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I Belong


Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan

Idol VIPTitle: Idol

Author: Kristen Callihan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: VIP (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Format: eBook, 307 Pages

A-SIN: B01G4TEKT2 (Plain Jane)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Libby

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?

Killian

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. Everything.

Quick & Dirty: Emotionally charged “Rock Musician” story. I highly recommend for fans who like these kinds of romantic situations. The story dwindled in the end but overall it was a captivating story.

Opening Sentence: The Animal is a temperamental beast.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

There is a reason that some of my favorite stories right now involve rock stars, Redemption by Nalini Singh, the Ashes and Embers series by Carian Cole.  I love going to rock/heavy metal shows and I try to go to all the ones that I enjoy whenever the bands come close. I have never been nor will ever be a groupie because of self-esteem, values and looks but sometimes I do find myself just imagining what if? And that is exactly what I like about reading these type of stories. I absolutely loved the first half of Idol but I had a hard time really believing in the play of the events of the second half. Music is my element and the events just seemed a bit unbelievable and that kind of took me out of the story during the second half of the novel.

Liberty Bell absolutely hates alcoholics and how they try to ruin their lives with the drink and how they can potentially ruin other people’s lives so when a drunk driver wipes out on her lawn she has no patience for him. She doesn’t have the heart to call the police but she wants him gone. When it is apparent that he physically won’t be going anywhere, she cleans him up and makes him as comfortable as possible.

Killian James is intrigued by the tiny, sarcastic woman who helped him when he was at his worst. There is something about the down, home country girl that draws him in. It really helps that she has no idea who he is, that he is really the lead guitarist and singer in the famous rock band Kill John. He really enjoys the anonymity of living away from the rest of the world on the barely populated little island.

Killian won’t leave Liberty alone and eventually they develop a wonderful friendship. But as with all things, life can’t be too comfortable before the real world can’t be ignored for too much longer. Killian learns of Libby’s secret, while Libby learns who Killian really is. Killian decides that Libby must come back with him to New York. He wants the rest of the world to learn of her talents as a singer and guitar player.

I really enjoyed Libby especially in the beginning. She lived almost like a hermit because she was afraid of being hurt by the real world. I thought she was afraid to leave the house but that wasn’t the case. She just liked to live in her little corner of the world. She hid her feelings with her sarcasm, quick wit and anger. Some of those early conversations with Killian were pretty funny. Libby sticks to her guns when it comes to her decisions and when she changes her mind so does so spectacularly.

Killian has his own reasons from hiding out from the world. One of the big ones is that he’s taking a break from the troubles with his band, hoping he can regain his love for music once again. Killian has his own insecurities but he always puts other people first. He cares for their happiness more than he cares for his own. He is quite the sexy rock star.

The first half of Idol was quite emotional for me. I kept getting a bit teary-eyed by Libby and Killian’s interactions and revelations. The second half of the story just felt completely unrealistic to me. An established rock band allows a “new member” to come out and sing a couple songs. It never really states what kind of music but I imagined it as folksy and acoustic. For some reason the details were so open that I couldn’t bring myself to think they were still doing rock songs because Killian kept saying the songs were a huge departure from the songs that Kill John normally perform. (A big thing for me was the fact that Libby is suffering so hard from stage fright that she is able to go on stage and for the first time ever perform in front of a large crowd at Fenway Park with no problems while on the stage. They didn’t even try to have her perform for little crowds first as a just in case?

Even though I had issues with some parts of the story, I still really enjoyed the story of Libby and Killian. I especially loved the interactions with all the secondary characters. I will still check out the rest of the series when it is available because I am not at all satisfied with this ending. I have to know what really becomes of this couple when the other characters from this series get their own stories. I am actually shocked by the sneak peek for the second book. I would never have guessed this characters story was next.

Notable Scene:

She doesn’t hear me approach or even open the door. Her eyes are closed, her body curling protectively over the guitar. That her voice has so much power in such a restrictive position is impressive. But it’s the expression she wears, lost yet calm, that gets to me.

She feels the music, knows how to phrase it and own it.

I’m hard just being close to her. My balls draw up when she hits the last power refrain, her voice coming down like an anvil, and I swear I can’t breathe. It’s like the first time I sang on a stage and felt the world open up with possibilities.

I think I fall a little in love with Liberty Bell in that instant.

She notices me then and gives a yelp, abruptly killing the last note. “Jesus,” she says when she finds her voice again. “You scared the life out of me.”

You’re bringing me back to life.

The thought runs through my head, clear as glass. But I don’t say that. I can barely find my voice at all. I stand there like an idiot, my chest heaving, gripping my guitar as if it’s a life line.

A flush rises up her neck and over her cheeks. She ducks her head, as if she’s ashamed. No way in hell am I letting her hide.

“Beautiful,” I croak past the lump in my throat. “You’re beautiful.” I know with an eerie calm that I’ll never see anything or anyone more stunning in my life. Everything has changed. Everything.

VIP Series:

1. Idol

2. Managed

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FTC Advisory: Plain Jane/InkSlinger PR provided me with a copy of Idol. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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