on April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive.
Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him.
My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…
Until he wasn’t.
Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep.
I just never thought I’d have to face him again.
Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.
Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.
Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process.
A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us.
Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.
The influence of first love is all encompassing. Long after it ends, it manages to maintain power over us. In Calico, Callie Hart takes on some very tangible subject matter. This is a story about love, loss, and pain, but it is so, so, much more. This is a beautifully written novel about soul mates and finding that one person that no one else can compare to. That one person that is literally part of you, the one you feel broken without. This is narrative about survival and where our psyches go after a tragedy. It’s about second chances. Callan and Coralie have loved and they have lost, they have suffered for secrets and endured circumstances. Yet through the calamity, Ms. Hart provides us with a beautiful, emotionally raw story that left my me in pieces, all the while putting my soul back together.
I loved the characters in this book, and the poignant journey this story took me on. It was painfully consuming and utterly romantic at times. This haunting, bittersweet story has embedded itself in me. The message in this one? This is one that I’ve no doubt will stay with me for a long time to come. Read this book. Let Ms Hart’s words seduce you into a tsunami of emotions that you won’t be able to devour fast enough, and a tale that you won’t soon forget.
“We are defined by our joy and our happiness instead of the darkness.”