Idol is the first book in the VIP series written by Kristen Callihan. It is however the second book by this author I’ve read. My love for this author was born when I read the second book in this series – Managed. That nudged me to read all the books in the series.
I had great expectations going into this book since Managed left me speechless and in love with Callihan’s writing. I was not let down. The humour, the wit and the emotion… How does she do it? And how does she do it so seamlessly?
Idol did not out-top Managed for me, but that is simply due to the characters. I enjoyed Sophie and Gabriel a bit more. Nevertheless, Callihan’s magical character development came through once again. Both the female protagonist Liberty and the male protagonist Killian were amazingly fleshed out and tangible. I loved the way their relationship was intense.
In this book I was surprised to find a male protagonist who wasn’t emotionally guarded and afraid of commitment. Don’t get me wrong, I like my angsty boys, however it was so refreshing to read about a man not trapped by his fear. The angst wasn’t entirely pushed out of the story, however.
Speaking of twisting tropes, which I believe is Callihan’s specialty, one must more overlook the way she built the relationship between Liberty and Killian. There was a bit of jealousy and possessiveness between them, but I wasn’t alarmed once by it. The way they acted and felt was very healthy. They didn’t try to control one another and they trusted each other. That was more enjoyable than I thought it could be.
“You know what? Fuck it. Here’s the truth: I wasn’t happy — until I met you.”
I literally rock back on my heels, nearly blown away by his candor.
His hands fist as he takes a step closer. “I’ve been here for nearly two months. I never stay in one place that long. And why do you think I’m still here? The scenery? No. It’s you that I don’t want to leave.”
We must miss out on talking about some hellishly handsome musicians. I mean my fifteen-year-old self is screaming. I am so glad I didn’t read this book then because if I did I would most certainly lose my mind. One more thing Callihan does so well, other than making me fall in love with a bunch of bad boys, is the ways she builds friendships. In contrast to many others, maybe even most romance books I have read recently Callihan took the time to show us sincere platonic love between a bunch of friends. I loved it. Their relationship wasn’t superficial. It carried depth and the author gave us real insight into how they behaved with one another. She also spent a lot of time building personalities of each of the band members. They all had their own distinctive voice.
For the second time, Kristen Callihan proves to me that she deserves the place of my favourite romance author!