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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 i 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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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 i 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.

30 review for Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****4.5 STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} 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. British Heroes are my favorite and to have that hero also be a hot rock god, well that’s just a special cherry on top of an already delicious cake! The VIP series is by far my most favorite series about a famous rock band. Kristen Callihan has been one of my idols *****4.5 STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} 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. British Heroes are my favorite and to have that hero also be a hot rock god, well that’s just a special cherry on top of an already delicious cake! The VIP series is by far my most favorite series about a famous rock band. Kristen Callihan has been one of my idols for quite some time and it's almost agonizing having to wait for one of her books to release. I knew going into this story, that it was not going to be as light-hearted as the past two books. Jax is a broken hero, whose suicide attempt nearly broke up the band for good. He battles inner demons almost on a daily basis and his self-loathing only fans the flames, but a fiery little redhead that he has a run in with over a carton of mint chocolate ice cream is about to turn his world upside down. Stella was Jax’s true soul mate. They may have come from two completely different worlds but they were two halves of a whole. She was the one person in his life who didn’t blame or punish him for his debilitating depression. Jax had never had someone to truly lean on until he met Stella. And Stella found it easy to relate to him because not once in her life has she ever felt like she could love or be loved by anyone. She’s a vivacious woman who has many acquaintances due to her profession but not a single person who she can truly call a friend. Be forewarned, there is some serious angst to deal with in this story and Jax will act like a complete idiot at times, but he’ll be hard not to fall in love with. I completely melted the moment he called Stella by the pet name, ”Button”. Those Brits sure know how to make a girl swoon! Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 4.5 Heroine: 4.5 Plot: 4 Angst: 4.5 Steam: 4.5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5 FALL is currently available! Make sure you give it a one-click! AMAZON: https://amzn.to/2Q4cW7b APPLE BOOKS: https://apple.co/2P88Kpf B&N: https://bit.ly/2A4Y1DQ

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate's Corner

    4.5 ★ This is a review and most likely a philosophical rant with some honesty chucked in for the hell of it. You have been warned and I may have put some spoilers in. “There is no such thing as perfect. Human beings make mistakes. Humans who feel greatly often make the biggest ones. It’s the intent that counts. Is it a mistake based on hate, selfishness, or moral cowardice? Give them no quarter. But an honest mistake backed by a true heart is another matter entirely.” Ms. Callihan doesn’t lie about 4.5 ★ This is a review and most likely a philosophical rant with some honesty chucked in for the hell of it. You have been warned and I may have put some spoilers in. “There is no such thing as perfect. Human beings make mistakes. Humans who feel greatly often make the biggest ones. It’s the intent that counts. Is it a mistake based on hate, selfishness, or moral cowardice? Give them no quarter. But an honest mistake backed by a true heart is another matter entirely.” Ms. Callihan doesn’t lie about the content of this book she puts it all out there and I went in with trepidation more than I expected because I know, I can relate, and it broke my heart but, in a way, it gives hope as well. It is a topic that is ostracized not matter how much attention it garners at some point it disappears again until at the most opportune moment you are reminded of the ugliness of the world and what it can lead to.  If you hadn’t realized this is the philosophical part. Characters & Chemistry This is the review part  Stella Button Grey is average. Average looks, body etc. Her thoughts not mine. She does have fantastic hair though. A Jack or Jill of all trades but really, she is a professional friend. She is about to be kicked out of her unit. Her Dad and money. She has no family and only friends that touch the surface. I liked Stella but some of her insecurities I could relate to but others not so much. She is a carer and a giver. But no one cares for her or really gives her what she needs or wants. John Jax Blackwood is one of the leads in the rock band Kill John yet with all his fame and fortune he suffers from depression and anxiety until one day it just becomes too much. But with all the progress that he has made in the last two years he can’t forget who he is. He tried to take his life two years ago. How can it not affect a relationship in anyway? I adore John, but I prefer John and I see him as John and not as Jax even if he is a rock star. I feel for him. He must fight something every day and every day you can not let it off the leash. It feels as if you are a couple of steps away from being where you were.  If you hadn’t realized this is the philosophical part. When these two meet on a snowy, stormy night in an almost empty grocery store their life is forever changed. Stella knows he seems familiar, but she can’t quite pinpoint it. But numbers aren’t exchanged but they both left a lasting impression on each other. Writing, Plot & Pace This author is a fantastic writer IMO and I can’t get enough of her although I am yet to tackle on of her other series, but I must be in the right frame of mind. She hits every emotion be it good or bad. She makes you feel although you don’t want to. She captures you with her words. Two years ago, there was an event that lead the band to question life, question fame and to question what you really know about your closest friends. Each dealt differently with the aftermath, but things were never the same. For those of you who are iffy. He talks about his man whore days but once he meets the heroine he doesn’t try anymore. Oh, and one more thing that is kind of gross is he got an STD in his throat. Score. Nice one dude. More than anything else I felt sorry for him. It was how he dealt with things. To get John out of his PR nightmare Brenna asks Stella to be his paid girlfriend, John flips because he made that mistake once and isn’t prepared to do it again. But then they date for real and get to know one another. This book won’t be for everyone because he depicts a difficult topic of a life filled with darkness, the blackness of that gaping hole. The guilt and doubt that can eat at you until you fade then only then will you get an inkling of how the Hero fills in this book. For each person with depression it can similar and but not quite the same. Ms. Callihan brings out those subtleties of the feelings of both the heroine and the Hero. But how can you escape your own thoughts as they are always there. Nothing in life is black and white. Verdict There is more depth to Fall as it tackles some serious topics than book 1 & 2. But it doesn’t make it any less of a beautiful book and John is my all-time favourite Hero here. This is a series one of a kind rock romance series to read. It is a breath of fresh air. What touched me the most when it came to the author’s note at the beginning was that people with mental health issues aren’t all doom and gloom. That there are often extremely intelligent, talented, funny and charismatic people. John is no exception and I absolutely loved him. By the way reach out to anyone if you do have problems. "I'm not falling in love," Jax declares. "I have enough fucked up emotions to work through." "Famous last words, dude," Whips says from the floor.

  3. 5 out of 5

    chandler ainsley ❁

    where is the angst tho so if you didn't already know, i waited for over a year for this book. i prayed and i waited and i wished for it to come to me sooner but alas. i still had to wait until october. and i'm a little bit disappointed. i think the biggest issue i had with this book was that jax's character seemed so incongruous with the characterization he's given in the previous 2 books. he's the other lead singer & guitarist for Kill John and he attempted suicide before the events of the 1 where is the angst tho so if you didn't already know, i waited for over a year for this book. i prayed and i waited and i wished for it to come to me sooner but alas. i still had to wait until october. and i'm a little bit disappointed. i think the biggest issue i had with this book was that jax's character seemed so incongruous with the characterization he's given in the previous 2 books. he's the other lead singer & guitarist for Kill John and he attempted suicide before the events of the 1 books (these are standalones but they're all about one band). when we get to meet him he's really sullen and angry and angsty. and i was thrilled to read about a character who's obviously been through some shit. but when we get in to jax/john's book we don't get that same level of anger. i understand that people have layers but we're thrown into him being almost completely recovered from his depression (which isn't even a thing? i digress) and just genuinely a nice guy now. yeah we've got some flirting and tension between him and his new girl and he does question his worthiness a couple times. and there is one minor breakdown. but overall this was not the angsty, gritty, raw story that i had been hoping for. and that might just be my own fault for having that expectation because objectively, if you hadn't read the previous 2 books, i think you would really fucking like this book. it's incredibly sexy, the characters have a playful banter and relationship that i could see people actually having in real life. and there wasn't needless drama thrown in either. it really wasn't bad. it just wasn't what i needed it to be. and i didn't get the proposal of my dreams either... so 3 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Young

    I loved the first two books in the VIP series and one secondary character in particular has stood out to me. John “Jax” Blackwood, the enigmatic lead singer of Kill john. Finally, we get his story and it does not fail to deliver. With ALL the feels. What I want out of a great romance novel is to have my emotions toyed with. Really, truly. I want to laugh out loud so people think “who is that crazy woman wiping tears of laughter from her eyes as she waits in line for the car wash?”. I want to fee I loved the first two books in the VIP series and one secondary character in particular has stood out to me. John “Jax” Blackwood, the enigmatic lead singer of Kill john. Finally, we get his story and it does not fail to deliver. With ALL the feels. What I want out of a great romance novel is to have my emotions toyed with. Really, truly. I want to laugh out loud so people think “who is that crazy woman wiping tears of laughter from her eyes as she waits in line for the car wash?”. I want to feel the characters joy and the giddiness that comes from forming a thrilling new connection with someone. I want to be cheesy-smiling at the kindle app on my phone. Moreover, I want to feel the hero and heroine’s frustration as they deal with their own and each other’s issues. I want the characters to be likeable but flawed because we all are flawed. And honestly, I want a book to make me cry. I want the characters to have affected me so much, their pain makes me cry. There was one scene in particular in FALL that really hit me in the gut emotionally. It was so, so well-written. FALL took me through the whole aforementioned spectrum of emotions. Not only does Callihan weave a sexy love story filled with lots of steaminess, quick wit, banter and humor, but she also skillfully and sensitively handles serious issues with poignant empathy. A beautiful romance! Kristen Callihan just gets better with every book. I’m a fan!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    When you love a book so much, you’re rendered speechless To form complete thoughts right now is impossible for me. So if I can think of anything better to say than, Jax & Stella were so captivating and addictive, then by all means, I’ll add more to this really short review 😉 These two captured my heart, I want more and more and more

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    Live https://www.amazon.com/Fall-VIP-Book-... ❤5 stars ❤ I loved Fall so much, everything about it was perfect.I adored Jax and Stella, their love story is cute,sweet,heartwarming,intense and there were some really hot moments. I devour it, it was captivating and I connected so much with both characters.I loved how they met and the way they start their relationship.They have a great banter and I was melting and swooning. I wish I could have more of Jax and Stella.They were so addictive.     

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳An emotional rollercoaster that made me crave the touch and caress of John and Stella... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK 3.5 Stars This book has me very conflicted and a little confused on how I feel. I enjoyed the story, I liked the characters, and I had a fun time reading it. But then there are things that I didn't enjoy so much and there even some things that had me feeling a little rage-y. So basically my brain is just all over the place. Let me explain. So the beginning of the book went very well and full on devoured it. Stella was this fun-loving, quirky character and Jax was a NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK 3.5 Stars This book has me very conflicted and a little confused on how I feel. I enjoyed the story, I liked the characters, and I had a fun time reading it. But then there are things that I didn't enjoy so much and there even some things that had me feeling a little rage-y. So basically my brain is just all over the place. Let me explain. So the beginning of the book went very well and full on devoured it. Stella was this fun-loving, quirky character and Jax was a bit of brooding mess. I thought it was really fun how they came together and I liked that they were so opposite of each other and that Stella could make Jax smile so much. They just seemed to fit together better than peanut butter and jelly. Then as I continued to read on things changed. And on one hand I could appreciate that the further we dug into Stella's character the more we got the true her and not just the smiling and loving part of her. But on the other it was like she became this can-do-no-wrong person in Jax's eyes and it had me rolling my own eyes. It was like she had no flaws other than the fact she had a horrible singing voice and it made her character turn into an unbelievable one for me. And I'm talking about Stella so much in this review because I felt like it was almost more her story than Jax's. Which was a little disappointing because I felt like his character had so much to say and yet he was silenced. There were times when he was emotional but it was like that wasn't focused on enough to actually bring that emotion to the story and let me see it. And then the ending is the part that made me a little furious. True to romance book fashion there was a big grand apology for something at the end. Which if it was the opposite person apologizing I wouldn't have had a problem with it. But as is, the character that actually went and apologized I felt like shouldn't have been the one doing that. Which is just how I felt about that situation. Overall, I still recommend reading this book even though I had some issues with it. I think a lot of people will love it and that I was just looking for a different type of story for Jax which is probably why it fella little flat for me. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    NOW LIVE!!!! https://amzn.to/2QH0SIz Ok, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (and again and again and again): Kristen Callihan writes some of the BEST heroes. “There is no more talking, no more waiting. We’re kissing each other, and it isn’t demanding or frantic; it’s consuming, a fall right into the deep end of the ocean. John comes after my mouth like it’s his right, his pleasure. I’ve never been kissed this way. I am the banquet and he is the hunger.” She writes some of the MOST SCOR NOW LIVE!!!! https://amzn.to/2QH0SIz Ok, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (and again and again and again): Kristen Callihan writes some of the BEST heroes. “There is no more talking, no more waiting. We’re kissing each other, and it isn’t demanding or frantic; it’s consuming, a fall right into the deep end of the ocean. John comes after my mouth like it’s his right, his pleasure. I’ve never been kissed this way. I am the banquet and he is the hunger.” She writes some of the MOST SCORCHING sex scenes you will ever read. “What do you think about?” she asks in the dark. “When you do it?” “You.” I’m stroking faster now, getting into a rhythm. “Since that first night, it’s only been you.” … I lick my lips. “Truth?” Her answer is a husk of sound. “Always.” “I think of watching myself slide into you. Imagine sinking into your heat.” My voice goes rougher, my balls drawing up tight and sweet. “That first push when I take you, knowing that you’re letting me. That’s it. I think of having you. Finally, fucking having you. That’s the moment I dream about.” She writes some of the most beautiful lines. “There isn’t anyone I want to be around more than you. You occupy my thoughts, haunt my dreams. I can no more stay away from you than I can try to keep my heart from beating.” She writes characters that are so unabashedly truthful, you can’t help but connect with them. And especially with this book focusing on Jax, who suffers from depression and anxiety, being in his mind was sometimes hard. But I really admire the empathetic way the author depicts his struggles, and the realistic way his ups and downs are shown. Because yes, some days are awful, and some days are great. And anyone who suffers as Jax does knows how isolating being in your own head can be. How tiring it is when your mind just won’t shut off. “…You endure. You keep moving forward. But some days, Stella … Some days I get so fucking tired.” “Then rest,” I whisper. “Rest with me. Let me be where you lay your head for a while.” ^ that gave me goosebumps. Because the way Stella tries to understand Jax is a damn beautiful thing. This series is turning out to be a top favorite of mine and I pray and hope Kristen continues with the series and the rest of the band members get their own books. I LOVE the friendship they all have and the sometimes sweet / sometimes hysterical way they interact with one another. ***While I guess this can technically be read as a standalone, I’d recommend reading the other 2 books first. Not only because the story will just make more sense, but they are freaking fantastic too! Idol (VIP #1) | https://amzn.to/2PqRfxD Managed (VIP #2) | https://amzn.to/2QJgHP6 Fall (VIP #3) | https://amzn.to/2QH0SIz Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter

  10. 4 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG Gahd. I've been waiting for this book for a loooong time. So when this landed on my Kindle...   So let's talk about FALL, shall we? Jax/John Blackwood's story has intrigued me from the first time we met him. He's one of those tragic characters you don't undestand why they would do something drastic as trying to kill himself. He has it all: the good looks, immeasurable talent, charm, charisma. You will get all the answers and as easy as the answer seems as complicated it re READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG Gahd. I've been waiting for this book for a loooong time. So when this landed on my Kindle...   So let's talk about FALL, shall we? Jax/John Blackwood's story has intrigued me from the first time we met him. He's one of those tragic characters you don't undestand why they would do something drastic as trying to kill himself. He has it all: the good looks, immeasurable talent, charm, charisma. You will get all the answers and as easy as the answer seems as complicated it really is. Depression is such an insidious illness. When a little impish ice-cream thief also steals a kiss, he isn't outraged. Nope, famous rockstar of one of the hottest bands John is charmed, the only regret he has is that he let her go. Stella has never had a proper home. She lives in an apartment in New York City that belonged to her father until he up and left when she turned eighteen. Now thirty, she hasn't seen him since. She doesn't have any close friends although there's nothing she wants more. When she runs into larger than life lead singer and guitarist of one of the hottest bands repeatedly, ending up being neighbors, they become friends. Friends who bicker, friends who talk and friends who laugh. I can't even begin to say how much I loved their connection. Both of them snarky, goofy and broken in a way that it made perfect sense for them to become close. John doesn't want to be treated like the resident elephant in the room, he doesn't want people to tiptoe around him but it's hard to tell people when you think you screwed up. Especially when you still give into the dark when it comes over you. The depiction of John's depression was done in taste and credible. He displayed the ups and downs of somebody who feels too much and that abundance of emotion can turn against him from one second to the other and it was positively heartbreaking at times. I feel sick down to my brittle bones and terrified heart. Everything ends. Love dies. In the end, I’ll be alone, and there isn’t a thing I can do to stop it. Stella doesn't trust easily. She had my heart from the very beginning. She was independent, sweet and a bright light in every life she touched. I thought she was the perfect girl for John. The woman with the big heart that held compassion and love for all the people in her life who was so scared of needing somebody that she couldn't let anyone close. And John was the perfect man for her - he bolstered Stella's self confidence, broke her defenses and showed her the beauty he saw in her. She’s my new favorite song; I want to play her over and over. John and Stella's love is a slow burn but oh so delicious. Their banter definitely sparks up their chemistry and when it was time for them to connect on another level I was just as eager for them to get there as they were. It was a thing of beauty, their hunger for each other, their emotional and physical connection. And can I say that John had the cutest nickname for Stella? It was breathtaking to watch them fall in love. Stella giggles. That sound. It bubbles over my skin, trips my heart. I love that sound. This was a very long book but it never felt boring. At no point did I have the urge to skim, I absorbed the words on my kindle. I laughed a lot, I had a little watery eyes now and then and I enjoyed the hell out of the story. But most of all I felt. So so much. Jax's bandmates and Scottie are the bomb - they stand behind their man no questions asked. Their loyalty and friendship was everything. And if you need different colloquialisms for masturbating apparently Kristen Callihan is a good source to go to... “Beating the meat.” John snickers into his beer. “Got a better one,” Whip counters with a brow waggle. “Wanking the willy?” “Charming the snake,” Sophie offers. “Polishing the pearl,” Jules says. “Tickling my treat,” Brenna adds. “I’m becoming uncomfortably aroused,” Rye grumbles, which makes Brenna flush bright pink and hide her face behind the rim of her martini glass. And Scottie with his son? Gird your ovaries, people! OK that's not a baby but you get the picture. I hope Kristen Callihan doesn't keep as waiting as long for the next book as she did with this one. I am absolutely addicted to her stories and her writing style which is so crisp, beautiful and polished. She catapulted FALL up into my top favorites and is now competing for the top spot for this year. Can I say I loved it? Yeah. That epilogue was the sweetest thing. I need the next one. Like NOW! “Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    That was a mediocre book for me. 2,5 stars rounded up to 3! Pros: 1. There are some fun dialogues. 2. Some emotional scenes are well-written. 3. Hot scenes are well-written. 4. Stella is a nice and likable character. Cons: About the characters 1. I couldn’t connect to Jax/John. Not enough background is given about his depression so I couldn’t understand what his deal was. And to me, he always seemed to be a weak, moody and untrustworthy character. I couldn't make myself like him. 2. Jax’s moods make the That was a mediocre book for me. 2,5 stars rounded up to 3! Pros: 1. There are some fun dialogues. 2. Some emotional scenes are well-written. 3. Hot scenes are well-written. 4. Stella is a nice and likable character. Cons: About the characters 1. I couldn’t connect to Jax/John. Not enough background is given about his depression so I couldn’t understand what his deal was. And to me, he always seemed to be a weak, moody and untrustworthy character. I couldn't make myself like him. 2. Jax’s moods make the book really depressing from time to time. I was really bored. And maybe because I didn't get the foundation of his illness, I couldn't bother about it. 3. It was way too lazy to make one of Jax's dark moods “the reason for their separation” – such an unimaginative and unoriginal plot twist it was and I can hardly call it a plot twist; it was just some drama for the sake of drama. 4. Because the heroine was described as a plain girl with red hair & freckles, I never understood how Jax became interested in her because he even described her in this way: A plain girl he normally wouldn’t look twice. 5. I never felt the chemistry between Jax & Stella. Even when they had really hot scenes, I found myself skipping them because I didn’t believe in them as a couple. They were not convincing. I never believed a guy like Jax would fall for a girl like Stella. And that’s all the writer’s doing. 6. Stella’s job! What was that about and why? I’ll never understand why the writer chose that job for her. About the events & writing 7. The book has a slow burn and it drags way too much! What is it about the heros in this series? Like Scottie (Gabriel), Jax/(John) also insists that they do nothing else but kiss for a long while! Huh? Is this the way to show the guy cares about her more than just her body? What it makes me think and feel is that he can easily resist her! 8. What was the point of Jax’s STD? What did it serve? Fill the pages? Show what a man-whore he was!? 9. What was the point of a father who came to embarras and blackmail them but then, left without doing anything like for example, selling their story to a magazine? Why did he come and act like a jerk and then just left? To fill the pages? 10. Why were there so many side characters? What did they serve? To fill the pages? They made the book so boring that when the band came together and we had scenes with those characters we loved in previous books, I couldn’t enjoy them either because there were already too many scenes with other people. So, as you can see, there is too much “filling stuff” and the book is nearly 400 pages!!! The book dragged so much with its slow burn, unnecessary events that led nowhere and boring side character scenes that it took me forever to finish it - and if I have to confess, I might have skipped some pages here and there :) Safety: After Stella and Jax are a couple, there is no one else for them so no cheating! No OW/OM drama.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I loved every single page of this book!! Actually, if I think back about the whole series so far; I have fallen in love with each story!! They have so much heart, passion and humor and it makes for an epic romance! In “Fall” it was a very realistic story in a lot of ways too. Stella and John are two characters who not only are fabulous; but they are flawed in a lot of ways too. It was their flaws that made me fall in love with them both ironically!! I was many times heartbroken for both of them.. I loved every single page of this book!! Actually, if I think back about the whole series so far; I have fallen in love with each story!! They have so much heart, passion and humor and it makes for an epic romance! In “Fall” it was a very realistic story in a lot of ways too. Stella and John are two characters who not only are fabulous; but they are flawed in a lot of ways too. It was their flaws that made me fall in love with them both ironically!! I was many times heartbroken for both of them... mainly because I could relate so much to their emotional pain. For that reason this book became so much more for me. The author did a wonderful job of addressing issues that are some issues that are not often talked about.. she put a humorous twist on one particular issue and I thought it was brilliantly done!!! My hat goes off to her for having the hero struggle with a life error he had to deal with! John learned and changed from his mistake too which made me root for him even more. I’m being vague but I don’t want to give anything away! This whole series is a must read!!! It’s one of my all time feel good series that I will for sure reread over the years! The characters are ones I won’t ever forget!!! Thanks for the Buddy Read Steph!!!! It was a blast as usual!❤️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Malene

    The VIP series keeps getting better with every book. Omg how I enjoyed Fall with John(Jax) and Stella. These two have been through so much in their young lives. Reading about them was a fresh breath of air in the rockstar/romance genre. Stella and John battle real life struggles and the author Kristen Callihan treats these topics with care and respect. Mental health topics such as depression, anxiety and suicide are what John is battling with and it’s depicted with such an authenticity that it w The VIP series keeps getting better with every book. Omg how I enjoyed Fall with John(Jax) and Stella. These two have been through so much in their young lives. Reading about them was a fresh breath of air in the rockstar/romance genre. Stella and John battle real life struggles and the author Kristen Callihan treats these topics with care and respect. Mental health topics such as depression, anxiety and suicide are what John is battling with and it’s depicted with such an authenticity that it was emotional to read at times. He’s a survivor and yet he has setbacks but he keeps fighting. Stella is a survivor too. Alone in the world without any close family or friends. She’s such a good and kindhearted woman who treats people with respect and wants to help the ones in need. Both John and Stella are familiar with loneliness and feeling alone in the world so when they meet each other in the grocery aisle everything changes for the both of them. Their meeting has set things in motion. Affected them both. Their friendship and how it grew and evolved was pure joy to read. Everything from their bantering to them enjoying each other’s company was amazing. So many emotions jumped off the pages. Stella made John feel whole and not a person who needed to be fixed because of his psychological struggles. John gave Stella people in her life and he made her feel important and needed. They complemented each other to perfection. They changed each other’s outlook on life. They became each other’s anchor. The other guys from Kill John appears and it was incredible. They added humor to the story and reaffirmed how strong their bond is. I hope the remaining two band members Rye and Whip get their own book cause I can’t get enough of this fantastic series and its characters. 5 Button Stars I received an ARC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    5 STARS Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.” This book. THIS. BOOK. *flails happily* This is, hands down, my favorite Kristen Callihan book to date. A poignantly written, slow burn, friends to lovers romance that was brimming with emotion; Fall owned my heart from beginning to finish. It sucked me in from the beginning and kept me glued to the pages with two incredibly multi-layered, raw, and endearing characters 5 STARS Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.” This book. THIS. BOOK. *flails happily* This is, hands down, my favorite Kristen Callihan book to date. A poignantly written, slow burn, friends to lovers romance that was brimming with emotion; Fall owned my heart from beginning to finish. It sucked me in from the beginning and kept me glued to the pages with two incredibly multi-layered, raw, and endearing characters. Jax and Stella were everything. Simply everything! Oh how I loved this book. Let me count the ways!!! 1. One broken yet devastatingly swoony rockstar. I want her under me, over me, beside me. I want to dedicate hours memorizing the pattern of her freckles, each curve and dip of her body. I want her body against mine until her scent is in my skin. I want to taste her, to fuck her, to laugh with her. I want everything. Jax is a man that has been to the dark bottom of emotion, and almost didn't make his way up. I really have to applaud the author in just how well she handled such a sensitive matter as depression and suicide. There was just something so real and raw about Jax that you couldn't help but love. He captivates the reader from the very first page, and you only fall harder and harder under his magnetism and charisma the more you read. As one of the front man of a famous band, Jax is no stranger to all the women that his fame brings. But one quirky redhead that's set to kiss him out of his ice cream at a grocery store manages to tilt his world on his axis. 2. Stella She was just so perfectly imperfect. She was completely extraordinary in her ordinariness. Without giving much away, this is a heroine that just wins you over with her quirky, selfless, and loving personality. And then she makes you fall in love with her strength, perseverance, heart, and hints of vulnerability. Stella works some of the oddest jobs, yet they make her happy. And when her job as a pet sitter land her one rockstar neighbor that she stole ice cream from with a kiss and never expected to see again? Well, let's just say, things get interesting. Which brings me to the next thing... 3. The banter. OMG! THE BANTER!! Oh my cock—god. My cock—godcockgod…” She flails her hands. “God. I meant God. God-cock. Argh!” Her flustered blather ends in a gurgle and a new tide of rapid hand flapping. Even though her sudden appearance scared the shit out of me—until I realized it was Stella and not some stalker who’d gotten in—a laugh escapes me. “My cock is godlike, so I can see the confusion.” Her face flames bright red. “Dick.” “It goes by that name too.” I wink at her. 4. The delicious, and I mean DELICIOUS slow burn romance. It hurt SO GOOD. I meet her blue eyes and call out—God knows what. Sound tears from my throat, but I don’t hear it past my pounding ears. I look at Stella and fall into the abyss. I. Am. Wrecked. 5. The secondary characters. I love the brotherly camaraderie the band shares. I love the friendship between Jax and Killian. I NEED a book for Whip and Rye. This book was sheer perfection. It captivated and ruined me. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swoon. I absolutely loved it. I loved everything about it. Everyone needs to read this book. I just can't recommend it enough. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

    “Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.” 4,5 “light and dark” stars. Fall is another stellar light yet deep, funny yet serious creation of Kristen Callihan! It is the perfect blend of fun *see some of my favorite quotes* and thoughtfulness. Fun because Stella and John alias Jax are what we call in our “jargon” OTP or One True Pairing. In other word made for each other. They have the same taste in food, they went through “Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.” 4,5 “light and dark” stars. Fall is another stellar light yet deep, funny yet serious creation of Kristen Callihan! It is the perfect blend of fun *see some of my favorite quotes* and thoughtfulness. Fun because Stella and John alias Jax are what we call in our “jargon” OTP or One True Pairing. In other word made for each other. They have the same taste in food, they went through difficult time as kids, they both are caring people and have one of the best banter! This story is filled with swoony moments and laugh. I swear just the opening scene with Stella stealing John’s ice cream had me smiling like a loon! I laughed not only reading the quick remarks flying between Stella and John but between Scottie and Jax! Haaaa! Scottie my man. He was back in all his glory making fun of John/Jax and being completely smitten by his son Felix. Pure bliss! Here is Scottie explaining parenting after John failed to calm Felix: “Scottie and Felix shoot me twin glares. My nerves are officially shot, and I swear I need a drink or to run this adrenaline out. “Holy hell, mate, how do you even know what to do?” “Trial by fire.” Scottie smiles thinly. “Only the strong survive.”” And another one of my favorites in the book, when John confesses to Scottie that he may have offended Stella: “What do I do?” I blurt out. Scottie gives me a sidelong look. “Invest in a good set of kneepads. I predict a lot of groveling in your future.” The story is not pure light and fun. You have a serious and thoughtful undertone. John suffers from depression and is battling inner demons for years now. Kristen told us she also had hard times and it’s obvious she knows her topic. Depression is broached with acute precision and enormous respect. It’s hard to escape your thoughts when your mind is trying to trick you and pull you down. You can’t just turn a switch and make it go away. Even if the person wants to get better and to be better it’s still a hard battle. Sometimes you slip down into that really dark hole because it’s just too hard to keep fighting. That’s what John is living for years now, very bravely. “But that’s not what I think about.” He swallows audibly. “What I hold onto, what I keep crystal clear, is that moment when I started to fade. I remember how fucking terrified and regretful I felt. I didn’t want to go. Not really. I just wanted to feel okay.” Stella is also what I would call a courageous soldier. She’s suffered from parental neglect and has been alone for a very long time. Her father left her to fend for herself. Yet she is one of these sunny personalities, always wanting to help others and possessing a true warmth. She is an Uber resilient human. That’s what makes her the perfect counterpart to John’s own brand of shadows. I loved how Kristen Callihan made their love story progress. It was not insta-love even if there is insta attraction but the more they’ll know each other the more their feelings will grow. I loved…so many things! -the main and of course side characters (we got to see our old favorites); -reading about Scottie being smitten by his baby boy Felix and still so in LURV with Sophie; -the banter! Priceless. I was chuckling alone on the train; -the past of both characters that added a real depth and some drama to the story when said past resurfaced; -Kristen spot on yet respectful writing about depression and mental illness. Reading Fall was like getting your favorite blanket out of the closet *you know because it is fall and you got a little bit cold* and wrapping his comfortable warmth around you. Well now you do just that: grab you favorite blankie and dive under to read Fall while drinking hot chocolate. Better try to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream to get in the mood! A copy was generously provided by the author but it had no influence whatsoever on my willing and always honest review. Find me on: Wordpress: Beware Of The Reader Facebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    I've just read Idol and Managed back to back and ADORED them. All I need to know is WHEN? When is Jax's book coming?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Taking the risk knowing you may Fall... ***4.5 Stars*** I’m struggling to write my review for Fall. It was SO BLOODY GOOD!!! This is my FOURTH attempt and I’m ready to just say...It’s good...Buy it. I’m exhausted after spending most of my day reading this emotional book. My eyes are still puffy from the few times I’ve cried today. I even went willingly with hubby to do the grocery shopping today, just to step away from all the emotions. The characters were real, and I absolutely LOVED them. The st Taking the risk knowing you may Fall... ***4.5 Stars*** I’m struggling to write my review for Fall. It was SO BLOODY GOOD!!! This is my FOURTH attempt and I’m ready to just say...It’s good...Buy it. I’m exhausted after spending most of my day reading this emotional book. My eyes are still puffy from the few times I’ve cried today. I even went willingly with hubby to do the grocery shopping today, just to step away from all the emotions. The characters were real, and I absolutely LOVED them. The storyline had me enthralled from the very first page and I couldn’t wait to get to know John and Stella better. The love story was sweet and at times heartbreaking, but it was realistic that there were hiccups along the way. Sure, there were plenty of tears, but there were also laughing moments and times where I wanted to jump into the pages and be a part of their world. Seriously, Kill John (the band) and their entourage are wonderful. The VIP series has been brilliant, and I love that we’re not expected to just move on and forget about the previous couples. They are all part of each story, we see them moving forward, growing in their relationships and changing as time goes by. If you were a fan of Managed, you should read this story just to see Scottie in all his happy ever after glory. I loved having Mr Gandy (Scottie) back and he’s better than ever, in all his suited glory. Fall does touch on the subject of mental illness. I found myself reflecting on the times in my life when I too felt lonely or in my head. I could completely relate to John wanting to just be left alone to deal with it by himself. His fame and fortune made it seem strange for him to have moments of doubt or loneliness. John isn’t the only one who has issues though, Stella has her own brand of things to deal with. Stella is quite lonely, which is surprising as her business revolves around friendship. Her father was and is an absolute douchewaffle and I hated that she was left with emotional scars from dealing with him. With Stella coming into John's life, it was great to see their friendship blossom before they even contemplated a romantic relationship. Kristen Callihan has written a smart and thoughtful story. It was obvious that she knew her subject matter and she made sure to make it as realistic as possible. We’re not expected to believe that John is “fixed” by Stella’s love. It was obvious that there will always be times of struggle for both John and Stella. Love is worth the risk and the effort for John and Stella. I did remove half a star because I was a little disappointed in the number of errors I noticed. I don’t expect perfection but these were glaringly obvious. I enjoyed the journey to love that Stella and John travelled. Their initial meeting was a crack up and there was a sizzling connection from the start. Fall is not an easy read or a light read and I have the puffy eyes to prove it. It was a good read and left me thoroughly satisfied with a big goofy grin on my face. I can’t wait for more in the VIP series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*

    I don’t think I’ve swooned this hard since.....well ever!! Stella Button and John Jax own my fucking heart! This book was PERFECT for me. I did not want it to end. These two characters are so perfect for one another!! Their lonely broken souls are so perfect together. I’m in awe of this perfection! I love stories where the characters are flawed, but doing their best to make it. They’re strong fighters who will persevere no matter what it takes. Stella and John are those types of characters. Each o I don’t think I’ve swooned this hard since.....well ever!! Stella Button and John Jax own my fucking heart! This book was PERFECT for me. I did not want it to end. These two characters are so perfect for one another!! Their lonely broken souls are so perfect together. I’m in awe of this perfection! I love stories where the characters are flawed, but doing their best to make it. They’re strong fighters who will persevere no matter what it takes. Stella and John are those types of characters. Each of them have their own doubts, fears, and worries. They fit like yin and yang. The story is the perfect combination of serious, edgy, and funny. Gah, when she calls him a few of the names she comes up with when they argue, I literally laughed out loud. The writing is flawless! The storyline is perfection. I can’t recommend it enough. You need this in your life! GRABBY HANDS! Full review coming soon... For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    What can I say? Worth the wait and this author always delivers :) If you're into rockstar romance then pick this one up!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    3.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    4.5 stars Fall is the third book in Kristen Callihan’s addictive rock star romance series, VIP, and let’s just say I was more than a little excited to read Jax’s story. Each book in the series is a standalone, but I highly suggest you read the previous books first. Jax has an important back story that alters the dynamics of the band Kill John, and I think you lose some of the impact if you skip those books. I have a huge soft spot for Jax—the lead singer and guitarist in the band—but my heart made 4.5 stars Fall is the third book in Kristen Callihan’s addictive rock star romance series, VIP, and let’s just say I was more than a little excited to read Jax’s story. Each book in the series is a standalone, but I highly suggest you read the previous books first. Jax has an important back story that alters the dynamics of the band Kill John, and I think you lose some of the impact if you skip those books. I have a huge soft spot for Jax—the lead singer and guitarist in the band—but my heart made a nice cushy space for immensely likable Stella “Button”. An almost playful animosity arises between them at first sight and results in begrudging curiosity for both. These two have eerily similar tastes, and I enjoyed how fate laughs at Stella’s determination to avoid Jax by continually crossing their paths. It’s amazing how alone you can feel even while being surrounded by people who care about you. It’s one of the greatest things Jax and Stella have in common. They are both people pleasers who are fiercely independent. Their transition from enemies to friends and eventually lovers is smooth and heartwarming. There is a liberal sprinkling of humor throughout, particularly between the band members. I admire the way the book deals with the subject of mental health in a compassionate, realistic, and relatable way. It avoids clichés and challenges the reader to shake the shame and stigma attached to mental illness. Fall is thought provoking, funny as all get out, sinfully sexy, and simply charming. What a great addition to the series. Recommended for fans of: Rock star romances Mint chocolate chip ice cream Wise neighbors *I received an early version of this book to voluntarily read.*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    This book gave me chills. It made me laugh. I started writing my review at 20%. There was this moment in this book, when Jax brings stella into his life, essentially, and she says yes. And this moment he picks a song that makes me ache every time I hear it. And then the moment where he realizes it’s made so vulnerable, and that vulnerability is such a risk that he has to get out of there and alienate Stella by any means necessary. As someone with depression, I can’t say how familiar that feeling This book gave me chills. It made me laugh. I started writing my review at 20%. There was this moment in this book, when Jax brings stella into his life, essentially, and she says yes. And this moment he picks a song that makes me ache every time I hear it. And then the moment where he realizes it’s made so vulnerable, and that vulnerability is such a risk that he has to get out of there and alienate Stella by any means necessary. As someone with depression, I can’t say how familiar that feeling is that you risked too much of yourself and you regret it. And these types of charming highs, chill-making romance, and relatable lows make this book so glorious. There are so many moments of living with depression that were so realistic and well done—so identifiable. Kristen Callihan took her time on this one. I think she got Jax right. I think with Stella, we were able to understand and admire her heart and compassion. If I have a couple of hang-ups about this book (I do), one is this: there was endless talk about the beauty of the characters. Endless. It got repetitive to the point where the first 40% flowed, but it started pulling me out of the story a bit because the characters stumbled over the beauty of the other so often. Had about 1/4 of this been cut, I would’ve been so happy. My other problem with this was the grifter father. I can’t tell you why, and though I appreciated the story of Stella’s abandonment as a basis for her character development, I did not think the grifter plot line well done. (Though if I’m honest, (view spoiler)[ I was really relieved to see Jax’s choice and then subsequent forgetfulness to not tell Stella not cause a rift between them. That piece felt believable. (hide spoiler)] Kristen Callihan gets a lot of points here dealing with a few heavy plot points-between depression and the fact that it is a chronic condition, to the acute STI dealt with sensitively and realistically. Maturely, if you will. Sure, the speech from Stella there might have been heavy-handed, but it is also essentially what I would tell romance authors (I can think of two in particular) that these diseases can be used with their proper weight and accompanying humor without being the punchline. Ultimately, the book is incredibly satisfying and I was pleased with what felt like a lack of plot contrivances save one. ((view spoiler)[ as mentioned, her father plot line felt oddly out of place and unnecessary (hide spoiler)] Jax and Stella had far enough to come on their own and in a relationship, there was no use driving a wedge between them that wasn’t self-made. One of Stella’s grand gestures (view spoiler)[ upon the break-up, calling Killian (hide spoiler)] definitely made me cry. (view spoiler)[ So why not an unquestioning five? Aside from aforementioned issues with a plot point, and while I can identify with Jax’s panic and subsequent alienation of Stella, it didn’t feel as genuine as I’d expect. I don’t know why. I got it, I did. I just struggled with seeing what I feel is the ‘you don’t know how great you are, you deserve more so we’re done’ in a book that shows us a charismatic, funny, lovely couple whose hero is also a suicide survivor that lives with depression. In other words, the hero wasn’t angsty and broody. I just thought that piece could have been more original somehow. As of writing this though, I’m reminded of the resolution between Jax and Killian-and how in Killian’s book it was all about him. We get to see the other side here, with Stella telling him his feelings about the way his friends dealt with him were valid too. (hide spoiler)] Maybe, upon reread, I’ll bump this up. Maybe I won’t. For now, though, it’s a really solid 4

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    ★5 STARS★ Jax Blackwood may be a member of one of the generation’s greatest rock bands but Stella Grey is much too focused on nabbing the last tub of mint-chocolate chip to recognise who he is. If anything his stalkerish supermarket etiquette would see her reach for her pepper spray before a pen for an autograph. To be fair she can be forgiven for not placing him, a blizzard is about to hit and she’s in a rush to cat sit in plush dwellings for some new rich clients. Off the bat it has to be sai ★5 STARS★ Jax Blackwood may be a member of one of the generation’s greatest rock bands but Stella Grey is much too focused on nabbing the last tub of mint-chocolate chip to recognise who he is. If anything his stalkerish supermarket etiquette would see her reach for her pepper spray before a pen for an autograph. To be fair she can be forgiven for not placing him, a blizzard is about to hit and she’s in a rush to cat sit in plush dwellings for some new rich clients. Off the bat it has to be said Stella is one of those characters who demand (albeit quietly) that you instantly fall in love with her. She’s been through so much but still manages to be extremely empathetic and generous, and I really enjoyed her strength & spunky attitude to life. Just as she’s patting herself on the back for the sweet gig she’s landed she’s interrupted by temporary neighbours loud guitar solo. What some might call serendipity is more expletive filled when she realises her neighbour is none other than the supermarket weirdo. Once again it’s an incredibly fun exchange and here the penny finally drops. Jax’s recent troubles made headlines around the world and he enjoyed the anonymity he had with his little hostile ice-cream thief. Rather than fawn she rally’s herself and treats him like the neighbour from hell he is. She’s refreshing and a distraction from the events that have forced him to revaluate some aspects of his life. Along with the jovial upbeat friendship that forms between them are some serious themes that run through the tread of this book. It explores depression, loneliness and suicide, and I was really touched by Callihan’s handling in her writing. What presented itself as a rock n roll romance blossomed into a novel with unassuming depth and a world of emotion. I was touched by not only the struggles of both Jax and Stella, but by the author’s ability to draw on my own self-reflection and self-care.  

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kindling Micky

    I was pretty much obsessed with this book from the first few pages and honestly, my enthusiasm didn’t once waiver till the last page. Kristen Callihan already ‘had me’ with this series but now she ‘really has me’. John ‘Jax’ Blackwood, well I remember him from book one and it wasn’t a good remembered...but that was through the anger of Killan’s eyes. Two years on, John is existing in a world of numb until a chance grocery encounter with Stella. John, the lead singer, the dual talent of Kill John. I was pretty much obsessed with this book from the first few pages and honestly, my enthusiasm didn’t once waiver till the last page. Kristen Callihan already ‘had me’ with this series but now she ‘really has me’. John ‘Jax’ Blackwood, well I remember him from book one and it wasn’t a good remembered...but that was through the anger of Killan’s eyes. Two years on, John is existing in a world of numb until a chance grocery encounter with Stella. John, the lead singer, the dual talent of Kill John. “Tonight, I’m buying groceries before the storm hits. I like the normality of it. All that is shattered now as I stand, gaping in the direction my kissing bandit has fled.” You seriously need to read this to find out all about the kissing bandit. Stella and John are all serendipitous encounters in such a believable way. I literally hung onto the pages hoping for one of these lost causes to give one another the chance of friendship. There’s friendship and then there’s slow, slow burn of chemistry, so slow, so burning. There’s a realistic, no-pedestal banter between these two. Their fun mouths and their dirty mouths are rather entertaining. “Be with me. Let’s fall together, Button.” This whole tale is told with a backdrop of ongoing mental illness, the kind that invades and retreats, the kind that one experiencing it, has to live with. This own-voices depiction was tangible and relevant. I identified this journey as similar to a family member and I appreciated every word that Kristen Callihan wrote regarding this. Not once did the characters depict ‘and then everything was okay’. Bravo, KC, bravo. I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

    ****AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW*** 5 Mint Thief CROWNS Words evade me for this review. Is it a romance? It is. Is it filled with steam and chemistry? Yes. Slow burn, but yes. I truly feel, though, that the romance is so woven into the examination of mental health that it becomes a story that the romance almost becomes secondary to it all. To avoid spoilers, let’s just say that Jax struggles with mental health. The way Kristen Callihan depicts his struggles reads authentically . She shows not only ****AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW*** 5 Mint Thief CROWNS Words evade me for this review. Is it a romance? It is. Is it filled with steam and chemistry? Yes. Slow burn, but yes. I truly feel, though, that the romance is so woven into the examination of mental health that it becomes a story that the romance almost becomes secondary to it all. To avoid spoilers, let’s just say that Jax struggles with mental health. The way Kristen Callihan depicts his struggles reads authentically . She shows not only the ups and downs but also the shame and guilt that comes with it. She exemplifies the fear and the anxiety and everything that goes into it. His counterpart, Stella, has her own insecurities about being alone, and their loneliness calls to one another. Now is this story all about mental health and insecurities? No. There are many moments of joy, of happiness, and of fun. Callihan gives us moments with the band where we get to see family and camaraderie. We get the slow burn build up between Jax and Stella with wonderful banter. We get to see real love bloom through acceptance and understanding. Jax and Stella are real, a true look of what love is like or should be like, finding perfection in the imperfect. Fall is everything I could have wanted from this book. Jax got the story he deserved. The way Callihan wrote made my heart break and my brain gain a better understanding of an illness I have no experience with. It is didactic and romantic. The way she twists these two components together makes it worthy of all the CROWNS. ARC RECEIVED in exchange for an honest review

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Fall Series: VIP #3 Author: Kristen Callihan Release date: October 23, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] I want to pull her into me and hide her away from the world, from anything that could ever hurt her. But I know that won’t work. We can’t protect the ones we love; we can only let them know we’ll be there to pick them up when they fall. The anticipation for this book started probably at book one of this series, and it grew to massive levels since then. I have a weakn Title: Fall Series: VIP #3 Author: Kristen Callihan Release date: October 23, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] I want to pull her into me and hide her away from the world, from anything that could ever hurt her. But I know that won’t work. We can’t protect the ones we love; we can only let them know we’ll be there to pick them up when they fall. The anticipation for this book started probably at book one of this series, and it grew to massive levels since then. I have a weakness for the tortured hero, and boy does Jax fit that bill. With the build up of expectations, this could have easily gone pretty badly, but once again, Callihan has managed to meet every hope I had for the character. With some very heavy themes of depression and suicide, the story manages to avoid falling into a dark hole of unbearable angst. It doesn't deviate from the humor she's known for. The topics are handled and explored with sensitivity, while maintaining the light banter and snark in between. It's a well-balanced tone that made this pretty lengthy page count feel effortless to read. I breezed through it in less than 24 hours, and never felt a moment of boredom. Fall starts you off with Stella's hilariously snarky inner dialogue, and segues you into a very entertaining showdown with Jax over "The Mint Chip" ice cream. It was a true Dirty Harry moment, with Stella going squinty eyed and pretty much daring him to make her day. When it's late at night, a blizzard is coming, and you're trying to stock up on sugary necessities, you don't act so ungallantly. Okay, he may have reached the carton first. Details, schmetails. (I'm making that a word, hush) This becomes a bit of an inside joke between them for the rest of the book, with both of them accusing the other of being the unrepentant thief. Jax and Stella's playful teasing created the most provocative energy that sizzled off of the pages. They start out as sort of frenemies, and evolve into a tentative friendship until they're ready to put their shaky trust to the test. Why does this feel so good? Just this. I need to find a way to hold onto this feeling, to keep it safe. I have no idea how to do that. It feels essential that I learn. Both Jax and Stella are cautious for their own reasons. Jax's state of mind is the furthest away from contemplating a relationship it could be. Still coming to terms with the ramifications of how his suicide attempt affected his own life, as well as the rest of the band, he's also firm on being celibate for a good while. Stella has abandonment and trust issues from her sociopathic father. (Side note: be prepared to hate this guy, because he's nothing but human filth.) Neither of them are prepared for getting hit with such an overwhelming attraction. So they take things slowly, until they feel comfortable enough to give the promise of what they could be a chance. To take a risk on falling. I'm so glad that Callihan decided to have them enter into this cautiously, because anything less would have been insensitive to Jax's current mental health. They had that time to get to know one another, faults and all, instead of their lust driving the relationship forward. Which made me believe in the rightness of the two of them even more. She is fresh and new, comfortable and timeless, like one of my best songs, played an entirely different way. Jax never tries to hide his low self-esteem, his battle with depression, or any of the mistakes he's made. He mans up to every one of them, and lays everything out on the table for inspection. He's forgetful, impulsive, puts his foot in his mouth regularly, and sometimes it's a struggle to forgive himself for the pain he put his best friends through. Stella accepts every piece of him, and I think appreciates his transparency the most. She never has to wonder where she's at with him. Even though Stella is a pretty confident woman, she does see herself as being "average" and unremarkable. She doesn't quite get why a famous guy who can get anyone he wants at the crook of a finger would choose her. Not at any point does she allow that insecurity to let Jax get away with anything, which is one reason why I fell in love with her. Her life experiences could have led her to be a doormat in order to try to hold onto Jax and please him. She's strong when she needs to be, and doesn't fall into that trap. She's also such a sensitive and caring person in spite of the extreme hardships she's had to endure. Instead of becoming bitter or cold, it only makes her more determined to succeed. Her sunny personality and optimism was like a beacon of light as he fought his way out of the darkness. She showed him a new way to look at the world and his own situation, and he gave that back to her in return. Inevitably, something happens to spook Jax, though I can't say that it was unexpected. It wasn't a matter of IF, but WHEN he would shatter the peace they found together. And shatter it, he did. Spectacularly. It didn't feel like unnecessary drama, because it was a realistic reaction to the fears he was trying to overcome. It wasn't dragged out too long, and I didn't have an issue forgiving him. What more can I say about this story? It has all of the usual key selling points: witty dialogue that makes you laugh out loud, nuclear heat created by sexual tension, and secondary characters that you equally love to spend more time with. And can I just say, KC is an evil genius when it comes to rousing your curiosity for the next couple. Every time she teases what's to come, you're left intrigued and impatient for more. Fall was an excellent addition to the series. If you loved the others, you will definitely not be disappointed. He’s looking up at me, and I feel like candy. That’s what John does to me, turns plain and practical Stella Grey into something rich and decadent. I’m no longer wholly myself, but somehow entirely his. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shayna

    “Be with me. Let’s fall together.” This is the first book I’ve read in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series and I LOVED IT! I’m not brand new to Ms. Callihan’s writing having devoured her amazing Game On series, but Jax and Stella’s story hit home for me on so many levels. It’s intense, sexy, and emotional, but there is also humor, quick-witted banter, and a great sense of family laced throughout. There were some scenes that I couldn’t help but to get incredibly emotional. I love connecting with chara “Be with me. Let’s fall together.” This is the first book I’ve read in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series and I LOVED IT! I’m not brand new to Ms. Callihan’s writing having devoured her amazing Game On series, but Jax and Stella’s story hit home for me on so many levels. It’s intense, sexy, and emotional, but there is also humor, quick-witted banter, and a great sense of family laced throughout. There were some scenes that I couldn’t help but to get incredibly emotional. I love connecting with characters on such a base level. They are genuine, real, and raw and Kristen’s impeccable writing makes you feel like you are in the same room with them…feeling their pains, feeling their triumphs. It just reminds me why I love reading romance…why I love the escape that it brings me. Fall was a GREAT read. It was a one-sitting story that I couldn’t put down, with characters that I will never forget. This is a contemporary adult romance that can be read as standalone. But now that I’ve met Libby, Killian, Gabriel, and Sophie…I MUST grab the first two books in the series! Trust me when I say that this is one binge-worthy romance series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    I loved so much the first two books 😍

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katy Loves Romance ❤️

    5 Button Stars***** I have to say Rockstar romances are my go to guilty pleasure reads, I just LURRRVEE them!! Add that with Kristen’s writing and you’ve got me hooked, I am all in with this series it just keeps getting better. And this story is Jax’s I have been intrigued by his character whilst reading past books and so it was good to be in his head... So where do I start? Jax aka ‘John’ is the lead Singer to his band, if you’ve read previous books you understand that he deals with depression 5 Button Stars***** I have to say Rockstar romances are my go to guilty pleasure reads, I just LURRRVEE them!! Add that with Kristen’s writing and you’ve got me hooked, I am all in with this series it just keeps getting better. And this story is Jax’s I have been intrigued by his character whilst reading past books and so it was good to be in his head... So where do I start? Jax aka ‘John’ is the lead Singer to his band, if you’ve read previous books you understand that he deals with depression which is a bit of a taboo subject for some, but here I think Kristen deals with it in a true, real and loving way. At the beginning John is out looking for icecream and bumps into Stella whom steals his icecream haha well in a kind of fun sexual chemistry kind of way.. they part ways and find out later that they are indeed neighbours and there becomes a gradual unlikely friendship.. one that neither think they need but they do. ”Stella Button, the moment you ripped that ice cream out of my hand, you knocked me off-balance. All I could do was fall.” Ok I’m stopping there with the plot but what I will tell you is that in this book Kristen deals with mental health and I for one really appreciated how she tackled it. John is raw, passionate about the people he loves and about music and all things that are connected to that. With that comes his lows and then his highs gah I LOVED him soooo much.. Then there’s Stella the girls who I’d say is somewhat lonely and needed an unlikely friend, I truly believe we have people come into our lives for a purpose I really think that’s the case here. I loved how their relationship unfolded and how they became MORE. I just love love love this series.. gorgeous, gorgeous characters, it is not just about rock stars but about love, friendships and a family unit. This is an interconnected series so you can definitely read this as a stand-alone but still I’d recommend reading the other 2 that are already out.. Enjoy Xo ARC generously gifted in exchange for a honest review For more reviews and blog posts

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Contemporary Romance Libro 3 (standalone) della serie ‘VIP’ 4.5 stars ”I was standing there, looking at her, and she became. I couldn’t... I couldn’t think. Everything simply.. tilted. The world tilted, and there she was.” Dopo svariati giorni ho finito questo viaggio. Non la chiamo una semplice lettura, perchè non credo possa essere definita tale. “Fall” è stata anche la mia caduta. Ho riso, ho sofferto, dovevo spesso chiudere il reader e pensare. Mi sono immedesimata tanto in John, il p Contemporary Romance Libro 3 (standalone) della serie ‘VIP’ 4.5 stars ”I was standing there, looking at her, and she became. I couldn’t... I couldn’t think. Everything simply.. tilted. The world tilted, and there she was.” Dopo svariati giorni ho finito questo viaggio. Non la chiamo una semplice lettura, perchè non credo possa essere definita tale. “Fall” è stata anche la mia caduta. Ho riso, ho sofferto, dovevo spesso chiudere il reader e pensare. Mi sono immedesimata tanto in John, il protagonista che ho tanto adorato e di cui mi sono innamorata, perchè con i suoi problemi ha risvegliato un lato di me a cui non voglio pensare. John conosce Stella al supermercato, una tempesta è in arrivo a New York e la gente corre a fare scorte di cibo. John ha la brillante idea di prendere il gelato alla menta e cioccolato, l’ultimo sullo scaffale, e Stella non puo assolutamente accettarlo. In un primo momento non lo riconosce, non capisce che lui è il fantastico Jax, cantante e chitarrista della famosissima band Kill John. Lo bacia e gli ruba il gelato, poi se ne va. Ma si ritrovano vicini di casa. In primis nasce un amicizia bellissima, ed essendo uno slow burn ci vuole tanto per arrivare a qualcosa di concreto come un bacio, si sviluppa tutto verso la fine del libro, ma ne è valsa la pena. Stella non ha avuto una vita facile, abbandonata da tutti, sempre sola, non si fida di nessuno, ma trova in John un amico e un confidente. Mentre John, dopo aver tentato il suicidio e con la depressione ancora in corso, non vuole pensarci nemmeno a impegnarsi con qualcuno. Non in modo serio. È il primo libro di Kristen Callihan che leggo, ho scelto il più lungo ahimè, ma sono contenta. In certi punti non è stato facile avere il sangue freddo come al solito, vedere John a letto per giorni.. è stata dura. E nonostante inizialmente non avevo molta simpatia per Stella e trovassi davvero assurdo il suo “lavoro” (perchè non si puo definire tale), li ho trovati uno il complementare dell’altro, e arrivata alla fine ho tirato un sospiro di sollievo e ho chiuso la lettura con un sorriso. ”...All I could do, was fall.” – Si puo leggere tranquillamente come standalone, dato che ogni libro della serie VIP ha come protagonista uno dei membri della band. –

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