After witnessing Makenna’s journey to find herself again, Callie is reminded of her own struggles with love. No, Wes wasn’t always the easy going guy that he is today. He was moody and unpredictable in the worst of ways, and she was certain to call him out on it every chance she got. Looking back, she’s amazed at how much their lives have changed since they met.
Before tragedy shook them to the very core of their lives. Before her dream career began. And before Wes wasn’t a broody jerk with a closet full of personalities.
Yes, just four years ago, everything was different…
Makenna and Shane are just a couple of lovesick college students, and Callie is doing her best to keep up with the demands of her junior year. Life is boring, and she is totally fine with that. But boring flies right out the window the day Makenna cons Callie into helping with Shane’s brother’s birthday party. She expects a gangly pimple-faced teenager, but Wes is far from it. He is temperamental and opinionated, but he is also incredibly hot and thoroughly enjoys pushing her buttons. And she pushes his right back.
Even though their undeniable attraction draws them to one another, Wes is clear with Callie about one thing. Relationships are off limits. Friendship is all he has to offer, unless of course, Callie is willing to add a few benefits to that. He works hard to keep the reasons for his aversion hidden, but secrets have a way of making themselves known sometimes, no matter how deep you bury them.
Two of those secrets hold the key to unlocking Wes’ fears of the ultimate betrayal. And the other secret has Callie falling even deeper than she ever dreamed.
But she’s unsure of one thing . . . is she enough to save him from himself?
Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the
written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn't have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn't complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. Sophie, the dog, however . . . she does complain. A lot.
The crazy part is, it isn't the story of what happened the had me emotional, it was Wes' declaration of love at the end. This book was so incredibly amazing. It's a love story you know you won't forget. It's a story of fighting to keep the one you love, fighting to realize you deserve love, fighting to prove to someone they are worthy of love.
But also a story of redemption. A story of healing broken hearts. A story of an amazing man and a tenacious woman who won't give up on him. Heaven knows it's quite possible I may have, with all the pushing and hurtful words he threw Callie's way. But she perseveres.
She pushed through. She knew how much he meant to her and how much he needed her and refused to walk away. That built the foundation for one of the most beautiful love stories I read in 2013. The only part that was hard for me was reading about Shane. Knowing what happens in Every Breath reading about him was hard. Reading about Makennas happiness was rough, knowing what that future holds. But hearing Wes talk about him and how Calli helps him with that, eased the pain a little. Those two Baxter men really are the mold. I give this book 5 hearts. It's a must read of 2013.