Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Release Me
SERIES: The Music Within (Book #2)
AUTHOR: Faith Gibson
PUBLISHER: Bramblerose Press
LENGTH: 253 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2016
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.
As I stated in the first book’s review, I love Rock band series and I think this series might be one of my newest favorites.
August Kincade Anderson, Cade to the Rock world, is down in the dumps. His boyhood best friend and band mate, Tag, who he has been in love with all his life, has become a father to his dead sister’s baby and married his new-found love. Now the most successful rock band in the world, 7’s Mistress, has disbanded and Cade is looking for, not only a new gig as a drummer but, someone or something to fill his shattered heart and life. After three destructive months wandering around, he finds himself in a little cowboy bar in some podunk town in Kentucky, drunk off his behind. The sexy-as-can-be bartender Mal, saves him from robbers and takes him home to sleep it off. Cade finally has someone to fixate on besides Tag. He first thought it was because the gorgeous cowboy reminded him of Tag but that wasn’t it. There was instant chemistry between the two! “Release Me” is the story of how Cade finally grows up and goes after the man he knows is his “one true love”.
We met Cade, the brash, spoiled rotten drummer, who was in love with Tag and tried everything to ruin Tag and Erik’s relationship, in “Deliver Me”, book one of The Music Within series. Every one of his band members were growing up and moving on with their lives while all he wanted was status quo. I felt a bit sorry for how things went for Cade and was thrilled to see he was getting his own story. Cade was an entirely different person in this book. Where he had always seemed a bit me, me, me in the first book, he was more genuine and caring in this one. He was all about giving to others, over his personal needs. I know that was his personal growth showing.
Mal has had a horrible childhood and life. His dead beat sperm donor, since he was never a real father, was an atrocious excuse for a human being. Mal has done everything to overcome his violent and horrific past. He takes care of his near-blind mother that he loves and adores. He provides for their every need, at his own exhaustion and expense. He was put off about Cade’s excessive wealth, to the point of annoyance, but that is the kind of man he is, self sufficient to the borderline of over the top. He is a hard worker and a provider, something his father never was.
The only thing that I was a bit disappointed with was that when all was said and done, Tag and Cade had been friends all their lives and it would have been nice for that friendship to have been rekindled and saved. It seemed a shame that they lived that close and couldn’t get over everything.
I hope that there will be more to this series. I would love to know where Andy and Bryan, the two ex-marines that Cade hired to work on the ranch, are going. I believe that there is a great story there. As I stated, I have grown quite fond of the this new-to-me author and her rock stars. Can’t recommend this series enough.