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itendswithquotes · 2 days ago
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Sprawianie, by się uśmiechnęła, jest jak nagroda.
Gorąca sesja// Kristen Callihan
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accidental-rambler · 2 months ago
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read in 2021 📖 Exposed by Kristen Callihan
“When the stage lights go off, when the music stops, what am I? Where do I go?”
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aaronwarner · 6 months ago
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His dark eyes shine with emotion. “You are Liberty Bell. The woman whose guitar playing and voice brought me to my knees. You were born for music.” His fingers squeeze just enough to hold my attention. “Nothing anyone says can take that away. You belong here.”
idol (vip #1) by kristen callihan
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concobalt · 5 months ago
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read in 2019: vip series (1-3) by kristen callihan 
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Book Review: Exposed (VIP #4) by Kristen Callihan
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Overeager fan that I am, I've been sneaking 'round backstage Kristen Callihan's VIP lair waiting on Rye and Brenna's tuneful love story for ages now. Literal years, to be exact. Their heated bickering and constant awareness of one another reeled me in early in the series, all the way back in Idol, because it reeked of unresolved tension that I knew, just knew, ran deeper than surface level dislike that was tinged with (oh, so unfortunate) attraction. And, boy, oh boy, am I happy to have been right! With off-the-charts chemistry combined with emotional vulnerability, Exposed was everything. It was romantic combustion for Brenna and Rye in the best way. So worth the wait! Despite their differences, despite their long history of animosity and barbs and behind the music eye rolling, Brenna and Rye agree to get naked. TOGETHER. Although, this only occurs after he overhears her confiding in Jules one night about how she longs for more in life...with good sex being #1 on the to-order menu. Ryland, bassist snack that he is, decides to offer himself up as the main course. Brenna, as one would expect, of course, is appalled and embarrassed by the mere suggestion of this at first and rebuffs him. He's persistent, though. So persistent. And she relents soon enough--with conditions. Since they both claim to be missing something in their lives (physical fulfillment, connection, intimacy), they come to an arrangement where they'll help each other "scratch the itch" for a while. Combat the loneliness. Enjoy what they can together for as long as they can have it. They decide they'll spend three nights a week together - no sleepovers, no cuddling, you catch the drift - with none the wiser about what's happening between them. It'll be their dirty little secret. However, what starts out as a casual frenemies-with-benefits understanding that is cloaked in secrecy so as not to spook their mutual friends in Kill John, who would definitely have an opinion, soon becomes deeper than either one of them can imagine. Feelings from the past and present are exposed. Misinterpreted events are thrown into the mix. Old hurts, memories, they claw to the surface. Fear lies in wait, too, keeping them silent, hesitant, shuffling, on the move. Making it so they're not always able to take the risk they want to take or be brave enough to explain what they think, want, need--not even when their hearts are crying out for release. (Rye was the first to put it all on the line, though, which was refreshing! I love it when the man steps up to the plate before the woman, offering his heart up to be creamed because he can't stand back anymore. He has to do it. He'll strike out, if need be, but he has to take that homerun swing.) Walls threaten to crumble even though it's terrifying, yet equally wonderful, to be held, seen, understood, by someone who has been around for years and years and is basically family. Someone who pays attention to everything, big or small or trivial, and just knows when something is off. Someone who senses it without a word then sends what's needed to the rescue to make it better or more bearable for everybody. Not only did this book blow Brenna and Rye's past grievances with each other wide open, giving them context as well as fresh weight, it also exposed new aspects to the characters as well as to the pairing overall. I loved how this went beyond mere physical gratification to explore their softer sides, their demons, probing the many similarities they carried within. That expounded on the chemistry that'd already poked through in earlier books from the series. They both had a lot of walls, too. Layers. I liked how they were both closed off from others, even from their found family whom they love and respect most of all, without necessarily realizing it. Brenna was more on the controlled "takes no shit" side of this spectrum whereas Rye used humor and flippancy as a defense mechanism. The thing is they've been in each other's lives forever but it was only during this secret "with benefits" arrangement that they were finally
able to get to know each other for real. See each other's true authentic selves--flaws and fears, feelings and dreams, hopes for the future and all. I appreciated the heady unwinding of that because it allowed their dynamic to be rawing as well as relatable. Appearances from other VIP series characters was an added delight as well. Not only does the found family trope in this series continue to excel and develop, but Scottie will always be a top tier Machiavellian matchmaker in my head now. Cheers, love! And as for Whip...please PLEASE tell me he has his own book coming!? 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 🙏🏻
4/5 stars
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yazthebookish · 5 months ago
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Book recommendation:
The Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
Genre: new adult, romance, paranormal, historical fiction, fantasy.
No. of books: seven books (stand-alone each)
Synopsis for book 1 (Firelight):
London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.
They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
My review:
Rating: 4/5⭐️
Archer's finger grazed hers. "I feel you. As if you were connected to me by an invisible string." He touched his chest. "I feel you here. In my heart."
She couldn't think past the mad pounding of her blood. She swallowed painfully. "I feel you too."
The story follows a fiery heroine named Miranda Ellis, daughter of Hector Ellis. Miranda is plagued by a strange and powerful gift of Fire. It is her greatest comfort and the source of her deepest shame. She struggles with controlling her gift that one irrevocable mistake incinerated her family's fortune. In Victorian fashion, her father strikes a deal to marry off his daughter to the most wicked nobleman in all of London: the Dread Lord Archer
The story follows a fiery heroine named Miranda Ellis, daughter of Hector Ellis. Miranda is plagued by a strange and powerful gift of Fire. It is her greatest comfort and the source of her deepest shame. She struggles with controlling her gift that one irrevocable mistake incinerated her family's fortune. In Victorian fashion, her father strikes a deal to marry off his daughter to the most wicked nobleman in all of London: the Dread Lord Archer
The story follows a fiery heroine named Miranda Ellis, daughter of Hector Ellis. Miranda is plagued by a strange and powerful gift of Fire. It is her greatest comfort and the source of her deepest shame. She struggles with controlling her gift that one irrevocable mistake incinerated her family's fortune. In Victorian fashion, her father strikes a deal to marry off his daughter to the most wicked nobleman in all of London: the Dread Lord Archer
Benjamin Archer, a mysterious nobleman donning a black mask, for no one knows what lays beneath the other half of Lord Archer. Despite his power and wealth, he is a walking nightmare among the ton, a human but not entirely.
Three years prior, he meets a fierce red-haired girl that stirs something within him. When the opportunity presents itself, he pays Hector Ellis handsomely to take Miranda as a bride even though he knows it is selfish of him as a disfigured man to have her as his own but he cannot deny this acute desire.
Archer and Miranda are bound together in holy matrimony, however, as their new life begins a chain of mysterious murders arise and all the signs are trailinf towards Archer.
Archer's curse haunts him and Miranda is plunged into a world of dark magic, secret societies and dangerous secrets connected to her husband's tragic past.
But there is no greater force than love, and both Miranda and Archer fall in a splendor of consuming passion and melting desire.
Oh, Archer. How could she have not seen it? Her breath came in sharp bursts. How many nights had she thought about her dark savior? The man with the haunted voice who would not show his face. Had he wanted to marry her from the start? If so, why did he not claim her then?
I'm always weak for a strong heroine and a tortured hero kind of romance but I'm glad this book came with a well-structured plot even if the threads of the story were somehow tangled halfway through but it finished with a satisfying and emotional ending.
The mystery element piqued my interest.
The fantasy element enthralled me.
And the romance just left me hot and bothered.
I must say that among all the elements present in this book, fantasy isn't the author's strongest feat and that is because the magic is not fleshed out enough but it did the job. That does not take away the fact that it felt like the gift was just a plot-device.
However, I enjoyed the author's flows writing and she kept a steady pacing as the story unfolded. I did feel like I lost my grip on the story midway but thankfully it did not last long and I was back on track.
The world-building was excellent and helped me visualize myself walking through a dark and clammy London. The author managed to keep the setting cloaked in an eerie atmosphere that gave me the sensation of a dark shadow overlooking behind me. It was perfect because it sustained its gothic style.
And by no surprise would the romance be my favorite part of the book.
It starts with an Insta-love trope but fortunately the author remedies that with a torturing slow-burn that comes right after.
It's hot. I'm not kidding.
Archer despite being the tortured type of hero is not all that brooding. He has a vulnerable and soft side that just melts my heart. I love to see that side of male characters because authors usually do not bring out the sentimental side of the male hero just so they do not lose that hard edge.
My heart was constantly fluttering because the sexual tension was explosive.
Know this, there is only one truth left to me." His trembling fingertips caressed her jaw. "That I love you." He said it again, his voice broken, his arms pulling her tightly against him. "I love you. The rest is darkness."
Her fingers curled around the smooth swells of his biceps. "Then let me be your light."
The sizzling chemistry between Miranda and Archer was consuming. I was almost squealing whenever there was a romantic scene and oh my god someone throw a bucket of ice on me.
“I need to hear your voice every day or I despair. You are the balance of my soul. I cannot lose you, Ben. I would not live through it.”
What made it better was that both Miranda and Archer were dynamic characters with very good characterization. Archer especially I found to be such a complex character. I felt his deep anguish and I felt his heavy yearning to be touched and it was torture.
Because we know he was simply a man, with weakness and frailties.
Who yearned for the same things all of us do--to love and be loved
The mystery surrounding West Moon Club, a secret society of scholars, was very intriguing.
The murderer on loose spilling blood everywhere near Archer and Miranda kept me agitated.
Archer's curse is shed piece by piece as fragments of his past come into light and his secrets surface. It brought me to the brink of tears.
I may have shed some tears to be completely honest.
Last but not least, if you believe that this story is a reminiscent of tales such as Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera I'd say you are correct.
I do believe the author borrowed some inspiration from those tales while maintaining her own originality.
I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, I was sure I'd rate this not higher than 3.5 but I was pleasantly surprised by the end and I was deeply moved.
It definitely doesn't deserve its current Goodreads rating.
Definitely recommend this to fans of historical romance that enjoy a tinge of fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
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bangbangwhoa · 5 months ago
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books i’ve read in 2021 » no. 043
Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan
“I’m not lost anymore, Em. You found me, and I’m never letting go.”
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hopeless-weakness · 3 days ago
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2021 Books I’ve Read
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166/75
Make it Sweet by Kristen Callihan
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Star hockey player who bakes with his heart on his sleeve?! Yes please! I had my fingers crossed for a slow burn, and I had my prayers answered! Lucian is an athlete ruined by an injury, and Emma is an actress who has been killed off her show. They are both struggling to find themselves after losing a piece of themselves. And they found each other at just the right time. If you’re into adorable pet names, boy is this the book for you! I loved the character Sal and Amalie brought to the book. The support, while sometimes misplaced, from the people around Em and Luc was exactly what they needed. They found such comfort with each other. No matter their own emotions, they just really wanted what was best for the other. And for as sweet as everything was, of course there was steam to enjoy while their sexual tension simmered! Especially when the wonderful “there’s only one bed” trope appeared! But that didn’t stop the sweetness. Lucian was always so worried about showing Emma how weak he was. When in reality, she never saw him as nothing less than strong. My heart broke for Em and Lucian’s family when he made decisions without truly considering the consequences, but deep down I understood him.
My Favorite Quotes:
•”Don’t stay out of my way.”
•”You seem intent upon making me sweet.”
•’That little bee nibbling on her honey pie.’
•”You’re constantly trying to taste my creams, aren’t you, Emma?”
•”With you, honeybee, I will always be a gentleman. Unless you don’t want me to be.”
•”The more I get to know you, the more beautiful you are to me.”
•”When I finally get to taste you, I want to be able to sink into you afterward. I need that, Em.”
•”You’ve been wrecking me from the moment we met.”
•”Now that I have you, I don’t know where to start.”
•”Let’s fly, Lucian. Just you and me.”
7/10 Dirty Birdy
8/10 Forced Proximity
7/10 Second Chance
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Dear Enemy - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️️
I loved this book more than I anticipated to and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it! It had been saved on my shelf for almost a year, and I was waiting for the right time to read it. The pacing, the writing style, the character development, and the raw emotions expressed throughout the book were so perfect and made the book a fantastic experience!
I was hooked into the story right off the bat and fell in love with the characters as they slowly but evenly unfolded into more trusting, loving, and honest people. I truly did not expect this book to be as good as it was. Perhaps I judged it prematurely, perhaps I figured it was a beach read, but whatever the case, I'm so glad I kept it and finally read it when I did. This was no beach read, although I did read it rather quickly. If the enemies-to-lover trope pulls you in, then you'll end up savoring this story as well.
The character development is so well written as well. The characters start off with brick walls around them, having too many scars to really trust anyone for real. Delilah has just given up on a promising catering career because she doesn't feel fulfilled in her life. Macon is a hollywood up-and-coming star, currently in the lead role of a popular historial fiction tv series. He believes the acting world can keep him shielded from anyone really seeing him as the world of showbiz is fake and flashy and everyone is too busy caring about themselves to really notice him. Both of them are tired with their lives but persevering as their careers are the focal points of their lives. Barely any personal lives to speak of, constantly betrayed and untrustworthy, they meet after a long stretch of 10 years and so starts their story of learning to trust the one person they loathe, and learning to love each other and themselves through the others' eyes. I cannot stress enough how much I adore the pacing of this book. The writing style is also so refreshing. It goes back and forth every few chapters between the lead characters and gives a depth to the story and their inner selves. I connected with Delilah's and Macon's childhood story quite keenly and it felt so nice to read about these two overcoming their issues with one another and themselves just to feel love and open affection.
I could not recommend this book any less because it was so so good of a love story and a coming-of-age story as well because both of them were stuck in their adolescent years. Frozen in time almost until they met each other once again and started to thaw in the presense of each other. It was beautiful and loving and full of banter and humor and raw with emotion and connection. The food, while not the biggest part of the book, also added such a nice flavor and made me crave choc-chip cookies for some reason. This book will cause you to crave some comfort food so keep some close by!
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a couple hours or days to spare and to those who understand no matter how bitter life might be, the people we surround ourselves with are always the ones who bring sweetness and warmth into our worlds and so we much choose wisely who we let in, because whether blood or not, we can always decide on who gets to see us and who doesn't and in order to be happy, we must make the best decision for ourselves and choose the best people who bring out the best in us and who we want to support and love in return.
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deiumjeito · a month ago
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“The attraction between us was always there. You can deny it if you want, but it’s true. We’ve been like two magnets facing south, repelling because we can’t do anything else. Then I overheard what you needed, and I flipped north. Toward you.”
- Exposed by Kristen Callihan (VIP #4)
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magicxlady · 10 months ago
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"It is an odd thing to discover I’m lonely, despite never truly being alone. But I am. I want someone to know the real me, not the shiny shell I show the world."
sophie darling, managed.
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cr: @adamodinara and emilialeblnc on pinterest.
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ireadingbooks · 7 months ago
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book recs: new adult
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Love to Hate You by Jo Watson - such a fun, but also emotional read! I really enjoyed the book.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - probably one of the best New Adult romances I’ve read! So much depth, so steamy and so funny!!!
Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy - also very sexy, but so good! I’ve read the first two books, curious to see what the other books are about!
On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young - this was my first NA series and I devoured it! I especially loved Olive + Nate’s story, but all of the parts are amazing. 
Again Series by Mona Kasten - I loved these so much! A bit more “innocent” but especially the first two books were my favourites.
Outmatched by Kristen Callihan - Also such a fun read but so good! Really enjoyed it. 
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I just read the most romantic thing ever. Man sees woman dance and she is just making a fool out of herself. Instead of telling her he tells his friends he has to do his job as a friend and dances even worse next to her.
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fated-mates · 12 days ago
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Sarah talks about the first time she read Kristen Callihan.
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nacpanaasoup · 3 months ago
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Żeby zorientować się, dokąd iść, czasem musisz spojrzeć, gdzie jesteś.
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Exposed (VIP Series #4) by Kristen Callihan is out today!!! Lookout Brenna and Rye...😏
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accidental-rambler · a year ago
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read in 2020 📖 Outmatched by Kristen Callihan & Samantha Young
"Like penicillin, the X-ray, the pacemaker, and superglue, Rhys and I were an accidental discovery.”
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