Monday, June 13, 2016

5 STAR REVIEW & EXCERPT: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

By Kristen Callihan
Release Day: June 7, 2016


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave m

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse —and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. 


My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I love when a character takes me by surprise. I had some preconceived notions about Killian based on just the synopsis, but I couldn't have been more wrong. 

Killian is one of the biggest rock stars in the world. Libby has no idea who he is when he shows up passed out on her lawn, but she brings him into her home and takes care of him. Turns out Killian is renting the house next door and despite getting off to a rough start, the two become friends (mind you Libby still doesn't know who he is) and they start spending pretty much all of their time together. They revel in teasing each other and doing every day normal things like gardening. She does eventually find out who he is and after a brief awkward phase, they go back to their easy going relationship. One night Killian hear Libby singing and playing the guitar and that changes everything. They start to play together on a regular basis and they even start to write music. Before they know it a couple months have passed and Killian needs to get back to the band. Libby has a big decision to make and their relationship is forever transformed. 

God, I loved Killian. He was so not the rock star I expected him to be. He loved the fact that Libby didn't recognize him and treated him like she would anyone else. They formed a fast friendship that was unlike anything either of them had experienced before. They had amazing chemistry and while it was a slow burn in terms of their physical relationship, once they got there it was off the charts hot! Killian was so freaking sweet pretty much all the time and when he found out that Libby was a closet musician he made it his mission to bring out that side of her. As as much as she enjoyed it, being with Killian and playing music with him, brought out some truths she was not expecting. But he was extremely supportive of her and at one point sacrifices his own happiness so she can find hers. 

I can't wait for the rest of this series! The author did a great job of introducing the rest of the band as well as their manager Scottie. His book is next, but Killian's bandmate Rye really caught my attention. He is described a being "built like a linebacker with the energy of a puppy" and has a thing for Killian's cousin, who is their PR rep. Uhhhh...SIGN ME UP!


“You know,” I say conversationally, as I kick back, “I want to fuck you right now.”

Libby jerks as if pinched and sits a little straighter, before getting a hold of herself and slouching as if she’s completely chill. Cute.

She gives me a smirk and sips her water before drawling, “And what? Mark your territory? Assert your manly dominance?”

“Yep.” I slide my gaze to hers. “But mostly I just want to fuck you all the time.”

God, I love the way her lips part and body flushes with heat. So subtle, but there all the same. It makes me hard as steel, my balls squeezing tight. I don’t look at her but pretend I’m observing the room. The lights are dimming for the movie now, the empty chairs in front of us obscuring our lower halves.

Slowly my hand falls to space between us and smooths along her hip. She delicately shivers as my fingers trace down her thigh.

“What about you,” I murmur, lightly toying with her skirt in the darkening room. “You want to fuck me, baby doll?”

“Right now, I want to kick you,” she gets out between clenched teeth. “Keep your hands to yourself. There are nosy ass people everywhere.”

“They’re all watching the movie. Not us.” Focusing on the screen, I keep my expression neutral as I ease my hand under her skirt. Her skin is smooth and warm. The movie starts in a blast of music and the familiar old logo as I trace over her knee and up her soft thigh. “And that wasn’t a ‘no.’”

She makes a cute growl in the back of her throat, but her legs part just enough to give me room to delve between them. Her inner thighs are hot and damp, and my cock twitches.

The storyline rolls along, my touch idly roams. Libby remains utterly still but I can practically feel the tension vibrating within her. When the tip of my finger skims the crease where her thigh meets her hip, her breath catches, legs parting wider.

“Have I mentioned how much I appreciated this new skirt-filled wardrobe?” I whisper, lightly drawing circles along her skin.

“Brenna’s idea.” Her hips shift just a bit, following my touch. “Right now, I’m missing my shorts.”

I smile, my eyes on the screen, my fingers drifting to the edge of her panties. “Later, you can put them on and we’ll play ‘Fuck the Farmer’s Daughter.’”

She grunts, a stifled laugh, which turns to a strangled whimper when I pluck her panties. Her voice turns breathy. “I’m trying to watch the damn movie. I’m not interested in fooling around.” She moves a tiny fraction, nudging against my finger.

In the dark, I grin, heat and lust pulling my abs tight. “I’m sorry,” I say, not sorry at all, “But I don’t believe you. I’m gonna have to check.”

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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