Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan

Posted June 9, 2016 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Idol by Kristen CallihanIdol (VIP, #1) by Kristen Callihan
Series: VIP #1
Published by Plain Jane on June 7, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Musicians, New Adult
Pages: 307
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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.

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It’s no secret that I have a major weakness for rockstar books, especially if the hero and heroine end up on tour together – intentional or not. I love them, it’s a small addiction. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kristen took the rockstar trope into a bit of uncharted territory. In every one you read, the guys in the band are generally sleeping around a lot, doing drugs, excessive drinking, general famous bad boy kind of behaviour. But Idol was different. Yes that stuff was discussed, but the characters are growing up and have had some major struggles that they’re trying to come back from because of said vices in the first place. It was so refreshing to see a musician hero who wasn’t sleeping with a different girl every night, and actually showed that he cared deeply for the heroine. I believed in Killian every step of the way.

“You and me, Libby. We stick together, and everything will be okay.”
I believe him. There in the dark, surrounded by his strength, I believe that nothing will ever tear us apart.

Libby was an absolute force. She had to ability to always keep people on their toes and have them guessing what she would do next, what she might say. She’s sarcastic and took crap from absolutely no one! She’s a fighter and will stand strong for what she wants and believes in, she was just a little lost in the beginning. One word to describe Libby: Feisty. Hold on to your hats because she’s about to blow you away.

Scottie’s expression begins to sour as if he’s choking down something particularly distasteful. He can’t blame my tea, at least. Brenna, on the other hand, starts to snicker. A lot.
Scottie shoots her an ugly look before leaning forward. “Killian has a message for you.”
“A message?” My heart kicks into high gear, but my mind skids to a halt. “What the hell is this? The fifth grade? Why can’t he just call me?”
The corner of Scottie’s eye twitches, and Brenna coughs loudly into her hand. Tears are forming beneath her cat glasses.
“Yes,” Scottie grinds out through his teeth. “That would have been the logical choice.” The twitching by his eye gets worse. “However, we’re here to deliver it—”
“Is it a singing telegram? Because that might be worth it.”




Killian is so swoony. I know I’ll say that a few times through this review but it’s utterly imperative that you believe me. He’s lovely. Strong, sweet, alpha hotness, a jokester, always carrying the weight of the world so others don’t have to. And while everyone knows that musicians can be emotional, when Killian emotes, it’s pretty close to perfection.

The relationship development between the two main characters was some of the best thought out pacing and scenes that I’ve read in a while. It was extremely believable. I didn’t think they were falling too fast, one more than the other, and I really did feel their connection, how much they wanted and needed to be together.

“I knew it would be so good. I shouldn’t have held back the first time I wanted to kiss you.”
“When was that?” Everything feels languid, hot, slow. His touch, mine. I nuzzle his neck, drawing in the scent of his skin.
He smiles, small and smug. “When you threatened to shoot me.”
“I hated you then.”
A low hum vibrates in his throat. “You found me irresistible. You would have caved.”
“I would have bitten you.”
“Bite me now.”
That husky whisper has me moving, seeking his lips. I nip his lush bottom one, tugging at it gently, and he groans, drawing me in, slipping his slick tongue along mine. “Tell me you want this too, baby doll.”
“Want what?” I can’t think, my head is heavy, my limbs fumbling. His dark eyes meet mine.

The feels between these two were so excellent! I was getting warm fuzzies and had huge smiles, I really did love Libby and Killian together. If I was ever going to have a rocker boyfriend, I’d want him to be just like Killian.




This book has some pretty damn good laugh out loud moments. I snickered, I giggled, there was even a time or two I let out a little cackle. It’s unexpected but fits perfectly. Kristen wove these moments together in perfect timing to help break up the heavy bits and give some realness to characters that you may otherwise not connect with as well. Plus, Killian being scared of moths is kind of the cutest thing ever.

“What I wouldn’t give for a broom. I’m trying to get this moth—”
My yelp effectively cuts her off. I scramble back to the edge of the door. “Moth? Where is the fucking moth!”
Libby turns, her mouth hanging open. “What on Earth?”
A cold sweat breaks out over my skin as I eye the tiny hell devil fluttering around the pot light over the bed. Jesus, did I miss that? It makes a move my way, and I shout, jumping farther back. “Kill it, woman! Kill. It!”

I loved all of the secondary characters and each of their personalities. Even Jax. They worked together exceptionally well while keeping the atmosphere light and easy. They all had their specific roles and stuck to it, but then accepting the heroine without question. There was at least one heartwarming moment with each secondary character that I loved, no one was left out. This gives the reader an inkling of what to expect and to get excited for the other characters to have their own books.

Idol features Adult aged characters, but does travel threw some New Adult themes. I really enjoyed the process Libby went through of finding herself, realizing her dreams and working towards them. This can be an important concept in any story, no matter the genre, sub-genre, age classification, etc. and Kristen’s delivery on the topic is fluid and spot on. Libby learned to accept herself and what she wanted from life as well as understanding the choices of others and how they may have affected her past, present and future.

Whip nudges me with his elbow, and I join in singing.
We go like that all night, singing, playing, and trying to best each other with choosing obscure songs to perform. And the bus speeds down the endless dark highway. I have no idea where we are. But that’s just geography. For the first time, I have some inkling of who I really am.

I’m not sure where exactly the change was, but at some point in the second half of the book – I’m thinking somewhere around the 2/3rds mark, I stopped getting the warm fuzzies I had been feeling. I was becoming more and more irate and irritated with the characters, with their decisions and lack of communication. I never fully recovered from this through the ending.

My biggest issue with Idol was that fact that I didn’t particularly like, or understand the conflict and conclusion. All of these problems could have and would have been avoided with a simple conversation, and everyone would’ve been as happy as clams. Why did they have to go through all that? Because they’re a little pigheaded apparently. The conclusion afterwards also didn’t really make sense for me. Libby was visibly upset, but then she sees Killian and all is well because she understands? It was choppy and I had to read the passage a few times to make sure I was understanding everything correctly. Then, the entire incident was just swept under the rug; there was minimal talking about any of it. I love grand gestures and proclamations of love so the ooey-gooey romantic in me would’ve enjoyed seeing something a little closer to that spectrum rather than what happened. It was along the lines of what I like, but the execution was a little fuzzy. The epilogue was quite cute though, so it tied it all back together nicely.

I can’t wait for the next book in the VIP series, Managed! Scottie was quite the in control and polished type of character so I can’t wait to see what happens when a woman rattles him! I bet there will be an awesome heroine to bring him to his knees… So excited!


*An ARC was relieved from the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.



About Kristen Callihan

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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