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.
*** ARC provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***
Gareth is the lead guitarist on his brother's band, after replacing Paul who hurt his hand after an accident. Once Gareth joined the band, they hit it big and now they are headlining their own tour. He recently came out, and has been receiving death threats, so they decide to hire him a bodyguard.
Enter Axel Blaze, the ex-Navy Seal-turned mercenary, who's been assigned to babysit him. Axel is not happy with this assignment, but as he starts to know Gareth better, he realizes there's more to him than just being a rockstar. Gareth's not spoiled, for one, and for the most part, behaves and follows directions well enough.
There's a bit of an age difference between them, but still they are drawn to one another, which comes as a surprise to Axel, considering he's never allowed anyone to get close to him. Gareth manages to sneak past his defenses, though, even if Axel knows he shouldn't give in.
I enjoyed the story. The mystery surrounding the death threats, and the suspense as I waited to see if my suspicions were right, was nice done. I loved seeing how close-knit the band was, and the relationship between Gareth and Ransom. I liked the relationship between Axel and Gareth, even if at times I wished there was a little more intensity between them. I wanted a bit more of conflict between them. Still, it was pretty good, the love scenes were hot and sexy and everything got resolved satisfactorily and it was a great introduction into this series. I'm so looking forward to Jinx's story, too, especially after the excerpt at the end of the book, it sounds great!
Rating: 4.5 Stars.
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.