Title: Fractured Beat
Series: The Meltdown Series #1
Author: RB Hilliard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 20, 2016
When Grant Hardy, Meltdown’s lead singer, falls off the stage in the middle of a concert while under the influence, his record label has no choice but to step in and take control. The solution is simple. Send Grant to rehab and avoid a public relations nightmare by covering it up as a bad case of the flu.
When the rehab facility’s recommendation for extended treatment starts to affect the label’s bottom line, they are forced to find an alternative solution – hire an in-house counselor for the duration of the tour.
There’s just one problem.
“I absolutely loved this book. One of the best books I've read all year.” ~5 Star Review by Leigh Shen
“Having never read R.B. before I wasn't sure what I was in for and I am so glad I took a chance and read this book! It had a little bit of everything...steamy scenes, enough suspense to keep you guessing, characters that are well developed and you will fall in love with and, well, rock stars.” ~5 Star Amazon Review by Erin McFarland
“Wow! This was my first read by this author and I'm impressed! Fractured Beat had a unique story line that sucked me right in! I didn't want to put it down! I love any music/rock star book, but this one was about so much more than just that.” ~5 Star Review by Sammy’s Book Obsession
This is the first book of R.B.Hilliard's that I've read and I loved it!When I came across this book, the blurb sounded very intriguing and I was dying to get my hands on it!A rock star who needs rehab, but isn't an addict?Hm..very mysterious..
In this book, we have, Grant Hardy the lead singer for up and coming band, Meltdown.They are about to go on their biggest tour yet, when he vomits and falls off the stage during the opening concert.His blood test results come back positive for large amounts of oxy.His label decides to handle the situation by sending him to rehab and then calling in an in-house counselor for extended treatment.Though, he vehemently denies the fact that he took drugs, his bandamtes and manager aren't ready to believe him.He wishes to investigate foulplay, but isn't really getting much support.And that is when Mallory shows up.
Mallory is assigned to Grant as his counselor as soon as he is released from rehab.She really needs to be successful in this assignment as her job depends on it.If she fails she'll have to go back to training.When she arrives, she expects a desperate addict and rockstar who would be in withdrawal, but that isn't what she gets.Grant is quite rude to her in the beginning and isn't keen on making the job easy for her.Mallory also begins to see many issues,secrets and foulplay.And as she helps Grant get to the bottom of things, they both grow closer.But there are many secrets that she is keeping and a past which she doesn't wish to remember.Will these secrets tear them apart?
The story was really different from the one I expected and that was a pleasant surprise.This isn't a run-of-the-mill rockstar romance.The author has created a completely original plot with wonderful characters here.I loved Grant and Mallory and the slow progression of their relationship.Both of them have pain in their pasts, but the are determined to get past it and help each other.I loved the witty and sarcastic conversations.The interactions between the band members was also well done.The slow build-up of the tension and resolution of issues.This wasn't a full mystery, but had lots of suspense in it.
The characters were brilliant and well fleshed out.I fell in love with them as I went deeper into the book.I couldn't put the book down, and within a few hours I was at the end!Can't wait to read the next book in the series!Till then I'll be reading R.B.Hilliard's other books!! :D
RB Hilliard lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her love of the written word led her to pursue a degree in English and later a career as an academic language therapist. In 2012 she took a break from teaching and began writing her first novel, His End Game. Hilliard has published five books in her MMG Series, as well as Utterly Forgettable, a romantic comedy and Fractured Beat, the first in her Meltdown Series.