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review 2017-03-18 01:46
Managed Mini Review
Managed (VIP Book 2) - Kristen Callihan

I love Kristen Callihan's voice. Her heroines are smart, down to earth, and funny. Her heroes can verge on the side of almost-perfect--and once they fall for the heroine, they are totally gone for her. This generally works for me because I love a caring alpha (and these guys aren't super alpha) and can barely abide an alphahole. Anyway, Managed was a similar story. Sophie, a photographer, is accidentally seated in first class next to Gabriel, the manager of a huge rock band. He wants to be alone. She isn't budging. They bicker and banter and grow closer over the long flight from New York to London.


The conflict is mostly internal and mostly on Gabriel's part. He doesn't let people in. This makes him the last to realize that he's fallen for Sophie. For a Callihan hero, that means he keeps her close to him, but doesn't have sex with her. Sigh. In some ways this is an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers. I loved the little moments between them like when she straightened his tie and brought him tea in a cup (that looked like a disposable one but wasn't). Gabriel was probably the best part of the book for me: English, stern, disciplined, but underneath all heart and protectiveness, and yes, scared of many things. Control freaks, which is how he is described, can be quite anxious.


While it was a long wait for them to finally have sex, their scenes were hot and showed that their walls were down. I wasn't really into the rock band aspect and while the band members and founders and an assistant played a role, it wasn't all concert-focused.


What I loved: the humor, the tenderness, a hero you fall for

What didn't work so well: too many references from the 80s and 90s that I don't think twenty-something characters would make, some pacing issues


It was a nice, escapist read which was exactly what I was looking for. I received this book from a fellow BL reviewer Rachel's Books (back in November 2016) and that didn't affect my review at all. :) Thanks again, Rachel!

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text 2017-03-17 13:01
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TheHotShot Amazon-2First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…


What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.


I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.


Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?




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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.





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review 2017-03-04 14:59
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Moonglow - Kristen Callihan


Book Title:  Moonglow

Author:  Kristen Callihan

Series:  Darkest London #2

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Source:  Kindle E-book (Library)




⇝Add to Goodreads⇜








♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Wolf Bite by Owl City --It's for Ian, he's just a Lycan trying to find his way…♫





⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  The last couple of lines of the book more or less set up the next book in the series.


Will I continue this series?  That's a good question…I'm not sure of the answer.  Time will tell.




⇝My Thoughts⇜


If you find a paranormal/victorian era London with some uniquely interesting twists on the supernatural; your kind of jam, then the Darkest London series is probably perfect for you.

For me, I'm having a difficult time pinpointing what it is about this series that makes me struggle with connecting with the story.  I've thought about it, and the best I can come up with; is it's tendency to be too accurate for the time period.  Which, actually shouldn't really be a bad thing…I know.  And yet still, I struggle with getting through this, same as the first book in the series.  Anyway, eventually, about half-way, the action and the plot thickens and I was easily more engaged.

Overall, I wanted to like this more than I did…and I tried like hell to do so.  I will say, this 2nd book was better than the first, much more paranormal-ish than Firelight, was.  The ending is very unique, also.  I'm thinking, maybe, I should just stick with her more contemporary books.

⇝Sex Factor⇜  The sex is explicit, but good.  Other than this author's tendency to call certain body parts by a particular word that just annoys me…but, maybe, that's just me.  At least she doesn't have overly long drawn out sex scenes as plot filler.


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review 2016-12-27 02:21
#CBR8 Book 126: Managed by Kristen Callihan
Managed (VIP Book 2) - Kristen Callihan Sophie Darling (sadly nowhere near as awesome as my favourite romance heroine with Darling as a surname) is on her way to a job interview in London and unexpectedly and happily finds herself upgraded to first class. Her joy is somewhat lessened when very handsome, but supremely grouchy Gabriel "Scottie" Scott is seated next to her, outraged that one of the two seats he's purchased has been allotted to someone. Nonetheless, cheerful and mischievous Sophie decides to try to crack handsome guy's crabby demeanour (at this point she doesn't know his name) by both flirting and teasing him and once she discovers that he's clearly deeply uncomfortable on planes, she does her best to distract him, so he doesn't have such a bad time of it. Before they arrive in London, they discover that the interview Sophie is on her way to is as social media rep for the rock band Kill John, which Scottie manages. So indirectly, if she gets the job, he will become her boss. Obviously, he can't get involved with one of his employees, so any flirting between them has to stop right there. Once Sophie does meet the band, there is a brief conflict involving her paparazzi past, but she gets the job, and will now be going on the European tour with the band. In "could only happen in a romance novel" plotting, both Sophie and Gabriel have trouble sleeping and it's making them both irritable and less than efficient. They discover, through plot contrivance that only when in the same bed can they get a good night's sleep. So Gabriel proposes that Sophie start sleeping in his bed, totally platonically, of course, even though everyone with eyes in their head can tell that both he and Sophie are absolutely gone for each other, and Scottie's famed iron control is about to crack every time some other guy so much as glances in Sophie's direction. Emmalita, one of my fellow romance enthusiasts over on CBR, absolutely hated this book and Gabriel in particular. I can agree that Gabriel isn't the most likable of heroes, but I read him as a lot less emotionally manipulative and controlling than her. Like so many alphahole romance heroes, there are issues in his past that have led to him becoming an icy control freak and he's terrified of letting loose or letting anyone get close to him. He clearly has massive abandonment issues and believes that as long as he doesn't let anyone get close (be they a romantic interest or his friends/found family, the band and Brenna), he will never be left alone again. He also clearly has some serious anger issues that he takes out with no holds barred fights for money every so often. Does he behave like a stuck-up d*ck for a lot of the book? Yup. Did I see what Sophie saw in him? Nope, not really. Did I hate the book? Not even slightly. Sophie is a lovely character and I liked that she was working hard to make up for a past in which her life choices both with regards to career and boyfriend made her do some pretty rotten things. The third act complication where her sleazy ex suddenly enters the picture again and creates tension between her and Gabriel felt incredibly unnecessary and made me roll my eyes. Still, I liked her, and this book passed the time just fine. Can I clearly remember the plot now, three weeks after reading the book? Nope. Do I regret paying money for it? Not really, as Callihan self-publishes these and I have very much enjoyed her Game On books enough that she gets a chance or two extra because of them. It's a perfectly forgettable book. If you want to read a really good book involving a heroine surnamed Darling and a guy with a lot of control tendencies, read Courtney Milan's lovely Unraveled instead. Smite is a million times better in the hero department than Gabriel is. For better Callihan books, check out her Game On series. Based on this, I doubt I'll be paying any more money for future instalments of the VIP series, unless they are very reduced or free. Judging a book by its cover: While the previous book in the series, Idol, had brighter, sharper colours on the covers, this one is in more muted pastels, showing what I'm assuming is supposed to be Gabriel sitting around waiting for the band to finish, or something? It's not a very exciting romance cover, but then again, neither was the first one in the series. Callihan is clearly not going for steaming covers for these self-published books.
Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-126-managed-by-kristen.html
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review 2016-12-19 22:19
Cute...but frustrating
The Hook Up (Game On) (Volume 1) - Kristen Callihan

The Hook Up (Game On) (Volume 1) - Kristen Callihan 


This one was cute, but, it frustrated me how little the two of the them talk which of course led to their break up. I think they still would have broken up but Anna didn't let Drew know her at all it seemed.


Otherwise, I really enjoyed this and really look forward to continuing the series

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