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.
Wish I May by Lexi Ryan is book #2 in her New Hope series. It follows William Bailey, schmexy art gallery owner. The story takes place after Unbreak Me (New Hope #1). I highly recommend reading Unbreak Me first so that you have a background on some of the characters.
William and Cally were high school sweethearts and they vowed to stay together, even as Cally (along with her mother and younger sisters) were moving away. They begin to grow apart, phone calls and texts are few and far between and then Cally breaks William’s heart. The two are forced to go on without one another.
We find ourselves back in New Hope seven years later. Do you believe in fate? Well I do! William and Cally were fated to bump into each other when Cally and her sisters return home after being struck by tragedy.
Cally is practically drooling over the sweaty, muscular, more mature version of the William that she left behind. He materializes out of now where when she is lost in her home town. William tries to act casual but I got the feeling that he was a bit nervous around Cally. He thought that he hated her but now that she is right there within his reach he seems unsure of how he really feels.
“Because she may no longer be the girl I once loves, but she’s the woman I want.”
As with any good book these two characters have their secrets from their past. Cally is haunted by hers and the things that she has done. I admired how at such a young age she sacrificed so much for her mother and her little sisters. We know (if you read Unbreak Me) what cards William has been dealt over the years, he has had his unfair share of ups and downs as well.
Cally has no plans to stay in New Hope once she gets her sisters settled in with their dad. She will leave in a few days and go back to her old life, hopefully avoiding an old flame (?) who has come back around.
William tries to do everything in his power to get Cally to stay. He invites her and the girls to stay with him while their house is fixed up, he helps Cally set up a massage area in his gallery (once she decides to stay), and he takes Cally out to dinner….and let me tell you, I want a dinner like that!! Holy schmexiness under the table cloth…OMG it was H-O-T!!
“Be with me, Cally. You’re my compass. My north star.”
…as well as strong and demanding…
“I don’t give two fucks if that sounds too caveman or possessive for you, because when it comes to you, I am.”
Cally is torn as her new life collides with her old. She has to make a decision, one that could change the lives of the people that she cares the most about. William is just as torn…he wants Cally but wants her to make her own choice, he realizes that he cannot force her hand.
Which path will Cally choose, who will she end up with? I’m not going to tell ;) Be sure to read Wish I May ASAP!
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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.