REVIEW: Strung Tight – Ann Lister

Strung Tight - Ann Lister

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Rock n’ Roll

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay, Bisexual

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

– Bisexual Discovery
– First Love
– Rockstar / Roadie
– Stage fright / Anxiety
– Low Angst / HEA  

What’s better than having your rock idol, Dagger Drummond be the mentor for your band? Having your band selected as one of the performing acts at the iconic music festival, Rocktoberfest.

My band was about to step onto our first professional stage. We’d more than earned our spot in the lineup. We had the talent and Dagger groomed our stage swagger. All that was left was to wow the socks off of the audience. 

It should be easy, except I had major anxiety issues and it’s frowned upon when lead singers collapse on stage from panic attacks. Another detail adding to my anxiety level, I recently fell in love with a man. Imagine that, a straight guy falling for a dude. It’s the stuff stories are made of – and yet it’s my life.

Rocktoberfest was supposed to be fun but our trip turned sour when my guy went AWOL. Now my concentration is shot and my is heart heavy thinking his absence might have more to do with him not wanting to be with me than missing the bus. One way or another, I had to give the performance of my career – regardless of what was going on inside my head or my heart.

Strung Tight is the 1st book in the multi-author Road To Rocktoberfest series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but why not stay and enjoy the whole show? If you like scorching tales of hot rock stars and the men who love them, then you’ll adore the untamed musicians of Rocktoberfest!

The Review

Sex, drugs and rock and roll are all in abundance in this book.

The first band preparing for their trip to Rocktoberfest is Chaos, mentored by Dagger Drummond of Black Ice. Dagger has taken an interest in making Chaos and their frontman, Harrison Fletcher (Fletch) a huge success, and is laying out all the money necessary to do that. Dagger will get reimbursed when Chaos has their first gold record.

Fletch and his best friend (brother by choice) Mike started the band that grew into Chaos with the addition of two more musicians. The only thing standing in the way of their great success is Fletch’s extreme fear whenever he’s in front of a huge group of people. His panic attacks could shut down everything they are working for, if one of them happens on the stage at Rocktoberfest. A dream and a nightmare face Fletch.

Fletch meets Dallas, one of the band’s roadies. Although Fletch has always assumed he was straight, meeting Dallas gets him to reconsider. Sex was never that important to him, and afterwards never that satisfying ,but it would seem that it wasn’t the sex – it was the gender.

Dallas is always able to calm Fletch down when he is beginning to lose it, but when the trip to Rocktoberfest starts Dallas is no where to be found.

When I began reading this book, I was trying to get my head around all the drugs – drugs to calm down, drugs to sleep and sex, sex, sex. As I continued to read, I realized that this book was probably close to reality, and that the rock world is as Ms. Lister described, so I had a whole new perspective on what was going on. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are alive and well in this book.

This is the first in a series of seven, each written by a different author. Each book is a standalone, but if rock and roll is your passion then you’ll enjoy this series.

Four stars.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York. 

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