Review: Calling California by J.P. Grider

Posted March 2, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author, Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Calling California by J.P. GriderCalling California by J.P. Grider
Series: Hunter Hill University
on 5/20/2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 372
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Blog Tour
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Also in this series: Mending Michael
Also by this author: Mending Michael

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate - her father is dying, she's working to help pay the rent, and she's two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world - he's acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she's immediately smitten and thinks she's found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn't belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn't understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?


I had a love/hate relationship with Cali. She’s so selfless at times, but she lets preconceived notions about those with money, and that drove me nuts. She also has a problem with pride. She doesn’t want to seem like she can’t do things, or buy stuff, by herself. If someone offers something to her she shuts them down. Thankfully she learns how to come to terms with some things throughout the novel.

I loved Griffin. He doesn’t tell Cali up front that he has money because he realizes it’s a touchy subject for her. He tries letting her know that he doesn’t pity her, and he actually admires her quite a bit for dealing with everything she has on her plate, and still having a life.

Overall I enjoyed this book, and seeing how Cali and Griffin try to overcome the obstacles that are between them. And the secret mentioned in the blurb is a doozy.

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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