Title: Love Me Tenor
Series: Perfect Harmony, #2
Author: Annabeth Albert
Length: Novel (266 pages)
Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Books (February 16th 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: 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…
Product Link(s): http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/32080
Review: Hands down, this is Annabeth Albert’s best book to date. It was not only fun, but also very complex and the characters certainly manage to play with your heartstrings. I’m pretty sure every single character in this book grew a lot, changed, and matured, from who they were at the beginning of this book. I usually don’t watch talent shows, but I’m pretty familiar with how they work, and I kind of enjoyed the setting and plot of this book.
I loved Trevor and Jalen from the very beginning, and I loved every single one of their interactions, from the reluctant enemies to incendiary lovers. Let me tell you, Trevor and Jalen set the sheets on fire. I’ve never come across a hotter frottage scene than the one that takes place between these two.
Holy fuck, it was intense…
Jalen is dominant and bossy, but at the same time a very sensual lover, while Trevor loves to be held down and rubbed into submission. The result is some out if this world sex in many different forms (I tend to skim the sex scenes when they get too repetitive, and I never once wanted to skim any part of this book).
Trevor is a much damaged soul who’s at a very bad place in life. He’s been kicked out of his very religious family after coming out to them, wasn’t able to find any reliable job, and he’s about to become homeless when he gets the call about being part of Next Direction Show.
Trevor is not a confident person, and there’s not much about himself he loves or even likes. He’s too short, his dick’s too small, his voice is too high pitched, he’s gay, and he doesn’t think he deserves any of the good opportunities being part of this show can bring him.
Trevor’s journey is somewhat painful to watch, and I found myself aggravated with him at times (mostly when I wasn’t brokenhearted), mainly for his ignorance and dismissal when it came to his diabetes. The feelings of guilt and shame he experienced after each time he had sex broke my heart, and I was so glad I had Jalen to hurt with…we were hurting buddies, Jalen and I.
Jalen is a rock, that dude has my heart! Once he realizes he’s attracted to Trevor and decides to give the chemistry simmering between them a try, Jalen is 100% in. He is a caretaker, a worrier, he NEEDS to know that the people he cares about are happy and safe, always taken care of.
Trevor pushes every one of his buttons, because he NEEDS people who care about him and his wellbeing, and there’s nobody better at that than Jalen. I absolutely loved how Jalen refused to be stereotyped and put in a box simply because someone believed he belonged in one. He believed at all times that being yourself was the only way to go, and he teaches Trevor how to love, both himself and others.
There are lots of secondary characters, but I want to give a shout-out to the boyfriend-“twins” Carter and Carson, the other two member of Stand Out… dudes, your brand of drama made me smile from the beginning, because I could totally see your inner-divas shining brightly. You guys were catty, bitchy and pretentious, sometimes even downright rude, but I still loved you anyways, especially after you removed those huge baseball bats you had shoved up your bottoms and became amazing friends to Trevor, who was in desperate need of support.
I went from being amused and mildly annoyed (with Carter mostly) to loving you guys to pieces, and I always appreciate a character who can make me go through such a complex range of feelings.
This book totally rocked, I’m goo-goo, ga-ga, over the top in love with the whole story! I hope we get more in this series, because Michelin really needs his own book, it’s about time!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *