- Series: VIP
- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1534622144
- ISBN-13: 978-1534622142
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 553 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is USA Today best selling author, 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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It's not a perfect book and these characters are so far from perfect it's actually funny. But I liked it regardless. Seeing character growth is one of my favorites aspects of reading a book and I love how Callihan gives us such a great cast of secondary characters. Oh and I absolutely loved the fact that Killian, our hero, is half Cuban! I was so shocked and elated when he talked about his background and about his abuelita! Diversity is the greatest thing and it's the greatest feeling reading about characters who you can relate to in a cultural context. I really hope we see more diverse characters in this series though, perhaps one of the other guys falls for a POC heroine? I really hope so! :P
Another thing Callihan did with this book/series that I seriously applaud is that she brought some diversity not only with a POC hero but in terms of mental illness. The way it was handled was (in my opinion) done very well and I can't wait to get Jax's book because I want to know his story so badly.
My only complaint about this book would be that in the beginning Killian and Libby were a bit too insta-love for me. Technically they were friends for two months before they ever acted on their feelings but the author literally skips fast forward through those two months so we're just told about how close they are and how great their friendship is instead of being shown it. So for me, I'd only seen them have like 2-3 interactions together and I needed more in order to be committed to their relationship and find the intensity of their feelings believable. However later in the book I was completely rooting for them and loved them as a couple.
Also (and this may be a random weird thing for me) but in the beginning the author kind of goes back and forth over what color hair Libby has and that kind of bothered me. It felt like she wanted her to be a blonde but then she'd say light brown that almost looked blonde, or honey brown or even brown with blonde streaks and it kind of annoyed me because I just wanted to shout "if you want her to be blonde then freaking say it from the beginning stop committing to a hair color you don't really want!" Also I checked out her pinterest board for the book and nearly all the photos for Libby inspiration are of a blonde women so...? Again this is so random and didn't have any hindering on my rating it was just something that I noticed and it made it hard for me to picture what Libby looked like a bit and I needed to rant about for 5.2 seconds lol.
I haven't read a rockstar romance in ages, I honestly thought I wasn't really interested in those books anymore but it looks like I'm still a sucker for them. I'd definitely recommend giving this book a shot and I'm 100% checking out the next book and the rest of the books for this series because I need these men to get their HEA's!
I don't know if the author is herself a musician or if she did some excellent research. But I very much appreciate the authenticity she brought to the story.
Our heroine captured my heart from the very start. <--- That is unusual for me as I generally have a hard time connecting with heroines in a romance novel. Yet, Libby was awesome from start to end. ---adjective time! *rubs hands happily* Honest, forthright, secure, caring, supportive, self-aware, independent. <--- That was Libby. <3
Our rock star, Killian (cool name) is not only swoon worthy as a music idol, he is swoon worthy as a person. Strong, brave, talented, level-headed, sweet and caring. A lovely young man.
They meet under less than perfect circumstances but their natures allow them to quickly form a friendship. One that slowly but surely turns into something more as they discover their mutual love of music. They encourage and support each other. It's beautiful to see.
This would be a five star rating from me except for a half dozen or so typos and use of a miscommunication device in a story that could easily have done without it.
A big four stars from me for this delightful contemporary romance.
I think I "have to" read Scottie's story next. Out of all the characters, Gabriel Scott intrigued me the most with his 3-piece bespoke suits, English accent and extreme physical beauty. He is an enigma that I have to find the answer to.
This is the first time I've read this author. The Rock Star/Romance genre is one of my favorites to read. My go to series has always been, A.M. Maddens Back-up series. This book had the same "feel" as those books. A completely different story, but the same feel.
These two characters, Killian and Libby, are truly two halves of a whole. Soulmates in every sense of the word. They would literally do anything for each other, even break each other's heart, if that's what they thought the other needed.
They have a rather unconventional meeting, and a rocky start. Killian is used to being recognized and having his every wish fulfilled. He's not used to having to work to get a woman to speak to him or even acknowledge him.
Libby has suffered lots of heartbreak in the last few years, as a result, she's shut herself off from the world. Rarely venturing out of her house. She has forgotten how to interact with other people, how to be polite and kind.
Together, they bring out the best in each other. Breaking away at the protective shells each has built around themselves. Learning how to live again.
Until reality comes crashing down on them. And Killian has to return to his world, his band and his responsibilities. Desperately wanting Libby to return with him, but knowing she can't.
Like I said, I loved this story. It was well written, the characters were great, very believable and real. It was not angsty, or filled with a ton of drama. The secondary characters were quirky and a lot of fun. It was just a nice story of two people finding each other, and learning how to make it work.
It does not end on a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone. I'm looking forward to Scottie's story, up next.