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Title: Release Me
Author: Faith Gibson
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Fifteen Years…
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.
Ten Years…
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.
Three Months…
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.
One Night…
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.
Two men…
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?
“Faith is an amazing author!!! This is not the first book I've read by this author and certainly will not be the last.” ~Ashley (Goodreads Review)
“I really loved this book! It was so much more than I ever dreamed it would be! I love opposites attract book and this one was perfect!!” ~Melissa at Alpha Book Club
The Neurotic Prophets were finishing up their encore, and it was almost time for Cade to take his seat. Never had he been more nervous playing a show than he was tonight. Mal had heard him play guitar and piano and knew how he sounded when he sang. But this was Cade in his element. Cade baring his soul to the world. Mal would probably never see this again, and Cade wanted it to be perfect.
Finally, the sets were swapped out, and it was time. Cade inserted his ear monitors and adjusted the box on the back of his jeans. The guys huddled as they did before every show and wrapped their arms around each other’s shoulders. No words were said; they allowed their combined adrenaline to seep into the person next to him. Reed released his arms first as always, and Cade walked over and took his place behind his massive drum kit. Mal was somewhere in the crowd. Since the floor was standing room general admission, he could be anywhere. Or nowhere. Cade cleared his mind of Mal, and set up the beat for the first song as the others made their way to the stage. 
Time crawled, yet at the same time, it flew by. As the band stood on stage after their encore, Cade tossed sticks into the crowd. He didn’t try to find Mal or Bryan in the sea of bodies clambering for a souvenir. He waved at no one in particular and headed to the side of the stage. The men walked to their dressing rooms together with their body guards. Too many crazy fans were able to slip by unnoticed no matter how good security was. Before Cade stepped into the room Carl had secured for him to use privately, he told Reed, “You’re probably not going to see me at the after party.”
“No problem. We’ve all had those nights,” he responded and cupped Cade behind his head. “You do what you have to do.”
Carl opened the door for Cade, and he was immediately accosted by an excited Bryan. “Man, what a fucking show! You were phenomenal. And your drum solo? Oh my god! How do you play for that long without needing a break? Seriously, that was the shit!” 
Cade couldn’t help but grin at his friend’s excitement. He considered both Bryan and Andy friends. They had kept in contact these last few weeks even if they wouldn’t elaborate on Mal’s well-being too much. Cade grabbed a towel and wiped the sweat from his forehead and neck. “Practice, my man. Lots of practice and gym time. How are you?” Cade asked. He turned toward the sofa in search of the cooler he kept full of Gatorade for after the show. Mal was leaning against the far wall, his arms crossed over his chest. 
Cade couldn’t move. Mal was even more handsome than he remembered. Seems like he wasn’t the only one who took extra care with his looks for this moment. Mal’s normally smooth face was scruffy, like he intentionally forgot to shave for a couple of days. His dark hair was cropped close on the sides but longer than it had been on top. His jeans gripped those slim hips snugly, and his Divining the Dark t-shirt stretched taut over his chest and biceps. Cade was pretty sure he was drooling. Mal was picture perfect and would put any cover model to shame. If he’d really wanted to be tormented, Cade would’ve asked him to turn around so he could get a good look at his ass. There was something about his cowboy in a pair of Wranglers.
When he raised his eyes to Mal’s face, the blue orbs staring back at him took him by surprise. This wasn’t a man who looked like he was going to break things off. Mal looked like he was ready to drop to his knees and blow Cade. He looked around to make sure Roarke was nowhere near, and it was then he noticed Bryan and Carl had left the room. 
Mal found his voice first and said, “Hi.”
That one word just about knocked Cade to his knees. It was music to his soul. His soul that was soon to be crushed.
“Hi,” he croaked. Cade cleared his throat and tried again. “Hi, Mal. You look good.”
Mal pushed off the wall, and before Cade knew what was happening, Mal had his neck in a vice grip and was crashing their mouths together. Surprise had Cade gasping, and Mal took advantage of the opening to slide his tongue home. Home.
Faith Gibson lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with the love of her life, and her two-legged best friends. She began writing in high school and over the years, penned many stories and poems. When her dreams continued to get crazier than the one before, she decided to keep a dream journal. Many of these night-time escapades have led to a line, a chapter, and even a complete story.
When asked what her purpose in life is, she will say to entertain the masses. Even if it’s one person at a time. When Faith isn’t hard at work on her next story, she can be found playing trivia while enjoying craft beer, reading, or riding her Harley.
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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.  5 stars from me.