Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ARC Review: Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony 2) by Annabeth Albert


Blurb:
Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other.




Dani's rating:




One word: SPECTACULAR!

While I enjoyed the first book in the Perfect Harmony series, I loved this one MORE. Love Me Tenor can easily be read as a standalone. The MCs from the first book are mentioned in passing a couple times but are never on page.

Trevor is lost and scared. Cut off by his religious, homophobic (sad how the two seem to go hand in hand more times than not) family once he comes out as gay, Trevor is weeks away from being homeless. So when he gets the chance to appear on a singing competition reality show, he reluctantly agrees.

He certainly doesn't expect to be in a band with the "straight" jock (oh, Trevor can be judgy) who's pure Eye Candy, what with his gorgeous skin tone and bulging biceps, AND the wonder "twins": CarsonNCarter.

Jalen doesn't put up with bullshit. His teasing and indifferent attitude hide a kind, thoughtful man who loves to take care of people and is just waiting for his special someone.

I loved the way Trevor and Jalen's dynamic changed throughout the book. They go from frenemies to reluctant friends to confidantes and lovers.

Jalen becomes Trevor's rock, even as Trevor's health takes a turn for the worse.

The story comes alive via a social media campaign (@StandOut! The Tweets tell a story of their own. Don't skip 'em.) and the fully fleshed out secondary characters.

I especially liked how Carter and Carson's relationship, both with each other and with Trevor and Jalen, changes and grows.

I really disliked the "twins" for the first half of the book, but they turned out to have their own insecurities and quirks. In the end, they're just two guys, together since they were teens, trying to make it as musicians.




The book portrays the fakeness of reality shows: the lack of privacy, the false but elevated emotions, the cutthroat brutality of having the most reTweets and shares.

Jalen and Trevor have to pretend to be boyfriends, because Stand Out! is supposed to be the happy gay group.

I am a sucker for the fake-to-REAL boyfriends theme! That slow burn .... mmmmm YUMMY.

I also love some kinky fun, and this book didn't disappoint in the steam department. Jalen gets Trevor's sexual guilt and shame (this made me so damn sad), and wants to make things better. He doesn't push Trevor, but he gives him what he needs.

The kink isn't anything you'd expect, but Jalen and Trevor are able to talk through their likes and dislikes and find sexual play that works for them. This was mature and refreshing, and added another layer to the story.

I cannot recommend this book enough; it's SEXY, tender, and well-written, with a sparkly epilogue and two very REAL & very lovable MCs who get "an A in cuddle sutra"!

CUTENESS. Intensified.

His mouth found Trevor's, and then Trevor was the light and the perfection and everything Jalen had missed for hours and hours and lifetimes.

P.S. Annabeth Albert includes the first chapter of the third book at the end, and I hate her a little. Because. Want Michelin's story. NOW.




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