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Release Day Review: Pop Life by Ryan Loveless

 
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Release Day Review: Pop Life by Ryan Loveless
Andrew writes the songs that everyone sings along with on the radio--tunes full of love, longing, and heartbreak. He has a knack for tapping into the world's emotions, but when it comes to his own life, the feelings aren't so easy to handle.

Sent to New York City to work on a lead singer's first solo album, Andrew finds himself caught in the middle of a boyband's in-fighting and secret love affairs while battling the memories of his last trip to the Big Apple, which ended in divorce.

Yet his heart leaps when he discovers he's staying at the same hotel as Jamie Webster, the worldwide sensation who once drunkenly kissed him at an awards show. As the troubled popstar clings to Andrew for help, Andrew must ask himself a hard question: Can I save this man, or will he pull me down with him? 

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Set in 1999 this story revolves around the lives of Andrew and Micheal a song writing team. They have written Grammy Award winning songs in the past for a number of artists. Andrew is summonsed to NYC by Paeder to begin work on his first solo album. Paeder is the lead singer of "Icon", a successful boy band, along with the other two members Keelin and Russell. While in NYC Andrew is staying at the same hotel of pop star Jamie. Andrew and Jamie shared a moment 2 years ago, when they kissed backstage at the Grammy Awards. This was also  when Andrew's wife left him. We also meet the sleazy photographer Jeff, and Jamie's bodyguard, Bob. Confused yet? I know I was! The first few pages can make you want to put a book down if it doesn't grab you. I thought about putting this book down a few times in the beginning. I was so confused, because I felt there were too many characters introduced at once. Almost every chapter begins with a magazine article or some type of interview, and I wasn't sure what was happening at first. But like a bad car accident, I couldn't look away. This book grabbed me, reeled me in and held me captivated. It was intriguing and intersecting. It was frustrating at times, but I couldn't put it down. It was kind of like a soap opera.

This was a very diverse cast of characters, even though it's told completely from Andrew's POV, you still get to know everyone else. While I liked the book, there are things I thought the author took too far between Andrew and Jamie. Andrew became almost a completely desperate doormat. It wasn't an attractive look on him. Jamie did some unforgivable things, and at some point the author needed to have him grovel and beg for forgiveness. I won't say anymore, because I don't want to spoil anything.

The chemistry between Jamie and Andrew was electric, but the story needed more page time with them as a couple. I loved getting a behind the scenes look at these artists. The beginning of the book needed to be fleshed out a bit more, but the last 70% or so it finally starts coming together once you get to know everyone.

This was a really enjoyable read, but it left me wanting more. I'd definitely  recommend it, and I'd love to see more of this cast in the future.

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