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Friday, July 29, 2011

Rock Bottom by Cate Masters

Rock Bottom by Cate Masters
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (228 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Can success trap you at Rock Bottom?

For rocker Jet Trently, success means playing the same platinum-selling hits ad nauseum. Philly rock journalist Billie Prescott thrives on covering the latest music releases. When her editor sends her to Malibu to cover Jet's reality dating show, Rock Bottom, her blog's success keeps her trapped there. Her life's at Rock Bottom too, until she hears Jet's new songs. They touch her heart as his music did when she was fifteen. When Jet touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?

Reality TV is taking over the world, and Rock Bottom, the reality show featuring a rock singer meeting women is Billie's latest assignment, much to her dismay. She has to deal with a bunch of snobby women competing for Jet's attention and affection, and not to mention, dealing with the singer himself.

No matter how many times Billie begs to be taken off this assignment and to come home, her boss doesn't let her. So she's got to stay there and suck it up. She's got a job to do, and she'd darn well better deliver! It's not easy listening to the contestants whine. She's got problems with someone getting into her cabin and messing around with her things, and she can't seem to stop thinking about Jet in a way that's more than just her job. Here comes trouble now!

Jet is sick and tired of the show, and he doesn't hide the fact at all. The first half of the book, Jet comes off as almost depressed, and closed off. He seems to have lost his way among the years, and I continuously wondered why. Of course it doesn't help that he's frustrated about not doing more with music instead of the dreaded show, but it seemed more to it than just that. Something about Billie made him feel more alive, but she had her reservations about him and kept her guard up, strictly professional. He wanted to break down the barriers of this reporter.

The path to Jet and Billie's happy ever after is a bit of a rocky one. Billie doesn't want to admit her feelings for Jet, and she dodges his feelings even though he sure they aren't one-sided. Then there's the fact that she's working at a story for the show, and his attention is supposed to be towards the contestants of the show -- and these ladies don't like the fact that Jet isn't giving them the time a day, other than what's required for the show. Though the story was off to a bit of a slow start, it picked up full steam after just a few chapters. I'm always intrigued with a novel that features a singer as the hero and heroine, and Rock Bottom hit the spot for me.

If you like contemporary stories with a sensuous romance, then add Rock Bottom to your list of books to read. It's fun, entertaining, and a great romance.