Idol by Kristen Callihan: Review

Posted June 8, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Idol by Kristen Callihan: ReviewIdol by Kristen Callihan
Pages: 307

Series: VIP #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Managed
Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone, Managed, The Hot Shot, Dear Enemy, Make It Sweet
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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 away to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

Kristen Callihan

what i think

So, I should say up front, I will read just about anything Callihan writes. I am so in love with her sports romances. Idol is a bit different. I normally do not like rock star romances; I find the rock stars annoying and narcissistic. Its really not my thing. But, Kristen Callihan people. So, I will overlook the trope.

Killian and Liberty are very different. Killian is a rock star on a ‘sabbatical’ and Liberty is a woman whose parents died and she is trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Killian and Libby start to spend a great deal of time together and bond over their mutual love of music. I struggled to get into the story. Killian and Libby just seemed static to me. However, at about 20%, things started to pick up and I was more engaged. Once they started singing together I was hooked. And then…he leaves. Ugh!! So, he has to convince her to leave her life behind, face her debilitating stage fright, and join him and the band on tour. Yep, after a few weeks together he wants her to drop her life and join his. She resists a bit. Then joins him.

I was a bit frustrated at how quickly their relationship progressed. Sure, they had spent a few weeks hanging out then gave in to their feelings. But as soon as they gave in to the physicality of a relationship, they were in love already. I love insta-love but for some reason, I didn’t buy this. Maybe I felt like I didn’t understand the characters enough? I don’t know but it felt off to me. And then to believe she was going to leave her life behind and do the one thing in her life she finds terrifying? I just struggled to believe it all. Now, I don’t think all books should be realistic! I mean, I’m not crazy-I know its fiction. But, I want to believe it COULD happen, ya know? And Killian and Libby just didn’t feel believable to me. I think thats why I struggled to get into the book. Eventually, though, by the end, it was more believable. It just took me a while to get to that point!

Libby didn’t want to be ‘Yoko’ and that made sense to me. But, I was sad they hid their relationship for so long. It created tension that I wasn’t thrilled with, ya know. Sigh…

So, looking back, it seems like I did not like this book at all. But, thats not true!!! I think I am critical because I love Callihan and her other books have all been 5 star reads for me. I think I hold her to a higher standard perhaps 🙂 But, with all my grumblings, I still loved this book. I will still tell everyone to read it! I will certainly continue with the series because its Kristen freaking Callihan and she is amaze-balls! While I might have nit-picked this story (sorry Kristen!), I think I am more critical of books I am passionate about, you know? If I didn’t nit-pick it would be because I didn’t care enough about the book. So, in reality, me being picking is a good thing!

  • POV: Dual 1st
  • Tears:
  • Trope: rock star, secret romance
  • Triggers: suicide attempt
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone (book 1 of a planned series)
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: View Spoiler »

if you liked

Eversea by Natasha Boyd, Lick by Kylie Scott, Jet by Jay Crownover…then you will probably like Idol!

where to get it

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time 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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4 responses to “Idol by Kristen Callihan: Review

  1. Jen

    Adding this book to my to-read list! It sounds like a lot of fun, and maybe I’ll be able to overlook the non-believable part. 🙂

    • Usually the non-believable parts don’t bother me much-I mean, its fiction! I think I was just in a ‘mood’ when I read this! But I think you’d like it!

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