Series: The Rock Series #1
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Genre: M/M Romance
Published: August 31, 2015
Approx 170 Pages
WARNING: This book contains homosexual relations and crude language. A sneak peek at book 2 follows the ending!
Former Navy SEAL Axel Blaze lives a solitary life. He doesn’t do emotions, and he doesn’t do babysitting. Used to being on his own, his job consists of Wetwork (a charming term coined by the KGB) for his former Master Chief, Mac. When an out-of-the-ordinary job lands on his doorstep, Axel heads down a path that includes a famous heavy metal rock band and one quiet, vulnerable, guitar-shredding virtuoso named Gareth Wolf.
Gareth Wolf’s life changed in an instant when a car he was a passenger in crashed, hurting his brother’s best friend and the band’s lead guitarist. They created the band, Skull Blasters, as kids. Gareth had always been happy in the background, playing roadie. With the lead guitarist’s injury, Gareth is suddenly thrust into the limelight and into a frenzied life he never imagined for himself. Finally fed up with living a lie, Gareth comes out as gay in a newspaper interview and finds himself in the bulls-eye of a crazed stalker. Somebody wants Gareth hurt – or worse – and Mac has been hired to be sure that doesn’t happen. Babysitting duty is NOT Axel’s strong suit, but Mac won’t be budged.
Enter Axel Blaze.
Against his better judgment, the big man takes the job to protect the shy musician. The more time he spends with Gareth Wolf, the more he admires the man. Where’s a simple assassination when you need one? The situation becomes more volatile for each man as the attempts on Gareth escalate just as Axel finds himself falling for the quiet lead guitarist.
Strong, funny, smart-ass — and kinda sweet Axel is everything Gareth has ever wanted in a man. Too bad he’s off limits. As the stalker grows bolder, Gareth and Axel move closer emotionally – but is it too late? All Axel knows is that they don’t stand a chance if he can’t find the maniac trying to kill the man he’s come to care about. A lot.
Everyone knows that relationships that begin in pressured or volatile situations eventually fizzle out.
Or do they?
Fret is the story of a former Navy SEAL and a rockstar – um yes please!
Gareth is a quiet, somewhat shy guitar player who is fed up with living a lie and decides to come out publicly. He got his chance with the Skull Blasters, the band his brother created with some friends when their lead guitarist was injured in a car accident. He loves playing but isn’t always a fan of the spotlight, and once he starts receiving death threats after coming out, it becomes too much.
Axel Blaze is a former Navy SEAL is used to living life on his own terms and doing the dirty work. He doesn’t deal with emotions well, or other people for that matter. But he gets an unusual assignment and ends up as the new body-guard for Gareth.
Neither man is excited about his arrangement at first, you can definitely feel the tension in the beginning but then, after having to be together 24-7 that tension quickly turns into something else. I do have to admit that I really enjoyed that tension between them, especially as it turned to desire. Even before they got it together, they were ridiculously hot together.
I loved the quirkiness of Gareth paired with the strong protective-ness that comes out of Axel. Watching him come to terms with his feelings for Gareth and his protective nature was a favorite for me with this book. I also really enjoyed their relationship, it really wasn’t what I expected, it felt much more genuine than slamming hot and I loved it!
I really enjoyed this story, with a mix of sexual tension, romance and mystery, it wasn’t what I expected from a military and rocker story but one I found refreshing and heart-warming. There were certainly events I didn’t see coming and loved that it kept me guessing. I’m really looking forward to more of this series.
*I received an advance copy to review for The Geekery Book Review.
Best selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research. She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.