By Faith Gibson
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
Every once in a while you’re fortunate to come across a book that embeds itself in your soul. Release Me is one of those books. It captivated me from cover to cover and I was disappointed when the book came to an end – I already miss them! I felt so drawn to Mal and Cade, but I easily became engrossed in the secondary characters, too, because they added so much depth to the well-constructed plot.
First off, not having read Deliver Me, the first book, I didn’t know the back story about Cade, Tag and Eric, and to be honest, I’m ok with that and would almost at this point NOT want to have a different perception of Cade. I loved him and all his layers, his generosity as he opened himself up to knowing Mal, and evolving maturity as he reflected on his former behavior and life before meeting Mal. Gibson makes it easy to relate to Cade as he trudged through the emotions of moving on from the end of his 15-year friendship and relationship with Tag, meeting and falling in true love with Mal, and then facing the possibility of losing that relationship when his efforts to support Mal don’t turn out exactly as he intended – even the best kept secrets administered with the best of intentions usually backfire. Malcolm is a broken man who has a horrific past to move beyond – his father attempted to kill him and his mother after learning he was gay when he was a teenager. He’s insecure, humble and guilt-ridden, and doesn’t believe he’s worth loving. Since that time, Mal has worked himself to the bone to provide for his mother and keep the family farm in operation at the expense of his happiness and freedom; he’s poor and has had to sell the majority of the family’s acreage to pay off medical debts incurred because of his father’s wrath.
Cade and Mal have chemistry on every level. Cade doesn’t want to push Mal too hard, too fast, and Mal is intimidated by Cade’s money and fame. As their friendship and relationship evolves, Cade is exposed to the true meaning of family by spending time on the farm with Mal, Suzette and Walt, and Mal eventually realizes through Cade’s actions once he’s on tour that true love transcends everything. The emotions churning in Mal tugged at my heartstrings, and it was excruciating to find Cade hurting at the possibility that their relationship would end. Cade’s text “love letters” to Mal, especially one of his last ones featuring a video of the ocean and then focusing on his face when he professed that he still loved him, was heart wrenching. One of my favorite things had to be their nicknames for one another, Rock Star and Cowboy. Mal’s and Cade’s love and affection for one another was almost palpable. The thing that clicks in this story, though, is the natural ease at which their relationship develops on all levels – physical, friendship, and romantic. The HEA in the epilogue made me smile. But I still want to know…do Bryan and Andy end up hooking up (hoping for a future story about them!)?
Kudos to Faith Gibson for creating such an endearing love story. This one is worth reading more than once.
The story itself was so well written, and the characters developed so richly, that I couldn’t stop reading…and now I feel as if something is missing since it all seemed so real.
Yes. This is a must-read – more than once.
“You’re not here to tell me we’re finished?” Cade prayed, his voice cracking. He wouldn’t allow himself to hope, not until Mal said the words.
“No, I’m here to beg you to forgive me and to say thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me. I know I was a dick about your money, and I am sorry. I’ve already explained why, but please, if you’ll give me another chance, I’ll prove to you I’m worthy of your love. You are my rock, Cade. My beacon in the storm. I can give you a thousand clichés, but you’re everything to me.”
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 13, 2016.