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.
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What I am about to present to you is a singularly phenomenal reading experience within the romance genre. At least for me. Don’t worry, I will provide you with many arguments for this statement.
Managed written by Kristen Callihan is a second book in the VIP series. Even though Idol, the first book, is similarly excellent, this one overshadowed it immensely for me. We follow a story of Gabriel Scott, a manager for one of the biggest rock bands in the world at the moment – Kill John, and Sophie Darling, an ex-paparazzo. Their relationship is quite unique in my opinion. Not because the trope of a damaged and guarded male protagonist and a female protagonist with a dark past. The trope is quite common within the romance genre. However, the author’s capability to create a believable plot, characters with complex emotions and dialogue I can actually imagine people having in real life excited me immensely.
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Author’s Note: ** Please note: there is NO underage sex in this book. There is NO incest or blood relation in this book. This is NOT an MC Club story. This is NOT erotica. This is a slow burn romance. This book is intended for readers 18 years and older **
Torn by Carian Cole is a quite interesting romance novel. Some would say it is taboo and I wouldn’t disagree. The story follows a seventeen-year-old Kenzi and her much older „uncle“ Toren/Tor. Tor is her parents’ best friend and has spent almost every second with Kenzi since the moment she was born. They’ve always had a special bond which grew from a family-like relationship to friendship. However, a few months before her eighteenth birthday she looks and him one day and realizes there is an another emotion within her she’d never felt for him or anyone else before.
This book gave me a specific feeling about it which I couldn’t pinpoint for some time. But, now I can verbalize it. I feel like the book was to long. It felt like I was watching an extended version of an already long movie.
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Asking for It is the first book in Lilah Pace’s book series of the same name. It is a deeply disturbing erotica novel that brings us into the life of Vivienne Charles. Vivienne has a very specific sexual fantasy which stops her from having a healthy romantic relationship. She believes her twisted fantasy can never be brought to life until she finds Jonah Marks, a man as twisted as her.
Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.
While reading this book I was on edge almost all the time. The way everything was portrayed was disturbing. I am not saying the book is badly written, just that sometimes I simply had to put it down to distance myself from it.
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Sophia Karlson’s The Paris Apartment is a love story about two people who unexpectedly reconnected in an, as the title suggests, apartment in Paris. Mila Johnson is an art student who has come to Paris to visit all the meaningful museums. But most of all to have some fun as her best friend Stacy suggested (better word for this would be ordered). She comes to Paris a few days before her friend and stays alone in a beautiful apartment. The apartment belonged to Stacy’s brother James, but he was supposed to be out of town. James, however, returns unexpectedly and having forgotten that Mila was visiting finds her asleep in his bed. In the next few days they find themselves doing things they have never done before. Both are confused by what is happening, but more so scared.
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Beautiful Malice is a young adult thriller written by Rebecca James. It revolves around the protagonist, a seventeen-year-old Katherine Patterson who is running away from her past. She moves to another city and changes her name, just to live her most painful memory behind. And then, a new person enters her universe – a beautiful, smart and outgoing Alice.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, the plot was developing quickly and there wasn’t a moment I felt bored or uninterested. However, I cannot say that this book changed my life or that I will recommend it to all my friends. It simply wasn’t that good. The plot twists were well done yet I felt little as I read them. I enjoyed almost all of the characters and I disliked Alice with a passion from the moment she was introduced. The characters weren’t immensely complex, but they were multidimensional and most of them had depth. Furthermore, I found the insta-love and insta-friendship unconvincing, but somehow it didn’t bother me very much.
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Virgin Fix by Monica Rush is an erotica about a girl who finds herself alone in a “scary” world and has to turn to a man from her past. She is very attracted to him, and he to her. They face a few obstacles before being happy.
I am having a hard time writing about this book since I disliked it so much. It was incredibly unrealistic. The characters were shallow and they seemed to have only one interest – each other. Moreover, most importantly – the writing was terrible!
I don’t know what else to say. The book is short, only ninety pages. Still, the plot would fit into twenty or even less.
I don’t even want to get into the whole title thing. The book is named Virgin Fix. What? What kind of a name is that? Why is it insinuated that being a virgin is a bad thing? This simply makes me angry.
I do not recommend anyone to read this book. It is a waste of time!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is a marvelous novel written by Alexandre Dumas Pere. It was published in parts in 1845-1846 in the french newspaper called Journal des débats. I can, without doubt, say that this was one of the most beautiful (reading) experiences I’ve had since, well forever. I cannot repeat it enough how deeply I fell in love with Edmond Dantes and Sinbad the Sailor and the Count of Monte Cristo. I love all the beautiful versions and aliases Edmond came in. I love love love Edmond.
The story follows the young and in love Edmond Dantes who by “accident” which is actually a big and evil plan made by his “friends” ends up locked up and traumatized. He plots revenge and eventually by the turn of events he gets it.
Many people believe that this is a story about revenge and I cannot contradict it, but what I can say is that it is not only that. This is a story about love, betrayal, friendship and most importantly, this is a story about pain. This is the story about pain.
“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.”
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Pride and Prejudice as you all by now know very well if you have ever stumbled upon good and everlasting literature is one of the most famous, great, and if I may say so stunning works of written art ever made. Jane Austen really is a genius.
This year I’ve made a decision to read as many classics as I could and my opinion is that so far I have been immensely enjoying it. However, I am not/was not without prejudice (pun not intended), I was very skeptical about Jane Austen’s work. I half expected it to be a bit boring and not at all exciting. Boy was I wrong. From the first page, I was pulled into the story. There was one witty remark made by Mr. Bennet to his wife on that first page and I must admit I laughed out loud. That is in one sentence the summary of my experience with this book. I found the humor incredibly enjoyable and I believe I could sincerely appreciate it.
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a novel by Stuart Turton. It follows a mysterious story of the main character whose name we don’t immediately know since he himself doesn’t know it. The book begins in the woods where our protagonist wakes up cold and afraid and witnesses what he believes is the murder of a woman named Anna. He is then thrown into a wild goose chase filled with weird occurrences and interesting people who carry sad and thrilling backstories.
I was incredibly excited when I found out I was approved to get an arc of this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and the premise of the storyline really throws me out of my socks. When I first opened the novel I was filled with enthusiasm. I really was.
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