Callie Jones is in trouble. She’s about
to lose the ranch she grew up on, and she has nowhere else to
go. She hopes the auction will provide a little money over
what she owes to help her start a new life, but to her horror
the only bidder is her one-time-love, Mica Blackfeather.
Mica buys the ranch and blackmails Callie
into marrying him in order to get revenge for his mother and
himself being thrown off the ranch for no reason years ago.
After they marry, however, Mica realizes he still cares for
Callie and his banishment may not have been her fault. Will
he be able to let go of his desire for revenge? And can a
marriage based on anger and blackmail ever become real?
For the Love of Callie had
a pretty standard premise—angry man who’s made good returns
for revenge on the woman who hurt him. What sets this one
apart from the legion of similar stories is the truly deep
emotions and character growth involved. Callie has become
hard, bitter, and prickly after years of hardship. Mica is
cold and calculating due to his years focused on revenge.
Both of these characters don’t seem very likeable at the onset
of the book, but as the story progressed I began to sympathize
with and root for both of them. Their sorrow, regret, and
love come through beautifully. I also enjoyed the character
of Delia, Mica’s mother, who provided wisdom, kindness, and a
bit of knowledge of Cherokee language and culture. The
Cherokee words sprinkled throughout the book, and the
afterword about the language provided at the end, gave a
unique flavor to the story. Yes, For the Love of Callie
has a very standard premise, and yes, there are several parts
in which the characters could have easily solved their
problems by a simple conversation, but in spite of the
simplicity of the story I really liked this one. Maggie
Casper created a pair of flawed but loveable characters it’s
very difficult not to care about, and the motivations and
fears she gave them showed the reasons why they couldn’t just
talk it out. If you like ranch stories,
revenge-turned-to-love stories, or contemporaries, pick up
For the Love of Callie. It’s a quick but
emotionally involving read.