Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for Idol (from Goodreads):
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.
Author: Kristen Callihan
# of Books: 4 (Full Series Order Here)
Book Order: Connected
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: June 2016 – ongoing
Source & Format: Public Library & Own–eBook
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
I adore rockstar romances…I don’t think I need to say anything else.
I will say, this is my first Kristen Callihan book. I do have her Game On Series purchased but unread on my Kobo. She’s one of those authors I consistently hear great things about so I was excited to see that she wrote a rockstar romance and that my library had it.
Note to self: A good rockstar romance will always break a reading slump ?
Thanks @Kris10Callihan, I am LOVING Idol so far! ? ?
— Lauren (@SERIESousBooks) August 31, 2016
What I Liked:
One of my favourite aspects of rockstar romances is the band. I usually find myself attached to the side characters of a story and bands provide the perfect opportunity for that. You get a taste of who they are as characters and you just want to know what happens to them next.
I’m excited to learn more about the band and the management team as the series progresses!
I liked how well Libby and Killian complimented each other. It was so obvious to me why these two would fall in love with each other. I know lots of people struggle with the idea of a major celebrity falling for an everyday person but I think this story would challenge that notation because it is so obvious why it could happen with these two.
What I Didn’t Like:
–Maybe a Little More Drama?–
When I first started reading, I thought to myself that Idol(#1) could be a 5 star read. But as I approached the halfway mark, it lost that 5 start quality for me. And I’m not particularly sure why.
I really loved watching these two fall for each other away from the music scene (the first half of the book or so). It just seemed natural to me, even if the circumstances of them meeting is over the top. But when we get to the music world, the execution lacks something. My best guess is the lack of resistance to the conflicts presented to these characters. Things just seemed subdued and perhaps cliché–which sucks because the beginning had that great spark of life to it.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I was a little surprised the next book is about the band’s manager but I’m really excited to see that story unravel. I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the band as well!
–July 4, 2017– Book #2: Managed
I was really excited for Scottie’s book and I immediately loved his story from the get go. These two had fantastic chemistry from the start and we’re just great partners in everything. I love that in my romances.
My only complaint (like with Idol) is that I wanted a little more conflict in the middle. This is by definition a slow burn romance and when that is the case, I need something else to happen to keep things fresh. I found that there wasn’t too much happening besides these two fighting their feelings and it got a little monotonous near the middle of the story. They do have some great character growth moments in that time but needed just a little more to keep things exciting.
–April 14, 2022– Book #3: Fall
My library actually had this as an audiobook so I immediately checked it out and dove in. The narration is great so I can’t complain there.
Much like it’s predecessors, this is a slow burn romance at its finest. It too lags a bit in the middle but I enjoyed watching these two slowly see how perfect they are for each other. I also appreciated how mental health–and how it can affect a romantic relationship–is shown here. It’s very raw and real which is something I don’t often see in books that deal with topics like suicide and depression.
–April 21, 2022– Book #4: Exposed
This story has been lingering in the shadows since the first book in the series so I was very excited to start the audiobook. Unlike the other books, this isn’t really a slow burn since the heat has always been there (and even there in other books). Like the other books, I find this book lags in the middle for me. Maybe they are just that little bit too long?
I’m not sure if the final band member will get their own book. I really hope so! He’s such a mystery to me and there were some allusions that his story is far from finished.
My Rating: 4/5
Idol 4/5 | Managed 4/5 | Fall 4/5 | Exposed 4/5
A very refreshing rockstar romance series that focuses on genuine romantic connections, refreshing characters and keeps the drama light.
Read if You Like: rockstar romances, slow burn
Avoid if You: dislike celebrity romance stories
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