Shattered Rhythm (Meltdown #3) by R.B. Hilliard
Chaz Jones’ life hasn’t been easy. Meltdown’s newest drummer doesn’t give a damn about anything except for his kit, his sticks and his throne. Music offers him a way out and he takes it, only to discover it isn’t enough.
Nothing is ever enough.
… Until Olivia
Olivia Marshall had her dream job, her dream boyfriend, and her dream life. Then, in the blink of an eye, she discovered it was all a lie. She hit rock bottom. But then fate steps in, and music offers her a way back.
She thinks it’s enough.
… Until Chaz
Together, they find their rhythm and begin to mend their shattered lives. Fate steps back in. This time, it’s not to save them… but to tear them apart.
I’m a little bit in love with Chaz.
Any man who can piss off so many people without really even trying has got to have a gripping backstory. With Chaz you get someone who is funny and can be incredibly sweet but who irritates the Hell out of so many people you knew it was going to be good.
As I said…I kind of have a soft spot for Chaz. Personally, I think he’s never been treated fairly by the rest of the band. Honestly, they never even gave him a chance. He’s not a saint by any means, but damn, some of their shit is just harsh. And, while he doesn’t just sit back and take it, he gives back as good as he gets, he doesn’t call the guys out on their bullshit until this book…and I love that he finally did. Those guys are a bunch of fucking hypocrites…that’s all I’m saying.
Olivia was a woman I could support. I so wanted her to spill on what was in that non-disclosure agreement. Could not wait to find out what they were hiding and I was not disappointed when I finally found out what it was. Even with all the baggage that wrecked her life as a road manager for another band she still did her job with professionalism and class. I also liked that she was the only one who took the time to listen to Chaz and see something behind the asshole persona. The rest of the guys should have been the first to see something was wrong with Chaz since they had known him longer…but it took someone from outside to see that stuff was seriously messed up with him.
One thing I appreciate with this series is that each book has its own separate mystery you will be trying to figure out but that is still connected in some way to all the crap that’s been happening to the rest of the guys. And each mystery is done really well. There aren’t any holes I could find in the plots. The resolutions seem plausible and Hilliard does a good job of keeping the suspense going from beginning to end. I’m sad that Evan’s, which is the next book, will be the last in the series because I truly enjoy getting lost in every single one of them.