Author: Jessica Sorenson
Series/Standalone: Book #2 in the Coincidence series
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Summary: 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.
***Trigger Warnings*** Semi-Graphic depictions of suicide, self harm, abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual
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Review: I loved the first book in this series. When I bought The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden I literally devoured it in less than 75 minutes on my NOOK. It was an absolutely phenomenal book. It dealt with serious issues, traumatic stuff that people deal with every day, with a levity and finesse that very few managed. The characters were intriguing and interesting, I simply could not get enough. And waiting for this sequel to come out was absolutely torturous.
Which is why I was so upset when this book didn't meet my expectations. Building from the last book? There was so much that the author could have done. I understand some of her plot choices, some of them were eerily realistic. A lot of them I felt just added a lot of unneccesary drama.
Don't misunderstand me, abuse and self harm in any form is an extremely serious issue. The problem I had was that I felt that a lot wasn't dealt with by the characters, that it was used as a plot device to say 'hey so and so is screwed up.'
I felt like Kayden, more so than Callie, was constantly running. And I wanted more from him. I wanted him to be the amazing man he'd been in the first book. The thing is? I think he kind of expected someone to save him, as much as he protested that he didn't. It didn't matter what Callie or Luke did. Kayden had to want to save himself. He had to want out for himself. In the beginning of the book he wanted to wallow. He didn't want help. That being said, he did get his head out of his ass eventually. Though the build up left much to be desired, the end result of it all was very satisfactory.
However, the whole "I'm bad for you" schtick that Kayden kept spouting made me want to kick him. He sat there and left Callie, like he was beating her to the inevitable (which spoiler alert: she wasn't ever planning on leaving him), insisting it was for the best. Instead the only thing he achieved was being another person who took her choice to say yes or no from her. She deserved a lot better than that. Callie has her issues, but she's also got a pretty good head on her shoulders. He should have trusted her even if he couldn't find it in him to trust himself.
Callie was commendable in this book. She didn't expect anyone to hold her hand. She faced her demons, put everything out in the open, and didn't look back. I was so proud of her. Facing the person who assaulted you is hard enough, but to throw everything they did to you, the way they made you feel, letting them know that the fear they instilled in you will no longer keep you silenced? Especially when that person is 'practically family?' It's heart attack inducing, but she did it. I was so proud of her. Her family's reaction though....I would have liked to have seen more of that, seen it hashed out.
And lets not forget about Seth and Luke. They were amazing men in this book, just as they were before. They were willing to do anything for their friends and even faced their own problems. I'd kind of like a little more focus on both of them in the upcoming book.
There's one more book left, it comes out September 2014. I hope it reads more like the first one, but I'm going to devour it regardless.
Bottom Line: The book was good, but a few key points kept it from being as phenomenal as the first. I hope these problems are rectified in the next book.
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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