Stryke First by Sandrine Gasq-Dion


This tour is dedicated in the loving memory of Sandrine Gasq-Dion who was taken much too soon. Enticing Journey Book Promotions has had the pleasure of working with Sandrine over the last few years on many of her releases and we have enjoyed every single one. The book community lost a great author. To all her family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing and loving Sandrine we send love and healing thoughts. Sandrine your words touched so many. You will always be missed and never forgotten by our tiny book community.
Title: Stryke First
Series: Rock Series #5
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Genre: M/M Romance 
Release Date: October 15, 2017 

Rebel Stryker has had to fight to survive from the moment he was born to a heroin-addicted mother. Raised by his grandparents, his only mission in life was to succeed where his mother had failed. Now, he and his childhood best friends tour the world as a famous heavy metal band. Like any rags-to-riches young man, Rebel definitely enjoys the perks of being in the limelight.

But now something has changed.

Rebel never wanted to fall in love, shying away from relationships and relishing his ‘no worries’ rock-star persona. But there’s something about the band’s new manager that catches Rebel’s eye. Despite fighting it with everything he has, Rebel finds himself succumbing to man’s quiet ways. It doesn’t hurt that the guy loves Rebel’s grandpa — the one relationship that means the world to him.

Staying true to his name, Rebel fights against the tide of attraction drawing him in. But it’s only a matter of time before love finally strikes.

Stan Jackson is hiding a secret. A Very Big Secret. One he prays will never come to light, especially since life is pretty good now. He finally has a good job, and he considers the people around him friends — even if they don’t see him the same way. All he’s ever wanted in life is to blend in, not make waves, and move on through. Now, as the manager of the internationally famous Skull Blasters rock band, he is put squarely into bassist Rebel Stryker’s orbit. He spends a lot of time with Rebel’s grandfather, which is not only fun, but rewarding. Another big benefit is that Stan gets to see Rebel all the time. When his past catches up to him, Stan learns that he isn’t just the Skull Blasters’ manager.

He’s a part of their family.

 

Stryke First by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

FULL DISCLOSURE: I read this book entirely on the merits of the cover! JUST WOW! SO well done on that! I’m what some would call a cover activist. I am totally on the side of looks matter and if you want someone to stop and pick you up then you better give their eyes something to stop for .. hence why book covers are crucial in a book’s overall #win … THIS cover is a ridiculous #win!!

So now about the story inside … I’m not gonna lie and say I was as wow’d as I was in the story as I was with the cover, but it’s not a bad story. I’ll just say it wasn’t what I expected and leave it there because that’s totally on me. What a reader expects out of a book can sometimes not match what the authors intends the book to be and that’s not on the author. That’s on the reader. SO I don’t want to put a negative spin on this review over something that isn’t on the author.

The story is well crafted but sometimes very unrealistic. The characters are enjoyable to read, sometimes I felt the plot had holes. And then I figured out it wasn’t the plot; it was me not having read the previous books … so again, on me. Based on my experience, I would definitely think twice before not starting at the beginning with this series.

The drama behind the story of Rebel and Stan is quite captivating. I did find myself rooting for them thru the book. They have serious hurdles to overcome of their own and past circumstances to settle before they can really move forward and Sandrine does a really good job with that aspect of the story.

Overall an enjoyable, but sometimes maybe not lol, read. Solid, but maybe a little over, middle of the road rating from this reader. Since reading this book, I have gone back and purchased the rest of the series to hopefully start from the beginning … so there is that 🙂

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Best selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research.She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.

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