Title: Treble Maker
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Perfect Harmony #1
Main Characters: Cody and Lucas
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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 maybe a love song…My Review:
OMG, I really, really loved this book. I'll admit I love the premise of a book set in a cappella land and this one really did it for me.
Cody is on his last leg. He's been struggling in LA to make it and is flat broke, living in his van, without much hope of pulling out of it. What he hasn't lost is his talent...he know he has it. Someone just has to give him a break. So when his agent comes to him with this reality show contest, he knows he can take it all. He's out and proud, a guy liner, tight-jean-wearing guy who's pierced and tattooed and makes no apologies for who he is. He learned a LONG time ago that didn't get him anywhere in life when he was thrown out of his house at the age of 16.
Lucas is in his senior year of college at a VERY conservative college where both his parents work. They've worked hard to get his acceptance as a gay student, but that only works as long as he follows their dictates...abstinence, conservative actions and dress, nothing that's blatantly gay. Cody is the direct opposite of everything they want for their little boy...no matter that he's 21 and wants a very different life for himself, even if he's just now figuring out what exactly that means. Lucas has been under a lot of pressure being the poster child for his father's books and theology and that simply isn't fair to him. I really felt for him. He has a lot of different responsibilities and commitments pulling at him with very little to show for it. No one is loyal or dedicated to HIM and that's simply sad. This guy needs something different in the worst way. The worst thing in this book was the way his original group, the M&M's, treated him. They don't deserve him, but it still makes me so sad for him.
Everything about this book worked for me. I loved the slow build between Lucas and Cody and just how much he respected Lucas's beliefs/needs. I ADORED the a cappella show setting. It was so fun to visualize the numbers and the songs and the competitions. Annabeth Albert has a playlist for the book that is definitely worth checking out. I was fully emotionally involved with both characters and what might happen to them after this, and it's hard to not worry about them because the odds of this turning out well for either of them is pretty darn slim.
I loved the book, highly recommend it, and am now dying to read the next in the series...Trevor's book all about a boy band competition. Hell, yes...write faster Annabeth Albert!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.