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5 Stars for Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony #2) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Music @annabethalbert

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Title: Love Me Tenor
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Lyrical Shine)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 266 Pages

Synopsis

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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This book was so sweet and beautiful!

Now this book is about Trevor who we meet in the first book in this series. Trevor has no contact with his family now after coming out so he is very alone. He agrees to go on a reality music show for the next big boy band. That is where he meets Jalen and lets just say they don’t exactly hit it off at first but once they do it was just so sweet!

There was some steam in this book along with the sweet too. I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. Between the way you could feel how much these two men care for each other, even though it did take them awhile to get there and the way they are there for each other I have to say this book was just so beautiful!

I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend this series!

~Kara

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3 Stars for Guarding January by Sean Michael #M/M #Music @seanmichael09

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Title: Guarding January
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 9th 2015- 230 pages

Synopsis

Lord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.

Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn’t all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it’s Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.

But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.

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I have read several books by Sean Michael and have learned that it is hit or miss with me. This one is in the middle. I loved the pretense of the story, and the story was actually good, but there was a lot of repetitiveness in it. The over use of the word ‘baby’ was also getting on my nerves. Lord January/LJ/Jeff was a hot mess, and I understand that but seriously, through the whole book he was a hot mess and even at the end when we got the HEA, he still seemed to be a mess. And why didn’t Rye find out about Jeff cutting himself that one time? He was always on him like a fly on poop so I don’t know how he missed that part. While you could tell the characters were really into each other, it didn’t transfer over to me, the love wasn’t intense to me and the sex wasn’t hot. It wasn’t a bad book, just not my favorite from this author.  

Angie

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TWO 5 Stars for Prelude (Blue Notes #4) by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes #MM #Musicians @WriterShira @dreamspinners

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Title: Prelude (Blue Notes #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 6, 2013 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

World-renowned conductor David Somers never wanted the investment firm he inherited from his domineering grandfather. He only wanted to be a composer. But no matter how he struggles, David can’t translate the music in his head into notes on paper.

When a guest violinist at the Chicago Symphony falls ill, David meets Alex Bishop, a last-minute substitute. Alex’s fame and outrageous tattoos fail to move David. Then Alex puts bow to string, and David hears the brilliance of Alex’s soul.

David has sworn off relationships, believing he will eventually drive away those he loves, or that he’ll lose them as he lost his wife and parents. But Alex is outgoing, relaxed, and congenial—everything David is not—and soon makes dents in the armor around David’s heart. David begins to dream of Alex, wonderful dreams full of music. Becoming a composer suddenly feels attainable.

David’s fragile ego, worn away by years of his grandfather’s disdain, makes losing control difficult. When David’s structured world comes crashing down, his fledgling relationship with Alex is the first casualty. Still, David hears Alex’s music, haunting and beautiful. David wants to love Alex, but first he must find the strength to acknowledge himself.

Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.

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Wow.  I think Shira Anthony has become a new favourite author.  This is the first of the Bluenotes stories I’ve read and I absolutely loved it.  

If opposites attract, David and Alex are a perfect match.  The homeless prodigy and the unloved heir to a Wall Street fortune have instant chemistry.  Music gave Alex an identity and a future while at the same time it alienated David from his family.  It is a shared passion that bridges the gap between very different men.  

I loved the characters and I loved the music.  I don’t think classical music has been presented to romance readers this well since Jilly Cooper penned Appassionata in 1996.  But where Shira Anthony lacks Jilly Cooper’s humour, she adds warmth and depth to her characters.  

This is truly a beautiful story.  Both main characters are complex with wonderfully detailed backstories and nuanced personalities.  The supporting characters add depth to the story and Alex and David’s music is so well written I could hear it in my head as I read.  What a wonderful story!

Sarah

 FiveStarsWorld renowned conductor David meets Alex when a quest violinist falls sick. There is a instant attraction between these two men but David fights it afraid of losing Alex like he has lost other people he has loved before in his life.

This book was definitely a slow but sweet burn between these two men. Then these was the steamy scenes that were just so hot!

Loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. You could really feel what they felt in this book with David being afraid of losing Alex so having the need to push him away before that happens. Then there was Alex who loves David and is willing to show him how much he does care about him even when David pushes him away. I do not want to give away any spoilers. So I will leave this review with…

All together I really loved this story and would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

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