Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review And Giveaway : Rock Bottom by Josephine Traynor

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.

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This was such an amazing debut novel!Reece Ashton is a spoiled rockstar, who is used to everyone catering to his whims.He has just found out that the other half of his band Backbeat-Sean has quit and run off somewhere.And this has happened just before their world tour was to begin.Without Sean, there can't be a world tour and their contracts wouldn't be valid.His manager, David tells him that his money is tied up and urges Reece to go off to Portmouthe to ride out the media circus.Reece now has noone to take care of him.He has to cook,clean and wash on his own(the horror!)

Our other protagonist is Madeline, who works part-time at the supermarket and studies journalism.She has been a victim of the media and knows how it feels to be crucified for something one has no control over.She is laying low and quietly rebuilding her life in Portmouthe when she meets Reece.Though Reece is a little arrogant and demanding in the beginning, Madeline sympathizes with him as she has been in his situation before and decides to help him out.

As they begin spending more and more time with each other, their relationship also slowly grows.Reece who started off with the goal of just getting into Madeline's pants starts to realise that she is something even more special than what he has had before.Though Madeline is also attracted to him, is she ready to be in the media spotlight again?And what will Reece say when he discovers all her secrets?

Honestly, this book didn't feel like a debut novel.The writing was beautiful and so were the characters!I loved Madelyn and Reece together.Though, Reece behaved like an entitled asshole in the beginning, I loved seeing his character slowly develop!It was wonderful to read about his new Pinterest obsession and the way he learns to enjoy cooking.And his washing mishaps!Lol! The time when he puts his shirt for washing on the dishwasher had me laughing so hard.

Madelyn was also equally amazing.She was such a witty, honest,independent and loyal character.The way she said whatever came to her mind was endearing.Though, she has been hurt before in life badly she doesn't let it bring her down.She is determined to rebuild the broken parts and earn a living for herself.The relationship that slowly developed between her and Reece was wonderful to read.Everything from their witty conversations to candy obsession was so cute!

The secondary cast was also well developed.Trent,Madelyn's brother, helped out a lot.It was sweet seeing him get all big-brother protective.Sean and Hannah were also great characters and the plot became more interesting and hilarious when they came in.And David-that guy was so self-centered!

So guys, if you're looking for a great romance with just the right amount of humour and steam added to it, give this one a chance!You'll definitely love it!Josephine Traynor is an author to watch out for and I cant wait to read more from her :D   


“Have you heard of the term ‘first world problems’? You have Google on your phone, Reece, best get acquainted with it. Man has been doing things for himself for a long time, I guess this is the way of natural selection, who can figure things out and who can’t—” 

Running my hand through my hair, I grip the phone tighter. “You know I only use my phone to ring, text and porn.” 

“Good God, I’ll send someone around in a week, no doubt you will be dead from starvation or masturbatory dehydration.” 

I hold the phone away from my ear and yell, “Laugh it up chuckles. You’ll see. I don’t need any fucking help.” 


I need help. 

I’ve walked for ten minutes, and all I’ve passed is more suburbia. I’m sure I’ve seen this same house three times. I’m ashamed to say that I’m pretty useless with my sense of direction. I can get lost just turning in a circle. The first five minutes of walking was hell. I started to sweat. My pants were clinging to my legs, and the rank stale odour of my body was blowing up wind. 

The longest I’ve had to walk was from the door of the hotel to my waiting car on the street, or from the tarmac to the airport. I don’t include the hours across the stage a night. That was fun. This is as boring as bat shit. I don’t have headphones, I don’t have a car, and I don’t have a driver. I don’t have anything that I took for granted. 

The houses are all blending in, and I don’t know which one’s mine. I’m waiting for David to text me the address, but I know he’s taking the piss. Bastard. Teasing me about first world problems. I know I sound like a whiny little bitch, but my life is in stark contrast to what it was forty-eight hours ago, and I’m struggling to adjust.

Author Bio

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 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. 

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