on June 7th, 2016
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: The Hook Up (Game On, #1), The Friend Zone (Game On, #2), The Game Plan (Game On, #3), Managed (VIP, #2), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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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 a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.
Personally, I’m a sucker for a solid rock star romance. Kristen Callihan completely won me over with her awesome football NA series Game On, so I had high hopes that this would be just as steamy and addicting. No worries, Callihan was definitely able to deliver with Idol. So if you enjoy New Adult books that are filled with fabulous music references and a romance that you can totally cheer for, you’ve got to pick this one up! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this new series.
Libby is a woman who lives an isolated life. She crosses paths with Killian when he shows up drunk on her lawn. Much to her initial dismay, he turns out to be staying at the house next door to her. Gradually, the two begin to get to know each other better and strike up an unlikely friendship. Oh yeah, Killian also just so happens to be the lead singer of one of the most popular bands in the world (Libby didn’t initially recognize him and it took awhile for her to find out the truth) and he eventually has to go back on tour. Libby has always dreamed about being a singer, and she bonds with Killian through playing the guitar and writing songs. Thanks to Killian, music begins to play an even larger role in Libby’s life. But is fame all that it’s cracked up to be?
So Libby is a heroine who definitely isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I love how she stood up to Killian from the very beginning, and she never hesitated to tell him when he was being a jerk or whatever. While I did love her character in the beginning, I wasn’t a huge fan of some of her choices later on. I get that Libby has suffered a huge amount of loss in her life, like the deaths of her mother and father. At the same time though, I still feel like she didn’t have a lot of character growths in some areas. Honestly, it’s tough to talk too much about it without spoiling anything, but I’ll just say that she wasn’t my favorite in the end.
Killian was an amazing and unbelievably swoony love interest. There’s not much about this guy that I didn’t love. A lot has happened to Killian and his bandmates that ended up driving him to drink so much and also step away from the band for a pretty long time. In the end, he was still able to overcome the bad and get back to writing songs. Though he does strike up a friendship with Libby before anything deeper happens between them, he’s still extremely clear about the way he feels about her. Meaning, he never messes around with any other girls like a lot of the rock stars in NA books tend to do.
I really enjoyed the fairly slow build romance between Killian and Libby. I liked that Killian was able to find inspiration through Libby, and write songs with her. I feel like this is kind of a spoiler so I won’t go into a lot of details, but I didn’t like that Libby made the choice to hide their relationship from some people who were very important to Killian. I think it put him in an awkward position, and I didn’t really like seeing that. Overall though, the romance was still super swoony and I did love them as a couple.
Idol was a fascinating and well written rock star romance from Kristen Callihan. This author has proved once again why I find her books so entertaining. This book is very much character driven, and I found them all to be incredibly complex. Besides the main characters, I also really liked the supporting characters, like Killian’s bandmates, his cousin, and the band’s manager. It looks like the next book in the series will focus on the manager, which I can’t wait to see. Be sure to buy this one if you love music and steamy romances!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.