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Friday, July 17, 2015

REVIEW: Calm Like Home by Kaisa Clark

Calm Like Home 
by Kaisa Clark
Release Date:July 15th 2015 by Kaisa Clark
Pages: 207
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one can avoid. After a few chance encounters, Alexa finally accepts that she can’t stay away, can’t deny the electricity she feels every time he comes around.

But as the intensity between them deepens, she also can’t avoid the subtle hints that Adam is hiding something. His wide smile and radiant eyes obscure some burning secret, some detail of his past that resurfaces to steal his joy. The farther Alexa falls, the more she realizes just how little she really knows about Adam and how far he is willing to go to cover up the truth.

Calm Like Home is a story about love and longing, growth and stagnation, discovering one’s counterpart but losing oneself, and ultimately finding that one person truly has the power to change everything.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Calm Like Home is a story of love and of second changes...

From the very start Alexa has had a thing for Adam, but their friendship always gets in the way of them getting to admit that they like each other. What makes things worse for Alexa is having to see Adam for a very short time at work, but his playful personality remains her that their friendship is important to her, and she is not about to risk what she has with him. But with too many nights after work together, his flirtatious advances ultimately get the best of her and soon she is giving in to the attraction that she has always felt towards him. Yet after spending time together she is starting to realize that she feels deeply for Adam, and when he goes back to University, she is going to be lost without him. In the meantime, while Adam is away, Alexa tries to focus in school and work. Soon she gets to visit him and gets to see the other side of Adam that she didn't know about, his darker side that he isn't willing to talk about. With secrets between them, the two start to drift apart, and Alexa is willing to do anything to make things right with Adam again.

From the writing to the plot, Kaisa Clark brings us a story with with emotions that is hard to resist. Both Alexa and Adam have rough pasts that have changed their lives in a lot of ways. Their friendship has always been strong, and whenever Adam is back in town, he and his brother work at the same restaurant as Alexa. Their personalities are magnetic that brings happiness to everyone around them, and they are just plain funny. They had me laughing as I read the story, and Adam was such a sweet character that brought something new to the story. The characters' love story is the center of the story, we get to see their ups and downs, yet when they're apart we get to see how Alexa copes with this new change in her life. I have to say that, that part of the story felt a bit over dramatic to me, it just takes her a while to sort of move on but when she sees him again, she is right back at square one. It just didn't seem like she ever made the effort to move on, and when she does something towards the end of the story she is happily back with Adam again, in the mean time she already hurt someone else in the process. Overall the story had a nice pace at the beginning, their love story is sweet and entertaining to read. I enjoyed reading the book, but the ending killed it for me. It felt too rushed, and it felt incomplete. I wish the author could have taken more time to ease the characters back to their new relationship instead of forcing it at the end. I still liked the plot and if you like romantic stories filled with romantic scenes and lots of feelings then I would recommend reading this book. :)

***A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

My Rating: 3.5/5

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