Book Review: Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan


Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: VIP book 3
Genre: Contemporary romance; rockstar romance
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*Can be read as a standalone.*

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. 

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4 stars This is not your typical romance and that is what makes this book so good.  That and the wonderful characters that you can’t help but love!  While this book has a ton of humor, Fall (VIP bk 3) touches upon some serious subject matter and the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book is perfect.  Jax is the lead singer of Kill John.  He suffers from depression and anxiety and has a history of a suicide attempt from years prior.  The author does a great job touching upon mental health and I found her portrayal of mental illness to be spot on.  As the author states it isn’t “all gloom and doom.  They are often extremely intelligent, talented, funny, and charismatic people”.  

This book has humor, romance, and serious emotions all wrapped into one entertaining read. How can one be surrounded by people and still be lonely?  Jax’s character demonstrates that the depression and anxiety are real and affect daily life.   It has shaped how he approaches things and his relationship with Stella. The author also shows how he is sometimes treated with kid gloves by his bandmates and manager.  He is a strong character and perhaps one of my favorite rockstar heroes (and I have read a lot of rockstar romances).  Stella is fun, quirky character.  Stella is very kind and caring (and is almost too perfect to me - I would have liked to have seen a few more flaws), but is lonely without any real friends and very vulnerable when it comes to any type of relationship based off her past .  She is as Jax describes “the girl next door meets Wednesday Adams”.  She is the type of heroine that I would love to be friends with.  The chemistry between Jax/John and Stella as well as their love for each other is palpable and I loved how there was a lot of romance/wooing.

The first chapter was quite humorous and sucked me right in.  Fall moves at a good pace with no parts that lag.  The characters are charismatic, strong and well developed.  I enjoyed getting to read more about Rye, Whip, and Brenna as well more of Scottie and Sophie (from Managed).  Killian and Libby are only mentioned a few times in this book and I would have liked to have seen them more. Fall is book 3 in the VIP series.  I have read both Idol and Managed and while there is some character overlap, Fall can be read as a standalone..

Other Books in this series:

Idol (VIP #1)

Managed (VIP #2)

About the Author:

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. 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. In 2015, Kristen received a RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for her novel Evernight.
Kristen is a child of the 80s, which means she s worn neon skirts, black lace gloves, and combat boots although never all at once and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A lifelong daydreamer, she finally realized the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormal novels. She lives in the Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

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