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Review and Excerpt Tour: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

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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 more.

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 away to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

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My Review

“I’m your safe place, Libby.”

“That’s the thing with endings in real life. You never know when they’re going to happen.”

I love a good rockstar romance just as much as the next person, so when I heard that author Kristen Callihan was writing one, I just knew I had to read it!

Told from dual points of view, Idol sucks you in from the very first page. From the moment you meet Libby and Killian, you just have to know more about them. When we first meet up with Killian, he literally crashes into Libby’s life. Libby isn’t too crazy about him, when they first meet, but the two of them find a common ground and slowly build a friendship. For Killian, he is just taking a time out from music. Things got a little too crazy. Too real. So, being around Libby is like a breath a fresh air. She doesn’t recognize him and for the first time in a long time, Killian is treated just a man; not a musician. Libby has just been going through the motions in life. She’s stuck. She’s got so much hidden talent, but is afraid to put herself out there. As she grows closer to Killian, she not only wants to live the dream, but wants to live it with Killian. Will this unlikely pair take a chance on love??

I really enjoyed Idol. I thought it was a quick and easy read. I devoured this book in one sitting. I loved the story-line. You can never go wrong with a rockstar romance! I loved the characters. They had a very real quality to them and were easy to connect with. And of course, they had me dying to know more.

I loved Killian and Libby. I thought the two of them had amazing chemistry. Their connection was instant and you could just feel the chemistry just oozing off of the two of them.  Killian was totally swoon worthy and not at all like you would expect a rock star to be. I adored Libby. She wasn’t afraid to tell it like it was and once she learned that Killian was famous, she didn’t let it go to her head. I liked how real she was and how she had the same relationship hangups that a regular woman would have and when she did take a chance on music, I appreciated how she wanted to try to earn the band members respect before letting them know that she was with Killian.

My only complaint was with the pacing. It felt a little off at times for me. It was slow to get into, and at times, I felt like it did drag a bit. However, once I got into the story, I was able to overlook the slower pace and just enjoy Libby and Killian. The pacing may not be an issue for everyone, it is just a pet peeve with me.

Overall, I really enjoyed Idol. This book hit all the marks for me for a good rock star romance. This book made me laugh. It frustrated me at times. It made me swoon and fall in love. And I surprising enjoyed that there wasn’t a ton of drama.  I think the VIP series is off to a great start and I’m looking forward to seeing who’s story is next and what lies ahead for the rest of the band members.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


“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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