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Fractured Beat

(Meltdown #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,896 ratings  ·  315 reviews
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 start
Published September 20th 2016
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3 stars

This was my first read by RB won't be my last. While this was a rockstar wasn't the norm. This had a bit of suspense thrown in surrounding the H and it was interesting. It could have been fleshed out a of the "bad guys" is a no-brainer and meant to be obvious. The other was so out of left field I was kinda disappointed. But hey, low OW drama and rockstar BBF...that my friends is a hard combo to find that isn't so fluffy bunny I'm choking on fur.

Why not mo
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

What you did in your past is just that, the past. There’s no shame right now in this room, Mallory. There’s only you and me.

I’m going to love you forever.

My Review:

Not a typical rocker romance, Fractured Beat was extra special and had an intriguing mystery and a shocking who-done-it I certainly didn’t see coming. A hybrid mixture of suspense, rocker, and adult romance, the plot was entertaining and easy to follow and I was quickly engaged with the storyline. The characters were d
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love RB and not a single book I have read has let me down. This one is no different. The story was amazing, definitely not your average rock star tale. Grant was an amazing lead and Mallory was a strong, if not broken, leading lady. I was drawn in fast and read and read! I couldn't stop and by the time I was finished I was hooked on the whole story. I fell for the characters and their stories. For Grant it went from the stage to rehab and back to the stage but this time with a counselor in tow ...more
4.5 star rating

A powerful read that is just not like another rock star romance. It’s got heart and soul. Passion and intimacy. And, suspense and intrigue. It just took awhile for these two main characters to get together. And, for the most part I am about the slow-burn. But, I wanted action NOW! I did, though, love Mallory and Grant’s love story. The shocking climax really sold me, however. Didn’t see that coming at all! Onto Nash’s book next...
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fractured Beat is a suspense filled rockstar romance with a twist that you won't see coming! R.B. has a way with words that keeps you glued to the page from the first chapter. I've read a few of R.B.'s novels and Fractured Beat stands alongside with my other favorites. Told in dual POV and at times retelling of a scene from both Grant and Mallory's perspective showed us that not only are their two sides to every story but perspectives on the same events and done in such a creative way each versi ...more
Tales Of A Bookbug
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Having not read a book by this author before, I had no clue what the book might be like. I need not have worried, Fantastic story, certainly not your typical R/R. Extremely well written, characters felt well developed and the story flowed so well it was difficult to put down.

Grant Hardy is lead singer in up and coming top band Meltdown. He falls off the stage one night during a concert which leads to all sorts of speculation from management, press and even his band mates that substance abuse is
Mariska'S Bookworld
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Received an ARC in exchange of an honest review***

Where to start?

The book starts with Grant Hardy, leadsinger of The Meltdown, climbing on the stage and do what he always does. Sing his heart out. Except for one teeny, tiny thing...

After that opening of the book, I was drawn in like never before.

And then we have Mallory, a drug counselor who is hired to help Grant overcome his addiction.
During the next chapters Grant and Mallory are slowly getting to know each other and for Mallory it becom
Karen Hrdlicka
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what happens when you weave a tapestry of music, friendship, and trust with deceit, betrayal, and lies? You get RB Hilliard's Fractured Beat. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Hilliard and I am sure it won't be the last. Her writing is tight, her characters well-developed, and her pacing spot on.
I've read a few rocker romances and this one is a cut above, its focus is less on the rocker aspect and more on the element of romantic suspense.
Set up and nearly killed by someone close to
Fractured Beat was pretty interesting for the beginning of the Meltdown Series. In it, you will meet Grant and Mallory. He is a rock star in a pretty famous band and she is about to help through a pretty rough patch. The reason why, drugs.

Without really questioning anything, his band and managers dropped him off at rehab. It didn't really matter that he kept saying he never touched a certain type of drug or that he was allergic to it. They just didn't seem to care and kept pushing him to go to
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm kinda picky about my rock star romances. Kylie Scott's Dive series was my first & sort of became my bar of comparison. This book stood up well! Grant is a rocker, but he's got a sweet & romantic side that comes out full force with Mallory - once they get over that pesky "I'm not an addict" hurdle. That mystery plays out well through the whole book, and adds a level of drama that kept me on my toes & wasn't between the H/h. Their relationship also has hurdles, but the level of angst in that a ...more
Max Power
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
My first confession is that I picked this one up unaware of the content and genre and while I do read across genres, this book falls into one of my lesser favoured catagories. having said that and leaving that now noted prejudice aside, this was in fact a decent read. I suspect if you like a bit of rock =n roll and raunch in your books you will be a big fan of Fractured Beat. Good narrative but struggles on some of the narrative , lots of - he said - he snapped - I warned, I pushed and do on - s ...more
Dec 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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When I read the Blurb of Fractured Beat (The Meltdown Series #1) by R.B. Hilliard I knew it intrigued me, but I had no idea how clever written it actually was.

The author is a one new to me and it will definitely not be the last book of that series that I will read, given the time.

How can somebody be under the influence while not being an addict … well that was a situation as simple yet as complicated as they come.

And I have to be honest the author really got me … I had my eyes on one solution co
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this book was a real treat! It's not your normal Rockstar Romance.....Grant Hardy falls off the stage under the influence one night and is forced into rehab. He returns to the tour to prove that he was set up, but he comes back with a therapist in tow. Mallory is a woman with a dark past and a lot of secrets. She needs to keep things strictly business even though she finds Grant very enticing.

The man was a spoonful of charisma and a heaping side of sexy with a vocal range to die for.....G
F.G. Adams
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fractured Beat book 1 in the Meltdown series, is yet another great read by R.B. Hilliard. I couldn’t put it down until the very end and even then…I was longing for more. The characters were beautifully scripted and tugged on my heart strings. The storyline was exciting. The author created a world of fame, fortune and I was right in the middle of it. R.B. can evoke so many emotions from the reader with any of her books and this one was not an exception.

I loved Grant Hardy from the very begi
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting thrill ride of a combination rock band book mixed up with a mystery and a scorching hot romance...and plenty of excitement to keep you reading till the end.
I have only read one other book by this author but I have to say this was my favorite so far...who doesn't love a truly alpha rock-god but with a sensitive and caring side underneath the aloof exterior?
Grant and Mallory make the perfect pair...both dealing with their own personal scandals that almost wrecked their individual
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book i've read by RB Hilliard but definitely won't be the last.
Wow !! This story was intense, intriguing, sexy, and full of action !
I loved how Grant and Mallory didn't have an "instalove", that neither of them were overly enamoured with each other when they first met. Mallory can see that Grant is telling the truth about not being an addict, although they both end up addicted to each other. I really enjoyed the fact that neither Grant nor Mall
Vero Stro
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 1 in "The Meltdown Series" and it couldn't have started better. I was hooked from the very first page. What an amazing read! Grant and Mallory are just great characters and the end just blew my mind!

Great read! I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

I received a copy for an honest review
Whynter Raven
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book if read by RB Hilliard. And All I got to say is WOW this was a amazing book. I love how she keeped us on the edge of our seats. I love Grant and Mallory's story. And the ending just blow my mind. Can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend this book to all my friends. ...more
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4.5 stars

I really really liked fractured beat. Great characters, great story. It's a romance with a mystery to solve which is not usually my cup of tea but worked for me.
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
~☆ complimentary copy received through Enticing Journey book promotions ☆~

Lies, Deceit, and Betrayal....oh my!

RB Hilliard is a new to me author. When I read the blurbs for Fractured Beat, Broken Lyric, and Shattered Rhythm I knew I had to give this series a go.

Fractured Beat had three key factors that made me choose to read this book. I was all in with these the factors!

☆ jaded rock stars
☆☆ Beautiful Cover
☆☆☆ A mysteriously intriguing blurb.

Grant Hardy is the lead singer for the chart topping
Joanne T
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woah! Mind blown! Let me just start by saying that I’d sworn off ‘Rocker’ books for the better part of two years. Their redundancy was exhausting. It got to the point that after a few chapters, I could tell you exactly what was going to happen, to who, and when.

But this, is far beyond anything I could have wanted. Does it revolve around a band? Yes. Is it about a guy and a girl? Sure is! But the existence of Meltdown provides a foundation to the plot, a setting if you will, a baseline to somethi
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Exciting!!

RB Hilliard's Fractured Beat tells the story of Grant Hardy, the lead singer for the band Meltdown who, after passing out on stage during a concert is pressured into addiction rehab. The problem? Grant insists he never took drugs voluntarily, and even though he goes to rehab cooperation is not part of his plan. That is until he sees who the substance counselor is they want to tour with the band. Mallory Scott is a game changer for Grant in more ways than one. With her help, he i
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: band-boys-chicks
This is a my first book by this author and I loved every page, so much so that I have been on bit of an author bender. I really enjoyed meeting the guys from Meltdown. This is lead singer Grant's story and it is a doozy. If it can happen, it happens to Grant but you see people underestimate Grant...he is smarter than people think he is. Grant's dominant nature, some truly crazy events and some truly crazy people make this story an event filled, fun read. Rounding out all the crazy in this story ...more
Mona Livsey
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was not expecting the way this book weaved around all the characters and brought about the subtle intricate twists that embodied all of the story lines. Incredible roller coaster emotions with that perfect amount of romance.
The characters were full bodied and full if intriguing deps that kept you guessing all the way till the end!
An absolute pleasure reading this new to me Author, I truly enjoyed the journey! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the readers!
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Nope, sorry this one wasn't for me and was a DNF. It was a freebie on Kindle Unlimited and had some reasonable reviews. I just got bored. Grant came over as whiny at times - this drove me nuts as it went against the whole rock star thing and Mallory just annoyed me. I know many loved this book, so maybe I'm having an off day but it just wasn't for me at all. ...more
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
Grant and Mallory had a whirlwind romance. I loved the backdrop of the band Meltdown, as well as the mystery sprinkled in. I enjoyed Grant and Mallory’s characters immensely as well as many of the supporting cast. The sexy time was sizzling and how they received redemption in many ways throughout the book made their HEA that much better.

I loved the narration and the start of this series. I can’t wait to hear more about Meltdown.

Note: I received a review copy of this title courtesy of the audio
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

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 re
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RB Hilliard lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. In 2012 she began writing His End Game, the first book in her MMG Series. Hilliard has not only published six books in this series, but has gone on to publish the hilariously funny Whisky's books, as well as her Rock Star Romance Series, Meltdown. ...more

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