(New Hope Series, Book 2)
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.
Books in the New Hope series:
Book 1: Unbreak Me (Maggie's story)
Book 2: Wish I May (Cally's story)
Book 1: Unbreak Me (Maggie's story)
Book 2: Wish I May (Cally's story)
After reading Unbreak Me…..I had the chance to read Wish I May. I got to see the other side of the story, and to be honest….I loved it!! We only got a dual POV on this one, not the three way POV we had in Unbreak Me. It also jumped from present day to seven years ago, when it all happened and what really happened. After thinking about this intertwining story, I am so glad I read Unbreak Me first and read it so close to Wish I May. We really got to know more about William and see his side. I don’t like spoilers, so I will try to tell as much as I can without telling too much, but let me just say this, this book was a seriously intense, panty disintegrating, HOT book.
The first chapter alone on this book had me hooked….absolutely hooked. It was a very sweet, tear-inducing opener. I was drawn in and couldn’t put this book down….and once again, Lexi showed us that love so deep and so true can withstand anything. The story that unfolded captured me and made me smile; it made my heart smile. I fell instantly in love with William. He was every bit the man, honest and real man, that any woman craves for.
Cally and William were high school sweethearts, magically and truly in love. They were yanked apart by her mother moving out of state, taking her and her sisters away from their home and their father. Cally and William promised their love could withstand the distance….that they would make it, because they loved each other so much. They were a good, sweet, young couple that was so deeply in love. They made plans to visit, and she was coming back to go with him to his high school prom.
Drama. Tragedy. Heartbreak. A breakup so lame…..it shatters William. He should hate her.
Insert seven years…..seven long hard years for both Cally and William. Their lives have separated and they have lived their lives, seemingly moved on. After Cally’s mom dies from a “heart attack”, Cally is forced to bring her younger sisters back to their father to be taken care of. After all, Cally is too young to take care of them, especially given the situation she is in right now. She is trying to find the home of her father, but for some reason is unable to with all the changes that have gone on in the little town of New Hope. Cally runs into William after he was out for a jog. If she thought she was over him, she was wrong.
He rubs the back of his neck, and the movement sends the muscles in his arm and shoulder flexing. Between his sweaty muscles and my memories, I’m pretty sure my panties have all but disintegrated.
She realizes, after being near him and talking with him, that she is still very attracted to him. Very much so….and he is still very taken in by her. We start to see this intense love….one that makes you smile and your heart warm….I actually ached for William. The love he had for her, the love he wanted to show her, but she wouldn’t let him. I wanted to shake her and push them together!!! I actually ached for their love…..especially after their first bump into each other, the intensity of the feelings that I felt, that I read….Oh My Gosh!!! There was no denying that, despite the seven years and the heartache, there was some serious chemistry between them still.
“I was right about one thing,” he whispers.
“My memory got it all wrong.”
“You’re so much more beautiful than I remembered.”
SEE!!?? Oh, he melted me…..he loved her so much and she loved him, but she had her own battles to fight and wasn’t about to add another by letting William back in. She was going to get her sisters settled into their new home and move back home to Las Vegas. Again….I wanted to shake her. Her one true love was standing right in front of her, professing his love and showing it in every way possible, but she was running away from him. Not allowing him to get any closer….she even fought her own feelings for him. Oh gosh, this made me crave MORE…..so I read and read, not putting the book down through the night. It was worth it though….I needed to find out why Cally fought staying with William in New Hope. I needed to know why she was leaving and moving back to Las Vegas….but she wasn’t running away. She was protecting the ones she truly loved. Someone was looking for her and found her. Cally had a life she needed to get back to in order to protect the ones she loved, against her better judgment and her heart. William fought every step of the way to try and hold onto her….he lost her seven years ago. He wasn’t about to give up and lose her again….
“You’re mine, Cally,” he whispers. “I don’t give two fucks if that sounds too caveman or possessive for you, because when it comes to you, I am.”
My ONLY problem with this absolutely amazingly, cosmically intensely hot book was how quick it ended….it almost felt so rushed. Once everything was said and done, it was just…..too quick. And maybe that is just the proof of such good writing. I wanted more. I wanted to fall more in love. I wanted to see more of Cally through William’s eyes and feel his love for her some more. I craved more….I loved it. I truly honestly did.
I am anxiously awaiting news of another book in this series. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I am sure I will read it just as quickly as I did these last two. So very worth the lack of sleep. <3
You know that moment in a book when you finally realize what inspired the title of that book? The title for this book couldn’t have been more perfect. It fit and described it to a “T”. Cally and William loved the stars in the sky….and so many memories were born under the night sky that held the brightest stars. Ones you would make a wish on…..
I would rate this book 4.5 intensely hot stars…..very hot.
Next book in the series is Hanna Thompson's book! eekkk!!
Read Bethany's Review for Unbreak Me here
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. Please visit www.lexiryan.com