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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Wish I May by Lexi Ryan - 4 Wine Glasses

18365945Title: Wish I May
Author: Lexi Ryan 
Series: New Hope
Publication: October 8th 2013 by Ever After, LLC
Source: ARC Courtesy of Publicist/Blog Tour Co. 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon - B&N
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5



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.


Thoughts:

To Cally, family is everything. She will lie, steal, and cheat for her two younger sisters. But when her mom passes away and she is forced to return to her home town, and to their spiritual and idealistic father, she comes face to face with one of the lies she regrets the most. William Bailey. They promised each other everything, but when her mother took her and her sisters away, she lost more then just the love of her life. Now she is back and Will wants what they had before. But Cally can't give him that. What they had is gone. Taken. Sold. Will won't give up though, not until he possesses every part of Cally, even her secrets. 

Wish I May is the sequel to Unbreak Me, in Lexi Ryan's new adult romance series, New Hope. We first meet Will in Unbreak me. He comes across, or at least for me he did, as an indecisive man with a fickle heart. But in Wish I May, we come to find out that Will is just looking for the love he lost all those years ago and someone to start a family with. When Cally returns to town he thinks that this is finally his chance but what he doesn't know is that Cally is no longer the same girl he knew. She's broken. But Will doesn't care, he is done trying to fix people (Unbreak Me), he wants Cally just as she is and will get her, piece by piece. 

If you have followed the series then you will see the growth of Will's character, even though Wish I May mainly follows Cally and her family. Told from both Will's and Cally's perspective with slices of the past sprinkled in you get a broader view of these two characters. Why they've done what they've done and do what they do. Cally's been to Hell and back and as a reader it is easy to empathize with her. And despite my initial feelings about Will, I couldn't help but love him. He is so sweet, and caring, and understanding. But don't mistake him for a push-over because he is anything but. Together these two take you on a journey of learning,  heartbreak, forgiveness, and finding that little bit of magic in life that make you believe in Happily Ever Afters. 

The story moved at a steady pace, with fantastic characters that easily tug on your heart strings in a believable plot that anyone you know could be living. Cally's secret's also kept me intrigued throughout the story. All that being said, I think Wish I May would make an okay stand-alone but you'll get a bigger picture of the characters and story if you read Unbreak Me first. 

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