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review 2017-09-03 16:27
Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, #1) by Annabeth Albert Review
Treble Maker (#PerfectHarmony, #1) - Annabeth Albert

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 may be a love song…

 

 

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I don't like reality tv shows much but I am a bit of a fan of competitive singing shows. and I love a bass voice. So... I was in.

I think that this book could have stood to be longer in order to get the characters fuller arcs and in order for choices to be made more slowly but even though I don't think Lucas would have moved so fast nor do I think Cody would have matured this fast, I really enjoyed the book.

I don't want to give spoilers but Lucas is in an intersting pickle as to how he acts on what he wants. The idea of not seeing a spectrum of choice and behaviors instead of saint or sinner really is shown in Lucas upbringing. And this is a New Adult romance in terms of the pain of wanting to please your family especially when they are supportive but don't yet see you as grown.

Cody has the same basic struggle with seeing the nuance and boy does he have trust issues.

Together, they are a sexy sweet couple that I wish only the best.

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text 2016-01-21 16:41
Best New Contemporary Romance Series 2015
Treble Maker (#PerfectHarmony, #1) - Annabeth Albert
Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel - Kelly Jamieson
When Somebody Loves You (The Southern Belle Book Club) - Shirley Jump
Opening Up (Ink & Chrome) - Lauren Dane
Carry Me Home (Paradise, Idaho) by Rosalind James (2015-06-16) - Rosalind James
Part Time Cowboy - Maisey Yates
Second Chance Summer - Jill Shalvis
Montana Actually (A Medicine River Romance Book 1) - Fiona Lowe
Driving Heat - Zuri Day
Nobody's Angel (A Willow Park Romance Book 1) - Sarah Hegger

Ah, the last of my Best of 2015 lists! 

 

The top New Contemporary Romance Series I have already mention in other lists

 

1. The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy

2. Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) by Penny Reid

3. Trade Me (Cyclone, #1) by Courtney Milan

4, Once Upon a Rose (La Vie en Roses, #1) by Laura Florand 

5. True North (True, #1) by Liora Blake 

6. All for You (Paris Hearts, #1) by Laura Florand

 

But below are great books I have heard good things about and plan to read!

 

My lists are never in any particular order.

 

1. Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, #1) by Annabeth Albert 

2. Major Misconduct (Aces Hockey, #1) by Kelly Jamieson

3. When Somebody Loves You (The Southern Belle Book Club, #1) by Shirley Jump

4. Opening Up (Ink & Chrome, #1) by Lauren Dane

5. Carry Me Home (Paradise, Idaho, #1) by Rosalind James

6. Part Time Cowboy (Copper Ridge, #1) by Maisey Yates

7. Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1) by Jill Shalvis

8. Montana Actually (Medicine River, #1) by Fiona Lowe

9. Driving Heat by Zuri Day

10. Nobody's Angel (Willow Park, #1)  by Sarah Hegger

 

Do you have a favorite new series? Let me know!

 

Best New Contemporary Romance Series 2015

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text 2016-01-11 18:01
Awesome deals and steals today!
A Casual Weekend Thing - A.J. Thomas
Treble Maker (#PerfectHarmony, #1) - Annabeth Albert
Beauty And The Bookworm - Nick Pageant
Billy's Bones - Jamie Fessenden
Double Indemnity - Maggie Kavanagh

Some I've read, some are on my TBR - and they are all on sale on DSP and Amazon. Go get 'em! 

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text 2016-01-06 17:33
Practically a Steal!
Treble Maker (#PerfectHarmony, #1) - Annabeth Albert

Grab your copy today - only 0,74€ on Amzon.de & 0,99$ on Amzon.com!

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review 2015-07-10 06:12
Treble Maker (Annabeth Albert)
Treble Maker (#PerfectHarmony, #1) - Annabeth Albert
2.5 stars

I am going to start with a disclaimer. I love Annabeth Albert's stories ... I enjoy her Portland Heat series and her contribution to this year's Goodreads M/M Romance "Don't Read in the Closet" event, Waiting for Clark, is simply one of my favorites and an almost perfect read. So when I saw that she was releasing a full-length novel, and then the book was available in Netgalley, I didn't think twice. I just requested right away (and was lucky to be approved).

Albert's writing was good and attainable; I had no problems with it it all. Then there was Cody, one of the main narrators. While he sometimes showed a Diva-esque behavior as he thought of himself as the best and lead singer of Embellish, Cody ended up being quite endearing for me. Cody's background struggle with his family, his determination to make it on this business, alongside the judgments and sneer from others because of his Goth/Twink/Rainbow/Man-Whore attitude made Cody much rounded character. Yes, Cody pushes Lucas with his flirt and his arguments, but it brought different dimensions of him, and I'm SUCH a sucker for that complexity.

Unfortunately, this book failed me in other levels. It might also had something to do with expectations, and this one didn't give me what I wanted. Thus, my lack of enjoyment during and after finishing the read. First off, it felt too long. Cody and Lucas going hot and cold for more than 200 pages challenged my patience. Especially when the drama felt childish -- then again, these were 20's years old men, so maybe that was why it was difficult for me to connect? -- Seriously, it felt dragging, and I found myself skimming the 1/3rd of the book or so.

Then, we also had the sex content over the story. Okay, so this MAY be just my issue, all right? I don't see many M/M readers having problem with it. I guess I was expecting the emphasis to be combination of the competitions, how the group was going each week, while having the romance in between. I felt that the competition was pushed WAY back, whereas the parts that related to the competition was actually some of my favorites: like Cody taught Lucas how to dance, how the choreograph the dance, heck, even how they chose the song to sing. Instead this felt like a repetitive sex-lessons for a gay virgin hero, which didn't work for me at all. I couldn't care less for the mutual jerk-off sessions, or the push-and-pull about doing it in the bedroom, etc. I wanted the romance and I didn't get it.

Oh, and everything related to the "conservative way = bad" and "free to do what you want = good" was also not a favorite theme of mine *shrugs*

Bottom line, this is not my favorite from Albert. As always, reading is a personal experience, and I might come to this with different set of perceptions and preferences. I can see this being a favorite for those who love their new adult boys, and their angst. It's simply not mine.




The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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