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
Oh-my-goodness-oh-my-goodness!! What a beautiful, emotional, romantic, – did I mention beautiful? – story! And for me to say that about a story with no sex in it is saying something! I like my reads steamy as hell but this was far from it… but it was completely breathtaking all the same!
The plot was fantastic! Original, daring, deep, gut wrenching, heart warming! A really lovely story!
“And then you met me,” I said.
“And then I met you,” she said, smiling softly.
“And all was right with the world,” I joked.
“Exactly,” she said seriously.”
Ah, I can’t tell you how much I love both Callum and Harper. I loved the alternate POVs! If I was being supremely picky I’d say that Callum was a little girly with his POV, but you can completely get over that and get sucked in to adoring these messed up, desperate, gorgeous characters!
“Anything can hurt you, Harper. Even things you’re supposed to be able to count on can hurt you.”
“These things you speak of, do they include how we’re supposed to rely on mothers and fathers never to die or leave us alone?”
“Exactly, but that’s life, Harper. Nothing is guaranteed.”
“But I can promise you that I would never intentionally hurt you and, although a promise is not a guarantee, it is still a promise and you can ask anyone I know, I’m good on my word.”
“I don’t know why but I believe you.”
There’s a nice dose of sexual tension occasionally but this book is not a steamy read. It has so many other qualities that make up for that. The development of their relationship is wonderful. They need one another so desperately and it’s so beautiful to read about two lost souls finding a light in each other.
“Sincerity is one of those rare human qualities that feels a bit like discovering a lost treasure. It is a rare commodity but once found, it absolutely priceless. That was Callum, pretty much in a nutshell.”
But ugh, the frustration! The tears! The kindle throwing… ok, not quite, I wouldn’t throw my beloved kindle… but you get the drift! It drove me to distraction, but in a deliciously moreish way!
“My heart tumbled in pieces at her feet as she chipped away at it with her wondrous ways, and it didn’t form a whole again until half a year had passed and the end product was a living, beating organ in the palm of her hands.”
And then there’s the ending. Ooooh, sooooo wonderful! There is a very cute epilogue but the actual ending was just perfect!
“I’d say she is nothing short of a miracle, son.”
“I already knew that,” I said, a small smile touching my lips.
Callum and Harper is a must read!
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