Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Review: "Stolen Wishes" by Lexi Ryan

Stolen Wishes
(New Hope #1.5)

A sexy smile. Intense blue eyes. A goodness that makes him want to save me from these rumors when no one else would care. I didn't ask for a hero. William Bailey was never supposed to be anything more than a wish, a dream, an unrequited crush. Not for a girl like me--a girl whose fractured family has stolen her chance at a decent life.

Since the death of my parents, I've always done what’s expected of me, what's "best" for me. Until Cally. The moment her haunted eyes meet mine, the fractured pieces of my heart feel whole again. I don’t just want to save her. I need her to save me.

Stolen chances. Unbroken wishes. Two lonely souls grasping for hope in the darkness. 

**This novella takes place seven years before the events in WISH I MAY and shows William and Cally falling in love for the first time. It can be read before or after WISH I MAY or on its own.**

**Contains sexual content and adult language and situations. Intended for mature readers.**

Books in the New Hope Series, reading order: 

Unbreak Me
Stolen Wishes: A Wish I May Prequel Novella
Wish I May

5 Stars!

Having already read Wish I May, I knew that I was going to love this novella. It was beautiful…I seriously loved it. I read it late at night and went to sleep with a smile on my face.  So, having met and fallen in love with Will and Cally already, Stolen Wishes gave me more of the background of their start and the beginning of an intense and honest love.  In my personal opinion, it should be read before Wish I May, even though it can be read before or after. I only say this because it was the most perfect pre-cursor to the amazing and loving story in Wish I May.

~This book tugged at my heart….it made me see Will’s love in a different light….and it made me see how honest and perfect their start really was, and WHY the break up was SO hard on him.~

We started this novella with Cally being harassed by some school bullies, and it broke my heart….to have to live under the shadow of your parents’ wrong doing is just not fair for any kid. William comes to her rescue as she is trying to walk away from the ‘problem’. He is the perfect gentleman, the “knight in shining armor”, per se. The teenage misperceptions are so accurate in this novella, it made me just shake my head and see how things can get so easily misconstrued…no matter how much of the issue is real and how much is made up.

While walking Cally home, Will invited her to a party at one of his friends’ house and this is where the attraction heated up. The closeness at the party; Will really wanted to get close to her and tried with every chance he could and oh, the body shot scene….that was hot!! I could feel the attraction between the two of them from that scene alone…and I loved it!! But, unfortunately there were some girls there that didn’t like the fact that Will was cozying up to Cally and made it known, which scared her off. She was the poor girl; he was the rich athlete….talk about stereotyping!

With a lot of insistence by Will, Cally finally agrees to go out with him on an actual date after their good time was wrecked by the jealous girls at the party. The teasing and the flirting between the two of them just made my heart smile…it was really sweet and heartwarming, and it was just fun to read.

We learn more about Cally’s love for the stars and why she walks in the dark….and it shows a deeper side to Cally than most people would normally see. We also get to see the deeper side to Will and what makes him love as hard as he does.

We have a connection that I’ve craved since my parents died.
When Cally’s around, I never feel alone. ~Will

The character development and growth in this novella is perfect. Again, I have already read Wish I May, so I really already knew about Will and Cally in the later years, but seeing their start and what caused all the feelings in Wish I May, this was beautifully written. I cannot recommend this novella enough….perfect introduction to their story and wonderfully written. 

I am sooo looking forward to Hanna's story, which is next. According to Lexi, it's a three-part story (two novels with a prequel novella released in between). The first book is called LOST IN ME and is due out in early April. Do not miss any part of this series and catch up with all of the books in the New Hope series. I think this is honestly one of my favorite ongoing series that I am currently awaiting books in. Easy reads that are so emotionally and beautifully written….they are deep.

“This is my favorite time of day,” Will whispers.
I lean against him and sigh. “Sunset?”
“No.” He reaches over and slides a hand into my hair. “The part where I’m next to you.”

I rate this novella 5 beautifully sad, but loving stars.


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New Hope Series

Unbreak me
(New Hope #1)

“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

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Wish I May
(New Hope # 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.

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About the Author:
Lexi Ryan

Lexi RyanLexi RyanNew 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 

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