Monday, November 7, 2011

Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
Pages: 288.
Private school, rich friends, vacations in France--Kate has it all, except a belief in love.

When Kate's family purchases a hotel in the Pacific Northwest, she enters a world that is wholly unknown to her. She never has any privacy because of the constant flow of guests. And as the hotel owner's daughter, she struggles to make friends.

Then she meets Caleb, a strange combination of working-class, Hawaiian culture, and Christian bad boy. He talks about love in an all new way that she finds so alluring. But the two have nothing in common. He rarely smiles, rides a motorcycle with a rough crowd from town, and worst of all, he totally ignores Kate. But Kate has something that he needs and she resolves to prove to him that what she has doesn't define who she is.

I am a huge fan of the "opposites attract" and "starcrossed lovers" kind of books, and Caleb + Kate seemed to fit both of those categories perfectly. And while their the story was packed full of that angsty prejudiced goodness, I didn't love it nearly as much as I hoped I would.

You've heard of instalove, but I'm coining a new a term ... instaconflict. That's what seems to happen with Caleb and Kate before they even meet each other. And I could've gotten past that very easily because hey, you can only tell a love story in so many words, I'm an aspiring author so I totally get that. But the instaconflict didn't ever seem to fade. I was stuck on the "I like her, I shouldn't like her, I like him but my friend's think I'm too rich for him, I don't care what my friends think" through pretty much the entire thing because that seemed to be the only conflict there was.

Once their relationship started to progress, I did start to like it a lot more, but it was a bit too anticlimactic for my tastes. Their romantic confessions to each other was one of the only things that really got me excited for this story.

Overall, Caleb + Kate is definitely not a "starcrossed" favorite of mine, but their love story was still admirable enough for me. If you're in the mood for something light but romantic, this is definitely the book for you.


  1. It sounds like something I would enjoy, I think. Great review :)

  2. I hadn't heard much about this before, but it does sound interesting!

    Nice, honest review!

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