Title ~ All Note Long
Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Series ~ Perfect Harmony #3
Publisher ~ Kensington Publishing
Published ~ 2nd August 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/m Romance
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 . . .
All Note Long is the third 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 men, one a closeted country singer with so much at stake and the other an openly gay dancer with big dreams.
Michelin Moses has been a prominent secondary character in this series as an accomplished country singer and also as a judge and mentor in the talent competitions that took place in the previous books. His career means everything to him and he is willing to sacrifice just about anything to finally fulfill his childhood dreams of truly making it big as a singer. This includes keeping the fact that he is gay a closely guarded secret. There’s no way that his fan based of conservative country music lovers would accept him if he were to come out to the world. Right???
Michelin has had no trouble keeping his secret until he goes to a gay club for a birthday party. There he sees the gorgeous dancer Lucky Rain (a.k.a. Lucky Ramirez), a man that he is immediately attracted to. The attraction goes both ways and when the two men find themselves face-to-face matters heat up. Before they know it a moment that they shared privately is all over social media resulting in catastrophic media frenzy with Michelin at the very centre of it. It something neither men need in their lives. When Michelin’s team comes up with a plan to “out him” to the public in such a way that would hopefully be less detrimental to his career, Michelin is willing to go along with it. However, will Lucky agree to go along with it? Can both men pretend to be in a happy relationship and not let the heated attraction they share burn and sizzle until it’s inescapable?
Michelin and Lucky certainly do not start off on the right foot but with the pair sharing close quarters and spending a lot of time together, 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 Michelin is struggling with choosing between his career or living free with his sexuality. Will he even be able to find the strength to stab up for what he believes in and allow the tentative relationship to grow some wings and fly?
I loved how different both men were. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work when they gave it a chance. Lucky is this lovable guy who has had some serious downs in the love department. He’s not so willing to hand over his heart to anyone, especially someone that may want to keep him in a box. Then you have Michelin who is struggling with how much he is falling for Lucky and how much he actually has to lose. Michelin 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 attitude he would adopt in order to protect himself; however, the way he opened up with Lucky and became his true self was a beautiful thing.
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, All Note Long was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Michelin and Lucky 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.
Meet Annabeth Albert
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency