Title: Treble Maker
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Perfect Harmony #1
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
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…
We are in an era where reality shows occupy the prime-time slots on television with everyone hoping to be the next ‘big thing’. Perfect Harmony is Annabeth Albert’s fictional music competition and it perfectly captures the on-stage rivalry; back-stage politics and drama we expect from this genre of television programme.
It is hard not to immediately fall in love with Cody; lead singer of Embellish, one of the acapella groups in contention for the Perfect Harmony crown. This is despite his arrogance, stubborn determination and reputation as a man-whore, and totally because of his hidden vulnerability, sexiness and honesty.
Although Perfect Harmony is the back-drop for the story and the reason why two people like Lucas and Cody meet, we become more focused on their blossoming relationship, than the competition.
Lucas is the chalk to Cody’s cheese. He is the fashion-coordinated repressed private-school student, who allows his behaviour to be controlled by the beliefs of his father; but not his thoughts. We feel a strong empathy for Lucas, especially when he becomes torn between his family and need to publically admit his homosexuality.
Annabeth Albert surprises us with Cody’s understanding and willingness to help Lucas, expecting nothing in return. Lucas is one of the chinks in Cody’s armour and it is easy to become absorbed in the bubble the pair live in.
Whilst the pressure of the competition builds and Lucas and Cody’s “fun” becomes something more meaningful to them both, Annabeth Albert punctuates her story with more serious issues, including the reality of ‘coming-out’.
Treble Maker is an excellent story, told with passion, and I commend Annabeth Albert for writing this story with such a current theme, keeping it relevant to her YA/NA audience.