Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #2)
The Redemption of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence #2) by Jessica Sorensen
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.
Publishes in US: August 6th 2013 by Sphere
Genre: NA Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes. 2nd in Coincidence series.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)
My review HERE
The Destiny of Violet and Luke (The Coincidence, #3)
January 7th 2014 by Forever
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    I was so glad when I got approved for this book because the last one left off at this oh my god, I can't believe what just happened, please tell me that was a dream, what the f*ck, I NEED TO KNOW what happens moment. 
    The beginning doesn't really lay out all of those answers at once, but we do get some of them, and then the drama and suspense quickly starts up in this one, having me itching to know answers, but also savoring the character development in that moment, and getting glimpses into the souls of Callie and Kayden. Their fears, insecurities, their emotions, and trying to sort out what they feel, and how and if redemption and healing is possible. 
    We also get to see more of the friendship with Callie and Seth, which I love. Their banter, easy trust and conversations, as well as the hard questions he poses, and how he tries to push Callie toward that healing and redemption that she so needs and wants in her life. 
     Luke is also back in the picture, and I like him more and more every scene he is in. His easy acceptance of Callie, how he cares about her as a friend, and I want to know about his intensity, his accepting nature towards Seth, and what turned him into this cool person he is. 
    It is so hard to watch Kayden hiding. He thinks that Callie deserves better than him after her seeing him like that and knowing the truth about some of his darkest personal secrets. Callie is so brave though in standing up to him and not letting him get away. It is really intense moments, and I love those glimpses when his self control slips and we get to see the passion and how much they love each other, but then it is all the harder when thought returns to him and he once again is misguidingly trying to protect her from himself. 
    There were some really hot moments, deep conversations, and two very brave and determined people. To leave their past behind them, and to somehow find hope, healing and redemption. 
     I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, and that the recovery wasn't quite as realistic as I think it would be in real life, but it was still extremely emotional and touching. It made me want to cry, and jump for joy. And oh the epilogue, it opened the door for more to go on in this world and still to give the ending that I wanted for Callie and Kayden. I can't wait to learn about Violet and see more about Luke in the 3rd book as well as more details about what Callie's brother told her at the end. 

Bottom Line: Heart wrenching but swoon worthy followup with Callie and Kayden.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever beaten someone up?

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  1. Sounds like I really need to get busy and read these books! I'm glad the second one was great too!

  2. The author name sounds so books? Must check

  3. I only read Ella & Micha, but I totally enjoyed that so I've been meaning to give this series a chance too. I see nothing but praise around. Too bad about the rushed ending, but it's a minor thing, all things considered.

  4. LOL yeah, it's such a relief to have the second book of a series when the first ends on a cliffhanger. happy this one was good too.

  5. I'm in desperate need of a book that will break this NA course I seem to have. I've got the feeling that this is the one. Great review Brandi :)

  6. I do need to read this sequel and find out what happens after the last ones cliffhanger!

  7. The ending of the first book was brutal! I'm glad this did not disappoint you, Brandi. I love a great epilogue. Great review!

  8. that's great you loved this one as much as the first! Sounds intense, but great.

  9. I had no idea there was a sequel! Of course, I didn't read the first book yet so maybe that's why! Your review makes me even more excited to start this series!

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  10. Ooooh!! I LOVE THE SOUND OF KAYDEN:) I can't wait to start this series. So happy you liked the second book, Brandi:)

  11. I've been wanting to check out this series, but the Author :) I've only read one other book by her and enjoyed it! Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  12. Squee..i loved book one and this is in my tbr pile and coming up soon! Love your review and yes we get answers!

  13. I've had book one on my tbr list for awhile now, but after reading both your reviews-I think I may have to push this one towards the top of my list!

  14. I cannot wait to read this. Callie Kayden's relationship sound so intense and sweet, and i just can't wait to meet them! Glad you enjoyed this, Brandi! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  15. Oh this sounds good. I really need to add this series to my wishlist. Love the sound of these characters.

  16. Jeez, I really want to get this one and the first one too. Great review.

  17. I was not planning on reading the sequel but your review is making me think otherwise. I don't like when character push away, but I'm so glad that Callie never backed down and stood up to Kayden. I would, no doubt, LOVE HER! I really need t buy this book and see how it ends. Great review, Brandi!

  18. I really need to read these books, they've been on my wishlist for ages. It sounds like you really enjoyed this one. I like it when a sequel doesn't disappoint! Shame that the ending felt a bit rushed though.

  19. it's so good when you're waiting on a book and it turns out to be just as good ass you hoped! Great review, B!

  20. I liked The Secret of Ella and Micha a lot by the author and this series is high up on my to read list. Great review!

  21. This series must be really good to have you semi-cursing! LOL

    Happy Friday!


  22. wow I hope you'll have book 3 soon too !

  23. No, I have never gotten into a physical fight. Might have been angry enough, but never have.

    So, no cliffies with this one. I was shocked to see you use the F-word or kind of :) You are very emotionally attached to this book. Or books. I must read these! Thanks for such a great review!

  24. I really need to read the first book, but it sounds like I'm in for a great sequel too. So happy to hear you've enjoyed them both. Awesome review! :-)

  25. I loved this one too, Brandi! I read one right after the other and I was thankful I got approved too because of that horrible cliffhanger! This left Callie and Kayden at a good place but left room to continue the story. I can't wait for Violet and Luke's story as well. They both seem to have some dark secrets! Great review, Brandi! :)

  26. Just skimmed the comments to see if anyone had ever beaten anyone up and am relieved to see no one responded yes-that is the kind of thing we like to read about, not actually do.


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