The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
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.
This review will seem a bit ranty, and I apologize ahead of time. Callie and Kayden's overall story is great, but it should've been just one book. This fell flat to me, The Coincidence was great! It was very powerful with lots of feels going on.. there was a lot of angst, sexual-frustration, sadness, and swooning. BUT the ending was NOT an ending, none of the story was resolved. The Redemption was a drawn-out resolution of The Coincidence. Granted, it was swoony, and there was some angst in the beginning, but there wasn't any conflict added to the story. Like I said, one book!
With all that being said, I like that they had to work out their problems themselves. I notice a lot of books that make the MCs rely upon each other to be better, but in this case they faced their problems head on. I don't care much for Callie's character, only because I can't relate to her. To me she seems whiny, I get that she had a traumatized childhood experience, but to let it control you for so long I don't get. I feel like there wasn't a lot going on in the storyline, hospital, beach, home, the end.
I love how Sorensen handles the duel POVs and I genuinely like her writing style. I totally love the supporting characters and would like to see more from Luke and Seth's POV. There was a hint of them having an effed up life, but you really don't know the details. It would be interesting to see if Jessica does a NA M/M romance for Seth, it would definitely be something different than what's on the market.
Anyway, The Redemption was good but didn't live up to MY expectations. It had a good ending and some good steamy parts!