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The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence #1) by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Forever (March 19, 2013)

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo

Synopsis: There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life.  As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Review: Callie has been going through life in a haze of insecurity and fear. She has been carrying a secret for the last six years that has eaten away at her confidence, leaving behind a shell of the lively girl she used to be. However, through her haze and need to not draw attention to herself, she comes to the rescue of Kayden. After this Callie leaves early for college where, through her new-found friendship with Seth, she opens up a bit more, but still struggles with her secret.

Although they have known each other since they were kids, Callie and Kayden’s lives are as different as night and day. But Kayden, the handsome football star, popular in school and loved by all also has a secret that haunts him every second of every day. But such is life and one must go on. Pretending. Trying to forget.

It isn’t until the first day at college that they meet again. Kayden hasn’t forgotten Callie and wants to express his gratitude and get to know her better. Even when her presence makes him feel. Something he hasn’t allowed himself to do in years.

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”

I loved Kayden and admired the hell out of Callie. These teenagers have been through hell and back and to see them struggle with their pain was a hard thing to endure. Callie with her big heart and broken soul, she was smart, funny and beautiful.

“I want to find out what it’s like to be touched by someone I trust; someone I gave my permission to.”

While Kayden appeared to be strong, he was such a tortured soul too. I wanted to take their pain away and show them that there was a light at the end of the dark-as-hell tunnel their lives had fallen through.

“I can do pain. That’s the easy part of life. It’s everything else, happiness, laughter, love, that’s fucking complicated.”

Jessica Sorensen did an amazing job of bringing Kayden and Callie to the page. Their every emotion was laid out on the page for me to truly understand where each was coming through and how deeply their troubles ran. But just as their pain shined through, their connection and all that it entailed also came across beautifully. With every sigh, every look and every touch I could see how attracted they were to each other, but mostly it was through their honest interaction and funny banter that I could glimpse how their connection was growing from a shy friendship into something more.

There’s not much I could say about the story without giving too much away, but I will say that the story was very touching with great, emotional moments, intense revelations, dark and light interactions and sweet kisses and passion-filled touches. There was a bit of everything and it was brought together seamlessly to bring to the front an amazing story. Not only were the main characters complex and interesting, but the secondary characters were as well. It was a treat to see how they all related to each other and stood by each other in hard times.

As the first book in The Coincidence series, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, was a wonderful start to the series. Packed-full of emotions, a heartfelt connection and complex characters this was an awesome read, cliffhanger and all! Lucky for me that I was approved The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, the next book in the series.

I received this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen

The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1)Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Hachett Book Group

Synopsis: Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

*Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

Review: Ella has been struggling with her emotions ever since her mother’s death. Feeling overwhelmed by it all, she decides that she has to get away. So she moved to Reno, changed her appearance and became someone else – all in the hopes of putting her past behind her. Although friends since childhood, Ella goes away for college without notifying Micha of her whereabouts. He frantically searches for her for months and finally finds her location the same day she is returning home for summer break.

After eight months of living a lie, Ella is not comfortable returning home. Not only did she hurt Micha by going away without a word, but she doesn’t want to confront the feelings she’s always had for him. So she tightens the walls around her and hopes to survive the summer without having Micha see right through her or losing herself in the process.

Ella and Micha’s story was as heart-wrenching as it was beautiful. Jessica Sorensen did a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. Their emotions, their dialogue and their development throughout the story was what made this an amazing read for me. Ella and Micha’s connection as friends then lovers was believable and I felt like I could relate them enough to fully understand where each was coming from. By no means is this a light read, it has dark edges that take it a step further than a just a teenagers’ love story. The emotions were raw, the chemistry between them was sizzling and the past revealed by both characters heartbreaking.

The Secret of Ella and Micha is the first book of The Secret series and it is a sweet, romantic read that details Ella and Micha’s past and brings to the front their transition from friends to lovers. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, The Forever of Ella and Micha, which it is scheduled to release its ebook edition on May 28th, 2013.

I received this book from Hachett Book Group through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.