Calum, The (Noun)
1. fictional hero of best-selling romance novel, A Laird to Love
2. the perfect man
Twenty-six is too old to believe in fairytales, but tell that to Lovie’s roommate. Convinced she’ll find a real life version of her ultimate book boyfriend, Calum MacKenzie, Jo drags Lovie to the Scottish Highlands. Lovie’s no cynic *ahem* but she knows The Calum is a myth. A construct. A freaking unicorn! And there are warmer places to spend winter vacation.
If Duff had his way, he’d never step foot in Inverness again. Only his best friend’s wedding, and his ailing grandmother, could bring him home. Duff’s plan is keep his head down and stay out of trouble. Hard to do when the groom targets a pretty blond tourist for one last conquest..
When Duff and Lovie meet, stones, sparks and insults fly. He’s instantly attracted to the sexy, sharp-tongued American. She’s just glad to have someone to hang out with, especially the bad boy with a mysterious past. Lovie is determined to learn his secrets, but as they grow closer, Duff is forced to choose between his best friend and his heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked the flow of the book and the dialogue between the characters right from the start. I was intrigued by C.J. MacDuff at first meeting. I could actually hear his Irish accent as the story went on and I felt as if I was sitting alongside everyone in the pub in Inverness. The scenes with him, Lovie, and his Gran were beautiful to witness. They had such a relaxing and peaceful feel, even though he bubbled with inner turmoil. I felt the worry as the impending truth about Hamish's relationship status simmered right under the surface. That truth wouldn't be doing anyone any favors. Duff and Lovie on the rooftop was quite magical and I felt myself wrapped up in the spell of their kisses. The ending events come hard and fast, yet concluded leaving me with a feeling of hopeful peace. I can't wait to read more of their story.
Well-written, well-developed characters. Can't wait to read more Duff and Lovie!
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite The Calum by Xio Axelrod is a unique addition to the realm we call "New Adult" fiction. Lovie is looking for love in all the wrong places. She also knows it's crazy to think that her Prince Charming could come in the form of a unicorn, or the calum. Yet it's to the Scottish Highlands she goes for Christmas and it's there that she meets the dashing Duff. Who said childish wishes can't come true? The calum is a reference to a "book boyfriend", one thing that I absolutely love doing! Who says you can't find your Edward, your Christian Grey, your Legolas? Okay, so maybe if your dream guy is a 1000-year-old elf, you have some problems, but it worked out for Lovie so, hey, it can work out for you too! I'm going to be honest, The Calum is not something that I expected. Xio Axelrod was a hoot and a half in terms of character and voice. I absolutely LOVED the dialogue and banter and simply thoughts inside characters' heads. I also wasn't expecting romance to be so much fun, and it really was. I found myself relating to both Lovie and Duff and I enjoyed their chemistry immensely. Additionally, I liked that the romance was interracial. I haven't been able to find that many books with interracial romance in them (other than some pretty weird erotica) so finding this was a breath of fresh air for someone currently involved in an interracial relationship. I will definitely be looking for more from Xio Axelrod!