Exposed by Kristen Callihan _ Book Review

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There are some people in life who know exactly how to push your buttons. For me, it’s Rye Peterson. We can’t spend more than ten minutes together before we’re at each other’s throats, which makes working together that much harder. Rye is the bassist for Kill John, the biggest rock band in the world, and I am his publicist. It doesn’t help that the man is gorgeous, funny, talented, and…never takes anything seriously. Avoidance is key.

But everything changes when he overhears something he shouldn’t: a confession made in a moment of weakness. Now the man I’ve tried so hard to ignore is offering me the greatest temptation of all—him.

Rye

Brenna James is the one. The one I can’t have. The one I can’t get out of my mind. Believe me, I’ve tried; the woman loathes me. I managed well enough—until I heard her say she’s as lonely as I am. That she needed to be touched, held, satisfied. And I could no longer deny the truth: I wanted to be the one to give her what she craved.

I convinced her that it would just be sex, mutual satisfaction with nothing deeper. But the moment I have her, she becomes my world. I’ve never given her a good reason to trust me before. Now, I’ve got to show Brenna that we’re so much better together than we ever were apart.

Things are going to get messy. But getting messy with Brenna is what I do best.
 

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Exposed by Kristen Callihan is the fourth book in the VIP series. Brenna James is a PR master keeping the boys of Kill John in line while living her best life in a pair of high heel shoes. The only issue she secretly struggles with is missing the intimacy of good sex with a reliable partner. She is overheard by her frenemy Rye who decides he must fill the role of her ideal sexual partner. What starts out as an agreement with strict rules gets muddled as both parties start to grow attached but fear what it will do to not only them but the band they both consider family. 

Brenna James is a strong confident woman who is not afraid to say she wants someone who knows her body to bring her pleasure she can’t achieve alone. She is not looking for a relationship but ends up unintentionally falling into one with Rye. Their agreement is anything but simple as she lays out rules but struggles to follow them as her heart encourages her to spend more time with Rye and grows ever more attached. She is afraid she is not enough for him and that is such a relatable feeling for any reader. She trips up a few times as Rye chooses to open the doors to more with her and she struggles to walk through. Their chemistry is off the charts as you would expect from all the tension building in the earlier books between them. It is fireworks and leaves you fanning yourself. 

God, it lights me up, laughing with him. I breathe him in, soak up his heat, his strength. I never want to leave this moment;”

Rye is the joker of Kill John and is known for his light hearted approach to life. He is smitten with Brenna from the start and finds the sex-only relationship as his in to finally get close to her. What he doesn’t realize is that the restrictive nature of their agreement hurts him soul deep. He struggles to not overstep when all he wants to is hold on to her and not let go. He uses his sweetness and charm to make Brenna smile and his intense need to bring her pleasure so all you can do is cheer on this sweet cinnamon roll of a bassist as he breaks down the walls Brenna put up around her heart. 

But she’s finally let me in. And I’m going to take the chance, for however brief it might be. Even if I crash and burn and don’t survive the wreck. Because I can’t do anything less and still comfortably breathe.”

This story picks up after three members of Kill John have found their unique and ideal partners. Brenna and Rye have been circling around each other and finally crash in this story. This book is just as much about Brenna and Rye finding themselves at a crossroad in their careers as much as with their budding relationship. With the never wavering support of Killian, John, Gabriel, Whip, Libby, Sophie, Stella and even baby Felix you see how a found family can be even more important than blood. 

Everything worth having is a risk.” 

5 stars for an emotionally driven story of two characters finally finding their way to happily ever after together. 

 
 
—Written by Katie—-

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