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Idol (VIP#1) by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 5 stars


“Music can be your friend when you have none, your lover when you’re needy. Your rage, your sorrow, your joy, your pain. Your voice when you’ve lost your own. To be a part of that, to be the soundtrack of someone’s life, is a beautiful thing. —Killian James, lead singer and guitarist, Kill John”

This is one book you do not want to miss. It’s not every day you find a book that grips your heart, but this one was. This story had depth, emotion, passion, angst, swoon, compassion, the whole package. It was filled with warmth and tenderness at one moment and hard choices at the other. It was a story that takes you in its depth with it. It was well written with a compelling and engaging storyline.  I was hooked on to it right from the first page.

How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?”

So, coming to the characters..
**Let’s just take a moment to swoon**
Killian is the ultimate rock star. What I loved about Killian was that he was not your typical arrogant, pompous, overbearing ass that comes with the rock star territory. He was pure hero the very bones. He’s irresistible, funny, feisty, kind with a captivating heart. He has lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart when his best friend Jax tried to commit suicide a year ago. This throws him off balance and his life is in shambles. He loses his path to music, his ultimate solace, until Liberty.

“Baby doll, I could assert my manly dominance, thump my chest, and declare you’re mine. But it wouldn’t mean a damn thing if I’m not yours in return.”

In Killian’s words.. “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. I completely agree here”. Libby lost her parents in a car crash a year ago. She has no friends or much contact with the rest of the world. She’s a hermit who doesn’t want to come out of its shell, until Killian.

“I will never laugh at you,” he promises fiercely. “Ever. I’m your safe place, Libby. You’ve got to know that.”

It all starts when Killian (who turns out to be Libby’s neighbor) crashes his motorcycle in Libby’s front yard. Although, why he did that weird strip off as soon as he wakes up is beyond me. But I can ignore this one little misstep for the awesomeness this book is. So, Libby takes care of him. Little did she know that Killian is the famous rock star. What I loved about this book was the character build up it had. I am not a fan of anything insta (exceptions are always there). Here, you could actually feel the growth of characters; how their relationship grows. You can feel the fire that their intense chemistry ignited. I loved how sex was a part of the story; it was not used a filler. And it was scorching hot. I loved Libby’s witty tongue. It gave life to her character. Killian recognized her inner self.  I loved the sections where they share their mutual love for music.  I was completely enthralled by the scenes where Killian first realizes about her musical talent. So, he asks Libby to perform with him on stage. Naturally, our hermit doesn’t agree to that, due to her crippling fear of being on stage. Killian doesn’t give up and makes her reveal her talent to the world. This comes with the side effect of always being in spotlight, which eventually drifts them apart.
He could be mine if I dare to claim him.
Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs.
It is told from alternating point of views.  And that helped me connect better with the characters. I could feel their pain when they separated.
“Seems we’re destined to always be leaving each other”

So stay. Tell me you can’t live without me the way I can’t live without you.

But she doesn’t. And I don’t either.
It shows us how a normal person would react when hard times hit you. You’ll pick the path right in front of you. It doesn’t matter if it’s the right one or not.  It is how fear of losing each other can grasp your heart so hard; you don’t know your way out. It tells us how it’s not always about setting someone free, but holding on to them hard. It’s about that extra step, which can make everything worthwhile.


This is book one in the VIP series by Kristen Callihan. Needless to say I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. This was a fantastic read and I loved every bit of this book.

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