Call Me, Maybe
by Ellie Cahill
Clementine Daly knows she’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 Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—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 they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clementine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.
She grabbed her phone from the charging station without taking a better look at it. Too late when Clementine realized she got the wrong phone. Her own number had called the one she was holding and for the love of all gods, she couldn’t help but mesmerized by the voice of the caller. Clementine agreed to keep his phone until they saw each other again.
Justin Mueller was all the more excited to see Clementine after they’ve exchanged pleasantries over the phone. Pictures of her on the beach, pillow-talking with her when they both couldn’t sleep, imagining this girl from the other side of the continent kept Justine pre-occupied. Until they saw each other again.
But Clementine was keeping a secret from him. A scandal that would leave a stain in her reputation. A surname that would totally change Justin’s perception of her. A woman who was both intriguing and captivating. A woman who’s hiding in her shadow. A fake. A deceiver.
I found this story cute and possible, but I also have my misgivings, given the situation the main character was into. I had this series of “What If” questions in my mind while I was reading this book. What if I accidentally got another person’s phone at the airport and the one who got mine was a boy who wasn’t a thief of a maniac. What if he was like Justin, what if I fell in love with his voice, what if he got interested in me, too? So many possibilities. So many questions. But one thing for sure, I have this final answer: My feelings would go over the moon, to infinity and beyond. Ahh, how I wish I was Clementine (without the family issues and scandal to boot!)
Call Me, Maybe reminds me of that pop song that has got all the people of the world singing & dancing sometime in 2013. You’d think this book is based on that song. But no. This is totally different.
The way Justin and Clementine met is cute and cosmic, like the stars had conspired for this thing to happen. But what I didn’t like was how Clementine repeatedly had to lie to Justin just to appease her family and avoid ruining their reputation. And she was constantly leading him in, taunting him with pictures of her hip or text messages about losing her clothes and towel before going to bed. Seriously, for someone who had almost been scandalized, surely, she should take precautions with her actions and think twice before doing something hazy like that. But no, Clementine just had to be a tease!
What made me relate to Clementine was her identity as a book blogger. I could feel her emotions when she read books, review them, interact with authors and readers and get ecstatic when receiving comments and compliments from other people. That was totally cool, I felt like I was on the same page with her.
Justin, on the other hand, was adorable. He was perfect. I dunno if I could say anything wrong about him. I thought he’s too good to be true.
The whole book was relaxing and fast paced. A little unbelievable but definitely relatable. The author was able to write a story that makes the reader imagine themselves as the main characters. Wish I could read more about the other Daly family members, though. Their reputation is quite intriguing, to say the least. A great afternoon / summer read!
NOTE: I received this book from Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.