Author: Faith Gibson
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Simply Defined Art
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/30/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
Note: I had no clue this was part of a series. I would have liked to read book 1 first, but apparently I did not need to in order to enjoy this story.
This story pulled all kinds of emotions out of me. While the plotline itself was very predictable and at times I wanted to beat the MCs with a stick over their cliched behavior, the overall story worked well for me and left me very pleased.
Mal and Cade were great characters. They were so different yet they worked so well together because each man drew out the best in the other and as the story progressed, each man grew into the best version of himself. Their relationship was unconventional but slowly and steadily progressed into something that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to know how things would work out for these men and the author, for all the predictability, did find ways to keep me second guessing the outcome.
I also liked that these characters were not stereotypical. Cade was so much more than a playboy rock star. He was smart and humble and loved to make those he loved happy. Mal was hard working and bitter, yet he was so loving and devoted to giving his mother back the life she deserved. Together these men both had what the other needed and filled in holes that neither wanted to admit existed. I connected to both men right away and fell in love as they did.
I have to say that their romance was very emo. It was up, it was down, it was annoying, it was angsty, it was tragic. There were a few times I may have shed more than a few tears while I had to ily sit back and watch these men hurt themselves and each other. But in the end, the got their heads outta their asses and came to a conclusion that left me totally warm and fuzzy. I loved the epilogue and that the author gave me a glimpse of these men down the road in life. I was so excited to see what came after their big romantic climax. This is my first Faith Gibson novel and I will be checking out her other works shortly.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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