by Kristen Callihan
Published November 14th 2016
This is the second book in a series that can be read as a standalone. I loved the first book in the series and I would recommend that you pick it up if you haven’t already. Idol was such a pleasant surprise at a time I kept on adding on my DNF list. I enjoyed it almost as much as I enjoyed the first ever book I read by her, The Deal.
“Jesus,” I blurt out, lifting my hand as if to shield my eyes.
“It’s like looking into the sun.”
“What?” he snaps, those laser-bright eyes narrowing. Oh, this will be fun.
“Just stop, will you?” I squint at him.
“You’re too hot. It’s too much to take.” This is true, though I’d never have the guts to say so in normal circumstances.
“Are you quite well?” he intones, as if he thinks the opposite.
“No, you’ve nearly rendered me blind.” I flap a hand.
“Do you have an off switch? Maybe put it on low?”
Meet Scottie and Sophie. Gabriel ‘Scottie’ Scott was first brought to light in Idol as the hard ass band manager and so I had to know how any girl could have gotten his attention. Scottie and Sophie met on a plane ride and the banter was fantastic. Most of the banter was probably in the first few chapters and I can’t deny that it did the trick in keeping me interested. I loved how slow the build was and how she slowly broke his walls. There was no rush in their story. They both knew where they stood with each other and they did not try to make it out as something else. There were no forced situations.
“Destroyed. My polished armor. My stubborn resistance. My hardened heart. She’s smashed through the first two and laid total claim on the third. And I don’t feel like running.”
Their first meeting was over a ‘mishap’ in the plane when he finds he has a seating partner when he had made sure he would have none. What makes it worse is that she doesn’t know when to shut up. Here he is, an uptight proper Englishman and there she was a chatty American girl who could not help but talk the whole time they were together. The banter starts from right there and I’m telling you I found myself laughing out loud in the middle of the night when everyone else was asleep.
“You know, I’m not actually comfortable being an asshole to women.”
“Really?” I say, biting the corner of my lip to keep from smiling.
“But you do it so well.”
What made them get closer to each other wasn’t something as obvious as you’d think. When I was reading it, I found it quite odd seeing that it’s not something that I would be comfortable with. It was not something disgusting, just something I personally have issues with. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the book though. There are some things about Scottie I could totally relate to and that made me keep on turning the pages late at night knowing very well I needed to be up early in the morning.
“It is an odd thing to discover I’m lonely, despite never truly being alone. But I am. I want someone to know the real me, not the shiny shell I show the world.”
The fact that it is set around a band tour made it even more interesting. I love rock star stories and Idol make me fall in love with this band. Again I say, you can read this as a standalone but if you can, pick up the first book in the series. It will shed some light on certain situations brought up in Managed. And it was a fantastic read and you wouldn’t want to miss out on it.
I know it is probably over done now, the classic case of the hard hearted guy falling deeply for a nice girl but Kristen Callihan didn’t make it feel like that at all. She did such an amazing job building the characters that it didn’t feel like there were any gaps in their stories.
If you are in search of a fun read, pick this one up. It was a nice break from the many overly heavy books I have been reading lately.
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