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?
Gareth Wolf is the openly gay guitar player for the hottest group climbing the charts, The Skull Blasters. Living your life in the limelight can be hard on anyone, and not only is Gareth dealing with the backlash being gay in the industry causes, he still has nightmares stemming from a car accident that left their former guitar player permanently injured, forcing Gareth to take the position. The threats to Gareth are increasing as of late, so their manager and his brother decide to hire a bodyguard to keep their youngest member safe.
Axel Blaze (yes, that is his name) is a former Navy Seal with all the accoutrements one would expect in that line of work. He's hired muscle with a no nonsense, bad attitude and he has the bulk, brains, talent and enormous guns to back it up. He is none too happy when his best friend slash boss assigns him babysitting duty for some spoiled rock star rich kid. Axel takes his job extremely seriously though. So as much as he would rather be anywhere else he puts all his talent and skill into the job and quickly realizes that not only is the threat against Gareth real, it's deadly.
Two men forced to spend every waking moment together that loath each other on site is a recipe for disaster... or foreplay. Either way, Gareth and Axel have to learn to coexist and work together in order to neutralize the threat and literally save Gareth's life. The attraction is mutual and mutually ignored for a while. When Gareth finally confesses his desires, Axel shoots him down, then quickly changes his mind when Gareth is put in harms way. Axel worries he can't be emotionally involved and do his job appropriately. And as the threat grows closer, bolder, he may be right.
Something new from the Author that brought us the best selling Assassin/Shifter series. Gasq-Dion cements herself a place in the Rock & Roll genre with this hot new story, the first in a series that promises a lot of danger, pyrotechnics and sexy mens dancing horizontally. What drew me into this story was the alternating POV, each chapter told from a different view point between Gareth and Axel. It was nice to see certain things play out through each guys eyes. Their romance was not what I expected either. It was passionate and endearing when I was initially expecting something more volatile, but I assure you, it totally worked for them.
My only little teensy issue was toward the end several things happened in quick succession and I would have liked to see more elaboration for a few things. But overall I absolutely loved this book and will save it to my kindle to be revisited on many an occasion.
If you like stories with an edge, slow building romance with a hint of danger and intrigue, then you'll love this one. Fans of Ann Lister's Rock Gods series especially, and the boys from that series stop by an pay a visit to The Skull Blaster's as well. Very excited to read more books in this series, I believe Jinx is up next and I have a feeling his story will be a bit more comical but interesting.
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.