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.
“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)
Reviewed by Stephanie
As part of the biggest rock band out there Reece Ashton was on top of the world. He had fame, fortune and droves of women basically throwing themselves at his feet. Until one day his band mate and best friend disappears and the government freezes all his money. All the sudden he not so gracefully falls from the top and hits rock bottom, and he hits it hard.
“ Welcome to the way common people live, princess. Fuck…my…life.”
Madelyn Arnett knows how relentless the media can be as she has been hiding from them for years after her ex- boyfriend betrayed her and life as she knew it turned into a shit storm. So she enjoys going to school and working at the local grocery. Nothing out of the ordinary happens in the tiny town of Portmouthe, England. Until one day she finds herself face to face with the worlds biggest rock god, Reece Ashton.
“ I know all too well what it’s like to have to hide from the world.”
Madelyn finds herself drawn to Reece and the two form a fast friendship as she soon finds herself helping the man who has no clue how to even wash a load of clothes or cook a meal. The chemistry between these two in instantaneous but Madelyn knows all too well how quickly a person can get burned and she also knows Reece can’t stay hidden forever. Plus does Madelyn want to chance the paparazzi finding her safe haven? Reece is used to having what he wants but with Madelyn he starts to feel things he never knew possible and he is determined to make her give him a chance. But what happens when her past catches up to her and his missing band mate is suddenly standing in his living room?
“ You make me feel so good from so little. From the simplest of things.
While this was a good read, I just didn’t love it. I found myself bored at parts around the halfway point and it started to get a little slow. I really liked Madelyn and thought she was a strong character. However when why she was in hiding was revealed it didn’t seem as huge of a deal as it was made out to be. Maybe it was just me but I was expecting a big boom and kinda felt like it was a lot of build up for not so much. I really liked Reece and how he grew to care for Madelyn, I think overall he was a really good guy who with her help found the things that really mattered. Now I am all for details in books but the way the Author described Reece was a bit too much at times. Like did we really need to know he constantly stinks and doesn’t know how to wipe his own shitty ass? It was kind of gross, I mean do rock stars usually have people who literally wipe their asses so they don’t get shit stains on furniture like Reece did? So why I really did like both characters a lot sometimes it was a bit much. The story was an overall good one and I did enjoy it for the most part.
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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.