Review: ♥ Idol ♥ by Kristen Callihan

Posted June 25, 2016 by StaceyisSassy in Contemporary Romace, Reviews / 5 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review:  ♥ Idol ♥ by Kristen CallihanIdol by Kristen Callihan
Published by Plain Jane on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 307
Format: Kindle
Source: Amazon


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.

Idol Review


Idol (VIP #1)

By Kristen Callihan

Mr Gandy was mentioned and my like turned to love.

Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but really, how could I not love a book when a character is said to resemble Mr Gandy? As you may know, I have a wee crush on David Gandy. Hubby knows about it, shakes his head about it and mumbles and grumbles about it. He’s my “free” crush. This little obsession is based purely on his looks. I know, I’m shallow, but the guy is just really good looking to me. Do I want to meet him? No. Do I fantasise about him? Ahhh…NO! I just like looking at him. Geez, I’m such a dag. I’ve just spent my intro talking about Mr Gandy, who’s mentioned in the book as looking like Scottie…WHO’S NOT EVEN THE MAIN CHARACTER.

Now, the real reason why I loved Idol…

I started Idol after begging my friend Bex to pick a book for me. Idol had been sitting on my kindle for a couple of weeks but I just hadn’t found the time to read it. Bex, my dear friend, knew that this book would definitely be something that I’d like. She knows I’m a sucker for a good love story. Bex is smart, you should follow her blog –Night Owl Reader . I can’t believe she didn’t mention Mr Gandy, though (shaking head). To be honest, I was kind of expecting a sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, but Idol wasn’t really like that.

We meet Liberty, and she’s not a happy camper. Some bloke is passed out on her front lawn after crashing into her front yard. She knows she should call the cops, but decides to deal with him herself. What I absolutely loved about Libby’s character is her “take no nonsense” attitude. Her methods of dealing with him are humorous but effective. I can say that she was a lot more generous than I would have been. Letting a stranger into your house was probably not her brightest move, but we’ll escape reality for a minute and allow the fairytale to play out.

Killian has had a bit of a rough trot lately. His head is a mess and he’s feeling a little lost and unsettled. This does not excuse him getting drunk and crashing his bike into his new neighbour’s fence. The rude awakening he gets lying on her front lawn is definitely justified. What Killian can’t believe is that the little spitfire doesn’t seem to know who he is. For him, this is exactly what he needed. He wants to escape the fame, the hangers-on and the women who latch on to take a piece of him. Killian wants to be normal for a little while and in Libs company, he has that chance. Killian does not give a great first impression when he meets Liberty, but he’s determined to crack her shell. There’s something about her that he’s attracted to. Her vulnerability mixed with determination is a beacon to him. Then one day she sings…and all Killian’s problems seem to disappear.

For awhile Liberty and Killian manage to stay on the down low and get to know each other better. It’s definitely friendship to start with and the getting to know each other means that a lot of secrets are shared. Killian’s obligations eventually need to be addressed and Mr Gandy walks in to bring him back to his world. OK, it’s not really Mr Gandy. Scottie (Mr Gandy lookalike) is Killian’s band’s manager. He arrives with Killian’s cousin and PR consultant Brenna, and they walk in, pack him up and move him out. Killian and Liberty’s budding relationship seems like it’s going to be short-lived. He needs to get back to his band and she’s stuck in her little house afraid to take a risk on a rockstar. Is their attraction to each other worth them taking the risk?

Idol takes us on a journey seeing the highs and lows of the music industry. Both Killian and Liberty have some issues that they must overcome before they can see their happy ever after. Being in a relationship with someone who is loved by many is not easy for Liberty. The fact that she was trying to keep their relationship private doesn’t help.

Idol was really, really good. I loved that Killian’s appeal had nothing to do with his popularity and success and only a little to do with his looks. This guy knew what he wanted, told her what she meant to him and showed her that she was the only one for him. Sometimes, when you read a book with a hero that is famous, it takes me awhile to believe that the heroine is more important than anything else. In this case, it was bloody obvious. His frustrations with his fame, devotion to her happiness and safety, and ability to block out the boobs in front of his face, jumped off the pages. Killian saw Liberty…and she was it. Liberty saw Killian…and couldn’t live without him by her side. To me, that’s the best kind of love story.

Loved Idol and I can’t wait for Mr Gandy’s story…I mean Scottie and Sophie’s story 😉

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5 responses to “Review: ♥ Idol ♥ by Kristen Callihan

  1. Bex

    Great review, Stacey! I feel like a total failure for not mentioning the Gandy doppelganger. My apologies!

    Thanks for the shout out, too! You rock. 🙂

    • No, you made it an awesome surprise. My eyes just about popped out of my head and I had to re-read it to make sure. I literally sat up and clapped my hands. Hubby, of course, thought I was nuts. Of course you get a shout out because You Rock!! 😀

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