Calico by Callie Hart
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Coralie 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. Callan Cross. 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. Callan 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.
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"I know you. I took one look at you back in that library and I knew you. I always have and I always will. That's never going to change. You can run away for ten years. You can change your hair...wear different clothes...but there's not a damn thing you can do to hide your soul from mine. It's far too late for that."In your life, you may be lucky enough to meet your soulmate. You may even be lucky enough to fall in love with them and live your life blissed out on something so few people have...or, you could surpass that and encounter something so much deeper. So much more.
There is a connection called a twin flame. A person who is your exact image, your soul, your very essence in another person. Someone more than just a soulmate...it's a destiny.
That is what Callan and Coralie are. Twin flames.
From the moment they laid eyes on the other, the indescribable connection. The magnetism, it was undeniable. It was as if his soul saw hers and smiled, saying, "Oh, there you are. I am complete."
Problem is...circumstance doesn't always lead to happily ever after. And for the case of these two, meeting in the early years as teenagers, there was just so much more to go through. More to endure. More to change and grow. Pain. Joy. Love. Death. Loss. Heartache. Detachment. Reunion. Closure. And finally...acceptance and freedom.
"We joined our fates together so long ago, fused our lives together in such an irrevocable way, and I know there's no way I'll ever recover from it. I can't allow myself to be with him, and so I know I'm destined to fell like every relationship I embark upon is a half measure. A compromise. A shadow of what it could be if I were with him. I'll never be able to give my heart to anyone else, because Callan Cross still has it and he doesn't seem willing to give it back any time soon."
This was not an easy book to read. In fact, some of it was downright gut-wrenching and the way my stomach knotted as I devoured each word. Each sentence. Paragraph. Page. Chapter...you get the point, I felt it. All of it. I thought about how I would feel in the situation, if I would have acted and reacted differently. I honestly can't say that I would. Coralie is strong. She hurt, but she never wanted anyone else to hurt. Not with her. Not for her. But she never realized how much she was loved either. Nor did she understand the depth of that love...it went/goes both ways. And love like that. With the one person she was created for...it only happens once.
And it's forever.
No matter the obstacle. The time. The circumstance.
That is how long this book will live in my heart. Truly heartbreaking and healing. Loved it.
**4 Exposed, Stars**
Meet Callie Hart:
Callie Hart is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. Callie's Internationally Bestselling Blood & Roses series has garnered well over 1000 5-star reviews.