I’m back with another book review and this one is called “Beastly Lights” by Theresa Jane. If there’s one combination I love it’s music and literature in one neat package, otherwise known as a book. I feel like the concept of rock stars isn’t used enough in books, probably because the market is so inundated with sparkly vampires and end of the world scenarios - nothing wrong with that, just saying! As a fiction and nonfiction writer, I like to approach dank ass reading material from every angle. Now that we’re on the same page - see what I did there? - without further ado, let’s get right into this book review.
Jane brings us this delightful 49 chapter page turner about a struggling artist Freya Cole who has been sold off in a bet by her brother to none other than mega rock star Liam Henderson. VA-VOOM! Cole then has to watch Henderson’s every move just before he embarks on a new tour, because he is known to cause chaos just before taking his show on the road. A monkey wrench is thrown in when Liam’s publicity crew and closest friends who work alongside him catch wind of what’s happening and use it to their own benefit to further Liam’s career - ensuring maximum exposure.
“Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world's resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.
Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn't extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn't know how much.
Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man want to be him. The rock star has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind.”
Right off the bat, Liam may come off to some as a Christian Grey stereotype seeking dominance over Freya but the age old ideal of an abusive and rich loverboy type, often severely romanticized nowadays, is crushed to smithereens when he's shown to have more than a charismatic personality so over the idea of celebrity; even having fun at the expense of the public eye. His hardcore bad boy persona stays intact throughout the majority of the book; he is harder to crack than walnuts on Christmas Day, and Freya is the only one who has the Midas Touch when penetrating his rocklike personality.
I thought it was an OK story in the sense of capturing the true nature of struggling artists - you know if you are one and how we do indeed suffer major financial setbacks - as well as diminishing the jaded and overused poor woman and rich asshole. My gripes are how often it slows down in tempo therefore slightly boring the reader, but art is subjective, so don’t mind me.
“Beastly Lights” is witty entertainment for the quiet mind who enjoys cutesy folly every now and then. You go, Theresa Jane!
The book is available where books are sold - that’s called a bookstore, boys and girls - on April 5th, 2017.
Be sure to check out Theresa Jane's Good Reads page.