Series: VIP #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Pages: 339 (Kindle)
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
What I really liked about Idol was that it didn’t feel like the typical rocker romance. Killian is actually on a break from music and meets Libby because she’s his neighbor. They get off to a really rocky start, but from there they get to know each other in relative calm. They just hang out, garden, talk about music, and drink lemonade. At least until Killian is called away to go on tour, and they have to figure out how the relationship is going to work while they’re apart unless Libby joins him. I also really liked how Killian is encouraging Libby to make her own dreams come true as she’s also a musician. It’s not just about him keeping her close for sexy times. We really get to see some of the behind the scenes ugliness of gaining fame.
The only thing that kind of bothered me about Idol was that everything felt kind of drawn out and like there were two stories happening. The beginning was a lot of fun with Libby not recognizing Killian and totally going off on him for crashing his bike on her lawn and then vomiting all over her, only to start hanging out, becoming friends and eventually lovers. I really enjoyed those scenes of them playing music together. Then it suddenly switches to the madness of being on tour and worrying about what the media is going to say about them for several chapters, only to have the focus switch again to Libby chasing her dream and even more worrying. It was a lot crammed into one book.
Overall, I did enjoy Idol a lot, which wasn’t a surprise as I love this author and the fun twists she puts on old tropes.