Rock Bottom by Josephine Traynor
Published by Self-published on August 1, 2016
Buy on Amazon
“Money. Fame. Success. I had it all. And now I have nothing. No band. No contract. I’m roughing it with the commoners, and I have no idea what the fuck I’m doing.”
Reece Ashton is used to living the dizzying heights of being a celebrity, until his only other band member leaves just as they were about to embark on a world tour. Sold out shows, groupies, and living the high life are long forgotten as he has to learn to fend for himself while living in suburbia. Hiding out in the tiny town of Portmouthe, England is as about as far away from the spotlight as possible. He doesn’t want to be there, but he’s got nothing but time on his hands now that he’s been left high and dry by his band mate. No job, limited money and no life skills - he’s completely out of his element. No one in town knows he’s there except one girl who keeps his secret. Falling in love was never part of his comeback plan.
Madelyn Arnett knows all too well what it’s like to be on the wrong end of the paparazzi. She’s quietly rebuilding her life in the sleepy town of Portmouthe away from the prying eyes of trash media when the most famous musician on earth ends up in her workplace. Worried that when the media comes hunting for him, they will find her and she’s worked too hard to let some spoiled little rock star take her life away from her. But this helpless rock star is in need of a friend. Turns out, she’s the only person on the planet to truly know the real Reece Ashton. Fighting to not fall in love, she knows their time is fleeting as the glare of the spotlight comes hunting for Reece.
Rock Bottom is a contemporary romance.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Trust and Betrayal took our man to Rock Bottom. When you hit rock bottom, there is only one way to go, and that’s up! Again, I fell for the lure of a contemporary romance. It’s no secret among the girls my preference is for dark, suspenseful stories with a hint of romance but now and then I like to mix it up with genres that edge on the lighter side. Lighter books are hit or miss with me but the synopsis intrigued me with Rock Bottom, so I was happy to read it to review.
While I enjoyed the story overall, some aspects took me aback. The first time was the comment the chauffeur made to Reece acknowledging an awkward moment. Professionally, I would expect a driver to act as if he saw nothing except what he was supposed to be focussed on, the road! If there was any doubt about the level of despair Reece had sunk to, there were several scenes where it was obvious things couldn’t get much worse.
Reece was a successful musician living the life of luxury, and it’s not until the material aspect of his life is gone does he begin his journey of self-improvement and appreciating the simple aspects of life. This part of the story I enjoyed. The drama surrounding his demise not so much. The perpetrator responsible for his professional disaster was a poor excuse for a human being even to consider the lies and manipulative means he utilised. Fortunately, there were more than enough good times to outweigh the frustrating situations that at times felt overdone. Some of the descriptions were slotted into my TMI file, never to be accessed again.
The romance has a slow build, and although they both need to navigate a lot of troublesome issues, their story was sweet and caring. It took until around 26% for the pace to pick up. If you can overlook the candid and the perchance to indulge in TMI, I am sure you’ll enjoy getting to know Reece and Madelyn as they get to know each other!
What I struggled with:
- Far-fetched or overly descriptive situations
- Not enough feedback from Madelyn’s family
- Lack of domestic common sense from a man
- The concierge at the hotel being as unprofessional as he was, it came across as comical in a non-funny way
What I loved:
- Discovering new talents
- Discretion among people who respected theirs and other’s privacy
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
- Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha - August 14, 2020
- Thunder by Susan Fanetti - May 15, 2020
- Pink by Bethany-Kris - May 8, 2020
- Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann - May 1, 2020
- A Place Without You by Jewel E. Ann - April 23, 2020
- The Priest: An Original Sinners Novel by Tiffany Reisz - April 19, 2020
- Love Hard by Nalini Singh - March 10, 2020
- Waking Up With the Duke by Lorraine Heath - March 3, 2020
- The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker - February 19, 2020
- The Life That Mattered by Jewel E Ann - February 14, 2020