Call Me Maybe is feel good, clean, and fluffy romance with amazing cast of narrators that takes place over the phone call.
Call Me Maybe (Love Lines #1) by Cara Bastone
Publication Date : October 20, 2020
Publisher : Audible Audio
Read Date : May 27, 2022
Genre : Romance
Tea for this book : Indian Masala Chai
Books I read in this series –
Seatmate (Book 3)
Listening Length: 5 hours and 55 minutes
True love is on the line in this charming, laugh-out-loud rom-com—created specifically for the audio format!
Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth… when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Cal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward…. in an adorable way.
And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.
And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he trouble shoots my website.
And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).
And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people fall in love at first talk.
Because I’m falling… hard.
Call Me Maybe is fun and lovely romance that revolves around Vera virtually meeting Kal through customer service call that lasts more than few minutes and soon that call turns into more than just friendship. The story is about friendship, family, love, finding one true passion and pursuing no matter what, standing up for yourself, clearing things taking space in mind and heart for years.
I loved the beginning how Vera calls the website building company’s customer service for a glitch in her site for new Date-in-a-Box business. She want up and running for big business expo in few days. And as she was kept on hold with customer service for 3 hrs before she connected with Kal, she refuses to disconnect until her website issues are solved. The guy so lovely he actually stays connected for straight 9 hrs! After exchanging numbers and talking through series of calls, DMs, messages, they get to know each other more and become more than just friends.
It was interesting to see if Kal can solve her website issue in time, will they meet each other once website is up and running, will Vera’s family support her on her big day, and how will be her business launch.
Both main characters are lovely. I loved Vera. She is fun, loving, caring, with sunshine attitude with dramatic flare but she struggles with self-confidence as her family doesn’t take her new business idea seriously. They in fact treat her like she is quitter and won’t be sticking with this new business like her history suggests. Her situation and finding her passion dream late in life is realistic and I think many can relate to it. It was amazing how talking with Kal she realized she just found her real calling after trying few things. She is not quitter but a trier and how she found courage to stood up for herself.
Kal is adorable and so lovely. What customer service guy sticks to call for 9 hrs! And he is gentleman throughout the call. I so want him real. Like Vera he too had a family issue. His dad is Finnish and mom is American. He spent his childhood between two countries as they weren’t married and that affected his relationship with his father. I liked how Vera made him confront that unresolved family issue.
Unlike the third book I read, secondary characters are more interesting in this. I like knowing more about both of their family. Vera’s brother is cute. I’m glad we’re getting his story in next book. Kal’s cat is a character.
Best part of the book is Vera’s Date-in-a-Box subscription idea and how it is going to work. She is pretty amazing with it and I would love one of those curated boxes. Like third book, huge cast of narrators is also best part of the book. There is sounds for phone rings, notification dings, car honking, passing, door opening and closing, cat mewling… it’s super amazing and made me feel like I’m watching movie with closed eyes.
Did I say the story takes place in few days, from Monday to Saturday. And it’s lovely how Kal and Vera’s feelings grew for each other through the calls and messages this entire time making them from strangers to friends to more than just friends. It’s clean and fluffy romance. I was dying for them to finally meet and they do, in the end.
Some turns are surprising especially the one in climax a day before the expo. I should have seen that coming after reading so many books in this genre but I didn’t and I liked that and it’s also a reason I enjoyed this more than third book. End is perfectly feel-good and uplifting.
Overall, Call Me Maybe is fun, cute, feel good, fluffy and clean romance that takes place over the phone call.
I highly recommend if you like,
Fluffy and cute love stories
Story taking place in few days over the phone call
Theme of following passion and dream
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