Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/02/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
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 . . .
Even though we had met Michelin previously it turns out he is not at all like the man the readers or his adoring fans first thought. His confident and business like persona is just that – a persona that is worn like a mask – what lies behind that mask is who the man really is and that’s the Michelin we slowly discover in All Note Long.
The man who comes in and sweeps Michelin off his feet, who sees through the mask and falls for the sweet and vulnerable man underneath is Lucky Ramirez – struggling artist, twerking go-go boy and a young man that is fiercely independent and proud. Their initial meeting is a comedy of errors that lands Michelin in the press the next day with a less than stellar headline and drags him out of the safety of his closet kicking and screaming.
Their story is the classic pretend relationship that was never really a pretend relationship. The record label, the agents and the fans may be falling for their rouse but Michelin and Lucky fall deep and fast until they have to pretend that they are pretending even to each other. Phew, that’s a whole lot of pretence!
Michelin is this quietly vulnerable man who does what others tell him to in order to keep the peace. Intensely private he shuns the lifestyle many stars thrive in and he pours his heart and soul into his songs. All of a sudden when his life is turned upside down, when his home is invaded and when he has to acknowledge publicly who he really is there is a small part of him that hangs on to the hope that this could really be his life.
Their struggles are real whilst they try to make their fledgling romance work under the spotlight of the press, family and fans. Each chapter starts with a few tweets – you get the good, the bad and the ugly – as you would in real life and they move the story along perfectly. All Note Long is a great third book in the series and Michelin, with his strong need for a connection, has just become my favourite.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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