Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: All Note Long (Perfect Harmony, #3) by Annabeth Albert

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 . . .

Jewel's rating:

I haven't read much by Annabeth Albert, but I have certainly enjoyed what I have read. This series has been on my radar for ages, now, but haven't found the time to start it (need more reading hours in my day!). I decided to request All Note Long even though I haven't read the previous two books (yet!) because other reviews indicated that this one could most definitely be read stand alone, and happily, the others were right! I didn't feel lost at all. And, I am happy to say that I enjoyed All Note Long enough that I am really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books.

Michelin Moses (I'm sorry, I've got to say that name is ridiculous...unless your parents saddle you with a moniker like that, why the heck would you choose it? Why?) is a country star that is so closeted he can't imagine ever being able to come out. It doesn't help that he's pretty shy and introverted - unless he is holding his guitar. But he's let other people call those shots for so long, he doesn't know how to break free. He wants to be out and he wants to find love, but his label has him convinced that his career would be over. And, he doesn't really like rocking the boat too much. He just wants to be who he is and play his music.

Lucky Ramirez, aka Lucky Rain, is a go-go dancer who has the talent, the attitude and the skills to make it big, if he can manage to save enough money to be able to enter the big time game. He loves to dance. Be it go-go, revue, or just letting loose, he is never more at home than when he is dancing. Lucky is a proud man, though, and insists on doing it on his own. I loved his integrity, his stubbornness and his tell-it-like-it-is-ness. But where Michelin was so afraid to rock the boat, Lucky is too proud to accept help.

Both characters felt real to me and I liked them both a lot. Both of them have been burned before and it's made them cautious. And while a misunderstanding led to the unfortunate circumstances that threw them both together, they had real chemistry. Lucky was exactly what Michelin needed. And vice versa. Michelin needed someone he could talk to. Someone who could bring him out of his shell. And Lucky needed someone who was steadfast and who loved him for all he is. They fit.

Their separation in the story was pretty predictable, though. I saw it coming a mile away. But they both needed a bit of distance to get some perspective. Image is what you make it and so is life.

A couple of my friends liked Michelin in the previous books, but didn't much like him in this one, so maybe I made the right choice in reading this one first. I guess we'll never know.


Review copy of All Note Long was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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