July 5, 2015

Wicked Review: Calm Like Home by Kaisa Clark

Expected Publication: July 15, 2015
Acquired: eARC from author

Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one can avoid. After a few chance encounters, Alexa finally accepts that she can’t stay away, can’t deny the electricity she feels every time he comes around.

But as the intensity between them deepens, she also can’t avoid the subtle hints that Adam is hiding something. His wide smile and radiant eyes obscure some burning secret, some detail of his past that resurfaces to steal his joy. The farther Alexa falls, the more she realizes just how little she really knows about Adam and how far he is willing to go to cover up the truth.

Calm Like Home is a story about love and longing, growth and stagnation, discovering one’s counterpart but losing oneself, and ultimately finding that one person truly has the power to change everything.

First of all I would like to thank Kaisa Clark for giving me a copy and entrusting me with her work. It means a lot to me.

Everyone who's been in love has been through what Alexa has gone through. Pining for someone but that someone doesn't see you for anything else other than a friend. It hurts a lot, yes. That is the sad reality for us poor, hopeless souls. Alexa is going crazy with Adam. I mean, first there's the innocent touches and pick up lines that send her heart racing to edge. She doesn't know what to make of it.

Adam decides to change that. From the boring friendship, it blooms into a fiery passionate relationship that Alexa hopes will last after the summer. I think summer has got to be the shortest time of the year ever. Just when you want it to last, it comes to end.

Past summer, they try to make it work. Even if they've confessed their true feelings for each other, Alexa feels like Adam is still hiding something from her. You give everything and you feel empty because something is missing. Love should be a give and take relationship.

When Alexa falls, I felt like I fell too. I mean, ugh, I rooted for this couple since the start of this book and now everything's falling apart. I don't like it at all. I wished that Adam had a chance to explain more of his story in this book. I mean, he eventually explained himself and I understood the meaning of the title of this book.

Nonetheless, Calm Like Home lives up to its name. It's about that kind of love you long for and the kind of love that you want to give your all even if you're scared to get hurt in the process.

Kaisa Clark is the author of the new adult novel Calm Like Home. She is passionate about reading and writing and also has an intense love for music, coffee, and dark chocolate. She lives with her amazing husband, sweet dog, and kooky cat.

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