Sunday, January 29, 2017

Book Review for Pop Rock by Charity Ferrell

We’ve all seen the headlines about him.
Knox Rivers is music’s out of control, all over TMZ, and under the impression that he’s God’s gift to the female population bad boy.
He steals hearts with his music and then breaks them with his behavior.
He’s also my new boss, and I'm going to be traveling across the country with him on tour.
There’s no way I would’ve taken the job if I weren’t so desperate, but after my dad lost all of his money for not paying taxes, I'm left broke, homeless, and unable to pay my tuition only a year shy of receiving my degree.
I have this under control. I’m the daughter of a rock legend who’s used to being around these types of men, but I’m finding myself more drawn to him with every passing mile.
I'm fighting to keep our relationship professional while he's pushing to show me there's more to him than what's plastered all over the tabloids.
Desire starts triumphing my rationality.
I’m throwing all my rules out the window.
I’ll deal with the repercussions when the gas tank runs dry.


As a fan of rock star romances I was breathless with anticipation from the moment I read this book's premise.  Though that premise is a familiar one Ms. Ferrell masterfully captivates readers through her witty banter, likable and realistic characters, and fun and flirty interactions.  It's a book that put a smile on my face from the first page to the last and still has me thinking of it fondly.

Libby came from a family of money as the daughter of a rock star.  Hanging out with him on tour was full of decadent experiences with groupies, orgies, and drugs that left a negative impression on her.  Further tainting her views of rock stars is a heartbreaking experience that left her with issues regarding trust. She once ran amongst the rich but her father's tax evasion has put him in jail and her destitute and desperate.  Out of desperation her father's friend's idea may seem like a miracle until she realizes it will put her in close quarters with pop music's hottest star, Knox Rivers.  Her job at first is to clean up his bad reputation but before long she discovers a different, more appealing, side to him that slowly starts claiming her heart.  Witty banter in a verbal tug-of-war soon leads to feelings she struggles to keep hidden while growing ever closer to each other.  As he pushes for more she's left fighting her past and her fears of commitment in a romance that had me rooting for them every step of the way. Libby's a strong-willed woman who was coddled in her youth but who picks herself up and brushes herself off when fate changes her life irrevocably.  She's sassy and gives as good as she gets which made her interactions with Knox even more fiery.  When the outside world intervenes in their blissful burgeoning relationship though will she finally admit the truth her heart's been screaming for or walk away from the one man who would sacrifice everything for her?

Knox came from a childhood of nothing, barely scraping by until the day he got his first guitar.  That day opened up the world to him as his music set the world on fire and brought him money and fame.  It also taught him who he could trust as too many people in his circle used him for money and fame.  His most recent relationship with the on again/off again, Stella, has soured him on love and honesty when it comes to women which has him using them just for sex.  He's at his breaking point and he's lashing out from all the lack of genuineness in his world, which the press gleefully reports.  Finding out his new assistant is a woman bent on keeping him focused and walking the straight and narrow doesn't make for a pleasant first meeting, but their time together soon has him seeing her in a whole new light.  Knox gives the impression upon first meeting him that he's arrogant and superficial but beneath that guarded exterior is a man with a heart of gold.  His early interactions with Libby are playful but teeming with erotic promise that draws her ever closer until the "L word" has her running.  Knox is a delicious hero who doesn't advertise his many good deeds, proudly claims Libby as his in a swoon-worthy gesture, and is a worthy addition to my list of book boyfriends!

Though the premise here is familiar Ms. Ferrell used her talent to make it something special.  From its crackling dialogue between two people with heart's bruised by love to erotically-charged encounters obsessed with "kittens" this was an entertaining romance from start to finish.  Libby was a heroine easy to admire and relate to while Knox was a sweet and sexy hero with a talent for dirty talk who gave Libby a reason to break out of her tightly-managed control. While this romance focused mainly on them, readers got a glimpse of the chaos and energy of the music world while being introduced to a likable cast of secondary characters who reflect the loyalty these two have towards family that brings them support but also heartache.  Overall this may have been my first book by Ms. Ferrell but it won't be my last as she charmed me with her fun and flirty dialogue and heartfelt romance all tied up with a cheer-inducing bow!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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