Title: Release Me
Author: Faith Gibson
Genre: M/M Romance
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?
“Faith is an amazing author!!! This is not the first book I've read by this author and certainly will not be the last.” ~Ashley (Goodreads Review)
“I really loved this book! It was so much more than I ever dreamed it would be! I love opposites attract book and this one was perfect!!” ~Melissa at Alpha Book Club
You know when you finish a book and you just sit for a few minutes thinking, “Wow, that was a truly satisfying read!”? That was me when I finished Release Me. This was an all-around wonderful story with characters I loved, a well thought out and executed plot, a perfect blend of emotion, drama and heat…and an ending that put a huge smile on my face (even if the epilogue was a little sappy-it still had me grinning!). And even though there’s apparently some backstory to be found in the author’s book Deliver Me, Release Me can be read as a standalone—I haven’t read the other story and enjoyed this one just fine on its own…but you can be darn sure I’ve added Deliver Me to my TBR because if it’s as good as Release Me, I already know I’ll enjoy that one too.
Oh, how I loved these characters. They’re opposites in so many ways, but still fit together like they’re made for each other. Both have alpha characteristics, while also having their own vulnerabilities that leave them each open to heartache. Cade thought he’d lost his love when his best friend and sometime lover Tag found someone else, and even though I gathered from the circumstances as Cade revealed them that he was a bit of an ass when all that happened, you could clearly see he was hurting. Mal never really has any time to find someone of his own due to his responsibilities with his farm, bar and taking care of his mother. The odds seem like they are against Mal and Cade coming together right from the start.
The story progresses at a nice, natural pace with the relationship between Mal and Cade developing over time until it becoming like a fierce blaze between them. But there’s a secret that Cade hides from Mal, and we all know how secrets go…even when the best of intentions are behind them. Between the buildup, the time the two spend apart due to Cade being away working with a band, exposure of Cade’s secret, and the resolution of everything, there’s plenty of emotion and tension which kept me furiously flipping the pages trying to find out how everything turns out.
I also want to mention the great supporting characters. They are all solid, well developed and do a great job of adding depth to the story. I’m hoping we’ll get to hear more about some of them (like Andy and Bryan) in a future book.
I really loved this story, and give it 4.5 stars, and for me, Release Me is definite re-read material. I highly recommend this to M/M romance fans 18+ (for adult language and some hot and steamy M/M sexual content)…if this isn’t on your wish/TBR list already, it really needs to be!
Faith Gibson lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with the love of her life, and her two-legged best friends. She began writing in high school and over the years, penned many stories and poems. When her dreams continued to get crazier than the one before, she decided to keep a dream journal. Many of these night-time escapades have led to a line, a chapter, and even a complete story.
When asked what her purpose in life is, she will say to entertain the masses. Even if it’s one person at a time. When Faith isn’t hard at work on her next story, she can be found playing trivia while enjoying craft beer, reading, or riding her Harley.