Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one can avoid. After a few chance encounters, Alexa accepts that she can’t stay away, can’t deny the electricity she feels every time he comes around.
But as the intensity between them deepens, she also can’t avoid the subtle hints that Adam is hiding something. His wide smile and radiant eyes obscure some burning secret, some detail of his past that resurfaces to steal his joy. The farther Alexa falls, the more she realizes just how little she really knows about Adam and how far he is willing to go to cover up the truth.
Calm Like Home is a story about love and longing, growth and stagnation, discovering one’s counterpart but losing oneself, and ultimately finding that one person truly has the power to change everything.
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author.
Calm Like Home is a sweet and seductive romance that perfectly captures the all-consuming, devastating nature of true love and the crippling pain when things go wrong.
- Calm Like Home is an ode to soul mates. It’s crushing, sugar-sweet, and full of that wonderful warm glow of reciprocated love. It’s cozy, sometimes awkward but the chemistry is beautiful. There’s a natural ease between Alexa and Adam that floats off the pages, they’re deliciously cute together.
- Kaisa Clark captures the uncertainty of long distance relationships and the anxiety when words are left unsaid. The sucker punch of loss and the anguish of the long goodbye is all there is perfect clarity. Alexa’s loss is so potent it decimates everything she was and knew about herself. Her whole life is turned on its head and her light is snuffed out.
- Alexa and Adam are playful together, the attraction is undeniable and that blissful anticipation of escaping the friendzone is there full blast. There’s something so adorable about the secret looks, the soft touches, the teasing that makes them fit like puzzle pieces. Some interactions are hilarious, others are sexy, and then there’s the comfortable in between place where they exist in perfect harmony.
- Adam’s pain is visible even when he tries to hide in, in the way he moves, the way his face falls, his anger. The mysterious source of his rage and sudden mood changes propels the plot forward. His sweet, compassionate way with Alexa make it easy to worry about him. You’ll want to know just as badly as Alexa.
- The sex scenes were frequent and there were so many that it almost felt like filler at times. A blur of passionate embraces, it started to wonder if they ever left the bedroom.
- Secondary characters like Annabelle and Marcus were in and out of story and while they had interactions with Alexa, getting the full magnitude of their feelings towards Alexa and Alexa’s towards them was blocked by her sulking. There wasn’t enough of them to establish a genuine connection.
- The ending was quick. The reveal was so fast and then cut off. Not enough words were said that needed to be between Alexa and Adam. The truth comes out and it’s like the story went into summary mode.
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