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.**
Stolen Wishes is a beautifully bittersweet novella and the perfect addition to Lexi Ryan’s New Hope series. This story gives us the background on William (from both Unbreak Me and Wish I May) and Cally (from Wish I May) and how their relationship began in high school. William and Cally seem like opposites at first—William is the town golden boy, while Cally suffers the fallout from her mother’s poor reputation—but underneath the surface, William and Cally are able to understand each other in a way no one else can. I thought the way Lexi Ryan described William’s inner conflicts was especially well done—the way his grandmother didn’t allow William to express sadness over his parents’ death was just heartbreaking, and really resonated with me. And he is just so patient and understanding and perfect with Cally, it melts my heart! There’s a lovely tinge of sad beauty to the writing and imagery, and while the plot isn’t overly complex, it still has a very nice arc. With this being just the prequel to William and Cally’s relationship, we don’t get a happy ending here, but we do get hope. Before or after reading Wish I May, Stolen Wishes is the perfect way to understand more about William and Cally’s background and the beginning of their relationship. Overall it was just lovely, sad and sweet.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.