Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Kensington Press) Publication Date & Length: August 4, 2015 - 100,000 Words
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 may be a love song…
It took a while for me to warm to this story, but by the end, I really loved it. Boy bands are not my thing. Christian universities and purity vows are really not my thing. But the characters in this story got under my skin.
Bad boy Cody is much more complicated than he initially appears - he hides his insecurities behind a flamboyant exterior. Good boy Lucas struggles to please his Christian parents with a purity pledge and a squeaky-clean lifestyle. This is a new adult book that tackles some very grown up issues.
The boys are instantly attracted to each other, but both are incredibly judgemental, pushing the other away. Cody and Lucas’ relationship is carefully observed and beautifully written. Can a relationship happen without one of the boys compromising himself or his values? Can Lucas separate his own needs and beliefs from those of his parents? After his own bad experiences with religion, can Cody ever respect Lucas’ beliefs?
I’m making this seem really heavy, and it isn’t. Superficially, it is a fun story about a reality TV a Capella competition. A great supporting cast, some great humour, fantastic music and vivid descriptions make this a compelling story. But it is the complexity of the central relationship that captured my imagination and made me think.
I was expecting an easy beach read, and instead found a beautiful, well-written story. I loved the characters, came to love their music and really loved their relationship. Highly recommended.
If your a fan of American Idol you would definitely enjoy this book. The story was good, it followed Cody and Lucas along with the rest of the group's as they tried to get a position on a singing show. I thought it portrayed the problems that you would imagine go on. There was heartbreak for those that didn't make it and celebration for those that did.
I thought there was a nice build up for the relationship between Cody and Lucas. They started as friends, went to exploring and then a relationship. I loved how Lucas grew up during the story and started standing up for himself for what he wanted. Cody also found himself towards the end.
All in all not a bad story just seemed stretched out a little bit.
This was like American Idol meets making the band type book. While I'm not really a fan of either of those type shows, I found that I quite liked the book. The main characters had two very different lives and it was a serious build up and progress for them and their relationship. Although at times the push/pull got to be a bit drawn out and tiresome.I was glad that even though the competition was sort of there (and the main plotline) it also took a back seat to the romance and the development of what was going on with the men. However, we got to see some lovely little parts, like Cody teaching Lucas how to dance.I did have issues with the naughty scenes.. They just simply... didn't work for me. I wanted to like them and they had steamy little bits, but there was hands and fingers and lips going places when they'd been somewhere else with no explanation of how things got there and it really ruined those scenes for me. However, I love well written naughty scenes so it could just be me.In the end, I like the book. Not loved it. I'd probably read any sequels in the series.Renee
The bass singer was gay. Cody wiggled his hips in an exaggerated move that always got him company on dance floors, waited a beat, and ... there. Right on cue, the curly-haired singer gave him another sidelong glance.
A straight dude might grant Cody the occasional double take because, yeah, it was damn hard to ignore Cody's style of fabulousness. Today, for example, the style gods had smiled on him—his hair was the perfect combination of deliberate spikes and casual falls, the silver specks in his eyeliner complemented his studded leather belt, and his red skinny jeans showed off his ass. So when the bass’s double take had turned into something more like a quintuple take, Cody knew what those lingering glances meant. Knew it despite the fact that the bass looked fresh off the farm, all wholesome and rosy-cheeked and wearing a tie/sweater vest combo perfect for performing in a church choir.
Crash. The bass missed a step, sending a speaker skidding across the stage. One of the camera guys groaned. On second thought, maybe the bass hadn’t been checking out Cody. Maybe he had trouble controlling his big blue eyes the same way he had trouble controlling his big-assed feet.
Whatever the dude was, he was screwing up Cody’s big break. Twitchy farmer boy and the rest of his all-boy group had screwed up multiple run-throughs of the opening number for the new season of Perfect Harmony. No one would notice Cody’s singing if the other groups kept crashing into one another and losing the chorus. He’d worked damn hard to earn this solo, and he didn’t need farmer boy messing it up with his clodhopper feet that kept tripping over thin air.