I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved everything about this book! It was the perfect fit for me! don't you just love it when that happens?
While I was reading I experienced all of the feelings that remind me why I love to read. I found myself rushing to get back to it whenever I was doing something else, and I became momentarily depressed when I noticed that I was halfway through because that meant that it would be over too soon. I'm so glad that it's a series! I want to have as much time with this story and it's characters as possible.
Usually when I read a romance, I find myself getting bored when the story focuses on anything other than the Hero and Heroine for more than ten pages. If it's not about their relationship, I tune out. The other storylines just aren't important to me, and I start to get that antsy "just get to the good part" feeling. I never got the chance to get antsy with this story!
Cali is my new favorite romantic novel heroine! I tend to get annoyed with the woman in romantic novels at least once while I'm reading, but that never happened with Cali. I was always on her side and even if I didn't agree with her choices I understood why she was doing what she was doing. She grew up very sheltered from the world, and when she moves in with her aunt after her parents death, she experiences a lot of things for the first time. She also has an amazing ability that involves seeing emotions. The author does such a great job of developing this ability, and if I tried to describe it, I wouldn't be able to do it justice so you'll just have to pick up a copy if you want to find out more. ;)
In an attempt to protect her, Cali's parents brought her up in a very secluded environment and never allowed her contact with the outside world. Even though they were being hunted down like animals and suffered from the side effects of the experiments that they were subjected to before she was born, Cali's parents worked hard to provide her with a loving home and mad sure that she was very well-educated They taught their daughter how to survive, and gave her what I consider to be a priceless gift by opening her up to the world of books and art. Cali may have been innocent, but she was never naive, and I give her parents full credit for that. They did the best they could in a terrible situation, and their best was responsible for raising an amazing child.
I would say that this book is a light read, but sometimes it felt like Cali couldn't catch a break. Not only was she being chased down by an evil scientist and his thugs, but she was afraid to go home most of the time and face the predatory creep that lived with her aunt. Cali is a girl who knows how to take care of herself, and that's what keeps the book from becoming depressing. Every time I found myself wishing that Cal would show up and rescue her, she would surprise the heck out of me and save herself! I love that!
Cal was such a great hero! He started out as a jerk, but that was until he met Cali/Cal ( I love how they have the same nickname!). Once we get to know him, we find out that Cal isn't quite what he seems. He was very lonely and bored before he met Cali; sleeping around and occasionally engaging in criminal activities was the only life he knew. Meeting Cali doesn't turn him into a different person; it wakes him up and helps him find out who he wants to be. He actually has to put forth some effort, because he know she won't have him any other way. From the beginning, Cali accepts him for who he is, but she wasn't willing to put up with his crap either. When faced with the choice of either growing up or being placed in the friend zone, Cal grows up over night. ;)
Whenever Call and Cali were together, sparks flew! I adored how much they cared for one another. Cali had some insecurities about Cal and how experienced he was, but she never let those insecurities get her down. When she had those moments where she questioned what type of feelings he had for her, she decided that being friends with him was going to have to be enough. The girl had standards, and she stuck with them!
Cal was actually more insecure than Cali. He felt like he wasn't good enough for her because of his past, and that caused him to overcompensate by placing Cali in the "do not touch" category. He drove me crazy with that, but I also loved the suspense!
You know that scene in The Little Mermaid when they're trying to get the prince to kiss her and break the spell, and they keep almost kissing? Tell me that scene doesn't make you smile and want to pull your hair out at the same time?! When the prince FINALLY "Kissed the Girl" at the end of that movie, it meant so much more because he earned it.
That's what Cal is determined to do. He refuses to even kiss Cali until he earns it. He needs to know that he will treat her with the respect that she deserves before he will attempt to take things to the next level.
If you're one of those people (like me) who hates reading a romance where the main characters don't get together till the end, don't worry. You will get plenty of adorable moments with them as a couple, but I suggest that you enjoy everything that leads up to them getting together. Those almost kisses were just as romantic and sweet, as the many actual kisses that they share later.
I smiled constantly while reading this, and I dare you not to fall head over heels for the two Cals and their love story! If you're in the mood for an overdose of cute, an interesting adventure, and some fantastic characters then I suggest you...
READ! THIS! NOW! :D
This book is very clean, but there are some mentions of sex and a few "fade to black" love scenes.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)