From the blurb:
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...
Annabeth Albert, giiiirl, even without the note at the end of the story, I just KNEW who your inspiration for Lucky was! Hellooooo, Julian Serrano! He's my inspiration too, and I've been inspired, ahem, by him MANY times.
I'd been looking forward to this book for a long time, and I was pleased, overall, by this story.
Michelin (gah, that name killed me... hated it) is a character that I've been itching to read about since the beginning of this series. I'd been curious about this enigmatic, closeted character, and we certainly learn a lot about him in this story. I liked that Annabeth Albert made him demisexual (visibility shout out!) and how she made him a country star who is reluctantly shoved into the spotlight. I also really dug the idea of his pairing with a twerking go-go boy, because, you know, opposites attract and all that.
I had a little trouble with Michelin and Lucky as a couple, though. The chemistry just never fully materialized for me, and I struggled with their bickering and differing styles. Neither of them seemed willing to compromise much, and I had trouble picturing them lasting long-term. Sure, it all wrapped up neatly in the end, but I found that all to be a little too convenient.
Lots of readers didn't enjoy Michelin, but I think Lucky annoyed me more. I understood Michelin and his reluctance to be the poster-boy for "gay country," and I thought that Lucky pushed him too hard, too fast. I also thought that Lucky was too prideful. Look, I get not wanting to be a kept boy, but when I started dating my husband he was an older guy with a great job and I was a broke college student. I didn't think it made me beholden to him when he paid for little things, and I think Lucky's insistence on no help and his indignant responses when offered help were over-the-top. Michelin was a little wishy-washy and closed off for my tastes, but I think that Lucky needed to step back a bit and examine himself as well.
I like pretend boyfriends tropes and I really enjoyed the epilogue, but I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the chemistry. Still, this story was very solid and it was another good edition to a great series.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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