Speed Date with Phoebe: CALLUM by Melissa Schroeder

Posted 22 March, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 8 Comments

Thursday is Speed Date Night around here. What’s a Speed Date in book world, you ask? It’s a quickie review (about 150 words) of any genre book (variety is the spice of life, after all). If you’re interested in joining in the speed dating fun, sign up in the Linky below and have fun. This speed date is all about “meeting” new books. Cheers, my reader friends!
Paranormal romance
234 pages, paperback
Available now (Feb. 2012)
Publisher: self via CreateSpace
Review copy purchased
Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan?

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum’s impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn’t like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn’t help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he’s attracted. But, he doesn’t really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents’ shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents’ work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons’ offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.

Ooh…isn’t Callum dreamy? Lucky Phoebe. Too bad he acts like such an ass when Phoebe first meets him. He does have an excuse for his ass-hattery: due to a terrible curse, Callum’s had to protect the remains of his clan for hundreds of years, and he really doesn’t trust anyone, even the woman he hired to translate an ancient diary that might reveal the way to break said curse (whew, quite a mouthful).

Phoebe, for her part, tries to ignore the glaring hottie while doing what she was hired to do. Too bad she’s collaborating with Callum’s enemy, though she doesn’t know it. But their lust is too great to ignore. (Come on, people. Why fight it?)

Filled with plenty of searing looks and throbbing…hearts, CALLUM is a very promising start to a new romantic series.

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8 Responses to “Speed Date with Phoebe: CALLUM by Melissa Schroeder”

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Can you imagine being in college at 13? Actually, one of my best friends started college when she was 13. But unlike Phoebe, she was 23 or 24 when she finished her PhD. Lazy girl. 🙂

  2. “Filled with plenty of searing looks and throbbing…hearts”

    Hahahaha somehow I think his heart is definitely not the only thing throbbing. Win. And for some reason I’m a sucker for ass-hattery on a hero when I know his actions toward the heroine are eventually going to turn from antagonistic to a deliciously romantic.

  3. College at 13? O_O I hadn’t heard of this one before I def. like that guy on the cover!!! haha. Sounds really good though great review!!!

  4. I missed out on speed dating this week but will definitely be writing my own speed dating review for next Thursday. This is an excellent idea!