like country music. Not only is Michelin Moses a country music sensation, but because the entire series is set within the music industry, there was very little chance I would be able to avoid the country & western elements within the story. Also, Michelin Moses and Lucky Rain? I almost wanted to nope out of the book because of how cheesy their stage names were, but that probably would’ve been even more ridiculous than, well, their names. And last but not least, it really didn’t bode well that I did not finish the first Annabeth Albert book I ever picked up, which happens to be Treble Maker, Book 1 in this very same series.
So, not the best of starts, obviously. Which is why it was such a pleasant surprise that I really enjoyed All Note Long. I thought the story worked well as a standalone despite being the third book in the Perfect Harmony series. With Michelin being in his mid-30s, the book is also more Adult than the earlier books in the series, which are NA. And fans of the series will be happy to know that the heroes from the previous books have multiple cameos throughout.
I liked that both men were mature and level-headed, but with vastly different personalities. Michelin is cautious and conservative – and deep in the closet. I’m usually not a fan of the closeted MC trope (too stressful), but I couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy considering the circumstance (and industry) he’s in. The author put his character through the wringer professionally, mentally and emotionally, and I was totally convinced of his passion for country music and his dedication to his fans. And of course, his love for Lucky.
Lucky was a breath of fresh air and not at all what I expected. A far cry from the seemingly mercenary “boy toy” in the blurb, his character was driven and grounded, someone who go-go danced to pay the bills and auditioned for professional dance gigs any chance he got. He was fun, colorful and kind, and had a steady head on his shoulders thanks to his large Argentinian family.
Despite a catastrophic start to their relationship, I loved Michelin and Lucky’s easy chemistry and how naturally they gravitated towards one another as friends. I also appreciated the subtle dynamics between them, such as Lucky picking up on Michelin’s unspoken needs and desires (not just in the bedroom) and simply being there for him. For me, Michelin being demi just made their already sweet chemistry even sweeter and hotter.
I think it’s fair to say that I enjoyed this book enough that I might be persuaded to one day revisit the earlier books in the series. For now, I plan on moving on to Books 1 and 2 of the author’s #gaymers series, which I keep hearing good things about.
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.