Sep 262012
 

The Athena EffectThe Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Country girl Cal has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

This was a great slow romance story that was mostly clean with just a bit of implied sex. The story was mostly about Cal and Cal, with the plot about Cal’s mysterious history playing more of a minor role.

The interplay between Cal and Cal was great. Seeing situations from both viewpoints gave a complete picture and really highlighted how the way people see things may not be the full truth.

I loved getting to know Calvin and his story. It was quite understated but seemed real and sad. His reactions and thoughts seemed genuine and misunderstood. Despite his initial image, he was a real nice guy that seemed to surprise himself.

This story was obviously part of a series, but I can’t wait for the next installment. The ending was quite open, but it was still satisfying. Not a dreaded cliffhanger, but there are definitely answers I can’t wait to have answered in the next book.

4 stars

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