A Jeri Review: Pop Life By Ryan Loveless

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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Pop LifeAndrew writes the songs everyone sings along with on the radio—tunes full of love, longing, and heartbreak. He has a knack for tapping into emotions, but when it comes to his own, the feelings aren’t so easy to manage. Sent to New York City to work on Irish singer Paeder Brogan’s first solo album, Andrew is caught in the middle of a boy band’s infighting and secret love affairs while battling the memories of his last trip to the Big Apple, which ended when English pop star Jamie Webster drunkenly kissed him.

Andrew’s heart leaps when he discovers he’s staying at the same hotel as Jamie, yet he doubts Jamie recalls him, even though Andrew wrote his biggest hit. Jamie remembers him, though, and he seems to think Andrew is the only person who can save him from his downward spiral. Even as his feelings for Jamie swell, Andrew faces the real threat that the maelstrom he’s walked into will pull him down alongside Jamie.

This book had a lot of promise. The premise sounded good, albeit done to death. Bratty rock stars, etc. But honestly, it was a bit of a mess.

Andrew is a song writer. He loves his job- and has the awards and divorce to prove it. But his songwriting partner sends him off to New York to meet with one of the guys from a boy band who wants to go solo. And in a super kind of twisted way, it is another pop star who helped orchestrate it because he wanted to see Andrew again. Even though they only had one brief encounter before.

This story was supposed to be about Andrew and Jamie. But really it is about Jamie’s insecurities, Andrew coddling him and then 3 other relationships amongst other people fight for the spotlight.

If this story had been broken down into two or more books, it would have been more cohesive. But there was Andrew and Michael. Andrew and Jamie. Jamie and Jeff. Jeff and Paeder. Paeder and Keelin. Paeder and his wife. And of course Russell who seems to clean up all of the messes. And there were A LOT of messes.

There were parts I liked, but more that I didn’t like. None of the characters were really fleshed out, nor were the relationships. And even though he was a clingy bitch- I have to say Keelin was my favorite and I almost hope he gets his own book. With only his relationship in it and not 15 others.

Cover art by L.C. Chase is beautiful and works for the story.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 28th 2011)
ISBN 1634772695 (ISBN13: 9781634772693)
Edition Language English

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