Synopsis: Callie wanted to be invisible. But when she steps in to save Kayden from his father, she makes herself very visible. Kayden can’t stop thinking about the girl who saved his life. And when he runs into her on the college campus, he can’t let her get away a second time.
Sorensen’s novel (the first in a series of connecting books, characters) introduces Callie and Kayden, two very damaged people not looking for someone to love. But they find that they can’t stay away from each other. Callie must learn to trust Kayden and Kayden must learn to put his demons aside for the women he just might love.
Thoughts: I finished this book in a little under 5 hours. What does that tell you?
I loved it. And if my track record is any indication, it’s obvious why. The main characters are broken. Callie from being raped when she was 12 years old; Kayden from physical abuse suffered at the hand of his father since he was 7. Callie’s afraid of Kayden and what he represents – the fact that she could be worthy of love. Kayden finds he can’t let go of Callie, even if he’s not right for her. The story intermingles this tug-of-war pretty nicely.
While there can be the danger with writing rape victims, Sorensen lets Callie open up. She’s scared, yes. But it’s also believable that she has to go through steps to trust Kayden and that he won’t hurt her. She fights with her feelings (emotions, desires) even when she does give into Kayden and being with him. I really liked how she was written.
Kayden is just…tragic. I want to fix him. And hug him. That is all.
The ending…Well, let’s just say I hate cliffhangers. And I really despised the ending! (However, it was the only thing I didn’t like.) I’m also hoping that Sorensen explains exactly what happened between the last of Kayden’s narrative and the last of Callie’s (when she finds him), because while it’s sort of obvious, it’s also a little confusing. I also think maybe I overanalyze/overthink these things, too. (Sorry for vagueness, I don’t want to spoil!!)
Sorensen’s a solid writer. I really got into her story and loved her style. I’ll definitely read other books by her.
I would definitely recommend this to any New Adult fans. Or romance fans. Or any kind of fan that likes a good love story. I’ve been dying to read THE REDEMPTION OF CALLIE & KAYDEN, but with the print version available on February 11, I’m making myself wait. (eBook is available now, but the reviews are pretty bad with concerns to editing.)
Sidenote: Sorensen just revealed the cover for THE RESOLUTION OF CALLIE & KAYDEN on her Facebook!
Recommended If You Liked…J. Lynn’s WAIT FOR YOU/TRUST IN ME
Rating… 9.8/10 stars