August 3. 2013
The Redemption of Callie & Kayden (#2)
by: Jessica Sorensen
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he's facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he'll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they're together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.
Finally the long awaited sequel is here. I know I read The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden when it first released. To say I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this one is a huge understatement. Now that it’s here I must admit I may have hyped it up a bit more than it was. I was not as impressed by this one as I was with book one. In fact my hugest concern was how similar some of the plot points were to other novels I’ve read. I kept saying, “didn’t I just read this somewhere else,” and it seems I did.
“Kayden is like me in so many ways. He’ll hide it inside himself until he breaks. And if her breaks, I might not make it to him in time.”-Callie
We know from book one that both Callie and Kayden have issues they keep locked behind closed doors. In order to be together the two must overcome and deal with their issues. That’s what I felt the book was really all about. Kayden has to delve to the heart of his pain and pick up the pieces of himself that his father keeps breaking off. This is where things got tricky for me. Kayden seemed like a different character this time around. His mindset was all over the place and I couldn’t help but viewing him as the before and after Kayden. It helped that both Kayden and Callie’s POV’s were told as I don’t think Kayden’s journey is something Callie could have portrayed or understand as he did since she had her own issues to tackle.
“I need to save him and myself and make us happy together.” – Callie
Callie continued to impress me. Not only was she self-dealing with her issues, she provided an impregnable wall of support for Kayden even when he tried pushing her away. I thought she was much stronger than him in this book and her unwavering support served as a backbone and gave Kayden what no one in his family could or even tried to do.
Overall I was hoping for more. The story was great and even with similar plot points to other novels I enjoyed it. Definitely looking forward to the continuation fo their story and to see how things turn out for Violet and Luke. (I cannot wait to see Luke take on Violet – “She’s kind of a scary chick, with studs on her clothes and one in her nose. She wears a lot of black and she always has this look on her face like she’s about to start a fight.”-Kayden. Seems Violets a bit of a wild child and Luke, like everyone else, has more than enough to handle but I can’t wait to see how he takes on Callie’s outlandish and oversexed roommate.