If Lucas wanted to find himself, Cody wanted to help draw the map.
I initially skipped this one because the reviews were so mixed on it but I decided to give it a shot since I love everything else Annabeth Albert writes. It’s not one of my favorites but it was still enjoyable.
Lucas’s struggle was written really well and I enjoyed seeing him find himself and learn to be happy and accepting of who he is. It was hard to watch Lucas push aside all aspects of being gay because that’s how he was raised to act, but it was also enlightening. There was in interesting dynamic with Lucas’s parents knowing and “accepting” that he was gay while also trying to suppress any and all actions that come with being gay.
In the beginning, Cody was hard to like, especially when it’s clear that he’s trading sexual favors with one of the crew and that he sees nothing wrong with doing this to get ahead in his career. But as time went on, Cody grew on me. That being said, I never completely got on board with him but I felt like he was really maturing and growing in the second half of the book. His progression from selfish, jaded, and ruthless guy to a more accepting and compassionate character was done really well.
This is completely on me, but I had a hard time with their names because I felt like they should be switched. Cody felt like such a small town, simple life name while Lucas felt more like a rocker name.
••• Book Details •••
Perfect Harmony #1 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Lyrical Press • August 4, 2015
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.