Series: The Meltdown Series #1
on September 20, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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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.
Grant Hardy isn’t an addict.
This book had me intrigued right from the start. I had no idea what to expect from the blurb and I loved that. The story had quite a few twists and turns, I adored both the main characters, and the writing brought everything to life.
Grant Hardy is the lead singer for the band Meltdown. Right from the start, there is an incident that happens on stage at one of their concerts. Grant is rushed to the hospital, and from there, the mystery as to what happened begins to unfold. Forced into rehab for an addiction he doesn’t have, he starts to question just what his life has come to.
“Life was an avalanche. If you didn’t take control of it, it could take you down and bury you alive. I knew this all too well.”
Mallory Scott is an addiction counselor who is called in by the label to help Grant. It is clear from the moment she arrives, not all is as it seems. She realizes getting Grant to trust her is going to take some work. Unfortunately, getting him to open up means revealing more about herself than she feels comfortable.
“I was the moth and she was the flame. If I got close enough I could get burned. Some things were worth getting burned over.”
Mallory is broken, and as the story develops, we learn more about what she has overcome. She is her own worst critic, not realizing her worth, suffering under the burden of her past mistakes. Grant is still reeling from his own personal tragedy. Guilt weighs down on him, and he is feeling lost. I was really rooting for these two to finally find their happy. Grant really pushes Mallory, making her confront her feelings, which was great. He never gives up on what he wants. Mallory, in turn, helps support Grant, believing in him when others don’t.
The growing relationship between Grant and Mallory develops against a backdrop of lies and misdirection. Grant is determined to find out the truth, and Mallory is determined to keep her own secrets. I loved how the story was paced; I couldn’t wait to find out how it would all come together. Overall, this was romantic suspense done right; the perfect balance of both. I assume we will be getting future books based on the other band members, and I can’t wait!
“Grant was my client and I was his counselor, end of story. Except it wasn’t the end of the story, was it?”