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Thursday, November 2, 2017

BT & Review - Stryke First by Sandrine Gasq-Dion - We will miss you

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.

Reviewed by:

5 Star

Stryke First Review

Stan Jackson is a man who is running from his past.  He moves clear across the US leaving behind his old life for a new one.
Then you have Rebel Stryke a man whose parents both died when he was born who is afraid to have any romantic connection to anyone for fear of them leaving.
I loved this book! It wasn’t one of those instant connection “I love you” books. The connection between Stan and Rebel built over time, with both of them trying to hide their attraction to one another. Then you throw Rebel’s grandpa into the mix and the books takes on a whole life of its own. Grandpa plays a key role in the book. It breaks it up from being too serious. All of his one-liners in the book had me literally laughing my ass off. (Pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy).
The 2nd hand character in this book, play an important part with trying to get Stan and Rebel to open their eyes and stop trying to fight their attraction. I loved how everyone in the book made Stan feel welcome like he was part of the family and also tried to protect him from hi narcissistic ex who tried to make his life a living hell.
This is definitely a story line that can keep going forever the way the group goes about doing things.
I recommend this book to everyone…….but it might be smart to start at book one just to have the back story on everyone. Don’t pull a me and start pretty much in the middle of the series J

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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