The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.
“Before you, there was just pain and emptiness and I really didn’t care if I lived or died. I was just there, existing at the surface of the water, not quite drowing, but not quite able to beathe. And then you came along, and I could finally breathe.” –The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
Since I read The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, the first book in the series (of which you can find my review here), I was dying to get The Redemption of Callie and Kayden in my hands. Callie and Kayden are among my unforgettable fictional couples — I fell in love with their story since the first moment, and I wanted them to find their happy ending.
In this second installment, I was blown away by how strong and mature these characters become. In the first book, we saw them getting to know each other, falling in love, but there were lots of demons from their pasts lurking in the shadows…We knew Callie’s secret and we saw Kayden helping her recognize and embrace her self worth. Now it’s Callie that needs to save Kayden…
Kayden had already made his way to my heart in the first book, and in The Redemption of Callie and Kayden he proves to be the amazing guy we got to know and love. But he’s broken. Really broken. The cruelty he’s been through is unimaginable, and he needs to be saved from himself. Now more than ever. I ached for him so much in this book and there were some scenes where I thought he wouldn’t make it. But this is where hope and love come into the picture, proving that nothing is hopeless and redemption isn’t something utopic. Quite the opposite — you can reach it and experience it. And Kayden does so, thanks to Callie. Callie is amazing. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t expect her to be able to stand by Kayden, but she surprised me. She’s so strong and passionate in this book. She loves Kayden unconditionally and she’ll be his savior, in more ways than one.
If I had to find a key-word for this second installment, it’d be “togetherness”. Callie and Kayden find the strength necessary to face to their pasts together. Together they learn what it means to break free from those secrets that keep them bound to grief and constant pain. Together they discover how much courage and strength each one of them has inside.
“She would do anything for me — she already has. She gave up her secret, she gave me herself, she gave me her love. And even though I can’t tell her yet, I feel the same way about her. She owns me completely, uncontrollably, irreversibly.”
I love the intimacy they reach. An intimacy that it’s both physical and emotional, and it often gave me goosebumps. They understand each other like no other does. They’re bound by their love and their respective hurtful past experiences. They know what it means to suffer and to want to find freedom and feel loved.
The secondary characters are simply wonderful! Luke and Seth are true friends to both Callie and Kayden and you can’t but love them!
I thought The Redemption of Callie and Kayden was the final book in the series, but I was so happy to see this is NOT the case! There’s a third book, “The Resolution of Callie and Kayden” that you can already add to your TBR list on Goodreads, and that it will come out soon! There are still a few questions that need to be answered, and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out in Callie and Kayden’s world.
I give The Redemption of Callie and Kayden 4 bright stars.
More beautiful passages:
“You don’t forget. You just move past it. Let go. Be who you were supposed to be, instead of who they make you feel like you should be.”
“I’ve been weak for long enough and I don’t want to crumble anymore.”
“What-ifs aren’t important. I can’t go back through time and change things, but I can move forward and create the life I want.”