Title: Taunting Callum
Series: Big Sky Royal #3
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25 Aug 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads
His Royal Highness Callum Wakefield lives a carefree, luxurious life. As the King of England’s youngest son, and thus not the heir apparent, he has more freedom and less royal responsibilities. He spends his days traveling the world, indulging in the extravagance afforded by his family name. But after years of hopping from one country to the next, the place that holds the most appeal is Cunningham Falls, Montana. And the only woman on his mind is a fiery redhead with an infectious laugh.
The one who hates him.
Aspen Calhoun is the new owner of Drips & Sips. It’s taken her many years to find a place to belong, and she’s perfectly happy living a quiet life. Or she would be, if a certain prince would stop coming to town.
Aspen and Callum shared one incredible night together two years ago before he returned to his opulent life, subsequently forgetting all about her. Ego bruised and pride wounded, Aspen doesn’t know why he’s back. And she doesn’t care. She refuses to fall for his charms again.
But Callum is determined to stay in Cunningham Falls and make it up to Aspen, no matter how long it takes. Because while she was out of sight, she was most certainly not out of mind.
Taunting Callum is a magical romance with fairy-tale qualities and a true life Prince Charming.
Callum and Aspen have insane chemistry from the very first moment they meet. So much so that they succumb to their passion without communicating. A simple thing that can lead to big problems especially when jet lag is involved. Creating an uneasy tension between Callum and Aspen in all of their interactions during the next few years.
The emotional damage Aspen has suffered exaggerated her reaction to Callum’s faux pas allowing her to re-enforce her barriers. There isn’t a particular moment where Aspen has a sudden epiphany of healing and growth instead she transitions slowly, healing a little bit at a time. All the while Callum is in the background patiently waiting for the time when Aspen willingly forgives his unintended hurt.
The passion between Callum and Aspen only grows as they get reacquainted. The emotional openness and vulnerability adds to their intense connection.
Taunting Callum is a powerful depiction of grief and the healing process while maintaining a fairy-tale romance.