My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.
Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.
Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate
A tall drink of WOW with a slice of awesome-cake. Callum & Harper is one you definitely need to move to the top of your TBR pile. Like right now!!! Seriously, I'll wait...
Where was I? Oh yes Callum & Harper. To be honest, I didn't like the book at first. WHAT!?!? Yup, I thought the relationship was happening too quick. The whole instant attraction, I love you, your the one eventhough we just met is not my style. I really thought that was the direction Fisher Amelie was going here, but I was wrong. Big, fat jump to conclusiony (new word) WRONG! Since you're able to see both of their POV's, you do experience their instant attraction in kind of a love at first sight sort of way, but they don't jump into bed together or profess their undying love. They actually become friends first and stay that way allowing true love to actually develop.
Callum is definitely Harper's knight in shining goodwill armor. From the second he meets her, his whole existence is dedicated to taking care of Harper, being there for her in every possibly way. They endure so much together. Seriously, these two could not catch a break. They were beaten beyond recognition by the misfortune stick! I kept expecting one of them to fall in a manhole (fun word) or have a piano drop out of the sky, but no matter what happened they got through it together.
Now I'm going to jump on my soap box for just a second. Maybe not actually jump on it, but sit for a bit. Some reviewers are doing a little ranting about the fact that it's so unbelievable for these two to be in love, live together, and never confess those feelings or do the deed. Anyone who has ever had a best guy friend whom you've loved and eventually became in love with knows that it's totally and completely possible. You love someone so much that the insane fear of losing them by expressing your feelings keeps things hidden safely inside. You love them too much to risk losing them. How many couples do you know that where best friends for many years before dating or taking the next step. Hmmmmmm? I rest my case.
I loved so much about this book, inparticularly the mixing of genres. I was reading along enjoying this great contemporary romance when all of the sudden the book jumped up and yelled, "Surprise!! I'm also a suspense/thriller." I admit that sometimes the plot did get a little too far out there, but it's fiction so its suppose to push the limits of realism. I also loved the alternating POV's which alot of authors can't pull off. In fact, I crown Fisher Amelie queen of the alternating POV except you don't get a crown; okay maybe a metaphorical one :-)
I adore the romance in this book. Having the love of your life repeatedly come to your rescue never gets old. That scene towards the end when she just gets out of you know where and Callum had to help her with you know what; I died!! That scene melted my heart. It was so tender, romantic, and hell I'm going to have to go get a thesaurus because I've run out of words. Just go read it!!! Thank me later :-)
This book is "new adult" or for the older YA reader
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