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Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert
Series: Perfect Harmony
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 266 • Format: eARC
Published By: Lyrical Press, Kensington
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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…
Annabeth Albert is quickly becoming a sure thing with me. I haven’t read a book by her I haven’t adored and Love Me Tenor will not be the exception. I loved this book. These boys made me hug my Nook to my chest and sigh numerous times. This was what I was looking for and I didn’t even know I was looking.
Having met Trevor in Treble Maker, we know a bit about who he is and the deal with his family. Well fast forward to Trevor about to graduate college and being weeks away from being homeless. He gets a call from Dawn about a new singing competition show that is different from what he had on Perfect Harmony. New Direction is all about the bands and a new kind of competition but there is a catch, the boy band Trevor is put on is all about the gay boys and sweet love. Say what now? Yeah, that’s what Trevor thought too but all he really heard was room/board and singing so he agrees. When we gets to Vancouver to begin shooting though, he gets caught checking out the hottie in the waiting room and surprise… the hottie is not only on Trevor’s boy band team but the hottie, aka Jalen, is to be Trevor’s pretend boyfriend.
You heard that right. Pretend boyfriends. AHH YEAH!
So, the boys are not only told they have to be pretend boyfriends but they are told they are sharing a room since the other couple in their group, Carson/Carter, are sharing and I about died when they get their room. This book was so much damn fun I can’t control the smile that is on my face right now. It’s ridiculous and it’s almost as contagious as the virus that kept me from reading this sooner or faster than I wanted.
Trevor… that may be your angelic look on the cover but ooh boy, angelic you are not. You my dear boy have a deliciously dirty side to you and I loved it. I loved how strong you are even when you don’t see it and I love how deeply you love. How much you want and when you finally let yourself fly, in every way, it was stunning.
Jalen… what a surprise you were and I could not get enough of you. I adored your need to fix, help and take care of people. I loved that you were hooked on Trevor from the get go but attempted to make yourself hold back and I loved that you suck and holding back when it comes to Trevor.
You know what’s hard for me? When I love and click with a book so much, I can’t seem to get the words out to describe why I liked it so much. I will say that I loved the communication in this book. Holy Hell the communication was gorgeous; from song selections to sex to just everything, Jalen and Trevor talked and it was great. They are so young but have been through so much and they talk and they listen and it works so very very well for them.
The relationship was a joy to watch blossom and grow. Jalen and Trevor really complement one another in the best ways and while they hit a rough patch, that communication comes up again and they make it work.
Though you wouldn’t know it from the cover nor the blurb, I loved that this was an interracial romance that didn’t make a big deal about it even though it’s kinda a big deal. You know? In a time where folks are demanding diversity in their romance, this squeaks under the radar in a way that just says “Hey this is a book and both MC’s aren’t white and that’s just the way the story goes.” I loved that about the book and I loved how the boys talked about them being an interracial couple but when they talked… they were just them, no labels, simply Jalen and Trevor who were falling so deep in love even the Bee Gee’s would think it was sugary sweet.
Love Me Tenor kicked the idea of a sophomore slump to the curb and sent it on its merry way. This may just be better than the first with it’s maturity, sensuality, kink in the making, communication and just everything. Yeah, this was good and I am gonna go hug my Nook again and sigh over my highlights while I attempt to not become a stalker waiting for book three. I mean… we were made to think the boy was straight. *rubs hands* I need that book, like now!