Title ~ Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony)
Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Publisher ~ Lyrical Shine
Published ~ 16th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
There’s no way he’ll shake this off…
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…
“How much of this is real?”
Love Me Tenor is the second book in Annabeth Albert’s series entitled Perfect Harmony. I am a huge fan of this author and definitely love her quirky writing style. Her books tell fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land – my favorite place to be. 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 singers who are suddenly having to play the role of “cute boyfriends” on a reality show.
We met Trevor Daniels in book one in this series as a secondary character. He was one of the singers in the acapella reality show that hailed from the conservative college in Iowa called Mount Monticello. When the acapella singing competition comes to an end, Trevor discovers that he has nowhere to go particularly since his family has disowned him for coming out as gay. When the opportunity arises for him to be on another reality show, this one aimed at finding the next big boy-band, Trevor reluctantly accepts and heads to Vancouver where the show will be taped. He’s now had some experience in the “reality tv” world so how hard can this be, right? What he does not expect is that the producers expect him to act like he is in a loving relationship with one of the other members of his group, a sexy jock that reminds him of his dirtiest secrets in college.
Jalen Smith has agreed to come to Vancouver and be a part of the “boy band” reality show as a favor to his foster sister. He loves to sing so being on the show won’t be too much of a hardship. That is, until he discovers that the producers have decided to give each group a brand and his group will be all about “cute guys in love”. Yup. That’s right. Jalen is paired up with the judgmental one of the group who somehow can’t believe that Jalen is gay. He can’t disappoint his sister so he’s about to make Trevor his “boo”.
Jalen and Trevor certainly do not start off on the right foot but with the pair sharing close quarters, the attraction between them eventually becomes too hot to handle. When the lines begin to blur between our two protagonists it is hard to tell if how they are with one another is all for the show or if something real is truly developing. It does not help matters that Trevor’s sexuality is wrapped up in so much shame and self-loathing. Will he even be able to move past his inner demons and allow the tentative relationship to grow some wings and fly?
I loved how different both guys were. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work. Trevor is this lovable guy who really does not see just how amazing he is and all that he has to offer. He may not realize it at first but Trevor needed to break free from the choke-hold of self-loathing that his conservative family imprinted on his psyche. He has no idea just how much he needs someone like Jalen in his life, not until the sexy jock saunters into his atmosphere. Trevor goes through quite a journey when it comes to how he feels about himself and his sexuality. Yes, he was frustrating at times simply because you just wanted to shake him out of the despondent stupors of abhorrence with himself and his actions. 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.
I absolutely LOVED Jalen. Holy crap! He was so understanding, patient and loving towards Trevor. He did have his own struggles but that did not stop him from being exactly what Trevor needed. Gah! He was just so sweet!
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, Love Me Tenor was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Trevor and Jalen 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.
On another note, the little tease about the next book has me salivating. I absolutely cannot wait for Michelin’s book!!!!!
Book One : Treble Maker
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