RELEASE DAY – REVIEW: Loose Strings- The Road to Rocktoberfest 2023 Anthology- Christie Gordon

Loose Strings Book Cover Loose Strings
The Road to Rocktoberfest 2023 Anthology
Christie Gordon
Rockstar Romance, Heavy Metal Bands, Rocktoberfest, Gay Fiction
Nov 7, 2023

A playboy rocker running from commitment fears he might lose the sweet cinnamon roll he’s been dating. When an ex comes around pointing out flaws, can the rocker change his tune?

Noah Harris

I love a rockstar. It’s not easy, but most of the time he makes it worth it.

Afterall, I was the one who agreed to a semi-open relationship when he’s on the road without me.

As the band gets more and more popular, it’s impossible to ignore the images of him with groupies on social media.

When my ex meets up with me to apologize and points out Wells’ indiscretions, how can I continue to deny the commitment I need?

Wells Tollefson

Commitment means one thing, or maybe two—loss of freedom and complication.

I don’t want either.

I saw what it did to my mother when my jerk of a father tried to dominate her life.

Noah wants me to meet his parents. But with our current situation, what will they think of me?

Now his ex wants to see him, and I have to let him go. My friends tell me I might lose him, and it hurts.

So, I try to open up to him. At the same time, I’m caught in a family crisis and I need Noah by my side.

Is it time to face the music and let my heart lead the way?

Loose Strings is part of the multi-author The Road to Rocktoberfest 2023 series and is a sequel to the novel, Not Alone. Each book can be read as a standalone, but why not read them all and see who hits the stage next? Hot rockstars and the men who love them, what more could you ask for? Kick back, load up your kindle and enjoy the men of Rocktoberfest!

Trigger warning: This book contains the past death of a parent and talk of a partially-open relationship(not on page).

Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

Wells Tollefson is the bassist for the band Swarm and has a fear of commitment. Unfortunately, his boyfriend Noah is a man who needs commitment, but he loves Wells and is hoping things will change. Wells’ best friend and bandmate, Ash was in a relationship with Wells, they grew up together and Ash thought he loved Wells until he met Micah. It was Micah that introduced Noah to Wells.

Noah loved Wells enough to agree to his sleeping while on tour but only with women, although it hurt him dearly. Now the band’s tour is over for a while and Noah has taken a week off to stay with Wells while he is home. The only thing Noah asks of Wells is for him to meet his parents, something that Wells is afraid to commit to, that feels like a very serious step he isn’t willing to take.

For the first time Wells and Noah can spend 24/7 with each other and Wells begins to have feelings he doesn’t know how to deal with. Noah gives in to anything Wells wants and keeps waiting for him to show that he has feelings for him and that it is not just sex. Micah and Ash do their best to get Wells to open up and let Noah in, but his fear is real. His father was a terrible person and made his mother’s life a living hell, so he did not grow up with the right role models. Even after his mother left his father it was too late for him to accept that love can be lasting and healthy.

Little by little Wells takes everyone’s advice to heart and begins to let Noah in, expressing his feelings and revealing some of his past. Being together Wells sees first-hand what it is like to have someone you care about always there for you whether it is for sex or just comfort. Wells knows his feelings for Noah are feelings he never had before even when he was with Ash, but he has convinced himself that he is incapable of love.

Wells gets bad news that changes everything for him, and he learns secrets that totally shook him up but in a surprising and good way. Noah’s ex-boyfriend who walked out on him a year ago without so much as a goodbye has reached out to him and although he is hesitant to meet up with him, he feels that he needs closure, but the result of the meeting is Noah questioning whether Wells is right for him.

This book is the sequel to Not Alone, which is Ash and Micah’s story and although I didn’t read it, I am sure it is wonderful because I fell in love with the two of them. With Rocktoberfest coming up there is a lot that Wells must come to terms with, he thinks that he is losing Noah, is it too late to realize what he would be losing not going to reveal it.

Road to Rocktoberfest 2023 is a multi-author series and I highly recommend reading them all, rockers, sex, surprises and love. Two men from totally different backgrounds and totally different careers come together with a chance of a HEA but only if one of them can overcome his fear and open his heart to love.

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