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*SWOOOOON* This sexy opposites-attract romance begins on a plane, is set against the backdrop of a rock band's tour, and I just loved it!! The snappy, witty banter kept me laughing, the heart-warming romance kept me swooning, and the healing and hotness rounded out the story so well. It was awonderful read and I highly recommend it! -Aestas Book Blog
Sizzling chemistry, flawless banter and a hero that runs hot and cold in the best ways make Managed impossible to put down. - NYT Bestselling Author Jay Crownover
The setting, the characters, the story, the romance--it's all delightful. The writing is engaging, and I never wanted to put the book down.-Heroes & Heartbreakers
From an author who never fails to delight with her characters' effervescent banter and their quick, engaging wit, this book was everything I hoped it would be, and more. -Natasha is a Book Junkie
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- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539917789
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539917786
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (November 14, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #741,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sophie works as a social media liaison, in charge of creative contents. She has been hired to help promote the biggest rock band in the world, managed by Gabriel. He is dedicated to the band, Jax, Killian, Whip and Rye are more than his long-time friends, they are his family. Gabriel is the picture perfect alpha hero, charismatic, in control and exacting. His kind of woman is quiet, dignified and discreet, definitely not Sophie’s temperament. In fact, they are perfect opposite. Sophie is a natural-born talker and a free spirit. She enjoys provoking and teasing him. He enjoys shocking her. Their relationship is complicated, but they have a natural connection that can’t be denied. I loved their interactions, the flirtation, the teasing and the realistic way their relationship progressed from cautious friendship to much deeper feelings.
Gabriel is convinced he has no capacity for relationships. But he needs Sophie to help him live for the moment. He lets her see his vulnerabilities, his loneliness. She brings him comfort and understanding. Together, they are a match made in heaven!
After reading Idol, the first installment in the VIP series, this book was one of my most anticipated read of the year. And it simply blew my mind! This is testament to Kristen Callihan’s masterful storytelling and characterization. "Managed" was such a great rollercoaster ride of emotions, perfect of sweetness and genuineness! I loved it and I can’t recommend it enough. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. But I definitely recommend reading the whole series!
This book while the first 25% was some of the most entertaining reading I have done in years could not hold that level of excellence for the whole book but was still addicting and had me reading it from morning until late tonight to finish it. Scottie and Sophie were one of the most perfectly matched couples in any type of romance that I have ever read, they played off each others weaknesses and the story was written in such a realistic way that it was not one of the "insta-love" novels that less talented authors use because they can't write a decent slow burn romance.
The development of this story was almost perfect and even with the very minor shortcomings I might have still given it 5 Stars but i have a rule that if any author uses a plot device of "character A causes a fight/argument because he/she does not tell character B some secret" loses a Star off the rating.
Bottom Line: The first 25% of this novel had me laughing out loud and several surprises make this great reading and the romance develops almost perfectly, highly recommended 4 Stars
About the plot: It started with a flight from hell. Sophie Darling is flying to London for a job interview with a small amount of information for who she will be working. She is a photographer and works in social media. When she gets upgraded to first class, couldn't believe her luck. Until the moment she has to sit next to incredibly handsome and not so happy with the company suit wearing snob.
Gabriel Scott is a manager of the biggest rock band on the world, Kill John and he hates to fly. When the seat next to him instead of being empty is occupied he is ready to explode. But the long flight gets more and more interesting when annoying woman works as a great entertainment and distraction. Who would have thought that this is just the beginning.
My thoughts: When everyone has been waiting for a book about another member of the band, Kristen Callihan gave us a book about their manager. And guess what? It was a hit!
First of all the characters. Separately and together, totally amazing. Sophie is smart, sweet but also so goofy. Her inner monologues and banter with Scottie are highly entertaining and funny to tears. Gabriel Scott is a man of control, a professional, ambitious and keeps everybody at a distance. He also frequently deny himself what he wants. But under that whole crust is loving and devoted man.
Sophie and Gabriel are making very small steps to be together, you will have to be patient. But everything is wonderfully built and developed. They have a lot interactions and slowly burn with sexual tension. The waiting for the final shot will wore you out, but they are so good together, you will not regret it. You get caught in their story from the first pages to the last.
It was also good to be part of the band again and get to know even closer members of Kill John. You can be sure that you will find out what's new with Libby and Killian and the whole gang. They all enrich the story and I can't wait to read more books about them.
My favorite thing is as Gabriel said to Sophie, Darling. She doesn't know whether he uses it as her name or endearment, but you feel it immediately. This is adorable and sensational idea. And of course Sunshine, but that you'll have to read yourself. What I highly recommend.
“I’ve never met a person I couldn’t manage.”
“Sophie Elizabeth Darling.”
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Managed is definitely my favourite book by K.Callihan- it has all the ingredients to make the story perfect and even more .
It's romantic, lively, sexy and real. In a nutshell, It’s FREAKING AMAZING! I devoured it and I am craving for more.
Like in Idol, the characters in Managed are ones I find easy to read and care about. I adore Gabriel and his inner battle about what he should do about Sophie. They are an up and down roller coaster of emotions. To the world, Gabriel is possibly the most imperfect perfect man- He is a secretive man and it takes a bit before we get answers about him I really loved Gabriel's big flaws...it just made him that more endearing .
You want him to be happy and he is so undeniably hot and charismatic - It is nearly impossible to not fall in love with him.
“If I can see you, know that you’re all right, I can breathe a little easier, feel a little human.”
There is a lot of drama naturally. A lot comes from Gabriel not divulging any personal information and just expecting Sophie to trust him anyway. He is a force. He enters a room and sucks all of the air out of it.
“You show up and everyone scatters like cockroaches to the light.”
He's used to getting what he wants and everybody fears him apart from the bubbly “ chatty girl” who turned his world upside down and cracked his armour.
Gabriel wants Sophie and Sophie wants Gabriel but they start out as friends teasing each other until Sophie is willing to just enjoy what “Sunshine” is willing to give her- and as a reader you melt on the spot!!
“ I will always be yours, whether I touch you or not”
The secondary characters that we met in Idol were there supporting each other and made this story even more endearing.
If you are looking for a story with a cocky, romantic sexy as hell alpha and with a strong, funny and witty heroine, Managed is for you- It will blow your mind.
This had absolutely everything my little heart could wish for. Sarcasm, double-entendres, humour, a sassy heroine and an aloof hero. They travel the world with a rock band. Nuff said.
Sophie is a social media liaison consultant and travelling to London for a job interview. Somehow she has been bumped from cattle class (sorry, economy) to first class where she is sat next to <u>the</u> most beautiful man on the planet. Unfortunately, it appears that he didn't get the personality to match and starts creating a fuss because he paid for two first class seats. Now when I read the first few chapters of this book at the end of the first book in the series [book:Idol|29541818], I carped about how this just wouldn't be possible - they would have told Sophie that the flight was full rather than give a first class seat that had been paid for (and they cost in the $000's) to someone from economy who paid a couple of hundred dollars for a seat. Well Kristen Callihan explains it beautifully.
The beautiful man is Gabriel "Scottie" Scott and he is the manager of probably the biggest rock band in the world, Kill John. Since he was such an ass and made such a fuss, Sophie decides to have some fun at his expense. But it seems as though the uptight guy in a suit actually has a sense of humour under his cashmere vest-top and in a weird way they hit it off. Until Sophie explains why she is travelling to London and the guy reveals that he is Gabriel Scott and they could very easily be working together.
I don't want to reveal anything more of the plot, suffice it to say there are rock star shenanigans, tour buses, opulence and cuddles.
And Kristen Callihan nails the Britishisms, well-played it's hard to get it right but she does it. Just two things. First, Pret a Manger doesn't sell egg salad and rocket (arugula) sandwiches in the UK, that's an American sandwich filling (and yes I checked because I get my lunch sandwich there every day). Second, my fully paid for copy from Amazon had lots (between 10 and 20) of silly typos in it: "he" instead of "the", the occasional misspelling etc. I found that surprising, I'm used to it in ARCs but not in a published book.
Other than that? Perfection. I loved every second of reading it. Kristen Callihan can do no wrong in my eyes.
Gabriel and Sophies story is brilliant and it has all the humour and sweetness I've come to expect from Kristen's books. :)
Gabriel Scott (Scotty) is the manager of Kill John, the band we first met in Killian and Libby's book, the first one in the series, Idol. His whole live revolves around this band. He lives and breathes it, but when he meets Sophie Darling his whole world is turned on its axis. He's not used to having such a strong reaction to someone, having been so closed off for so long that it unnerves him, yet he still wants her close.
I absolutely adored Sophie Darling. She's a strong woman. (Everyone who's everyone knows I love a good heroine in a book). She's had her knock backs but she's really passionate about what she does and she wants to be the best. Her and Gabriel are both alike and so,so different. She's warm and affectionate when she cares, and he's obviously uptight and closed off. I feel like he really learns a lot from her and it's nice to see a little bit of the girl saving the day for once.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone! :)
As for the story itself, it had a little bit of angst. Mainly revolving around band mate Jax and the repercussions of his attempted suicide. And I loved how that bought Sophie right into the story and the band. However there were also a lot of fun moments and hot ones too. And the development of the relationship between Sophie and Gabriel was well paced. Although by the end I did feel like a lot had been packed into the last quarter of the book and there were parts when Gabriel would say he didn't do relationships. Yet he clearly is in a relationship with Sophie. Even if they were not yet having sex.
Overall though this really was a great read and I would certainly recommend it to others. I'm also really excited to read more from this series. As this whole group of characters is extremely likable.