Thursday, April 9, 2020

REVIEW - Pop Star by Eden Finley


POP STAR by Eden Finley

Release Date: April 8, 2020

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Jacob K.

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance




What happens when the most successful boy band on the planet breaks up?
How about twenty thousand fans screaming my name.
But the price of fame comes with an increased risk to my safety.

I’ve been avoiding the dreaded B word for as long as I can, but after a close call with a rambunctious fan, I can’t do it anymore.

It’s time to give in.
I need to hire a full-time bodyguard.

And when he shows up, he not only screams badass, he’s another B word I try to stay away from: boyfriend material.


Protecting people is not what my company usually does, but the boss knows I need money, and the pop star is offering an insane amount to live with him and make sure no more crazy fans break into his house.

I’m doing it for the money and nothing else.

He may be the prettiest man I’ve ever seen, and I may feel sorry for the celebrity life he’s been forced into since he was a teenager, but that doesn’t mean anything.

Just because he fascinates me, that doesn’t mean I like him.

It doesn’t.

Professionalism. I’m gonna live it. Breathe it. Enforce it … Mostly.



My Rating - 5 Stars!

Wow, Eden Finley's Pop Star is a delightful bodyguard romance. After meeting Harley in Hat Trick, it's a nice surprise to get his story. That said, you do not need to have read Hat Trick to enjoy this book. 

Harley and Brix capture my attention immediately, quickly working their ways into my heart. Their story is full of humor and sweetness. A combo of rock star, a stalker, bodyguards, and love songs, it's nonstop fun. 

A closeted rocker who's controlled by his record label, Harley's been forced to have a beard, Evah. Their relationship though is wonderful, as they are great friends who love each other. They just don't have any romantic feelings for one another. I can't get enough of their friendship, as it's as strong as it is precious.

And then there's Brix, the ex military man turned bodyguard. He doesn't want this assignment but can't resist the payout involved. What follows are non stop thrills as the reader is treated to Brix becoming a live-in bodyguard who has a secret. 

Together, they make an interesting and strong couple; full of banter, quick wit, and a tension filled attraction. Their story is one of passion and intrigue. And damn, I love that Brix isn't the stereotypical "take charge" man in the bedroom. This is always a fun surprise, and the author executes it perfectly.

The banter between the two men is a riot. My favorite part has to be the rules Harley establishes for Brix, which left me snickering throughout. I could picture the antics as if I was there, and couldn't stop laughing.

Written in first person pov, the writing style and character depth are both stupendous. The author excels in differentiating between Harley's pop star persona and the man behind the facade. His sweet and insecure sides are well written, as he develops into a fabulous multi-layered character. As well, she impresses with the way she gets into the characters heads, giving the reader the good, the bad, and the ugly of what the men are thinking. 

The author does an excellent job delving into some serious topics, including the downsides of fame, the ugly sides of military life, and the unfairness of the American health care system. It's all well done, handled with care and understanding. 

There are a fair share of scary moments and creepy feels, but most of the story is sugary sweet, helping to keep the eeriness and angst factor in check. 

Overall, Pop Star is an intoxicating read. This Eden Finley book satisfies with a great mix of suspense and romance. This is definitely a swoon worthy read. Best of all, there are plenty of new characters introduced that I am hoping to see get their own stories. 


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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn't take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son's, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She's also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don't make sense to anyone else.


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