Cali Boy by Charli Meadows

Cali Boy is an intense stepbrothers, bi-awakening debut novel!

From the blurb:


One devastating night. One tragic accident.

I survived, but the boy I used to be didn’t.

And I’ve been on a downward spiral of anger and resentment ever since. That is until my father makes a selfish decision that changes the course of my life and my future.

It brings him into it.

Golden-haired surfer boy, Oliver Chase.

Sunshine personified, and my new stepbrother.

I want to hate him, but his shy smiles and endearing dimples have me questioning everything I thought I knew about myself. I definitely don’t deserve him and I’ll probably hurt him, but the ease with which he breaks down the walls surrounding my battered heart might not leave me with a choice.


I don’t look back when Mom moves us from our sleepy California beach town to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago. I need a fresh start, to leave all the negativity and hate behind me, and I’m taking it.

But I wasn’t expecting the grumpy, brooding, hurt boy that bangs on my bedroom door. Nor was I expecting the toxic relationship he has with his dad, my mom’s new husband.

With mounting tensions at school and at home, I’m not sure how to feel about this fresh start anymore, but what I do know is that Finn’s tender touches and growly commands make me want him. And you should never lust after a straight boy… especially your new stepbrother.

Cali Boy is an 88,000 word M/M stepbrother romance. It is a standalone and you can expect grumpy/sunshine, hurt/comfort, and steamy first times. This novel is intended for 18+ readers and touches on some sensitive subjects.

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

An intriguing debut novel! And it’s a stepbrothers MM romance on top of that?! Cali Boy had a different vibe than most stepbrother romances as there was no animosity between the two, just from Finn’s father (complete asshat). 

Their connection was instantaneous, yet their chemistry was a slow burn. Their hesitations were definitely warranted, both from past events and the other bi-awakening.  Not mentioned the fact that they are shoved together unexpectedly! But, their chemistry is explosive once beginning! 

Interested to read future novels from this author, even with it being a little longer than what I normally read. The author keeps her readers engaged throughout its entirety, and is an all around happy read. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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