Sunday, November 20, 2016

Starving - My Review of MANAGED by Kristen Callihan

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Title: Managed (VIP #2)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Publication Date: 11/14/2016
Source: My Shelves


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 down 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…  

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KCauthorKristen 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.


So... Reviews and I are no longer friends. Actually, I think it's words that have un-friended me. Either way, I find myself floundering more and more when I attempt to encourage people to read books that I have loved. I had decided to simply post information about the book, tell you my star rating, and include my song recommendation about the book. This was okay until I remembered that people want to know WHY I loved the book, not just that I loved it, so please forgive my stumbling words below.

Managed was a lot of fun for me. It grabbed me immediately, and reached deeper in me than I was expecting it to.

Sophie and Gabriel Scott, 'Scottie' have their first encounter on a plane where Scottie is anxious about the flight and Sophie is defensive about being moved next to a man who very obviously doesn't want her there. I was quickly hooked by their witty banter. Sophie's sarcastic quips and Scottie's stoicism were expertly delivered and created the perfect storm of an improper relationship. The push and pull is passionate, intelligent, and often just plain swoony. The digs that Sophie and Scottie take at each other gave me life.

Sophie and Scottie work together. Despite their uncomfortable attraction to each other, they both work hard to keep things on the up and up. Because they are both committed to doing their job, the chemistry between them creates a slow burn that had my toes tingling from their very first meeting.

As I mentioned earlier, I was really touched by this story. It was mostly a light-hearted romantic read, but it had moments that spoke to me down deep. It was exciting and while not completely new, it was so well-done that I continued to think of the story in between times I was able to read it.

I recommend it to all romance lovers. 

5 out of 5 Stars

Also, I can recommend Idol (VIP #1). It is not necessary to read it before Managed, but it is a very good musician romance.

Hailee Steinfeld, Grey - Starving ft. Zedd

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