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Everything changed the moment he found her…
Cal Remus is in love.
But the object of his affection barely acknowledges his existence. Worse: She acts like he’s the dirt sticking to the bottom of her shoe. Weaker men might give up. But not Cal. Hell no, he loves a good challenge and Ariana Skyee has made this the most intriguing challenge of all.
Having read his father’s confidential military files, Cal should be concerned about the seemingly fragile new world order on Planet Novo and the events back on Earth. But he’s distracted.
Securing Arianas love is his number one priority.
He’s going to win her heart, or die trying.
Special note from the author:
This short story is narrated solely from Cal Remus’ point of view, and it depicts the events leading up to the introduction of ‘The Calling.’ That is; the events that pre-date True Calling, Book 1 in the series. This can be read as a stand-alone story. However, if you are planning on reading the True Calling series, I recommend that you read the titles in the following sequence:
True Calling – Book 1
Lovestruck – Short Story
Beyond Reach – Book 2
Light of a Thousand Stars – Novella
Destiny Rising – Book 3.
Cal—yeah, he doesn’t need much of an introduction. After finishing the trilogy, I was obsessed with Cal. Since I know how his and Ariana’s love story ends, it actually made this story better. Reading it between books one and two or two and three would make it more stressful—but maybe in a good way, right?
Cal’s voice was so different than when he got a voice in Destiny Rising. Obviously, Cal underwent some major changes. His outlook on life had changed a lot in the third book, some of which might have had to do with him being genetically mutated by the government. I liked that I got to see a completely different side to him, look at Ariana through his eyes, and experience the heartbreak of someone who never got the love from those he cared about the most.
Seeing him in a different light was only the beginning. In this short story, his father’s brutality got exposed. Cal alluded to his father’s abuse at times, but other than a few instances that Ariana and Zane witnessed the darker side of a respectable man, I didn’t see Nate Remus in his prime. Only a few pages of the story, it offered a lot to why Cal acted as he did. In a world that was supposedly perfect, how could a man that casually discards and beats his children, physically and mentally, make the cut? Good science fiction takes a novum and intersperses actual issues that readers can connect to on some level, whether personal or distant.
Lovestruck is a great addition to this series. Since I adore Cal so much, I particularly enjoyed this story. If you haven’t read the True Calling series yet, starting with this novella would be the way to go, especially if you are iffy about the first book like me. I promise, this is a series you will want to finish!