Review of Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone

Review of Call Me Maybe

Call Me Maybe is a standalone contemporary romance that is (at least for now) only available in audio format. Strange, I know, but I think the author may have planned it that way. The story isn’t like your typical audiobook where a character reads it to you. This one is played out (sound effects and all) by two characters (male and female). *Update: It’s now available on Kindle.

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 troubleshoots 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.


  • Title: Call Me Maybe
  • Author: Cara Bastone (@carabastone)
  • New Contemporary Romance
  • Released: October 20, 2020
  • Rating: 7.5 out of 10

I have a confession … I love me a good alpha male. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t have one of those for me to swoon over. It’s actually just the opposite. Cal is a full-on beta male, full of insecurities and anxieties.


Don’t get me wrong, the story is cute and fun. It’s just not my cup of tea. I couldn’t ever see myself attracted to a man like Cal. I mean, I could totally be his friend. He sounds great in that aspect. But date him? Oh lord, no. This is without a doubt the kind of guy that most girls would friend zone in like 5 seconds flat.

I know we are supposed to like the nice guy, but let’s be real … we don’t. We love our alpha male bad boys. That’s why 900 million books are written about them each year. But if you like a story about a nice guy who is awkward and weird. Then, hey, this is the book for you.

Now, in its favor was the theatrics of the audiobook production. It wasn’t just some voice actor reading you the lines of a book. It was like listening to a movie play out, sound effects and all. I enjoyed the back-and-forth banter between the characters. It was well done.

Do I recommend it? That’s a hard question to answer. It was a decent enough book. But if you are looking for a hot alpha male, then no, this isn’t the book for you. Otherwise, I would say give it a try. It’s a short, breezy read that’s less than 6 hours long.

It’s a decent enough book, but I don’t get how it has remained a bestseller for so long. They must do some good marketing. Actually, that got me looking into it, and I realized it’s a best seller in “Network Storage and Administration,” which is not a real thing.

Call Me Maybe Romance Book


I guess that’s how they got it to be a #1 Best Seller, by putting it in a category that it doesn’t belong. Still, it has over 20,000 ratings on GoodReads, and they all seem to like it well enough.

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Raina Rivers
I'm the dedicated romance book reviewer here because who doesn't love a good love story? My reviews may not always be nice, but they are honest. Lately, I've also been reviewing some shows from Netflix and Amazon Prime, and well, who knows what else I may find to review for you.

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