The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he's facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he'll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they're together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.
THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLE AND KAYDEN ended with a massive cliff hanger and I was literally breathless after reading that last page and finding out that there were no pages left. I was hanging from that proverbial cliff with my fingertips! So, you must understand how much I've waited for this book, how much I've though about it, and how much I really expected from this sequel.
After the events of TCOCAK, Callie and Kayden both had a lot of demons to face and fight through to get to their happily ever after together. I had no doubt in my mind that they will eventually get together, I just didn't know how long it would take them to get there or how much they're going to break first before finding it. They've gone through hell with their terrible pasts and they're still climbing their way back up from that darkness into the light. We've seen a glimpse of that journey in the first book but in THE REDEMPTION OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN, we find out how much difficult it really is to try and find their way out of their dark pasts.
They've both been through hardships no single human being should have to endure but as much as Callie wants to be there for Kayden, as much as she wants to shoulder his burdens, Kayden is convinced that she does not deserve that kind of pain. Throughout most of the book, Kayden tries (and fails, for the most part) to convince himself and Callie that he's not the right guy for her. He's determined to push her out of the darkness and not drag her down alongside him. But Callie refuses to hear anything about it.
Callie has always struggled with intimacy as a result of a traumatic experience that changed her life. She's been constantly afraid of getting close to another person after what she has been thorough. But Kayden changes her. In this sequel, we find out just how much. Callie's afraid of many things and one more thing added to the list is how deep her feelings for Kayden are. She doesn't how to come to terms with the kind of love that she is starting to feel for him, much less admit that out loud to Kayden himself.
So, as they both struggle with their inner conflicts on their own, they find each other once again in their weakest moments and decide that in order for them to be able to face their own demons, they need to do it together.
It was so nice to see them finally take the bull by its horns. Callie and Kayden found the strength to let go, say "fuck it" and move on. It would take time for their scars to heal but they're going to do it with and for each other. We see their relationship mature and evolve in TROCAK. Their flaws just went together flawlessly and made them so beautiful together. They picked up the broken pieces of themselves and tried to fit the jagged pieces together, and in the end, they we abel to crate something more beautiful than what they could have accomplished with only just their own pieces.
I had some minor trouble with the writing (pacing was off, methinks), but aside from that this was a beautiful sequel and addition to the series. It sets the stage for the next books (I'm thinking Luke's going to be a bigger part of the next book so I'm happy! I love him! He's so badass and shit! :D ) without being too much of a cliff hanger. I have great hopes for Callie and Kayden. :)