Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Wish I May by 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.

4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

We first met William Bailey in Unbreak Me.  And while I loved him in the first book I didn't love him with the main character.  So of course when I found out that Lexi Ryan was writing his story I was so excited.  I couldn't wait to see Will get his happily ever after.  Wish I May is an amazing story about love, forgiveness and second chances.

When Cally was only 16 years old her mother decided to move her and her sisters to a new state, leaving her father and William Bailey behind.  Cally and William were in love and were planning their future together.  They were going to make their relationship work and not let the distance get in the way of their love.   But unfortunately life's plans don't always work out the way you want them too.  Cally slowly watched as her life started going on a downward spiral.  She gave up all her dreams to be able to save herself and her sisters.  She suddenly had to become the one responsible for her sisters, the rent and the bills.  She did things that she wasn't proud of but needed to do to survive.  Her new life didn't include William Bailey and she knew that she had to move on from him and the life that they planned, even if it meant breaking his heart.

It's seven years later and after the death of her mother Cally is temporarily returning home to get her sisters settled in with their father. She has no plans of staying and the last thing that she wants while she is there is to run into William Bailey.  Cally finds herself lost and in need of directions.  This is where you could say that fate steps in and leads her right back to the man that she once loved, the man she is hoping to avoid.

William Bailey was in love with Cally and always wondered what happened to them.  They had it all planned out and while he waited that night for her to show up for the prom he realized that she wasn't coming and he just lost the girl that he loved.  The last 7 years have not been kind to William when it comes to love.  He has tried to fill the hole in his heart that was left there by Cally.  But things just didn't go the way he had planned.  He has been engaged twice once to a woman who he loved and wanted to save and the other whom he also loved but not the way a husband should love his wife.  Now it's 7 years later and he is face to face with the woman who broke his heart all those years ago.  He knows that he should walk away, that he should hate her but he can't.  Especially when all the feelings that he had for her 7 years ago come rushing back.  He lost her once and is not about to lose her again.  He knows she has no plans of staying but Will vows to change those plans.  He is not going to let her get away for a second time.

"Be with me Cally. You're my compass. My north star."

At some point Cally does decide to stay and her and Will start becoming closer.  As much as Cally still loves Will and wants to be with him, she is scared.  She is afraid of the secrets that she stills holds from her past.  Afraid of how he will look at her once he knows the truth.  There are people in their lives and secrets from her past that could tear them apart, ruining any chance that they have at a happy ending.  When the truth comes out can Will forgive her and look beyond what really happened over the last 7 years?

After seven years. After the lamest breakup in history of breakups. After breaking his heart, and dismissing my own, I'm still very much his.

I loved both Cally and Will.  My heart broke for Cally and all that she has gone through in her life.  She was so young when she felt like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders.  So young when she made the decision to give up her dreams and a little bit more to take care of her sisters.  If anyone deserves a happily ever after with the only man she has ever loved it is definitely Cally.  Will was so amazing, sweet, caring and so forgiving.  Cally hurt him all those years ago but it didn't matter to him.  He knew she still held his heart and he didn't want to let her go.   He wanted to love her, take care of her and protect her.  He wanted to break down the walls and find out what it is from her past that has been haunting her.  And no matter what he wouldn't give up, which is one of the many reasons why I loved him!

"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."

I am a big fan of Lexi Ryan's and have read just about all of her books.  And I absolutely love this series.   I love the chemistry and connection between Cally and Will.  Wish I May is about forgiveness and a second chance at love.  Cally is broken and Will just wants to love her and make her his again.  We see this story being told from both point of views which I love.  There was drama, there was angst and Ms. Ryan managed to keep you guessing when it came to Cally's past.  There were moments when I thought I had it all figured out until you keep reading and find out that there was more to the story that I did not see coming.  The ending will leave you with a smile and was the perfect end to their journey.  Another fantastic job by Lexi Ryan.  I cannot wait for the next one in the series.

Top 10 Sexiest Traits in a Hero (Real or Fictional)

10. He has a sense of humor. I suppose this might be a bit of a cliché, but only because it’s true. There is nothing as sexy as a guy who can still laugh when the going gets tough. Except for one who can make me laugh.

9. He’s thoughtful. She had a long day at work so he made dinner or put the kids to bed or brought home her favorite bottle of wine. SEXY. Seriously, men, studies show that guys who do housework have sexy 10-times more frequently than guys who don’t. (I made that up but it’s probably true.)

8. He’s present. In a world of cell phones, tablets, and twelve bazillion responsibilities, perhaps it would be realistic to have our heroes working on their phones through dinner or so distracted about a business merger that he doesn’t notice the heroine’s legs in that ridiculously short skirt. No. Heroes are present and in the moment. And even if life is tough and he’s distracted more often than not, being with the heroine is what makes him come back to the moment.

7. He’s strong. I’m not talking physical strength here (though, seriously, yum) but emotional. Contrary to every stereotype, this doesn’t mean he can’t cry. Crying is a way of processing emotions and emotional strength doesn’t mean you don’t feel. It means you are capable of processing emotions and still functioning.

6. He’s empathetic. One of the sexiest things about Asher in Unbreak Me and William in Wish I May is their ability to empathize with the heroine and understand why she made the decisions she did.

7. He’s intelligent. Intelligence comes in many forms, but it’s a must.

6. He’s loyal.

5. Tenderness. As much as we like our heroes to be hard badasses when necessary, his tenderness can be way sexier than his steel will.

4. He listens. Perhaps this one goes with empathy, but it’s a must and so sexy.

3. He thinks she is sexy. Attraction is so much hotter when it goes both ways.

2. Patience. With her. With life. In the bedroom…

1. A dirty, dirty mouth and mind enough to know when to use it—Enough said.:)

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

Site - http://www.lexiryan.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/writerlexiryan

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2856947.Lexi_Ryan

Facebook Fan Page - https://www.facebook.com/lexiryanauthor

Buy Links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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  1. Thank you for being part of my tour and, Jen, for taking the time to write such a lovely review! <3 <3

  2. This sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!


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