Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
ARC provided by Netgalley and Random House
Angie’s Review – 4 Stars – B+
I’m glad I’ve read this author before, because I’d have seen this title and glanced right over it otherwise. And that would have sucked, because I would have missed out on a fun flirty read that brought a smile to my face. My first read from Ellie Cahill was When Joss Met Matt, and I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t wait for her next offering. Call Me, Maybe didn’t disappoint.
Clementine Daly belongs to one of the wealthiest families in country, and she’s well aware that there’s a price to be paid for that. After an embarrassing indiscretion with a former ‘boyfriend,’ her family keeps a close eye on her – going so far as to plant a watchman as her neighbor. But Clementine, being so friendly and carefree, quickly makes friends with him. When a series of mishaps cause her to end up with the wrong phone, she’s surprised to find it’s the handsome stranger whose lap she almost landed in at the airport before boarding her plane. Justin was sweet and charming, but since Clementine’s family never hesitate to remind her of her past, she fibs when he asks her her name. The more time passes, the harder it is for Clementine to find the right moment to tell him the truth. The thing about Justin was that he was almost perfect. I couldn’t understand why the hell anyone hadn’t snagged him up yet. If he’d been a little clumsy at relatsionship-ing, I could have seen it, but the man was a pro. But it was easy enough to get past for the sake of the story.
I loved Clementine’s interactions with her brother and seeing Justin with his friends. And they’re part of the reason this book worked so well for me. It’s no secret I have a hard time finding New Adult books that I enjoy. The slash my wrists angst just doesn’t work for me. But this does. The 20’s, for me, were all about learning how to balance responsibility and fun, not a time to wallow. And that’s was the core of this story – learning how to do the right thing despite fear, and finding out that everything has a consequence. Like everything else, adulthood has a learning curve, and Clementine was learning that, for the second time, the hard way. With her past still plaguing her, trust didn’t come easily. My only issue with this book was the end. On the one hand, I wish there had been a bit more drama, but on the other, I’m not sure that was Justin’s style.
Overall, I thought Call Me, Maybe was a fun, quick read that could be great curled up in front of the fire or in your lawn chair at the beach!
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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