Thursday, June 26, 2014

Calling California by J.P. Grider

Calling California by J.P. Grider
Publication date: June 2014

Genres: New Adult, Romance
Cover Design by: Love of Reading Cover Design

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate – her father is dying, she’s working to help pay the rent, and she’s two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world – he’s acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she’s immediately smitten and thinks she’s found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn’t belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn’t understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?

.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. She is the author of six novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels - Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life - are standalone adult contemporary novels. Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series – Mending Mick – will be released in October, 2014. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series will be standalone books and can be read in any order.

You can follow J.P. on Facebook at J.P. Grider, Author, on Instagram and Twitter @JPGrider1, and on her blog at

My Review:

I started this book thinking of only reading a few pages and leaving the rest for the weekend, but I couldn’t put it down once I started it.

Cali and Griffin are both at the same college, but they couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. Cali comes from a poor family, and grew up was nothing more than a fight for survival. The opening chapter depicts this so well it will break your heart.

I know it broke mine.

Griffin had a privileged upbringing, but he’s very down to earth and sweet. Both characters felt just SO real I instantly connected with them, and enjoyed seeing their love story unfold gradually. Both of them grew as people throughout the book and learned a lot from each other. I don’t want to get into the detail of the plot because I don’t want to rob you of the joy of experiencing it yourself. But I will say this:

Cali and Griffin pull you in, keep you with them on their ride and never let you go. I enjoyed every minute of it. When it finished, I found myself wanting more because I didn’t want to let go of the characters.

The writing is BEAUTIFUL. It’s evocative and emotional and the best I’ve read in quite some time. It just flows naturally, with a hint of delicious lyricism. To be honest, it captivated me just as much as the characters.

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