Authors: Lyn Ashwood & Rachel Rose
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 3.5/5 ☆
A book about a K-pop idol and a fan? Sounds pretty cool!
Emery Jung is living his dream. Known by his stage name M, he is loved by millions of fans around the world as a member of the rising K-pop group NEON, but all fame comes with a cost, especially when one slip up can have viral consequences.
Alana Kim is trying to forget. After a tragic loss sends her spiralling, she escapes to her family in Korea, abandoning her love of music along the way. However, her plans are derailed when she literally runs into M, the famous K-pop idol.
When their paths collide, Emery and Alana must work together to prevent a scandal from ruining NEON’s success, sparking a journey of friendship, love, and healing. Unfortunately, fame and love aren’t easily compatible, especially in the world of K-pop.
Taken from Goodreads.
I haven’t read a romance in quite sometime because I’ve read tons of romances over the years and feel like I’ve completely exploited this genre. What made me accept this review copy is the setting of the book – the kpop industry. I find the kpop world pretty intriguing with all its strict rules and insanely devoted fandoms.
NEON despite being fictional band seemed very real, even though the past of the band hasn’t be described in great details. I enjoyed reading about the ups and downs the band went through, especially the fact that all the members didn’t have untainted relationships with each other.
Now let’s talk about the protagonists – Emery and Alana. I’ve met characters like Alana in the past so I wasn’t blown away by her. Emery, on the other hand, was quite unique because I’ve never seen the world through an idol’s eyes. Their romance was…nice?
The portrayal of the kpop industry was quite amazing! Reading about the hectic schedules and lifestyles the idols have to live with from a very young age made me respect their work even more. Some of the rules in the kpop world – for instance, no dating, respecting elders even when they’re in the wrong – are absolutely absurd to me, and I found myself furious at times.
I’d definitely recommend Comeback to everyone. It’s a great book to know about the industry which is taking over the world.
A huge thank you to the authors for sending me an electronic copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.