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FRET (The Rock Series Book 1) by [Gasq-Dion, Sandrine]
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This book has been re-edited. 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.
Or do they?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3314 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517096510
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing (31 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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*Fret by Sandrine Gasq-Dion is Book 1 in her new rockstars series. The band is Skull Blasters made up of 2 brothers and 3 friends. We get to met and get background on how the band came together.
Fret looks closer at Gareth Wolf, lead guitarist, and the need for bodyguard Axel Blaze. The angst and twist of this first book will keep you reading. I can't wait for book 2.

Thanks Sandrine Gasq-Dion & Good Writing
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A new series by Sandrine which definitely lives up to expectation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Something 2 September 2015
By JustJen - Published on
This story had a lot of potential with its hot cover, and bad ass ex-SEAL/sexy rock star theme. It was a sweet story, but there were a few things that bothered me throughout that kept it from succeeding.

I liked Blaze. He was a growly ex-SEAL who lived on his own doing his thing day by day and taking jobs as a mercenary. He hesitantly took a job babysitting a young rock star who recently came out and was getting death threats.

Gareth was sweet. After tagging after his brother and his bandmates most of his life, he was pulled into the band when an accident injured their bass player. Gareth was an amazing guitarist, but he was still getting used to being in the limelight.

Neither of these guys were very happy to be stuck with each other, but keeping Gareth safe took priority. Things were cute with these guys bantering back and forth, but I never really felt the connection between them. I had a hard time bridging the gap between the experienced SEAL and the somewhat naïve musician.

The main issue I had throughout this story was with the tense. It seemed to change tense back and forth frequently, in addition to changing POVs. It kept pulling me out of the story and just didn’t read very smoothly.

The other issue I had was that certain things happened very quickly. For example, the way the mystery played out was over in a flash and just wasn’t very convincing. So, while the story was cute, it did not blow me away in any respect and left me somewhat disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bayou Book Junkie's Review 5 September 2015
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
*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 brothers 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 jerk in the beginning of this book. I wanted to see Axel as more of an 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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I came to Rome and found my.....Scotsman?" 2 September 2015
By Missy Harton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a new author for me, she grabbed my attention QUICK!! A story of a bodyguard assigned to a job, who tries his hardest to remain professional, but ends up being drawn to his client. Fret is full of action, suspense, and sexual tension. A DEFINITE 5 STAR READ if you're a fan of M/M!!
Skull Blasters, a heavy metal band is on the road to stardom. An accident finds their lead guitarist unable to perform. Gareth, was content to helping the band behind the scenes. His proficiency with the guitar led him into the spotlight. Hating the womanizing role he felt he had to portray, he decided it was time to "come out" in regards to his sexuality. Now he's receiving threatening hate mail.
Axel has taken on many different assignments. Babysitting has NEVER been one of his required duties. Accepting the job, he takes it and his client's life seriously. Gareth's safety is his number one priority, however there is something deeper quickly rising to the surface. Is it just the 24/7 contact or is there a possibility at a relationship brewing? Can Axel block out the sexual attraction? Once the case is closed will those feelings remain? Found out in Fret!!!
Missy - reviewer for Mommy's Naughty Playground
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love/wished for more/wanted more 15 September 2015
By Jen - Published on
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Reviewed for Lustful Literature

I’m hoping that I will be in the minority with my rating because there is something to this story that just pulls you in and keep you wanting to turn the page. This story is sweet with minimal angst even though there is an element of danger that surrounds the lead guitarist. Nothing too crazy happens and I think many will probably really like the writing the style.

This review is a tough one for me. I had a love/wished for more/ wanted more/not really feeling but feeling it kind of relationship with the story. If that makes any sense. I’m seriously on the fence with this one and I'm bummed by that. And not because I didn't enjoy the story because I loved the premise and I loved these characters. Everything just felt too fast paced and rushed. Conversations, moments shared between the characters just felt like they went way to quick. I wanted to really connect with Axel and Gareth’s lust and passion for each other. Don’t get me wrong there are some seriously great moments between them and they were hot.

I loved how sweet, innocent and forgiving these men were. I loved watching Axel go from this hardened self-proclaimed a$$#ole to the very honest, caring and loving man he really became because of Gareth. I loved watching Gareth come out of his protective shell and be the calm to Axel’s storm. Honestly they were the calm to each other’s storm. I just wish we had gotten more from the scenes. Where they were slowed down a bit so we could have more inner thoughts, more winks, more playfulness… just more. I would get pulled into these great moments but as quickly as it came I was onto the next scene. I felt like I was being teased. Like having that piece of candy that you are craving just to have it taken from you.

I know this review is probably sounding pretty harsh but I’m just frustrated. You know when you just want to love something so much because all the things you love are there? That’s where I am at. The bones to this story are there but I just wanted more meat on them.

With that said there wasn’t a single moment where I felt like it wasn’t worth reading because it really is so worth it. This is the first time I’ve read anything from this author and even with my frustrations I want to read the next book in this series. Regardless of what I said I’m invested in these guys and I want to hear their stories.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. 2 September 2015
By Shirley Quinones - Published on
Gareth Wolf became a part of his brother's band, Skull Blasters, when the lead guitarist injured his hand in an car crash. Living the life of a rock star hasn't been easy for him since he joined in, especially since he's had to keep the fact that he is gay a secret. Determined to not live his life in hiding and with his band mates support, he decides to come out. Thankfully, the fans' reaction has been somewhat favorable. Now if only he can get away from the stalker that's threatening his life.

Axel Blade is an ex-SEAL working in the private sector. He's not one for entanglements or for babysitting duties, so when he finds himself attracted to the sexy rock star he's assigned to guard he has a hard time adjusting.

This was a fairly straight-forward read.

Gareth and Axel were great characters to get to know. Gareth was a simple man with a great heart who hadn't had the opportunity to really explore his sexuality. He was funny and charming and the complete opposite of Axel. They complement each other well though. Axel was more experienced, rugged and quiet, but he had never been one for close friendships or been inclined to explore the kind of connection he shared with Gareth. By taking this job he soon found the sense of brotherhood he missed from the SEALs and feelings for Gareth he didn't know how to deal with.

Although I enjoyed this story very much, I couldn't help but think that it was a bit disjointed. I don't know, for me the elements felt disconnected at times. I also found that the 'mystery' behind the stalking was easy to figure out and that the romance took sort of a back seat to all the drama. I would have preferred to have the romance and Axel and Gareth's connection developed a bit more, instead of having some of the other issues that did make it to the page. That's just me.

I do have to say that as a first book in a series Fret did what it was supposed to do. It introduced the cast of characters, which were intriguing in their own right and added to the story nicely. And it also set the tone for the other books that will follow.

I'm looking forward to the book in the series. Like I said the characters intrigued me and the excerpt at the end of the book sure drew my attention. All in all, an enjoyable read with a sweet rock star and a broody ex-SEAL.

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