Title: Rock Bottom
Author: Josephine Traynor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016
“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.
This is a good and entertaining debut novel. I feel that Ms. Traynor did a great job showing us the emotions of both Reece and Madelyn. The first few chapters are all Reece, as he learns the extent of how much his life has been upended due to the tour being cancelled, as well as the frustration and anger towards his bandmate Sean. There were times I giggled at some of the scenes in which Reece is learning to fend for himself (like the toast incident), but then again I was shocked that a man of 27 years old didn't have the basic knowledge to be self sufficient, even to a small degree. I was tickled when Madelyn introduced Reece to the wonder known as Pinterest.
Madelyn is also hiding out in the small town, and it's easy to understand why when you learn the reason (man her ex is a supreme douche twat). The chemistry between Reece and Madelyn is pretty hot, even if he didn't make the best first (or second, even third) impression. Probably due to his lack of knowledge about the modern wonder known as a washing machine. But I loved watching their relationship develop, and how she's there for him when he learns the truth about his bandmate Sean.
There's some growth and changes that take place for both Reece and Sean, but I enjoyed the way the story wrapped up. Ms. Traynor has done very well for her debut novel and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
"I don’t say this a lot but seriously I think this is one of my favorite reads of 2016!! The storyline had me addicted and the characters story was electric!!" ~Alpha Book Club
“...a fantastic debut that kept me turning the pages and wanting to know what was going to happen to these two characters that had stolen a little piece of my heart.” ~Tamara (Goodreads Review)
Josephine Traynor is very good at keeping secrets - she’s been a closeted writer for years, but only got brave enough last year to show her writer friend a small chunk of what she’d written.
She’s a mother of two small boys and only told her husband about her book when it was completed. God knows what he thought she was doing on the computer for all those hours! Josephine’s a lover of tea and has a thing for all things that smell like vanilla. She loves a good book that makes her laugh and has heaps of character growth. Her aim is to write books that inspire, cause sore stomach muscles and have memorable characters for all the right reasons. Josephine Traynor is not her real name. The pen name is derived from Josephine being her favourite girls name and Traynor is inspired by Will Traynor from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. His message from that book was for everyone to be brave in this world and to make their mark. This was a huge lesson for her to get over her fear of publishing. She’s doing this for her, her dream is to be a published author, what’s your dream and go after it.