Review | Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

Review |  Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen CallihanIdol by Kristen Callihan
Series: VIP #1
Published by Createspace on June 7th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 338
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased


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.


This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Mature Content

I can’t believe it took me this long to join the VIP train! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, but for some reason I only picked this up today. Best decision ever!

“The Animal screams. For me.
And I am the one who controls it…”

The tortured rock star and the reclusive country girl. Liberty Bell and Killian James could not be from more different worlds than anyone else, but they still end up meeting when Killian, who was in a rare liquor-induced haze, crashes his motorcycle on Lillian’s lawn. It wasn’t the best first meeting, but they still form a friendship they both equally need. Turns out, they have a common denominator––music and escaping from reality. 

Their similarity leads them to form a deeper relationship, one that transcends their casual companionship. Before things could go further, reality comes calling, and Killian has no choice to go back to his life as a rock star; the guitarist of Kill John.

These two are absolutely adorable! I loved the first meeting and the days that followed. Killian was like a lost puppy and Liberty the good samaritan who decides to take him in. Their budding friendship was so cute and funny, and when they finally gave in to their feelings, I screamed! FINALLY! Most of all, I loved how dorky these two could be when they’re together. Absolutely adorable.

“You need hard labor to forge you into a better person?”
“Yeah.” He smiles. “Yeah I think I do.”
“And you want me to…what? Mr. Miyagi you?”
…”F* yeah! Paint the fence. Sand the floor.”
“And when you’re done, we can go down to the sea, and you’ll balance on one leg.”

Liberty is my kind of heroine. She’s an independent, no-nonsense girl who won’t tolerate anyone’s s*t. She’s funny, sweet, and considerate. 

Killian is a book-boyfriend I want to keep in my pocket forever. Where can I find my own Killian? He’s funny, dorky, extremely talented, and hot as f*. 

While I generally loved the banter between the two, I agree with Maria @ Steamy Reads (click her name for her review!) about the MCs’ repetitive monologues when the conflict finally came. I wanted to sit them down and force them to just talk it out

And as much as I loved the first half of the book, I wasn’t that much of a fan of the second. I loved the musical aspects in the whole book, but the second part felt a bit boring compared to the first half when it was just Killian and Libby. 

Still, this book was gripping from start to finish, especially the start. All of the characters wormed their way into my heart, and it made me love music more than before. (It also made me want to fall in love with a rock star!) It had a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, a fair share of steamy, hot scenes, and a few heart-wrenching events. 

So, if you’re a fan of rock star romances with humor, sex, and a whole lot of feels, you might enjoy this book!

I have a feeling I’ll love Managed (VIP #2) even more. I love brooding, standoffish men (Mr. Darcy, anyone?) like Scottie! PLUS, he’s British!!!

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