Title: Pop Life
Author Name & Publisher: Ryan Loveless (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 13, 2016 – 200 pgs
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.
1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2011.
Can you say holly cow!!!! This book is so dang crazy. I know that the description says that it is about Andrew and Jamie but it is truly about so many more then that. I almost felt bad for a couple of the characters because come on almost everyone was involved and having sex with the same people. I honestly think the only ones in the book that was actually not sleeping around was Michael, Andrew, Dianne, Keelin, and Russell. The rest of the characters ….Jamie, Paeder, and Jeff all I can say is man whores.
Andrew was the one that I think brought all of the characters together. He was the one who ended up being the glue to hold them all together. Last but not least he was the one brought life, love, and acceptance to Jamie’s life. Although at times I thought Andrew was a bit of a doormat for Jamie he never gave up on him and in the end he was the one who Jamie needed the whole time but was to scared to admit.
Jamie was just lost. He may be a rock star and have so much at his finger tips, but he did not have what he truly needed and that was someone to stand by him even through the bad and tell him that enough was enough and to let the things he cannot change,,,,, let them go because it was killing him. That is who Andrew ended up being for Jamie. His strength. Also his keeper of sorts also. His safety.
And I cannot end this review without saying that I LOVED Keelin and Russell. Paeder was the one character that I can say without a doubt that I believe is a selfish little twit that ended up with what he deserved.
This was such an adventurous book, you never knew what was going to happen or where or even when. A twist at every turn. I truly enjoyed it though and I would definitely recommend this book to others because it was so good.
I really love these type of books, I mean who doesn’t love rock ‘n roll and Boy Bands. I loved how Ryan Loveless brought us into the story. These men (yes even the one’s sleeping around) were very complex and yet they were very inviting. I don’t think there are many authors who can do this as thoroughly as Ryan Loveless does. These characters were well thought-out and at times very complex. Most of all, this author clearly gives us love. I do have to admit that at times this book was puzzling but once I was able to really get into it I loved it. I would have to say that this is a book that would need to be read when you have no distractions. I was really glad to see that Andrew and Jamie were able to come together despite all the drinking and drugs. Absolutely love this book.
Ryan Loveless is a farmer’s daughter. She has a BA in English from a private college in Illinois and a master’s degree in library and information science with an archival certificate from a university in New York. Raised in a conservative family, she was shocked and relieved when her coming out was largely uneventful. She has been writing since she could read and has always drifted toward M/M because she enjoys the relationship dynamics. It’s possible that her first story was about GI Joe. She wishes she still had that story.