Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/13/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Andrew 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.
First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2011.
I’m a fan of Ryan Loveless’s work but Pop Life just didn’t wow me. I never connected with the characters as individuals or as a couple. I also felt the plot was messy and there were many supporting characters, some of whom were downright annoying.
The story centers around members of a band and music writers. There are too many characters who weren’t fleshed out. The story wasn’t strong, despite the author’s strong writing skills.
My biggest pet peeve was the faux magazine articles. I understood they were meant to show background and plot points from the past but all they did was pull me out of the story. Many times it happened just as I was getting into it.
The only thing that made me give this a three star rating was Loveless’s talent. I didn’t love the ending or most of the book but I think it was my personal preferences. I’d still recommend this story to anyone like me who loves the author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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