ARC Review: Managed

November 15, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

ARC Review: ManagedManaged (VIP, #2) by Kristen Callihan
on November 14th, 2016
Pages: 304
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), Idol (VIP, #1), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big...ego.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.
That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.
I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.
If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.
Let the battle begin…

Kristen Callihan is one of my favorite authors. She’s great at writing fascinating plots filled with these eccentric and memorable characters. In my book, she can do no wrong. I thought that Idol was a fabulous start to this new series of hers that follows a band of guys and the girls that bring them to their knees. I couldn’t wait for Scotty’s story. He’s the boy’s manager who seems extremely stuck up and cranky. Sophie Darling is a new character, but she’s definitely the best possible match for Scotty.

You guys, Sophie is absolutely hilarious. From her first encounter with Scotty on the plane, everything that she says is just so funny and witty. Sophie is one woman who isn’t scared of telling you exactly like it is. She’s a fantastic, fun, and bright character who I truly adored. Though she has a shameful past due to her old job, she’s doing the best she can to make up for that. Sophie is the total opposite of literally everything that Gabriel or Scotty represents, and that’s why they turn out to be so good together.

We know him by Scotty, but Sophie prefers to call him by his actual name, which is Gabriel. In Idol, he was this cold yet beautiful man who no one could really figure out. He’s been friends with the guys in the band for such a long time now, but he doesn’t even let them in all of the way. The more we learn about Gabriel, the more we love him. The reasons why he’s so guarded become more and more clear to us as the book progresses, and it was such a beautiful thing when he finally let Sophie in. Surprisingly enough, Gabriel is actually a pretty romantic and swoony dude when it comes to his girl. Despite his issues and insecurities, he’s an incredible book boyfriend.

The romance between Sophie and Gabriel was so amazing because of the tension that builds from their very first encounter. It takes them quite awhile to actually get together, but it’s wonderful once they finally do. I think that they make such a strong couple because they started off as just being friends until it slowly developed into much more. I always like it when a relationship doesn’t develop too quickly. In my opinion, this one happened at the exact right pace. They had such fabulous banter from the start, so the tension was so real and witty. If you can’t already tell, they were such a great couple.

This was yet another excellent Kristen Callihan novel that I truly enjoyed. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I’m hoping that it will be Jax, since he’s been talking a lot about how he’ll never find love like his two friends have, so hopefully he’ll meet his match next! Sophie and Gabriel had such a strong and fun romance that I loved reading about from the start. I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of this author, love books that follow bands, or are looking for a story that will make you laugh.

Excerpt:

In all this time, I had yet to see Gabriel without a shirt. He hides his body like a pious Victorian, never letting me see anything other than him fully dressed and polished. Now I know why. Had he let me get a glimpse, I might never have been able to form a coherent thought around him.

This man’s chest is a work of art. It’s every fantasy I’ve had about a man’s body made real. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but I’m not about to complain. God, he looks touchable. Olive skin, tight little brownish nipples, a smattering of dark chest hair over the most incredibly honed—

“You’re staring.” His tone is dry.

“Yes, I am.” I drag my eyes up and find his expression bemused.

A thick brow lifts. I try to mimic the look and fail when both of my brows lift as one. His lips twitch in amusement.

He shifts his weight, causing his abs to clench. Good Lord. He’s not some overdeveloped gym worshiper, just solid and strong, that perfect balance between defined musculature and healthy male—

“You’re still staring, Sophie.”

“You think it’s easy looking away from all this splendor?” I ask his belly button, licking my lips when he huffs out a laugh and just a little bit more of his lower abs are revealed, slanting toward the thick bulge of his cock, which is lamentably hidden behind his slacks.

“You’re impossible,” he mutters, though there is humor in his voice. He strolls farther into the room and then practically kills me when he sits in one of the low-slung armchairs. That body, sprawled out on display, those thick, long thighs braced as if to take me in his lap—it’s too much.

I want to straddle him and lick my way from the hollow of his throat to the tip of his cock.

He eyes me as if he knows what I’m thinking, and the air thickens. So many things we left unsaid. I’m remembering his lips now, surprisingly soft, but strong with purpose.

From the way his lids lower, I wonder if he’s remembering things as well. But he doesn’t move. Tension glides over his body and snakes around the room. I feel it in my throat and down my spine. We’re closing up again, retreating.

Slowly, I toe off my shoes and set my gear down, never breaking eye contact. “I was being completely honest,” I tell him. “I see you like this and I want to stare forever.”

He snorts, shaking his head even as he rests his temple on his knuckles. “What do you mean ‘like this’?”

“Undone.”

He tenses. It does lovely things to that chest. I focus on his face, mainly to maintain some semblance of decorum.

“You think this is me undone?” he asks quietly.

“It’s a start.” I reach for my camera bag. “Will you let me photograph you?”

There is safety to be found with the camera between us. A way for both of us to hide until we’re comfortable around each other again.

“You’re serious?”

“You sound surprised.” Holding my camera, I sit in the sofa opposite him. “Don’t tell me no one has asked to take your picture before.”

“They’ve asked. I never saw the point.” He shrugs. “I’m not the story.”

You’re my story. You always were.

“This is just for me,” I say instead. “No one else.”

His shrewd gaze pins me. “Why do you want this?”

So I can have a bit of you forever. “Pictures capture moments in time. I want this one—when you finally let me see a sliver of the man behind the clothes.”

His nostrils flare on an indrawn breath, and he slowly lets it out. When he speaks, his voice is a rasp. “Take the pictures.”

 

 

 

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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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