Blog Tour: Review & Top 10, 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.
As a proud Gen-Y’er, I grew up with television as a big part of my life. In fact, as the youngest of seven children, I never had the limits imposed on my TV watching that most children do, not for time-watched or content. My parents pretty much took the “free-range” approach to parenting me. There were few rules, no curfew, an assumption that I could make my own decisions by the age of six, that kind of thing. No worries, it seemed to work out okay. Seriously, I was a good kid, and I had six big brothers and sisters to make sure I didn’t do something too stupid (though usually I didn’t do it because they did it first and I got to see the consequences). Anyway, though I like to think I never abused the television free-for-all, I certainly developed an appreciation for a good (or at the very least entertaining) storyline at a young age. These shows helped to shape how I see the world and how I tell a story. I actually think this might be why I love watching cable TV so much now! My passion for television has never gone away. In fact, I absolutely adore finding out more information about all my favorite cable TV shows and channels. Honestly, if I did not have my cable TV subscription, I do not know what I would do with all the free time!
Here’s my list…
Lexi’s Top 10 Most-Influential TV Series (Not the best, mind you, just the formative ones)
10. She-Ra!-My first taste of Girl Power and I never went back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR65P73X5GI
9. The Young and the Restless-I was watching soap operas before pre-school. I got my fill of Victor from The Young and the Restless right after The Price is Right and right before naptime. I haven’t watched in years, but I caught a clip the other day and Victor and Victoria were getting married. Again. What is that? Time number 43,251 for them?
8. 90210-Brenda? Dylan? Kelly? Oh, the drama! Oh, the feels! Don’t mock me. You loved it too.
7. Ally McBeal-My college roommate and I would make an event of a new Ally McBeal episode. Seriously, can you go wrong with a show that incorporates this much Barry White? In retrospect, I think the co-ed bathroom was the biggest thing that show had going for it. But still, lurve. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1-9vw8cUi8
6. Friends-Oh. Em. Gee. Best. Ever. I miss this show and could rewatch it all the time. This is one of my favorite scenes: “You’re over me? When were you under me?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSK8k_nyUQE
5. The Gilmore Girls-I didn’t actually start watching this series until it was completed, but I gobbled it up when I did. I absolutely loved Luke, and I loved Lorelai and Rory’s relationship and the town and…well, just all of it.
4. Heroes-People randomly develop super powers? Good guys, bad guys, fights to save the world? Yeah, I’m in.
3. The Office-Three words: Jim. And. Pam. The night he tells her he loves her and kisses her for the first time? Somebody get out the mop because I am a puddle on the floor! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFRe7mEEdaM
2. Grey’s Anatomy-I actually stopped watching this maybe four seasons in, but the first four seasons were delicious and amazing and I lurved them. And you know what? Screw McDreamy. I was all about McSteamy.
1. Firefly-Yeah, I’m one of those people. If you’ve seen the too-short-lived series, you understand. If you haven’t, get on that. ASAP.
What were your most formative television shows?
Nicole’s Review 4 Stars
For many of us, there are times in our lives when we have to put the needs of others before our own, resulting in choices and sacrifices beyond description. Not just the needs of our children or spouses or careers. I mean the kind that go way beyond that. The kind where you give up yourself and/or part of your life for others without hesitation or regret…the kind of choices that can change a life. Lexi Ryan’s Wish I May (New Hope #2) is just such a story.
Cally Fisher has made choices that she can’t believe she ever had to make. Since she was 16, Cally has supported her drug addicted mother and raised her 2 younger sisters. She has done things and made decisions that were driven by survival and necessity. The girls had to eat. They needed a place to sleep. Her mother was no help…ever. Now, Cally is faced with even more huge decisions as she and her sisters have come home to the town their now dead mother ripped them from 7 years ago. She is faced with the repercussions of choices she made out of survival and all of the memories of what she left behind.
Enter William Bailey, Cally’s first and really her only true love. Lord, he is fine! He is that high school quarterback all grown up kind of fine!! Yummy! Lots has changed for William, but he never stopped loving Cally, even after the way she hurt him so long ago. He wishes he could still be hurt and mad, but when he sees her again for the first time in years, all can remember is his love for her.
Wish I May is the second installment in Lexi Ryan’s New Hope series. In this book, we are told Cally and William’s stories from their POVs both past and present. We get to share in the magic of young love, the heartbreak that William lived with and the enormity of what Cally has gone through. I’m tellin’ ya…it’s something! Their story is the kind that has you rooting for them from the get go. Ryan does a great job of writing their chemistry and connection so that we can feel it too. I got a few little butterflies from things William said, I won’t lie! We won’t talk about the butterflies I got from other parts of the story! 😉
I am giving Wish I May 4 stars. My only complaint about this book is that it ended too fast for me! Seriously. I was reading along and BAM it was over!! I wanted more. I really enjoyed the story! It was sweet and touching. Oh! Even though Wish I May is part of the New Hope series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is just enough background info to keep you up on what happened in Unbreak Me Book #1. That book is next on my list!!
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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. Please visit www.lexiryan.com.
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