Calico by Callie Hart
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: April 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotional, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 238
Format: kindle book
Source: purchased

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.

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.

5 amazing stars

I loved this book. L-O-V-E-D. Everything about it. The cover: gah, it’s sexy and intriguing. The writing: it was so smooth and effortless. The characters: they were so damaged, fragile, strong and beautiful. The romance: it was glorious, it was painful, but it was epic. And that ending…it made me whole.

So let’s start out with the writing, because without good writing even the best plot won’t survive. But here, my friends, the writing was simply gorgeous. It was subtle, yet rich with details, emotions and images. I knew these characters from the moment I met them and I could not get enough. Their stories weren’t so simple, but the way time went back and forth made it feel like therapy instead information overload. The way the words flew off the pages is what made the story come alive. Both Coralie and Callan had regrets and losses. It took gut wrenching, total soul baring heart aching confessions for them to truly find their way back. I don’t want to spoil anything, but read the synopsis if you need a little more info. I can’t say anymore because I’m too busy clutching my own heart.

Let’s be serious though, if it weren’t for the hot as f*ck awesome cover that jumped out at me while I was perusing Amazon none of the amazing writing would even matter. That cover is STUNNING. I still can’t stop looking at it. It’s beautiful, individual and artistic and just so very Callan (mysterious and hot).

We should just talk about Callan Cross next since he is on that cover. My god, *sings* I LOVE CALLAN! He was brooding, all man, emotional inside, loving and hugely sexual. He was perfection. I loved his open and honest way, even though he was so closed off to some. I don’t know if they make book boyfriends better than this. I don’t want to say much more specifically because you should just enjoy him for yourself.

Coralie is a little harder for me to explain, but know I loved her the entire time. Callan blamed himself for the reason they were apart, but Coralie was a part of it. The thing is, I never blamed her. Many times hidden secrets drive me crazy, but this was so complex and had so much heartache riding on everything I think that these characters hit their limits so certain decisions were made. She truly did the best she could and she was so strong.

The romance was soul mate perfection. And before you worry that this is cheesy, let me tell you how amazing it was. The tender moments when Callan was just there, Coralie felt safe. Little did she know that at the same time she was his savior as well. It truly worked both ways and my mind was blown by how deep the love between Callan and Coralie was, and how much it truly moved me. Yes, a book moved me greatly. There were so many moments in this book…from the high school flash backs to current day. Some were sweet, others were lustful…then there were some that were down right naughty. I honestly can’t say which I liked best, they all equally made my heart flutter and palms sweat. Each moment is what built up to make Callan and Coralie’s romance one for the record books.

I don’t know the last time I gave a book 5 stars in every category (you will see in my ratings break down at the end of the review), but this book was nothing short of perfection. There has to be *something* right? Not really. I’m serious. However, I loved it so much and wanted more, and the only thing I wanted to know, and it didn’t change the book for me, I just felt so invested that I wanted to know more, was what happened when Coralie moved to California when she was her younger self. I don’t know that she had any money so I’m sure it was a tough experience before she got settled. But hey, that could be just referenced when she has a heart to heart with Callan and she just didn’t share that with us.

Would I rec this? A million billion times YES! If you are like me, and love brooding, damaged, emotional books, yet still love to find healing and happiness this is an amazing addition to your TBR. This could definitely have trigger moments, so please be warned this might not be for everyone. But this story doesn’t glorify or make light of any of that, instead it takes a tragic past and shows the healing journey. This was my first Callie Hart book, and I am sold and cannot wait to devour everything else she has written and all that is to come. She is a gifted story teller.

Happy reading!

Book Rating Breakdown
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Degree my heart was ripped out

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