Title: Calling Me Away
Series: The Calling Me Series ~ Book Two
Author: Louise Bay
Release Date: 26th September, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Is it possible for a guy to turn on a switch and realize he’s been in love with a girl that’s been under his nose for over a decade? Ashleigh Franklin can’t decide.
Ashleigh wants the fairy tale. Ever since she was a kid, her best friend’s brother, Luke, has been her fantasy Prince Charming. Now he’s trying to convince her that she’s the one he’s wanted all these years. There’s no way it’s that easy to escape the friend zone.
Single after years living with a girlfriend, Luke has finally woken up. What he’s been waiting for has been right under his nose for almost his entire life. Can he persuade her that he’s serious and won’t break her heart?
A Wonder Woman costume, a bottle of tequila and a game of truth or dare between two close friends changes everything.
“Tell me more.” I loved her dirty words. They slipped from her as if they were just below the surface, ready to break free. They were a reminder of how the Ashleigh I’d known for so long wasn’t the whole girl. That the one lying beside me, begging for sex, was the entire package—in more ways than one.
This is the second instalment of The Calling Me Series featuring Ashleigh and Luke, the side characters from What The Lightning Sees. It was always going to be full of angst because of where the first segment left me wondering. What I wasn’t expecting is the sizzling hotness I read at the beginning. Wow, a cold shower was required as Louise certainly knows how to write a very steamy scene!
Ashleigh has been in love with Luke since they were children but after Luke came out of a long term relationship, she questions herself as to whether he is on a rebound. He’d never indicated he felt more for her or reciprocated in any way at all.
Quote: Ashleigh ~ “No, it’s too much; it’s too good. I’m close, too soon.”
Luke ~ “I want to stay inside you forever.”
I felt like smacking my Kindle over Ashleigh and Luke’s heads as I was convinced from the start they belonged together. However, as I read on, I realised that their story had been cleverly construed. I love it when I have to make mental notes about how the plot is going to develop and I most certainly had to have my wits about me in this read. Were they committed to trying a relationship or just the fantasy of it? A self-discovery of their feelings and learning how to cope with them was a pleasure to read. Ashleigh especially made me doubt it all. And Luke? Proving to himself that he wanted more than a friendship wouldn’t be easy as there was also the possibility of dating others. Of course, I thought that this detail would be a stumbling block for both of them.
Quote: Luke ~ “Fiona and I went out a few times.”
Ashleigh ~ “You like her?”
Luke ~ “She’s a great girl but she’s not you. I don’t feel this,” “with her.”
This segment of the series was brilliantly written and I was urging Ashleigh and Luke to see some sense. Well, throughout their story, actually. I do love a friends to lovers book. It always seems so much more intense and the angst I had was probably due to the characters wanting to justify their true love. Not just a glorified friendship. Ashleigh and Luke have an amazing chemistry and even with all the twists and turns, there is no getting away from the fact their amorous journey had me enthralled.
Quote: Ashleigh ~ “I want this to happen and you have to admit that it is complicated because of our history and what’s at stake.”
Luke ~ “But nothing we can’t handle. We got this. You have to trust me.”
It is amazing how Louise can conjure up some pretty interesting characters, and I cannot stress enough how refreshing it is to see how a story can be developed from back story characters. Not all authors can do this. And although it had been done before, my point is this. Ms Bay is a genius storyteller. Her talent and interesting ‘imagination’ kept me glued to the book. I would highly recommend reading Louise’s work but The Calling Me Series has to be right up high in my estimation of the ultimate erotic reading material. Romance, hotness, angst… it has everything. In the words of a playlist track, ‘Say You Love Me’.
I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
If You Ever What To Be In Love – James Bay
Landslide – Stevie Nicks
Say you Love Me – Jessie Ware
To Make Her Love Me – Rascal Flatts
If I Knew Then – Lady Antebellum
You Are Everything – Diana Ross
Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson
Here I am – Leona Lewis
Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
Where My Heart Belongs – Gloriana
Come Rain Or Come Shine – Ray Charles
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful and Hopeful and the novella series’ The Empire State Series and What the Lightning Sees. The novels and together the series are stand-alone although there are some overlapping characters. Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films. Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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WHEN THE LIGHTNING SEES: The Complete Series in a bundle. One-click on Amazon U.K | U.S | CANADA | AUSTRALIA.
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