This story starts with a definition.
- Fictional hero of best-selling romance novel, A Laird to Love.
- the perfect man
When Lovie’s best friend Jo decides to travel to Scotland to track down a Calum of her own Lovie is up for the adventure. Reluctantly. Day one, Jo, who is petite, blond, and all around cute stumbles across her perfect man in a pub (the hero’s best friend). From there she’s smitten and can barely find the time to go exploring with her travel companion, Lovie. Enter Duff. The sexy hero who keeps Lovie company in more ways than one.
The characters in this story are fun and realistic. Lovie is not a starry-eyed heroine who falls at Duff’s feet. She’s a well-rounded person with the flaws to match. Lovie is private and slow to trust. She also has a tendency to dive deep into someone life by asking a litany of questions. I appreciated that Duff mentions this habit in the book and isn’t afraid to let her know how annoying it is. I enjoyed those moments of honesty because I personally like when the hero and heroine don’t find each other amazingly perfect in every single way. Thankfully, Lovie and Duff spend a lot of time together which allows you to believe the possibility of love by the end. However, the book is part of a series and seems to expand on this initial spark (Looking forward to that!Calum Me Maybe coming out early 2016).
The descriptions of Scotland were amazing and helped me picture exactly where the characters were. And, while the story is a light read it’s not completely covered in fluff. The characters aren’t all sugary-sweet with no substance. There are deep moments of connection in the story and the sex scenes were smoking hot!
What I didn’t completely connect with is how Jo (Lovie’s best friend) responds to the secret her Calum is keeping. It seems surprisingly convenient for someone who was falling all over the man from day one. I felt as though it was an easy way for the author to skip fleshing out her secondary characters. That being said, Jo and Duff’s best friend weren’t the main event so not getting a more realistic reaction didn’t detract a lot from the story overall. Lovie and Duff’s story ends on a really cute and surprise note that left me with a huge smile on my face.
Yes, The Calum, was a quick read but it was fun from beginning to end.
-Reviewed by Michelle
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”