NA review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Title: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence #2
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Sphere
Release date: 30th July 2013

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.

Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?

The first book in this series, The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, left the story on a massive cliff-hanger and this one begins right where that left off.

Kayden is in a pretty bad place and his mother forces him into a facility so that he can recover and get better. At the same time, he struggles with his feelings and pushes Callie away, believing he’s not good for her. This was something that ran for a lot of the book and honestly it got a bit annoying and I got sick of hearing it. I could understand that he’s been through a lot and he had issues to work through but Callie could see past all of that.

Callie on the other hand is stronger in a lot of ways. Seeing Kayden struggle really makes Callie realise that they both need to work on healing themselves and to work through their issues, no matter how hard they are. Jessica Sorensen adds some really tough issues into this book and sometimes it all felt a bit much but she also writes about healthy ways to help yourself which I think was really good.

Due to the nature of the plot, both Callie and Kayden go through a lot of character development which was so good to see. By the end of this book they have both changed an awful lot due to helping each other and themselves. However, the plot took away some of the passion and chemistry that I felt in the first book between Callie adn Kayden. The feelings between the two are still there obviously but it all just seemed a bit too tame for me.

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden lacked that Jessica Sorensen edge that I am so used to. The plot was really good and kept my interest but there was just that special something extra that was missing.

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