I received this book for free from Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
Published by Loveswept on February 9th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
“Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!” raves bestselling author Cora Carmack, and this steamy, upbeat modern romance about connecting in all the best ways proves it once again.
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.
Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
When Joss Met Matt remains one of my absolute favorite new adult books of all time. So, yeah, when I heard Ellie Cahill was coming out with another book, I was practically jumping for joy. (Some air kicks may have been done when I received a review copy.) But anyway, long story short, Call Me, Maybe delivered a few giggles and swoons but did not live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.
Call Me, Maybe starts off STRONG. Clementine and Justin accidentally switch phones at an airport and keep in contact until they’re both back home to switch them back. That first part of their relationship is all about the emotional connection and banter that they have, and man, there are some funny conversations there. But they obviously feel a spark, so when they do meet up – it’s go time. The chemistry is on point, and the swoon is good. And the rest… is kind of just your run of the mill new adult book.
Heads up to anyone who reads new adult books more often: this book is quite tame. It’s not all about the sex scenes, and actually the book fades to black a lot more than I’m used to. There’s only one scene that’s decently explicit as if the author expects that on all future sexual escapades you more or less know how it goes and can fill in the blanks yourself. That’s a good and bad thing. This book could be an awesome gateway book for (primarily YA) readers who are kind of nervous about jumping in on NA books. But if you are used to the status quo RE: sexual content, you may quickly find yourself disappointed by the lack of spiciness.
What NA tropes does the book incorporate though? Well, Clementine has a pretty messed up past which blessed her with trust issues. You can probably tell where that’s going to go – because she lies about certain parts of her life and identity, and obviously that’s going to catch up with her at some point. Yeah, it’s pretty typical. Once the book drama-coaster started to trek up its dangerous track, my initial infatuation with the banter and lighthearted swoon of the book started fading.
But I do feel like some of the new adult issues covered in the book are on point. Clementine doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, in spite of her family’s connections being able to give her basically any job she could ever want. That might sound a bit spoiled and “first world problem”-y, but it did come off as real and relatable. (She’s also a book blogger, if we want to talk about relatability.) Justin does have a job, but it’s still a long ways off from what he actually wants to do. I also feel like that’s a perfect snapshot of what it’s like in your 20s – you think your education should land you your dream job right away, but in reality there’s usually still a long way to go.
And that’s basically all I can think to say. The book started off light and cute. Clementine and Justin had a nice banter going on. The connection was tangible and may even have given me a few flutterings. It even kind of inspired me to consider dating again because it felt so real and relatable. It had a kind of romcom quality to it that was very enjoyable and easy to read. And the new adult woes? Not very deep but on point. But then the typical drama happened and the characters just weren’t dynamic enough for me to think the book is ultimately much better than average. I have very little sympathy for characters who dig themselves a hole by lying to their partners.