Blog Tour: M/M ~ Fret by Sandrine Gasq Dion ~ (ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author: Sandrine Gasq Dion
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
Length: 48,000 words
Release Date: September 01, 2015
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?
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.
As it was, my tag faced backwards; he couldn’t even see my name or credentials.
He flipped my name badge over and sighed audibly, clearly relieved.
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
After an accident leaves the lead guitarist, Paul, in his brother's band injured, Gareth replaces him. The band picks up followers and hits it big, becoming a headliner rather than an opening act. When Gareth decides to come out of the closet, he begins to get death threats. The band hires Axel Blaze, a former Navy Seal, as his bodyguard. Neither man is happy about this, but they tough it out.
When I read the blurb I was so excited. I love rock stars! Unfortunately the book fell sort of flat. You listen to Axel describe himself as a complete asshole in the beginning of this book. I wanted to see Axel as more of a jerk, but I just didn't get that. He needed to be rougher around the edges. I thought Gareth would and should have put up more of a fight about having a bodyguard. The name calling while hilarious, but added almost too much of a lightness to the book, that I wouldn't have expected. I think this book would have been better had it been darker and grittier. The plot is supposed to be serious and the book just wasn't dark enough.
They mystery portion of the story was carried out nicely, and the author kept me guessing as to "who done it", but the romance portion was lacking. The sex was spicy, but I wanted more emotion from the characters.
The thing I absolutely loved most was getting to travel and see Europe with Gareth and Axel.
All in all this was an enjoyable read!
Winner’s Prize: FRET personalized T-Shirts!!