Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: ALL NOTE LONG by Annabeth Albert

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Author: Annabeth Albert
Series Title and Number: Perfect Harmony, Book 3, but stands alone well too
Publisher: Kensington
Cover Artist: Cora Graphics/Kensington
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Heat Level: 4 (explicit m/m sex, but lots and lots of plot too!)
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: aprox. 80,000 words/ 232 pages
Genre/Tags: Romance, M/M Romance, contemporary romance, multi-cultural

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Giving true love a spin . . .

Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .

Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .

Exclusive Excerpt!

Thanks for having me! In this exclusive excerpt, I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at the first kiss of my heroes. When country music superstar Michelin Moses meets a gogo dancer named Lucky in football pants, sparks fly and Michelin’s ironclad rules for himself fall by the wayside…
Man, Lucky had nice eyes. And they were right there, inches from Michelin’s own. Not blinking. Not breaking contact. Just holding there, a million questions in those brown depths. Hand Michelin a guitar and he could come up with a hundred descriptors for the amber and honey flecks in the chocolaty depths of Lucky’s irises, but here in this stuffy room, without his music, Michelin was left mute. 
“I better get back.” Lucky’s voice was just a hair above a whisper, and his breath ghosted over Michelin’s cheek. He was close enough that Michelin could feel the warmth from his bare chest, mere centimeters separating them now. 
Michelin turned slightly, leaning into the sensation because it had been so long since someone had been this close, since he’d felt the crackle of anticipation. 
“Yeah,” Michelin tried to say, but his mouth opened against Lucky’s skin and then they were kissing. It had been forever since he’d been kissed, even a relatively chaste kiss like this tentative exploration. And f*ck, that made it even better—it was the slow, gentle slide of two mouths getting acquainted. Lucky laughed against Michelin’s mouth, and he tasted like surprise. Michelin laughed too because this was so damn unexpected.
And nice.
Really, really nice. 
Michelin licked at the seam of Lucky’s lips, and damn, he must have done something right because Lucky growled at him and deepened the kiss, pushing Michelin against the lockers. This was every bit as potent as all Michelin’s Juan Sosa football fantasies—him shoving Michelin around in the locker room, taking whatever the f*ck he wanted from Michelin’s mouth, football pants rubbing against Michelin’s jeans, so close that Michelin could feel his erection and the crisscross of the laces. 
No, this was better than any fantasy, because Lucky was right here, sucking on Michelin’s lips hard before f*cking him with an agile tongue that had Michelin desperate with a sort of need he tried never to let himself feel. 

His hips moved unconsciously, seeking Lucky’s, and then Lucky was moving those hips like he had on stage, thrusting against Michelin with the sort of practiced precision and fluid grace that had Michelin gasping against his mouth. His hat fluttered to the floor as Lucky’s hands clutched at him, but Michelin didn’t f*cking care one bit. 


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Carra's Review

One of the things I love about this author is her writing style. Her books flow so well, and each time I pick one up I find myself losing track of the time as I read.  All Note Long is no different, and once again I found myself totally absorbed in an Annabeth Albert book.

Michelin is a very closeted country singing star thanks to his record label, and he's always having to put up a front for others so they won't find out about him.  Lucky is a fiercely independent aspiring dancer who is out and comfortable with who he is as he struggles to make it to the professional dancer level.  The two of them complement each other, and at first meet they seem to have an immediate attraction.  But when they're found out and things go public, the fire between them goes back to a simmer for a bit as they dance around each other during their arrangement as a pseudo-couple for the public.  With the chemistry they have though, things don't stay that way for long.

There's plenty of things to stir up drama-not the least of which is Michelin being gay in a music genre not known for gay performers-and with fans, radio stations and a label not quite as supportive as the rest of the industry.  Michelin doesn't want to rock that boat too much, but he also doesn't want to give up what he's started with Lucky now that he's had a taste-and Lucky doesn't want to be hidden.  There's no shortage of angst in the story-especially the more things heat up between the two of them-and I was constantly hoping Michelin would break from his label's stifling influence.

I liked the way each chapter started with social media posts from different sources in their world, and getting to see the affect of social media on how things played out in the story.  And while I wasn't necessarily a fan of the way things started out so hot between Michelin and Lucky when they first meet and then went backward so quickly with the way Michelin reacted and things played out after his outing, it actually allowed for a relationship to build between them more gradually instead of just being a lust-filled pairing (although there's plenty of heat to be found!).

Even though this book is the third in the Perfect Harmony series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.  It was a really great read and gets 4 solid stars from me.  I'd recommend this to M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content...and if you're a fan of stories set in the music world, this book will tick that box for you as well.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Meet the Author

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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