Review: Rock Bottom by Cate Masters

Rock Bottom by Cate Masters
Release Date: June 20th, 2011
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: Directly from author for review

For rocker Jet Trently, success means playing the same platinum-selling hits over and over. Philly rock journalist Billie Prescott thrives on covering the latest 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 15. When Jet touches her heart as well, will the reality show ruin the real thing?

Review: Ever watch one of those reality shows like on VHI called Rock of Love and ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes? I know I have because for me reality TV is not real. This story reminded me of just that.

Billie Prescott lives in Philadelphia, works for a magazine called Strung Out which is a wannabe Rolling Stones and she is a famous blogger. Her editor Everett decides he needs to spike his sales on the magazine and decides to send her half way across the US to Malibu, CA to do an expose on what goes on a dating reality show called Rock Bottom staring Jet Trently. She automatically despises the gig even though she has always had a “fan crush” on Jet and quickly realizes one of the reasons she is getting sent to California is because Everett does not want to continue their affair. Jet Trently is onto a second season of his dating reality show, which he really is not very enthused about. His only motivation to do the show is to try to get himself back out there again with his music. Little did he know it was going to lead to one of the best experiences of his life.

I was captivated by this story just from its blurb. I am a very big music fan and did watch Rock of Love so I found it very interesting to see how an author could make a story from that concept. And Cate Masters did it perfectly! One of the things I am very fond of when I read is the imagery authors try to portrait and Cate does it beautifully. The way she describes the scenery of the house, the hills and sand gives you a perfect picture in your mind. She showed just how important communication is in any relationship, just to say what is on your mind and not assume or guess what the other person might be feeling or thinking. The chemistry, tension and conflicts between the characters were written exceptionally well, made me keep turning the page to see how they were going to resolve some of their issues. She writes a perfect example of forbidden love….knowing you shouldn’t be with that particular person but just can’t deny it and have that inability to say no. It had just the right amount of steamy scenes as well, did not feel thrown in just for the sake of having one like some other stories I have read. Anyone who grew up in the 80’s will appreciate the music references in this book as well, had be nodding my head yes in more than one occasion lol. If you would like to read about a hot sort of Chris Cornell look-a-like (which BTW I used to lust after J) and how he finds his HEA this is the story for you.

Quote: “I want you. No one else. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat…When I’m not with you I feel hollow inside. Only you can fill me with what I need.”


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