All Note Long by Annabeth Albert
Series: Perfect Harmony #3
Published: August 2, 2016 by Lyrical Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
I’m not a fan of country music but even I know that this plot line would be tackling some hard topics. In a broad generalization, country music listeners tend to be more conservative so Annabeth Albert created an interesting story of what happens when a country singer comes out. I really enjoyed this one, like most of Albert’s books, especially because Michelin was a different kind of character. I wish we could have had some lyrics to his songs but other than that it was a wonderful match of opposites attract.
I absolutely loved Lucky and thought he was a fantastic character (even if he likes twerking, lol). I loved how dedicated he was to his dancing and that no matter what anyone thought about what he did, he wasn’t going to let it rule his decisions. Lucky had a lot of pride, sometimes too much, but mostly he was just really passionate about what he loved. He was a great match to get Michelin to break out of his rut and start living for himself instead of for other people. Lucky had no problem telling Michelin what he thought and he was also more fun and spontaneous which helped push Michelin out of his quiet shell.
I loved Michelin, even his more gruff, loner personality. I actually love when authors write gruff characters who struggle to express their emotions as they fall in love. I’m happy to say that though Michelin loosens up, I feel that Albert still retained his more quiet, introverted demeanor. Michelin grows as a character but he doesn’t all of a sudden become a new person. I also enjoyed the struggle Michelin goes through as he deals with the spotlight of being the “first” gay county star and how he just wants to do his music, he doesn’t want to be an activist. He really just wants to keep his head down and do his thing. I thought it was brave of Albert to write a character that admits at one point that he wishes he hadn’t come out. It was certainly a journey for Michelin to find acceptance. I can’t lie though, I don’t like the name Michelin, though I don’t blame him for not keeping his real name. There I said it, let’s move on.
I felt Albert did a great job showing the acceptance and rejection that Michelin goes through from various sources. And I also liked that even in the end, there were those who couldn’t accept it because that’s the real world, it doesn’t always end all rosy. Michelin takes a lot of crap from his record label, and that was tough to see him caving to their wishes all the time, but when it really counts he pushes back.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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