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Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one ca ...more
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Published July 15th 2015 by Kaisa Clark
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Annika
3.5 stars

While I didn't fall head over heels in love with this book, I found it very enjoyable. Calm like home is a sweet yet emotional, slow-burn, New Adult romance with an authentic, relatable heroine and a likeable hero.
It took me a little while to get into the story, but I loved the friends-to-lovers development and the growing chemistry between Alexa and Adam. One thing I tend to enjoy less and less these days, though, is constant hot and cold behavior within a relationship, which is why I
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Danielle Fulton
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it really pulls you in right from the start. Once I started it I could not put it down. The story is very touching and heartwarming. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Eti Mishra
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can read full review here

My Rating: *3.5 Stars*

Okay before I start I want to tell you that I read this book in just one sitting. Why? Because it was short(I thought) and quiet engrossing that I was not able to put it down.

Again a romance novel but I liked the story because I could relate to it, something that I experienced last year. I found it very enjoyable.

Characters : Alexa is a math student, she loves math and is someone who is not good with words. I really adored the character of Ale
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Deana Dick
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I received a copy of this book for an honest review

Alexa is a young woman who glides through life , not really letting her emotions show. She longs to feel a deep connection with someone, to love so fiercely that she breathes with force as she thinks about him. Will she ever find that love, she wonders ?

Adam is a tall, good looking guy who works with Alexa. They have a great friendship and are comfortable around each other. One day that changed when they both begin to spend time together away f
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Darla Mae C.
Reading Calm Like Home was a good break from all those fantasy and dystopian novels I’ve been reading for a long while. Nothing beats the summer heat better than falling in love during summer break, and that is exactly what Calm Like Home was about. Falling in love during the hottest time of the year.

Although a little slow paced, I enjoyed reading this book. It doesn’t have that love triangles and best friend dramas which is the common trend with contemporary books. This one was purely about the
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Anniek
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alexa is a sweet person. She is nice to her friends, she's a loyal employee and she's a good student. Alexa doesn't have much self-confidence and thinks she is nothing special and kind of plain. She works as a waitress together with her best friend Annabel. During the summer Adam comes home and works at the restaurant as well. Alexa's had a secret crush on Adam since a long time, but feels like they are stuck in the friend zone.

Adam is a bright and positive person. He lights up the room with his
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Anette (Anette The Wicked)
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally seen on Anette The Wicked:

First of all I would like to thank Kaisa Clark for giving me a copy and entrusting me with her work. It means a lot to me.

Everyone who's been in love has been through what Alexa has gone through. Pining for someone but that someone doesn't see you for anything else other than a friend. It hurts a lot, yes. That is the sad reality for us poor, hopeless souls. Alexa is going crazy with Adam. I mean, first there's the innocent touches and pick up lines that se
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Nancy Stopper
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Calm Like Home is a sweet romance with a bit of drama thrown in. It definitely reads like a college / new adult romance where the most important thing happening at the time is that the boy you like stopped by, and breakups are over dramatized as the end of the world. I had forgotten how simple life could be when the most you needed to worry about was getting to class on time, how your presentation in class would go, and knowing where the next party was.

This book is written in first person perspe
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Kathleen
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Calm Like Home is a captivating new adult romance that follows the friends to lovers relationship of Alexa Clausen and Adam Westbrook. Author Kaisa Clark weaves an emotional tale of friendship, longing, love, insecurity, losing oneself, rediscovery, and life changing experiences that will tug at the heartstrings.

Told in the first person narrative by Alexa, the reader embarks on an emotional roller coaster ride that follows the trials and tribulations of Alexa and Adam's relationship, as it goes
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Cleo
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book however i didn’t LOVE it.

Kaisa Clark is such an amazing writer. Like i said i didn’t love this book but it definitely did not make me want to stop reading. Something about the writing is just so captivating that made me keep going back to reading it. I did take a long time to finish this book (about a whole month) but that was because of my exams.

This book is put into 4 parts. The Spring, The Summer, The Fall and The Winter. It is something i enjoy a lot, seeing how th
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Karyn
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
What an emotional roller coaster this book took me on! This book was so well written it was like the story was actually happening to me instead of the main character, Alexa.

There were a couple of times that I laughed out loud – I don’t usually do that when reading a book. There were also times I realized I had a smile on my face, goose bumps on my arms, and tears in my eyes.

Alexa and Adam have been friends for a long time and have a fun, teasing relationship with each other. Their banter is cas
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Shameca Smith
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, let me tell you. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. Calm Like Home is a book that is about second chances, falling in love, heartbreak, and trying to move on. This book was like something that a lot of us have gone through and depicts a real life relationship.

Alexa is mesmerized by Adam. They have been friends for a long time and after Adam comes back from school, their friendships grows little by little. There are hints here and there that Adam may be hiding something from
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Amo & Sarah &
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
***Reviewed for Amo and Sarah’s Book Corner***

Have you met that one person you centre your whole world around? Well that’s what it’s like for Alexa she’s liked Adam Westbrook for forever it seems but that feeling just intensified when they started working together at a restaurant part-time. For her Adam was her one but with him being 1 year older and already gone away to college, Lex is sure that he doesn’t feel that way, until all of a sudden he does and Lex can’t quite believe her luck. Adam’s
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Kellie Lowther
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books .... Now where do I start. This book will give you tooth ache because it is just so sweet. A story of first love and all the new emotions, uncertainties, insecurities and the feeling of butterflies that comes with it. Adam and Alex are really likeable characters and I would of liked to of known more when it comes to the relationships with their families. It was a all just a bit too vague
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Pari
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 stars.
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a lot of things. For one, it starts with Spring (my favourite season) and then there's a sweet, fleeting summer romance (which I love) and then as the cold seasons start creeping up, relationships start breaking away. This is my favourite part of the whole book.
I loved the story and only wished that it could've been executed a little better. There were feels everywhere, but I didn't feel them. The story we
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Breanna Eichhorn
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Alexa gets to work, she finds out that Adam and Damien are back to work. Adam and Damien make things fun at work. Anabelle tells Alexa to go for it with Adam, she doesn't think that Adam thinks of her as anything more than a friend. Anabelle and Alexa go to a concert and they see the guys. Adam was hanging out with Alexa when the crowd got rowdy and when Lexa got hurt he protected her.
Alexa loves numbers, gets called Lex by Adam. She works at Milano's. She wants to be with Adam. Adam is st
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Ella
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is the roller coaster of a realistic relationship. Starting from being friends to transitioning to more and their fireworks. But for Alexa and Adam with the fireworks lead to happily ever after or will they cause them to crash and burn. Every relationships has their struggles but when Adam doesn't want to open up about his life it slowly build a wall between them, although at first they are able to see over or look around it, eventually it needs to be torn down or they will separated. ...more
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Oh, my goodness. This book was so easy to identify with. It felt like a flashback to my college days. So many of Alexa's emotions in this book remind me of how I felt at her age. Really, the ups and downs of the story couldn't have been more perfect. Kaisa Clark did an amazing job. The story was sweet at times, but very real and raw. I loved it.

My only complaint with Calm Like Home is that it ended before I wanted to be done reading it. I wanted more Alexa and Adam! I would highly suggest it to
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Rachel Gunter
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Calm Like Home by Kaisa Clark is a sweet romance that kept me hooked. I found it to be a fun, quick, and easy read. I'd definitely recommend it. I think it would be a great book to pull you out of a reading slump. Its quite short so you can fly through it!

The story follows the just friends to romance relationship of Alexa and Adam - a really cute couple. Their romance felt really authentic, and I liked how they had a great friendship first.

At times it left me feeling like I was on an emotional
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Kristen Chandler
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster. I really liked the story line, and loved the characters, most definitely the main characters, Alexa and Adam. But what I loved most of all about this book was that it was so relatable. I'm pretty sure almost every female on the planet has fallen for a guy that only sees them as a friend. I read through this one pretty quickly, as I didn't want to put it down.


I give it 4 stars. Calm Like Home is a book that you should definitely check out!
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Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)
Review originally posted on The Slanted Bookshelf.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

The Characters

Alexa (Lex) is the main character and I really really liked her! A lot of new adult novels feature a main character who has a traumatic past or is very reserved when it comes to relationships, or something along those lines, and Calm Like Home doesn’t, which was so refreshing. Lex is just an average girl who goes to university and has the biggest crush on her friend and colleague, Adam. She knows how to have fun,
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Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.:)***

Rating: 3.5/5

Calm Like Home is a story of love and of second changes...

From the very start Alexa has had a thing for Adam, but their friendship always gets in the way of them getting to admit that they like each other. What makes things worse for Alexa is having to see Adam for a very short time at work, but his playful personality remains her that their friendship is important to her, and she is not about to risk what she has with him. But
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Judith
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: New Adult/ College Romance seekers
Shelves: arc-riri, reviews
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you .
DATES READ: 9/1 - 9/4

Calm Like Home is a New Adult - College romance novel.

Alexa Clausen looks forward to working another summer with her crush Adam. She enjoys who she is around him, and how everything seems to be so effortless between them. She just can’t help but crush on him.

Adam is a fun, playful, and sweet, but there is another unexpected side to him that Alexa is unaware of.

Both characters struggle in progressing with
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Sukey  the Book Hoarder
Alexa and Adam are a really cute couple. I liked reading about them falling in love, but as much as Adam brought light and love to Alexa’s life, he also brought a whole lot of unnecessary heartache and drama, too—all because neither of them would communicate openly with the other.

For me, the story had the effect of reading a young woman’s diary – filled with the play-by-play details of her love life. While reading, I questioned the plot and message of the story. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced
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Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
This is a sweet story story at its heart. Adam and Alexa’s innocent friendship builds and builds, turning into a life changing love from the first accidental touch.

but then….there’s so much push and pull and push and pull and crying and drinking and crying WHILE drinking and oh good lord I’m tired.

Adam and Alexa have a summer together…well, technically 31 days since they don’t actually get together until closer to the end of the summer, but I digress. Once Adam returns to school 300 miles away,
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Catherine Verrechia
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I recieved a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Secrets, lies, anger, resentment; all four words encompass Adam’s inner turmoil. He is a haunted character who hides behind smiles, a cool façade and a painful past which he cannot escape. It becomes abundantly clear that Alexi is the key to unlocking these secrets and with her comes a love like nothing else.

Although intense, the relationship doesn’t fell too forced. It covers natural insecurities within any relationship; both are una
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Allyssa Scott
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book was all over the place, but in the most amazing way. The story centers on Alexa and Adam, and the emotional roller coaster that is their relationship. Calm Like Home was one of those books that you just couldn’t put down! My boyfriend can vouch for this as I wouldn’t listen to him the whole time I read. I absolutely adored Alexa! She was a very relatable character, which I think many girls will be able to connect with. The book st
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Amanda R
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, romance, new-adult
Alexa has had a crush on Adam for a few summers. Something about him just pulls her in. It seems like this year is her year. He's talking to her more and hanging out with her. She just wants to spend time with him and now she is. The more time she spends with him the more time she wants. Something is off though. Adam doesn't spend a ton of time with his family and he doesn't talk about them either. Whatever he's hiding Alexa doesn't want to push because shes afraid she'll push him away. When the ...more
Aimee
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: group-review
*Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review*

Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I really loved both Alexa and Adam and their personalities and how they interacted within the story. Their playfulness at work along with their friends was a lot of fun to read about and there were a lot of parts that made me laugh and I loved that about this book. I loved how Adam called Alexa his "bear" and how he loved her 9 tooth smile. Those along with other little things within the
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Tonya
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Review from Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews

3.5 stars

From reading the synopsis, I really wanted to read, and love this book. It fell really flat for me though. I thought Alexa was very weak. She wasn’t strong at all and couldn’t stand on her own two feet while Adam was away at school. I didn’t like her. She actually reminded me of Bell in Twilight.

The whole long distance relationship was toxic. She couldn’t cope at only when Adam was back at school. He was only 300 miles away, so he wasn’t
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Kaisa Clark is the author of the new adult novel Calm Like Home. She is passionate about reading and writing and also has an intense love for music, coffee, and dark chocolate. She lives with her amazing husband and daughter and their sweet dog and kooky cat.
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