Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Publisher ~ Lyrical Shine
Release Date ~ 4th August 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
On Perfect Harmony, the ambitious competitors heat things up on stage and off…
Cody Rivers is determined to be a rock star, but couch-surfing between bar shows gets old fast. Joining an a cappella group for a new singing competition show could be his last chance at real fame—unless the college boy from the heart of the country messes it up for him. Lucas Norwood is everything gothy, glittery Cody is not—conservative, clean-cut, and virginal. But when a twist in the show forces them together, even the sweetest songs get steamy as the attraction between them lights up the stage. Lucas wants to take it slow, but Cody’s singing a different tune—and this time it may be a love song…
Treble Maker is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s new series entitled Perfect Harmony. I am a huge fan of this author, particularly her Portland Heat series. Her books tell fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land. This book was no exception from her norm. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the two very opposite acapella singers competing in a reality show sing off.
“…this wasn’t just his big break. It was his last break, one he has to make work.”
Twenty- three year old Cody Rivers is a YouTube sensation trying to catch a break in his climb to stardom. When the opportunity arises for him to be the lead vocalist of an acapella singing group on a reality show, Cody is willing to step outside the confines of what he is used to. He is prepared to try this new format to get his big break, more exposure would mean more gigs. Even though Cody’s punky goth style is far from what one would assume an acapella singer looks like, Cody needs everything to work out in his favour. He knows the ins and outs of show business and understands what he needs to do. What he does not expect is to get caught up in a push and pull tug-o-war with the conservative and virginal bass singer from another group.
“Wanting was unavoidable, but indulging was a different story. Lucas has long ago made his peace with wanting – want was fine in carefully rationed chunks, as long as he cleared his browser history afterward and went on with his resolve to never turn want into action.”
Twenty-one year old Lucas Norwood is a part of the M & M’s, a group from a conservative college in Iowa called Mount Monticello. Lucas is the youngest in his family and is also the poster boy if his professor father’s religious works. Lucas is openly gay even though he has never even kissed another man. Frankly, he hasn’t kissed anyone. Along with the other students at Mount Monticello, Lucas has signed a morality code. It’s all about abstinence and waiting for marriage. His family wants him to find a nice boy with the same upbringing and beliefs as them. Little do they know that Lucas is not attracted to the predictable, sweet wholesome type. He yearns for kinky, raw and dirty. Everything that the sexy and flamboyant Cody Rivers seems to embrace.
When a twist in the show leaves Cody and Lucas sharing close quarters, the attraction between the pair becomes too hot to handle. Cody is all about casual hook-ups and he has no issues pursuing the straight-laced and uptight Lucas. He is the one that definitely pushes for more and wants Lucas to step outside his boundaries. Lucas is someone who has stayed far away from any physical exploits with anyone. How is he going to stand his ground when everything in him wants to give in and succumb to Cody’s charms? When Lucas finally does give in, both guys have no idea just how powerful and real their connection would be. Falling for someone is always a scary thing, especially when the person you are falling for is your polar opposite.
“Rivers of hot fudge weren’t nearly as deadly to Lucas’ will power as Cody’s sly smile.”
“Cody didn’t usually go for baby bears, but there was something strangely appealing about a big guy who had a whiff of wide-eyed subby to him.”
I loved how different both guys were. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work. Cody is this lovable and vibrant character and he is also guy who is always searching and hungry, yet he does not know what he is longing for. At least not until the clean-cut, bass singer becomes an essential part of his life. Lucas may not realize it at first but he needs to break free from the choke-hold that his conservative family and life have around his neck. He has no idea just how much he needs someone like Cody in his life, not until the sexy goth-man saunters into his atmosphere. Lucas goes through quite a journey when it comes to his faith and entire belief system. He’s lived his whole life a certain way and being brave enough to question what you have been taught and formulate your own beliefs is no easy task. Yes, he was frustrating at first simply because it was hard to see where he was coming from. However, there are many others like him. We are often defined by how we are raised and stepping away from that is not something that happens easily.
This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men go from an antagonistic type of situation to something more. Something neither one of them expected when they ventured down the road of harmless flirtation and lust.
All in all, Treble Maker was a wonderful start to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Cody and Lucas were no exception. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre.
Connect with Annabeth Albert
Annabeth will be popping in tomorrow 4th August, the release day of Treble Maker, to tell us a little bit about the book, her love of cappella music and music reality shows and some of the tunes that inspired her.
Don’t miss it!