Everything changed the moment he found her…
Cal Remus is in love.
But the object of his affection barely acknowledges his existence. Worse: She acts like he’s the dirt sticking to the bottom of her shoe. Weaker men might give up. But not Cal. Hell no, he loves a good challenge and Ariana Skyee has made this the most intriguing challenge of all.
Having read his father’s confidential military files, Cal should be concerned about the seemingly fragile new world order on Planet Novo and the events back on Earth. But he’s distracted.
Securing Arianas love is his number one priority.
He’s going to win her heart, or die trying.
Special note from the author:
This short story is narrated solely from Cal Remus’ point of view, and it depicts the events leading up to the introduction of ‘The Calling.’ That is; the events that pre-date True Calling, Book 1 in the series. This can be read as a stand-alone story. However, if you are planning on reading the True Calling series, I recommend that you read the titles in the following sequence:
True Calling – Book 1
Lovestruck – Short Story
Beyond Reach – Book 2
Light of a Thousand Stars – Novella
Destiny Rising – Book 3.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This short story features the one main character whoms perspective we never get in the series beside this, namely Cal. This short story takes place before or at the beginning of TRue Calling where Cal is in love with Arianna, but she doesn’t know it yet and keeps rejecting him. It was a bit funny to see how Ari was resistant to his charms, especially after reading the first book and also knowing her perspective and how Cal looked from her point of view.
Cal is in love and it borders on obsessive, it’s almost a bit creepy how much he thinks about her and with the whole watching her house thing. But on the other hand I do think it’s realistic, beside the house stalking, as I can still remember my teenage days and how the world seemed to revolve around the boy I liked. That’s what we see with Cal in this book, he wants to get to know Arianna and she doesn’t care about him. Cal is very determined to win over Arianna and in this novella I do realize better why he made some choices. So reading this after Beyond Reach explains a few more things.
There are also a few fun scenes that involve Ben and it was fun to see how they interact as we never see that in TRue Calling as much, so that was a nice touch. This novella does give a nice view into Cal his life, but it is a bit short and I would’ve liked it to be longer and see how he reacts when she starts talking with him.
There is a bit of world building, so that even if you haven’t read True Calling you get the basics of what Novo is and why they live there and the Visa. So it could be read before True Calling, but I read it after Beyond Reach and thought that was a nice place to read to as you know a bit more how his actions have results later in the series.
To conclude: a fun addition to the series that shows Cal his perspective. It made me understand Cal better and it was fun to see things from his point of views. It’s a bit creepy how obsessive he is with Ari, even though I know they are a good match. It was also nice to see Cal and Ben their friendship. I would recommend this to fans of the series.
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Other books I read and reviewed by this author:
– Siobhan Davis – True Calling (True Calling #1) – 4 stars