I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2016-02-09
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.
Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
I loved When Joss Met Matt so I was super excited when I learned Ellie Cahill was coming out with a new NA romance. I requested it as soon as I saw it was up on NetGalley and was again super excited when I was approved for the book. I didn’t even wait to read the book. That’s how excited I was. And in the end, it probably didn’t do me any favors. Because while I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.
This book follows Clementine Daly, heir to one of the “old money” families of the US, as she tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life. I think this is a difficult character to write because on the one hand, authors want us to feel sympathetic towards these characters whose families play such a big part of their lives and tell them what to do, etc, etc, but on the other hand, these characters have so much money it’s impossible to even imagine what that would be like for the rest of us. Her family bought her a building when she went to college so she could have a place to live. She can fly on private jets whenever she wants. She doesn’t have to work and in fact only volunteers part-time at the library. And that’s it. Otherwise, she reads and runs a book blog. That’s her life. And a life like that is a hard sell for lots of people. Most people would be like, who cares that your parents left you with your billionaire grandparents to keep you out of danger while they helped people in third world countries? How are we suppose to feel bad for you that any job you would ever want could be handed to you? Just because you don’t know what that job is and you can’t just relax until you find it? That’s a hard sell. Even for me. Because I can be pretty forgiving for things like that. Everyone has their own lives and their own struggles. But it was very hard to feel bad for Clementine even with those few unpleasant events in her life. And I think it’ll be tough for a lot of people to sympathize with her. So fair warning, if you hate those kinds of characters, this book will not be for you.
Also, I had a little bit of trouble with the romance in this one. It just kind of came out of nowhere. The book isn’t very long, I finished it in one day. And I realize with a shorter book, there can only be so much build-up. But I was really struggling to figure out why, really why, Justin fell for Clementine and how Clementine could fall so far for Justin so fast. With how many trust and abandonment issues she has, I was surprised she came around so fast. I definitely get their attractions, don’t get me wrong. The chemistry is there. It just escalated more quickly than was believable for me.
On the otherside, this book was addictive. I don’t really know why, but I flew through it. The writing is smooth and fun and the encounters between the characters are cute. The chemistry is there, like I said, and it never gets too deep to be really depressing or upsetting. It’s just a fun, quick romance. Which Ellie Cahill/Liz Czukas does wonderfully. I would definitely recommend this for those times when you just need something quick and easy.
But I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re looking for your next great romance that you can just get completely lost in. Between not being able to really sympathize with Clementine when she was complaining and knowing she was making stupid mistakes that were going to cause problems later on, and never really fully trusting Justin until the very end, I was kept just on the surface of the story and never fully immersed. It was definitely disappointing for me. I was hoping to truly get lost in this story and this romance. Added to the fact that I have truly enjoyed all of her previous books, I’m sad that I didn’t love this more and can’t highly recommend it.