The series which pulled me into being a fan of Kristen Callihan…
So far it is only 3 books long, but I do hope we get at least 2 more books!!
Author: Kristen Callihan
# of books: 3
Completed series: Hope Not!
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – yes all 3 books are 5 stars!
tl;dr: Look, I’m about ready to sell my soul to these characters. If you are looking for rockstar romances check these ones out!
Harmful topics/scenes regarding: DUI, attempted suicide, depression, STI
Synopsis 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 away to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.
These two might be my favorite couple thus far… maybe it is hard to pick. But their relationship, their love for each other, feels so natural, so real that it is hard not to fall for them. Killian is a sexy dork and Libby is lovely and rough. Can I say relationship goals?
I also loved their communication and their ability to cut through the BS and talk to one another, trust them, and understand them. I think my love of this aspect of them made their problem to overcome feel a bit blown out of proportion and unbelievable. I still love them though.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.
That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.
I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.
If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.
Let the battle begin…
I think right of the bat I was surprised that this was a romance with the band manager even though we’d only had 1 romance with a band member. Color me shocked. And this was the first book I found from the series (although I did read IDOL first).
Scottie is awesome. He is even more of a geek than the rest of the guys so far. And yet all the girls in the series agree he is the best looking of the bunch and the other guys are the rockstars! I really loved seeing the walls between the characters come down and having them truly fall in love. Although, a lot takes some suspension of belief: Scott can’t sleep without her. It is adorable, I love it, but not totally believable.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.
In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.
Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.
Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.
An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.
Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.
Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.
All we have to do is trust enough to fall.
Killian was my favorite until I got Jax’s book. Something you have to know is that Jax had a suicide attempt before this series began. He battles with depression and it is something that is addressed and brought up in the book. And no, love does not cure him. I was worried that was the route the book was taking, but no. I hope I’m not spoiling anything, but I feel like this fact is so important to bring up.
This is another slower burn romance and I dug it. Their meet cute is awkward, adorable, and just so flippin’ cute. Both characters made me feel so hard, my heart hurt so bad. They both mess up and have to deal with real consequences– they feel real.
I did have a problem with Jax being weird about her potentially being an escort, but this series has been so good about not slut-shaming, that I gave it a pass…
This series has come great things going for it. These are great guys with independent women who can and do hold their own. There is no groupie slut-shaming!! All the guys respect their fans and all the women they have/had relations with… even if they don’t always remember their name, but even this is brought up being a problem for them not the women. The guys are in dark places: mostly dealing with Jax’s attempted suicide. And yes, Killian’s reaction to Jax is brought up and dealt with in Jax’s book which I appreciated.
Throughout the series the characters grow, learn, and APOLOGIZE.
They are all geeks: mentions of Star Trek, Buffy, and more!
Look, I love this series. I still think about the guys and many of the books I read now I compare to these. Why can’t we have more adorkable heroes???
I can only hope that we will be getting more– I need Brenna’s story and I’d love to see who Whip ends up with.