MANAGED is book 2 in Kristen Callihan's VIP
centered around the band Kill John. Gabriel Scott, known
to most as "Scotty," is the manager for the band Kill
John but is also much more. In addition to being like the
band's motherboard, the band is like the tight-knit
family he never really had. By contrast, Sophie Darling
has a very close family, but she's never had someone like
Scotty. Scotty and Sophie's first meeting, while next to
each other on a plane, makes for some entertaining and
spirited exchanges. In MANAGED, Kristen Callihan is an
artist with creating and sustaining sexual tension in the
most fabulous way.
The chemistry between Scotty and Sophie is fierce, and
there is almost a magnetic pull between them. I like that
Sophie has a job working with the band so that she is
constantly thrown in Scotty's path. Although it takes a
bit of time before the two consummate their relationship,
they build an intimacy almost immediately. They refer to
each other as nobody else does -- he is "Gabriel" to her
and she is "Darling" to him. The all-consuming need to
connect in some way, whether through a casual touch or
wrapped in each other's arms, really comes across to the
reader and sets the pages aflame.
There is a villain who emerges near the end of MANAGED,
but the biggest obstacle to Sophie and Scotty finding
happiness together is Scotty himself. Getting Scotty's
perspective in MANAGED is vital to understanding him and
being able to enjoy this story. He is a very complicated
man with a tragic past. So much of his childhood was
chaos that he thrives on being in control now. He also
fears turning into his abusive father one day. Sophie is
the perfect woman to balance his personality out and calm
his fears. Kristen Callihan creates a sense of foreboding
using Sophie's past. Even though the band is made aware
of the mistakes she made in the past, as a reader you
just know that it will still come back to bite her again
at some point.
MANAGED is about a dynamic group of characters, and a
mesmerizing romance between a hero and heroine who crave
each other. I love seeing more of the Kill John band
members in MANAGED and can't wait for the next book in
this series! Jax particularly fascinates me and I look
forward to reading his story.
It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl
with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a
I thought Iíd 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. Heís 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 Iíd give him hell for one, long flight. I
didnít expect to like him. I didnít expect to want him.
But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way
I didnít see coming.
If I accept his proposal,I leave myself open to falling
for the one man I canít manage. But Iím tempted to say
yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and
that cool faÁade just might be the best thing thatís ever
happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can
melt the ice around his heart.