Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas

Title: Call Me, Maybe
Author: Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Clementine Daly knows sheโ€™s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementineโ€™s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isnโ€™t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a strangerโ€™s phone by mistakeโ€”leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesnโ€™t know her real name, or her famous pedigreeโ€”which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when theyโ€™re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesnโ€™t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people canโ€™t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

My Review:
This was a great, lighthearted read and just what I needed after a few ‘heavy’ reads.

Clementine is floundering under the weight of expectation from her uber-rich grandparents. Having recently graduated, she is under pressure to start a career, like her determined, successful siblings. Her grandparents are keen to find a suitable home for her in one of their many businesses. Thing is, Clementine’s only real passion is books and blogging, yet she’s kept that a secret from her family for years.

Due to a mix-up at the airport, she ends up with journalist Justin’s phone and they quickly begin a flirtation that grows into something more serious. I loved the romance in this story and the way it started over the phone. I thought that was original and refreshing. I couldn’t wait for them to meet up! When they did they fall pretty quickly for one another.

Clementine makes some stupid mistakes, concealing important things from Justin, and you know which way it’s going to go. For me, the second half of the book was less enjoyable and way too predictable. The conflict surrounding Marie was there purely as a plot device and it was weak and not believable. The conflict over her identity, I bought into, as that was credible.

Clementine is a little weak at times and I wish she had more backbone, especially when Justin was so honest with her. Justin was a great leading man, and definitely swoon-worthy.

The ending was very abrupt and I don’t feel like I have closure.

This book is well-written, and I liked the author’s writing style. The pacing is consistent, in the main. I enjoyed it a lot despite the above issues. If you enjoy lighthearted contemporary romance then you will love this book.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

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