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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Wish I May: Lexi Ryan




Wish I May 
Lexi Ryan
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.



Meet Will first in...

Unbreak Me
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“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 and 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?
Excerpt from WISH I MAY
© 2013 by Lexi Ryan

I can hardly breathe. My brain doesn’t have time for something as trivial as oxygen when it’s so busy cataloguing her features, memorizing the exact shade of her mocha eyes, warring with the anger and regret that have sprung to life as if they never left me to begin with.
I never thought I’d see her again. I didn’t think I wanted to.
The moment I step closer, I realize my mistake. Being near her is like a sip of water to desert-parched lips. It whips something through me—memories, lust, first love. Heartbreak. She tilts her lips up to mine, and I actually think for one goddamned ridiculous minute that I might kiss her, that I want to. That I would swallow all my pride and forgive her for just one taste.
I step back before I can give in to the impulse, and her cheeks blaze to life, her blush as cute as the rest of her. That’s the word for her: cute. Sweet smile and peppy ponytail, she exudes cuteness.
Except her ass. Her ass doesn’t even land in the same stratosphere as cute, and those tight little pants do nothing to hide its soft, round curves. And her breasts. There’s definitely nothing cute about the way her T-shirt stretches across their fullness. Or her go-for-miles legs. Not to mention the narrow strip of skin exposed between her shirt and pants. Just looking at the single inch of flesh below her navel, and I practically taste strawberry wine on my tongue.
Moonlight. Her warm skin under my tongue. The sound of her moan as my tongue dips lower.
The memory grabs hold of my senses and won’t let go.
Fuck. I can’t even lie to myself. Nothing about her says cute. Everything about her says sex. And mine.
"I want you to always believe you deserve whatever you can wish for, Cally. As long as you'll let me, I'll make your wishes come true."

We begin as two high school kids are madly in love. William is the wealthy, popular boy and Cally is the girl from the poor family that no one thinks is good enough for him. But they are being ripped apart by circumstances. No amount of wishing is going to stop it. She is moving away with her mother and sisters ...they vow to stay in touch long distance....

Seven years later, we see where their lives have taken them. William has not been lucky in love. On top of losing Cally, he now has two failed engagements...to sisters, no less. He is still a good guy, but just keeps searching for the right woman. He is handsome, a successful business owner, and has good friends in New Hope. He is still right where she left him.

Cally's life took an even darker turn after moving to Vegas with her mother. Her mother was unreliable and a poor caregiver, leaving Cally to support her two younger sisters. And in order to do that, she had to resort to things that she was ashamed of. And therefore, had to let her love for Will go. But now she is back in New Hope, bringing her sisters home to their father. And of course, the first person she runs into is the one she is afraid to look in the eye....Will...

I look up at the stars. When did I lose sight of mine? My father raised me to believe in magic, in wishes, in beautiful destiny. And then life went to shit and destiny played second fiddle to just getting by.

I look up at the moon and stars we once wished on together. They make me feel lonelier than ever. Because she may no longer be the girl I once loved, but she's the woman I want.

Will has always been chasing the the elusive idea of family since he was raised by his grandmother. Cally is running from part of her past she is not proud of. But they still have a connection that is hard to deny. 

"Forget about the past. Forget about the future. You're here now, and what's happening between us is inevitable. You're mine."

They have so many opposing forces against them. So many lies and omissions between them. So much guilt. So much pain. So much history. So much left unsaid. But also so much passion, need, and  unresolved feelings. But when her past comes back for her, will it ruin her chances at starting over again in New Hope?

Cally was put in a horrible situation that she had no control of. She was then, and is now, just trying to do what she has to do to keep her loved ones safe, even though she sacrifices herself. My heart literally broke for Cally and all she suffered. And for Will too. Because he never really got over the loss of Cally. I really felt their longing, their need, their deep feelings, and connection. They really did seem like soul mates that were thrown terribly off course by circumstances. And they both suffered considerably. And every time it seemed like they might find a chance for happiness, something would happen to throw a roadblock in their path. It had me tense and anxious and just hoping that somehow they could find a way to make it all work out.

"I need you to believe again. I need you to be brave. You hold on to me, and I'll hold on to you."

We see characters that we met in UNBREAK ME. Maggie and Asher are in this book too so we get to catch up with them. Maggie's twin sisters Hanna and Lizzy are friends with Cally so they are a big part in this book. We meet Will's friends, Sam and Max. And I can already see more stories brewing with those characters. Cally's younger sisters Drew, an outspoken, semi spoiled fifteen year old and Gabby, a sweet, troubled ten year old really tugged at my heart. I could see Drew possibly getting a story of her own. 

Lexi Ryan creates such flawed, emotional, beautiful characters. Their backgrounds have such depth and their experiences significantly affect them. And she does not pull any punches with the trauma the characters have dealt with. I thought Cally had such an inner strength about her. She was smart, determined, loving, and really wanted to make things better for herself and those she loved. Will was such a strong, caring man with a big capacity for forgiveness and love.  And their chemistry and passion were seriously hot and intense.

I love most of the citizens in the town of New Hope (but of course there are a few you have to dislike) and how they stand behind each other in difficult times. It is such a tight knit community and even when they disagree, it is obvious they are doing it to protect those they care about it. But they are not afraid to admit when they are wrong either. This book was raw, heartbreaking, tense, sweet, suspenseful, and poignant. It makes you believe that there is a destiny and that soul mates do exist. And that no matter how off course or how broken people may be that they will find their way back to their true place in life. 

Thanks to Lexi Ryan for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review. 




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. 



Giveaway
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