Idol by Kristen Callihan

Idol (VIP, #1)

by Kristen Callihan


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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4 of 5 stars

I am glad I was finally able to check this off my TBR list.

Killian James is the lead singer for Kill John, one of the biggest rock bands ever. He and his best friends were on top of the world or so he believed until Jackson tried to commit suicide a year ago. Nothing has been right since, and there hasn't been any music in Killian's life. Killian and Jackson wrote most of their songs together, and no one wants to look too closely at what pushed Jackson to make his attempt and everyone fears doing or saying the wrong thing.

That's what leads Killian to get a little too drunk and crash his bike on the lawn of the woman across the street from his summer rental property.  Killian wants to get away from everything. The band is supposed to go on tour again soon but he just isn't feeling the music anymore.

Liberty Belle feels like she should be excused for not having recognized one of the biggest rock stars around. First of all, they never put their pictures on their albums and she should know because she has them all, and two, because nothing about the drunk, stinky, bedraggled bum who tore up her front lawn screams major rock star. Killian loves that Libby doesn't recognize him. It has been so long since he has lived without the spotlight, it is so nice not to be catered to, or treated like he is something special and Libby definitely lets Killian know just how unspecial she thinks he is.

He might have kept things that way between them but when he hears Liberty singing on her porch, he just can't stop himself from joining in.  It's the first time in what feels like forever that music has lit his soul and of course, it is Libby who would be the muse to bring it back to him.

Killian needs to leave soon to join his band, but he doesn't want to walk away from Libby. He needs to convince his favorite wallflower that she deserves her turn in the spotlight and he will be happy to share it with her.

I have had a copy of this on my TBR list for awhile now along with Book 2. When I was offered a review copy of the new audiobook release, I jumped at a chance to finally check  this one off my TBR list.  I enjoyed the quiet time that Killian and Libby spent together getting to know each other and pulling Killian out of his funk. The story made it easy to understand that life as a rock star looses its shine all too quickly and how normal and boring sudden has an appeal.  

You also understand how hard it is for Libby to believe that a big rock star would find anything interesting about plain old her, especially when Killian wants her to come on tour with Kill John and play with them.  No matter how frustrated Killian is about it, it is quite understandable that she doesn't want to show up as Killian new girlfriend.    She know that it will be hard enough for his bandmates to accept that she just happened to meet Killian who was impressed by her singing but new girlfriend being dragged into the band brings up thought of Yoko Ono and she doesn't want to step into the middle of Kill John's success.  Even I as the reader had a hard time with Libby being such a great unknown performer who can write her own songs who Killian just happens upon by accident.  Yes, her mother was a backup singer and her father played studio guitar in his day, but the 1 in a million shot of Killian and Liberty meeting and Liberty shooting up to her own stardom was the stuff of romance novels.

Regardless of this meet-cute and the band of all nice guys, it was an enjoyable story and I am glad I was finally able to enjoy it. 

Received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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