July 31, 2013
by: Jessica Sorensen
Blurb ~ There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.
Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.
For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.
Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.
Even reading this book a second time proved amazing. Knowing what to expect and what was going to happen did not take away any of the oncoming awesomeness. As a known sucker for abuse stories this one was everything I wanted and more.
Callie had a tough childhood. Growing up and going to high school was a horrific experience for her, often being ridiculed, bullied and made fun of for her appearance and behavior. The sad thing about teenagers is they never look behind the layers of dark clothing to the hurt girl hiding behind them. At a young age Callie experiences something horrific and from then on she hides herself in her own personal hell. Graduating and going off to college is all she wants. Freedom from her past and a chance to start anew with the help of distance and new friends.
Kayden went to high school with Callie but the two were worlds apart. Kayden comes from a prominent family, known around town and played football, which of course brought a slew of popularity. Unbeknownst to everyone this is not what Kayden cares about, instead his father pushes him to achieve ONLY greatness, often times with his fists. Kayden just takes it and doesn’t fight back. In ways, college provides the same distance that Callie craves and appreciates.
When Kayden notices Callie his ‘life’ begins to change. He doesn’t want to be under his father’s thumb anymore and even ditches the blonde bimbo also known as his high school girlfriend who was one of Callie’s main tormentors. Callie is hesitant to start anything but the two connect easily like ying and yang, as corny as that sounds. Both are trying to escape their pasts and Callie had an inside look into Kayden’s life, witnessing a brutal encounter between him and his father at his graduation party. Callie does not question, judge or condemn Kayden, she just helps. Both Callie and Kayden hold their grielf and pain inside often hurting themselves to rid themselves of the darkness.
Together they are strong but the past always has a way of wreaking havoc on the present. As their relationship blossoms, Kayden is feeling more pressure from home and a big show-down with his father happens. I warn you that this has a cliff-hanger that will rip your insides out and leave them in the blistering sun, but with The Redemption of Callie & Kayden your suffering can be easily remedied by picking up the book. I highly recommend this series. It had everything from a blistering romance to a harrowing past that both Callie and Kayden have to face both separately and together uniting them and making them stronger than ever.