🎸BLOG TOUR✯✯Fret 🎸(The Rock Series)🎸 Book 1 by Sandrine Gasq-Dion✯✯Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

Title: Fret
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?
Thumping music was shaking the walls of the Dome as I headed for my designated spot. I guess I’m meeting Paul, the band’s manager.

I took mental notes as I passed through the crowd of screaming, jumping people. The band was rocking it out and I sought out Gareth Wolf. There were two guitarists, but I found him right away. Black hair touched his shoulders and his lean body moved with his guitar. 

He was in his element. 

The song was wrapping up and the floor was shaking from the bass drum. The floor-to-ceiling speakers pumped out the last notes of the song. The crowd immediately went wild as Ransom Fox leaned over the stage.

“Let’s hear it for the best lead guitarist on the planet!” he shouted.

Gareth shook his hair back and bowed with one hand out. Again, the crowd screamed, shouted and whistled. Ransom went on to give some love to the other members of the group.

I rolled my eyes and pushed my way through the crowd toward the side of the stage. A large man eyed me and then nodded as I walked by. Again, I could have been wearing a ‘Hello, I’m God’ tag and security wouldn’t have batted an eyelash. As it was, my tag faced backwards; he couldn’t even see my name or credentials. 

Security for the Skull Blaster band was sorely lacking.

I sat through another hour of bone-jarring hardcore metal before the band finally left the stage. I scanned the area for their manager, but no luck. 

I walked right behind the curtain and fell into step with the band members as they trudged toward their dressing rooms. They didn’t even notice me — and I’m really hard to miss.

They stepped into the dressing room; I followed and slammed the door shut behind me. Ransom turned and his eyes widened.

“Who the fuck are you?!”

“Nice of you to finally notice me,” I pointed out.

“Paul!” Ransom thundered. He immediately moved in front of Gareth, shielding him.

“Oh for fucks sake.” I rolled my eyes.

The door behind me opened and a startled man looked me over from head to toe. He flipped my name badge over and sighed audibly, clearly relieved.

“It’s cool, Ransom. This is the guy I was telling you about.”

“You could have mentioned he was a semi-truck.” Ransom’s eyes narrowed.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t meet you,” Paul apologized to me. “I ran into some media and couldn’t get away.”

“Not that this isn’t fun — because, oh so much fun — but I’m here to do a job. So I need to speak to whoever is in charge of ‘security.’ Now.” I leaned very slightly — but effectively — in to Paul’s face.

“Why?”

I turned to see Gareth peeking out from behind his brother’s broad shoulders. His eyes were a shade of green I’d never seen before, and with his pale complexion and dark hair? The guy was a looker and then some.

“Because band security royally sucks. I walked right on back here with them and not one person noticed or stopped me. That is not acceptable.”

“Who are you?” Gareth gaped.

I pinned him with a hard look. “I’m your bodyguard.”

Ransom chuckled.

“What the actual fuck?” Gareth stepped in front of his brother. “Is this a joke?”

“Nope.” Ransom shook his head.

“Jinx, Harley, Rebel. Give us a few, eh?” Paul opened the door and tilted his head toward the hallway.

“Sure thing, boss.” Rebel tipped his hat and winked at me.

I leaned against the wall as the members walked out. I overheard one of them, not sure which, talking to another.

“Did you see the size of that guy?”

“How could you miss him?” another one answered.

Paul shut the door and turned to Gareth with an apologetic smile. 

“I knew what you’d say if we told you beforehand,” he admitted.

“Oh, did you now? You had to get me Conan the Destroyer? Jesus Christ!”

“Gareth,” Ransom warned.

“What? This is stupid! I don’t need a human shield!”

“You’re going to play nice and allow this man to watch your back, Gareth!” Ransom shouted. “You’re getting threats since you came out! I insist you be kept safe!”

“Gareth, why don’t you go clean up? Then you and Mr. Blaze can get acquainted.”

“Seriously? Blaze?” Gareth snorted.

I narrowed my eyes at the kid. Well, to me he was a kid, after everything I’d seen in my life. Gareth was almost twenty-three and I was pushing thirty. We locked eyes for a few seconds before he turned away.
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.
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Fret
By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title: Fret

Series: The Rock Series

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Genre: Contemporary/Romance/

Coming out

Length: 232 Pages

Publisher: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 4.5

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?

ISBN:  B014RHMFMC

 

 I am going to love this new series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion if Fret is anything to go by. The author does a great job of summarizing the story in the blurb. My favorite reads are the alpha/dominating male characters that are a teddy bear underneath their façade. I love the gruff and rough exterior and Axel Blaze has it in spades.

Meeting Gareth Wolf and seeing the real man behind the rock star exterior has Axel taking a different approach. He went into the job, against his better judgment, thinking Gareth would be whiny and annoying. He thought he would be using his fame and fortune in an attempt to show he was better than others. That is not who Gareth is, but the real Gareth is doing funny things to the hardcore, cold-hearted, ex seal and he’s not liking it.

Someone is trying to kill Gareth, or at least hurt him, badly. Gareth never had intentions of being in the band, The Skullblasters, which his brother and friends made up as teenagers. Being the little brother and always tagging along allowed him to be where he wanted to be…by his brother.

When an accident happens and Gareth gets pulled onto stage to fill in, his life gets turned upside down. He doesn’t want to hide who he is as a person, yet telling their fans he is gay, scares the crap out of him. But, just like always his brother stands by him and his decision, along with the rest of the band, because first and foremost, they are family.

Then…the threats start. That is when Axel comes into the picture and the book picks up speed. I love the banter between Axel and Gareth and the chemistry that is brewing under the surface. Gareth is snarky, but not unpleasant. He loves to tease Axel about his size but inside he is fantasizing about his body and being under that weight.

I couldn’t stop touching him, kissing him. His skin was like silk under my fingers and I wanted him under me.
— Axel

Axel was hired to follow Gareth everywhere but it’s no hardship for him to do so. He doesn’t know if they can have a relationship or if he even wants one since he has never opened himself up to those kinds of feelings. He does know that Gareth is nothing like he thought and he admires him for his beliefs and the way he handles himself.

Against their own reservations they succumb to the fire that has been burning in both of them and it was hot. They have incredible chemistry and they thrive off of each other. Axel realizes he may be in over his head, and he makes the decision to pull back.

This is a fast-paced story and I thought the author kept it moving with lots of action and/or drama. Through the entire story there is tension hanging that kept you wondering who the killer or stalker may be. I didn’t really know who it was until the very end and then until the actual moment I still wasn’t completely sure. Once the stalker is known it does seem to wrap up quickly, but the tension was palpable up to that point.

Even though Axel and Gareth have a strong connection and very hot chemistry, the author didn’t have them jumping in with both feet, which I appreciate. Axel takes some time away from Gareth so he knows for sure where his heart lies. Will it be with Gareth or does he like his self-imposed isolation too much?

I highly recommend this story and can’t wait to see what happens next. For me, Fret has everything I love in a story. The alpha badass with a high level of sexiness, humor, action, suspense, and of course, hot sex that will leave you smoldering.  Ex-Navy Seal vs rocker? Sign me up and fast. 

5Hearts

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