Wish I May (New Hope #2)
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publisher: Ever After, LLC
Release Date: 4 October 2013
I grew up wishing on stars.
My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.
Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.
This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.
I find myself looking to my stars again...wondering if I dare one more wish.
Once I started, I couldn't have put this book down if I had wanted to. And trust me, I did not want to. This book was pretty damn devastating, but also pretty damn amazing.
Cally just broke my heart. Her past is gradually revealed throughout the story and with every new detail, my heart bled a little bit more for her. She's so strong and tries so hard to move on from her painful past, and to do the best she can for her sisters.
I loved Will so much. He's had plenty of turbulence in his own romantic history, but he's never forgotten the girl who left him behind- Cally. I loved how he couldn't bring himself to hate Cally, even though he knew he probably should. He doesn't want to hold onto the pain from her leaving, but fights for their love.
This is the second book in the New Hope series, the first is Unbreak Me, which is Maggie and Asher's story. We meet Maggie and Asher in this book as well, but this definitely works perfectly well as a standalone. I can't wait to read Maggie's story as well now!
The writing just captivated me, and it was impossible to stop reading. I was pulled deep into Will and Cally's intense and passionate story. It made me crazy cry...the kind of crying where you're a bit bewildered by how much emotion you're feeling, and you can't stop the floods. Yeah, not a pretty sight.
I was constantly on edge waiting to see when Cally's past would catch up with her, and what exactly happened with her when she left New Hope.
It's also written in dual POV, which I really enjoyed. It was so great to be able to dive into both Cally and Will's mind.
Overall, I can't recommend this enough. I was really impressed by how much I enjoyed this romantic and bumpy journey, and how much I felt connected with the characters. It's the first book I've read by Lexi Ryan, and I can wholeheartedly say it won't be the last.
*I received a review copy, as part of the blog tour. Thank you!
About the Author
Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. A former college English professor, Lexi now writes full time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children.