Book: By Degrees
Author: Elle Casey
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Musicians
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 4th August 2013
My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 25th July 2020
Celebrities all suffer from the same disease. I call it the create-your-own-reality disease. Most of them start out normal, like you and me, but somewhere along the way they lose sight of up and down, left and right, and then eventually right and wrong. It's my job to fix that.
Who hires me, Scarlett Barnes, otherwise known as ‘The Normalizer’? Agents usually. Producers sometimes. They know they can trust me to be professional, discreet, and above all, not personally involved with my clients. I come in, I take over their lives, and I get them back on track. Help them remember what it's like to be an average Joe.
My latest job acquisition? His friends call him Tear-It-Up Kilgour, but I just call him Tarin - lead singer and guitarist for the band By Degrees. I have thirty days to get his butt back on planet earth before he loses his record deal, his movie contract, and possibly even his life. I've never failed so far, and I don't plan on failing this time either, even if Tarin has other ideas.
I like Elle Casey's books. I think this is something like my sixth book.
This one follows Scarlett, a woman who works with celebrities who are out of control, likely to die from an overdose or get arrested for some crime they committed. She tells them the hard truth and makes everyone close to them get in on the staged intervention. Everyone who could make them relapse is blocked from their life.
In comes her newest client, Tarin, a musician who reminds her of her first love, Austin, whose death made her do the job she does now. He's stubborn and thinks he deserves for his life to fall apart after something in his past but Scarlett is determined to turn his life around but as she gets to know him she can't help but begin to have feelings for him.
I enjoyed this. I've read a few books based on celebrities recently and I saw in a few of those how fame can change a person. With a few harsh home truths from Scarlett and a few unhinged fans along the way, Tarin finally begins on the path back to normalcy, giving up drugs, alcohol and people who were enablers. It takes a while to see a nicer side of Tarin but I quickly grew to like him. He had that boyish charm and was playful with Scarlett - who tries to resist him - but in the end, their attraction gets the best of them.
I liked some secondary characters like Scott, Jack and the three bodyguards/drivers. They were all there throughout Tarin's recovery and played a big part in keeping him on track. Well not Jack, he was more there for Scarlett towards the end.
I'll admit I wasn't entirely drawn in to this. I think it was Scarlett's history with Austin and the fact that she seemed unwilling to let him go and move on for so long, almost ruining something that had such promise. And then also Jelly - What kind if name is that BTW? And also Posey? - just popping up all the time. They were both like a bad smell, hanging around. And both of them were obsessed with him. I can't really place a finger on it but there was something else that just didn't work for me with this one, too.