By: Siobhan Davis
Published: March 20, 2015
Source: eBook ARC from author
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Everything changed the moment he found her…MY REVIEW:
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.
Some novellas I really enjoy, but for the most part, I'm not a fan of them. I generally feel that they shouldn't cost anything given the short nature of them. Occasionally though, there are the rare ones that do add more depth to the story. That's how I felt after reading Light of a Thousand Stars, True Calling #2.5. I felt like the backstory love affair between Ari and Zane was a crucial part to understanding the pain Zane feels towards Ari's indifference and skepticism of him in book one.
This book, Lovestruck, is not a novella. It is considered a short story and it's told from the POV of Cal. I often thought Cal seemed awfully stalkerish in True Calling, and this short story cemented my feelings of that even further. Since I'm not really a fan of Ari and Cal together....I couldn't rate this higher than I did. It was okay. No major dislikes about the book itself. But I didn't feel like I gained anything significant after reading it. No major insights to who Cal is other than his infatuation with Ariana from the moment he first saw her and the fact that he actually has a deepness to him that we don't get to see much of.
...the main commitment I've stuck resolutely to, is to always be the person I am, and to not compromise on that for anyone, ever.
I choose to call it ... meaningful; this quest of mine - the search for dependability, unwavering love, complete trust, and commitment.
Winning Ariana's trust is not going to be straightforward, or for the faint-of-heart. But I've never wanted anything, or anyone, as much as I want her. So I make a solemn vow to myself: I won't give up, no matter what it takes - not until I have won her heart, or died trying.
Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 0 (none)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars