Title: Fret (The Rock Star Series: Book One)
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing
Page/Word Count: 232 Pages
At a Glance: I think Fret is an awesome start to this new series.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: 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?
Review: I think if you have read any of Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s series, you kind of know what to expect when it comes to her writing. You get super strong and sexy alphas who are crazy protective of their guys, which you absolutely get in this book. Also, as with all of this author’s books, the story is super-hot.
I think Fret is an awesome start to this new series. To be completely honest, it’s all kinds of predictable, but with that being said, I still loved it and couldn’t put it down. Axel and Gareth are pretty adorable together. Actually, I really liked all the guys in the story. Well, with the one exception, but you kind of see it coming so you have a chance to build up and really not like him by the time everything goes down.
The mention of the bands from one of my other favorite series was fantastic and made me smile. Mac, and especially his wife Christy, had me chuckling every time they were around.
I get the strong relationship between Gareth and his brother Ransom because I’m really close to my brother and feel the same kind of protectiveness toward him. From the minute I saw my brother when he was a baby, to today, I would do anything for him, so I enjoyed seeing that between Gareth and Ransom throughout the book.
I’m really looking forward to Jinx’s story and to following along with more of the guys in the series.
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