MANAGED by Kristen Callihan – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Scottie really intrigued me from the first book. I need more from him.

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

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JENN’S REVIEW

I am going to be perfectly honest. I am one of the few that wasn’t crazy about Idol. I will admit, I am not a fan of the rock star troupe, and only read it because Kristen Callihan’s Game On series is one of my top favorites. Sadly, it didn’t really work for me, but I’m so glad I read it because it introduced me to Gabriel Scott. The quiet, broody, bossy guy, standing off the side, while his friends and clients bask in the spotlight, is my kind of man. So to say I was looking forward to Scottie’s book is an understatement. I was hesitant, but, boy, was I ever rewarded.

Managed was everything I wanted it to be, and it started off with a bang. I was completely invested in Sophie and Gabriel’s relationship from the moment he was pissed off she was in his seat. I knew she was the kind of girl to get under his skin in just the right way. Just any old girl would not do for our favorite manager. He needed someone who would challenge him. Someone who didn’t put up with his ornery personality. He needed someone who would stay strong, when he was hell bent on pushing them away. He found all of that in Sophie.

Man, I loved Sophie. I really did. I felt a connection to her instantly. She could have backed down from Gabriel’s fierce stare and nasty words, but she didn’t, and I fell in love with her right then and there. In a way, I think Gabriel did too. Sophie brings a lot of baggage with her, and is connected to the band in a way that will knock them all on their collective asses.

The writing was outstanding. The supporting cast provided a lot of hysterical banter and laugh out loud moments. It was great balance to the more subdued, swoony moments between Sophie and Gabriel. I was engaged from the first word until the very last. In fact, I didn’t want it to end, and that’s pretty rare for me. This book is on the longer side, and many times with a longer story, I find myself begging them to wrap it up. Not this time. I could have spent the next six months inside Sophie and Gabriel’s heads, and been very happy there.

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