Favorites of 2016 • "Recap" • Day 19 • Release Me by Faith Gibson + Giveaway
For the month of December, MM Book Escape, will be posting a recap of the books that TOOK ME AWAY. They are in no particular order and if you enter the giveaway and give me your favorite book of the year, or at least one that left an impact, and the book you've been dying to read, I will gift that book to you, plus the $10 Amazon gift card.
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For fifteen years, Cade Anderson, drummer for the world-famous rock band 7’s Mistress, has been in love with his best friend, the band’s lead singer. Even though it’s been years since they were lovers, Cade still wants the man. When his best friend falls in love with someone else, life as Cade knows it is over. The band breaks up and Cade has to figure out how to move on.
For ten years, Mal Wilson has hidden who he really is from the small-minded people of Arlo, Kentucky. The family farm is dwindling down to nothing, and the bar he owns is draining him dry. When it looks like he’s going to lose both, Mal has to figure out where to go from here.
For three months, Cade has been drinking and f*cking his way across the country, trying to forget about his former friend and lover. When he finds himself at a redneck joint in the middle of nowhere, he is drawn to the handsome roughneck tending bar. Something in the man stirs Cade for the first time in years.
When Mal ends up in a hotel room with the handsome blond man who sat in his bar for hours, the man asks for one night together. When Mal wakes up, he knows that one night will never be enough, but it has to be.
One musician, rich and famous, out and proud of his sexuality.
One cowboy, poor as the dirt under his boots, hiding who he is from the world.
It’ll never work. Or will it?
Release Me is a love story between a hard rockin' drummer and a hard workin' cowboy.
I was so excited to get this book, Release Me, by Faith Gibson. When I read Deliver Me, that was the first time reading anything from this author. I fell in love with those characters and the author’s writing style and was hooked immediately. Both stories are definitely re-reads on my shelf. Release Me delivers the same attention to detail with in-depth characters that will win your heart within just a few pages.
We met Cade, the drummer for 7’s Mistress, in Deliver Me and he was the epitome of selfishness and an overall jerk. He was positive that he loved Tag—his longtime best friend and sometimes lover—and that his love was reciprocated. When he found out otherwise, to say he handled it poorly would be a huge understatement.
Release Me opens up with Cade being on a 3-month pity party trying to get over Tag—which includes drinking himself into a stupor—in a small redneck town outside of Tennessee. To be exact—Arlo, Kentucky—and I can tell you that this is "most definitely" redneck country. However, residing in this small town is a beautiful, yet damaged, Mal Wilson—owner and operator—of the bar Cade is sitting in.
Mal thought he caught a few looks his way from the sexy man in the corner who was keeping his head down and turning away every woman who approached. But, no one knows better than Mal—who wears a lesson of hate across his chest—in the form of a massive scar that was intended to kill him—that keeping your sexuality so far in the closet is a necessity for survival in this part of the country. So he basically ignores Cade, but when he comes up on some guys trying to steal from Cade in the parking lot, he not only runs them off he offers Cade a place to stay and sleep off his drunkenness.
Cade comes from a wealthy family and he doesn’t apologize for it. He likes having money, but he’s also earned what he has by working his butt off to be that well-known, kickass drummer, that travels the world. Music is in his blood, and lately, the only thing keeping him afloat. Waking up in a bedroom that, obviously, has not been remodeled in—ever—Cade knows he’s not in Kansas anymore.
Mal is a nervous wreck and has questioned his judgment over and over about bringing Cade home. It’s been years since he has wanted someone as bad as he wants Cade. He’s never had a real boyfriend and the only one that even came close was his best friend Tyler over ten years ago.
After being brutally attacked and left for dead when he was caught with his best friend years ago was enough to push Mal so far in the closet that his plans were to never come out again. But, Cade is turning him upside down and inside out and causing him to reevaluate his plan. —
The sting of fingers breaching his hole replaced the pain of his past. Cade did what a responsible partner should do — stretched him good, getting him ready for the hard cock that would soon be replacing his fingers. Tired of waiting, Mal said
“Cade, fuck me now, or I’ll find someone who will.”
The story takes off from here securing the readers interest and full attention. What was supposed to be a one-time encounter turns into a burning need from, both Mal and Cade. There’s no way anything could ever develop between them. . . is there?
Cade and Mal are thinking the same things but not willing to share their thoughts with each other. At least, right now with miles separating them and a little problem called—Cade’s rich and Mal’s poor. These two realities don’t match up, at least in Mal’s mind.
The author’s creativeness to weave a story will keep you turning page after page as fast as you can read. I love the way she instills so much humor and banter between Cade and Mal and once they realize that they have something special between them the hot factor escalates tremendously. They are hot and sexy together from their very first moment they touch, but their intensity continues to ramp each and every time they can’t keep their hands to themselves. I love Cade and Mal, both, but OMG. . . Cade has such a huge heart and it was incredible to witness his growing love for Mal.
They don’t always agree, in fact, they disagree with each other quite a bit, and small white lies turn into huge issues that have the potential to destroy how far they’ve come. There are moments throughout the story that will break your heart, there are moments that you will be livid at the injustice of some people’s actions, and there will be many moments of fanning yourself because the sex is off the charts between the two. You will find yourself smiling from ear to ear and don’t be surprised if a “Hell yeah” comes flying out of your mouth causing people in your space to look up with questioning eyebrows, Lol.
A highly recommended read that can standalone, but reading Deliver Me is a must, as well. Cade and Mal, both, have an abundance of character growth in this story, but they wouldn’t be who they are without the help of some pretty amazing secondary characters that bring Release Me to its full height of enjoyment.
Fifteen years Cade thought he had it all—including the love of his best friend. When the weight of that deception becomes too much for Cade he bails on everyone. Finding Mal will be his saving grace and the one person who can show Cade what true love means. I cannot recommend both books highly enough.The epilogue is worth 5 stars alone.