Monday, February 15, 2016

[Review]: "Love Me Tenor"

Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine (February 16, 2016)
Series: Perfect Harmony, 2
Genre: 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… 

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Reviews of Albert's Previous Novels:

Status Update (#1) -- TBQ

Treble Maker (#1) -- TBQ

My Review:

I enjoyed Treble Maker (review), a lot. But damn, I loved Trevor and Jalen’s story. To say that I loved these two together is putting it mildly. As corny as it sounds, Trevor and Jalen truly did complete each other and they deserved their HEA.

It all starts off with a pretend relationship, but the connection between these two grows over the course of the book. At first there’s a lot of fun interactions (see quote below) but it’s all just a giant act for the TV show. Right? Wrong, so wrong, and they start to realize it.

“Bottom.” Trevor grabbed his backpack, tossing it on the bed. 

“I figured.” Jalen smirked. “But no. I don’t do top bunks. You should be thrilled—“

“You want to bottom anything. I get it. Is everything a sex joke to you?”

“In a word, yes.”

The sexual tension is fantastic and so very hot. It goes from wrestling for power in the bedroom (no, literally wrestling for it . . . did I mention it’s sexy af?!) to something much more intimate, while still being just as insanely hot. I loved that the different forms of intimacy were discussed; it doesn’t have to be all about the anal just because it’s two men together. 

"Need you to come. Not gonna come until you do.”

“That a threat?” Trevor gasped. That sounded like a pretty good way to spend eternity, trapped here with Jalen grinding on him.

Trevor has a hard time asking for help, or accepting it when it’s offered, while Jalen needs to help the people he loves. Obviously they struggle to find that balance, to realize that they’re better when they help each other, rather than hiding secrets. Jalen watching out for Trevor, all the little things he’d do to help him out, gave me all the happy sighs. All of them.

I trust you, Trevor’s eyes said. Remember?

Oh, Jalen remembered. Trevor spread out under him, Trevor straining against Jalen’s hold, making needy, hungry sounds as he begged Jalen to hold him down harder, trusting that Jalen was going to make them both fly. That was trust all right, but trust was such a funny, slinky thing. It started as thin as some of Mama Ivy’s scarves and gradually forged into links of iron. Where are we? Are we silk or steel? 

It was hard to trust an illusion. You. I’m scared of losing you.

Though it's not easy, they do eventually learn to find that balance. Trevor falls more than once, and shit with his family pops up again. But in the end, they’re able to work through all of that.

“People like to be consulted.” I didn’t really do a great job asking Jalen’s opinion about stuff, did I? Hey, Jalen, I’m feeling sick. What do you think I should do? Hey, Jalen, I’m scared about losing my brother. “And I think we don’t ask people’s opinions when we know we’re not going to like the answer.”

As I said, I’ve enjoyed Annabeth Albert’s previous books, but Love Me Tenor hit all the right spots for me: sexy, fun, and with all the feels. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I hear it’s a certain country singer . . .

4 1/2 STARS! 

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Annabeth Albert; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.

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SO. DAMN. GOOD! Seriously, I can't recommend this one enough. :D

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Until Next Time,


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