Wish For You

Wish For You

4.1 10
by Marquita Valentine
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Marquita Valentine, comes the 4th book in her new adult series, BOYS OF THE SOUTH.

There's only one place in the world Lacey Evans feels normal--the roller derby track. When she laces up her skates and fastens her helmet, she'd powerful and in charge. She knows exactly what to do and say. The rules are


From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Marquita Valentine, comes the 4th book in her new adult series, BOYS OF THE SOUTH.

There's only one place in the world Lacey Evans feels normal--the roller derby track. When she laces up her skates and fastens her helmet, she'd powerful and in charge. She knows exactly what to do and say. The rules are clear and penalties are given for those who don't follow them. But in the real world, she's far from powerful and in charge. She never knows exactly what to do or say For years, she counted on one person to be exactly who he said he was--her best friend, Wyatt Tanaka. Only she changed the rules on him, without any warning, and now she's the one being punished.

Marine Veteran, Wyatt Tanaka, came home to a hero's welcome. Only he's hiding a secret that makes him anything but a hero and could potentially destroy his life. He's doing the best he can, trying to cope with the guilt, and the pain of the girl he loves pushing him away by doing all the things he'd sworn not to. With Lacey's new rules, he has nothing and no one to hold onto. Nothing to keep him from feeling dead. Instead, he allows nameless women, bars, drugs, and drinking consume him.

Then one night, he goes too far, gets in too deep, and when the truth comes out...will Lacey push him away or help save him?

Boys of the South:
Only For You, book 1
Live For You, book 2
All For You, book 2.5
True For You, book 3
Wish For You, book 4
Book #5- Spring 2014

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Valentine Publishing LLC
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Boys of the South , #4
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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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Wish For You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I adored Wish For You, for several reasons: - I love friends-to-lovers stories, and Wyatt and Lacey are exactly that. - Wyatt's journey. He has issues, stemming from his time served in Afghanistan. Like a lot of returned soldiers, he's hesitant to face the issues head on, and instead drowns them in women and drugs/alcohol. It takes a while, and a serious wake up call, but Wish For You does address Wyatt's battle to tackle his demons. - Lacey is a roller derby chick! I loved that Lacey is a part of this exciting and tough sport. We get a lot of male athlete stories, but not the ladies. - BEAU MONTGOMERY! If you've read this series (and Drive Me Crazy, from the Holland Springs series) from the beginning, you my understand why I adore him so. Lemme say, Beau threw me for a total loop! I was shocked. I was giggly. And I may have swoooooooned a little bit for this mischievous and sexy bad boy. - Wyatt Tanaka is Japanese-American. Not a big deal, really. But I like the diversity. -Lacey is special. Not special in the "Oh I'm a beautiful and mysterious heroine and only I can heal my bad boy." Lacey has always had quirks and the clues as to what makes her...how she is, is finally answered in Wish For You. Wish For You is probably my favorite in the Boys of the South series so far. I am so, so excited for Beau's book, Burn For You.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Wyatt and Lacey had a relationship that was slowly progressing until Lacey had no choice but to put the brakes on it.  Wyatt is unaware that his mother told Lacey not to go out with Wyatt and she doesn't want to let him know.  Wyatt deals with this news in an unhealthy way and becomes a manwh**e of epic proportions.  In order to try to deal with the death of his friend Nathan during a combat mission that went wrong when they were serving together, Wyatt finds himself using drugs more and more to compensate.  It all spirals out of control until Beau and Cole find him in a dangerous situation and tell him to learn to deal or he won't be around much longer.  When Lacey unintentionally learns what Wyatt has been up to, she asks him to let her in and see if they can start fresh and form a relationship.  Lacey has her own issues she deals with and is finally diagnosed and begins to learn how to cope more fully with her condition and how to manage her tics.  The epilogue was great and well done.  Nice, easy read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
picked up the book because of the heroine is special, has Asperger's. The hero suffers from PTSD. I wanted to see how that would turn out. I had a hard time with the book. I think partly because I did not read the other books in the series. The other reason was i did not like the dark hole he was digging himself into. I also did not like the constant misunderstanding they had. Because they each had secrets they did not know that they had feelings for each other. The later half of the book wad a little better. Overall, it was a story about difficult situation. It was not my favorite but i commend the author for taking this challenging trope.
Tab-Ann More than 1 year ago
Ohhh Lacey. Where do I begin with this story. She is me in the best sense of the world and I love her. The blurb had me wanting this book and when I finally got it, I binge read.  Wyatt is like many men I know and I respect everything he went through. I love this character and loved him more and more the more I read.  I love friend-lover stories and this one is one of my favorites! Amazing book for an amazing series! <i>&quot;Be Brave, Be Strong, and Have Faith.&quot;</i>
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series and I have been curious about Wyatt from the beginning. Wyatt surprised me a bit. His character was a lot darker than I originally thought he would be, but I loved his wounded soul. Lacey was a great compliment to Wyatt and I feel brought out the best in him. She was a sweetheart. They had great chemistry. Wish for You was a good addition to the series. I feel like I have a good picture of this crew now. Cole and Rae are still a top couple for me, but they're all pretty great. Definitely check this series out, if you're a fan of NA!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Wish for You by Marquita Valentine is book four in her Boys of the South series. This was a emotionally difficult book to read, filled with angst and unrequited love. Wyatt Tanaka is a Marine Veteran with a secret. He lost his best friend in the war and is dealing with his loss and sorrow my nailing women, boozing it up and living hard...in secret. Lacey Evans has a set routine to keep her from having anxiety attacks. If she sticks to the known then there's nothing to get anxious about until her parents go out of town and she ends up staying with her friend Wyatt. Wyatt's in love with Lacey but she wants to stay only friends. Already she's off the routine. When their secrets come to light as secrets tend to do, will they stay together for each other and help or cut their losses and haul butt in the other direction.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Wish For You is the first book I've read in the Boys of the South series as well as by Valentine. I had been curious about this series for awhile now, as I know a lot of other bloggers who really enjoy it. I had no idea this book would be such an emotional rollercoaster, so my emotions were not at all prepared for the absolute heartache I felt for both of the main characters, Wyatt and Lacey. I'm glad we got dual POV, as I think it helped me understand the characters better, but it also made me quite angry with both of them at times. Especially with Wyatt. Wyatt is a Marine who has returned from Afghanistan bearing the crushing weight of guilt and shame over something he believes to be his fault. He suffers from PTSD and instead of handling it the correct way, he chooses the self-destructive path that will only hurt him much worse. He drinks and uses to numb the pain of what happened, as well as how he lost the girl he is desperately in love with. I admit, I have a real problem with MC's having sex with other people in books. I know that's kind of ridiculous, as they aren't together or in a relationship, but it just bothers me. I tried not to let it bother me here, as I know Wyatt is doing it to numb the pain and that is realistic. I hate to say that he is weak, but he really is here. He is at his lowest and doesn't know of another way to cope and that really made my heart hurt for him as well. He thinks he can make Lacey realize that what they have is more than friendship by dating other people, but all it does his crush her even more. Oh, Lacey. The last thing she wants is to push Wyatt away, but upon overhearing a conversation she shouldn't have, the seeds of doubt as to whether or not she's good for him are planted and cannot easily be undone. She tells him they can only be friends, which shatters her. He handles it badly, further spiraling down the path of no return. Lacey is a sweet character, who suffers from panic attacks, though we don't find out the cause until much later in the book. And I never saw that one coming. My heart hurt for her, and as irritated as I was with Wyatt, he was one of the few people that could calm her down and I respected him for putting her needs above his own. These two have a very tumultuous relationship as I said before. They would make a good couple, if they would just start using their words and stop hurting one another! So much could have been avoided had they both not been so vague with one another! Even though I have not read the previous Boys of the South books, I did enjoy the characters that showed up in this novel: Rae and Beau especially. I am very interested in Beau's book! Both were good friends to Wyatt and Lacey and both of them needed those additional friendships. I did find myself feeling a bit confused while reading however. Some of the pacing felt a bit off for me, especially towards the last 1/4 of the book, making me wonder if I had missed something and actually had me backtracking to make sure I didn't. Despite that, I felt Valentine did a very good job of evoking my emotions and really making me empathize and feel for her characters. Lacey and Wyatt both have their share of obstacles to overcome and will have to face the reality that they will lose the other if they continue following the road they are on. Watching them finally realize this truth and that they need the other in their life is definitely a happy moment. Overall, I enjoyed this, but I did get hung up on Wyatt's lifestyle choices, as it just felt wrong to me for him to use women for sex when he only wanted to be with Lacey. I will definitely be on the lookout for Beau's story next!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Marquita Valentine has become one of my favorite authors and I have thoroughly enjoyed her Boys of the South Series.  Wish For You is the fourth book in the series and it is Wyatt and Lacey's story.  We originally met Wyatt and Lacey in the first book of the series, Live For You.  Wyatt and Lacey have been best friends for years, and they have been secretly in love with each other almost as long.  Things stayed platonic on the surface until Wyatt came home from a tour of duty and Lacey couldn't help but kiss him.  That one kiss changed all the dynamics in their relationship.  Then Lacey is faced with an ultimatum instigated by someone close to Wyatt......stay away from him or lose your job and more.  Lacey believes she isn't good enough for Wyatt, while unbeknownst to her, Wyatt feels the same way about her.  The question is can they get past all their issues and find that love they are both trying so hard to deny? Wish For You is told from both Lacey's and Wyatt's point of view, which I loved, because it enabled you to get inside both characters head and experience things through their perspective.  Both Lacey and Wyatt struggle, Wyatt with the aftereffects of his tour in Afghanistan and Lacey with her panic issues, both feel like they're messed up freaks, and both cope with their issues in different ways, some of them very unhealthy ways, especially where Wyatt is concerned.  Overall, I really liked Wyatt's character, though he did have to earn that.  He said and did some things in the first part of the book that really made me angry with him, even if Lacey was pushing him away.  Lacey, you can't help but want to protect her.  She is very naive, except when she has her skates on and is in the roller derby rink.  One thing that I liked about her was her honesty, which sometimes made her come across as very blunt, but it makes her the person she is.  As far as the other characters, well we get to see glimpses of Cole and Rae, and even more of Beau, and some of Parker.  I can't wait for Beau and Parker's stories. I really enjoy Marquita Valentine's writing, and true to form she has delivered another great story in Wish For You.  Not only does she provide her readers with a really great romance that is hot and sexy, she also addresses some really serious issues and their affects, shedding light and bringing awareness to them.  I read the entire book in one sitting because I just didn't want to put it down.  This friends to lovers story is romantic and has both really happy and really sad moments.  The chemistry between  Wyatt and Lacey is sizzling, and I loved the way Marquita Valentine was able to portray Lacey's innocence along with her inner vixen at the same time.  Though my favorite couple is still Cole and Rae, Wyatt and Lacey's story runs a close second, but then again, I have truly enjoyed all the books in the series and the characters that live inside them immensely.  Wish For You and the entire Boys in the South Series is a must read for New Adult Romance fans and something I thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely recommend. 
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Marquita Valentine's Boys of the South series just keeps getting better. I liked, and wound up eventually falling in love with Rae and Cole in Live for You and Only for You. She won my heart with True for You (which I still need to write a review on), with bad boy Jackson finally finding his match in good girl Bliss. I didn't think it could get better than that. But, I was wrong. This time we get Wyatt and Lacey's story in Wish for You. To say their relationship is complicated would be a giant understatement. They're both incredibly complex characters with their own issues. It takes some time to sort it all out, but there's one thing that's true: they're stronger together than they are apart. Lacey was a sweet girl with what we're led to believe are anxiety problems. She kicks more than a little a**, too. As timid as she was in life, it's hard to believe she plays roller derby, and I liked that she was multi-dimensional. She works in one of Wyatt's parents' restaurants and they were friends, then more, until Wyatt's mom tells her she needs to cut ties with him. She does, with little explanation and it just about breaks Wyatt. Wyatt is an ex-Marine who lives life hard. After Lacey left him, he took to women, drugs and alcohol to ease the pain. It took me some time to warm up to Wyatt. He just came off as a womanizing prick, but there was much more to him than met the eye. He was a great source of support for Lacey. Despite their complicated past, it was obvious how much he cared about her and how much he really understood her. Wish for You was an emotional journey. I was entirely wrapped up in Wyatt and Lacey's story. Because the book was told from both of their perspectives, I feel like I got a real handle on both characters and eventually found myself really liking both of them. They learned a lot about themselves and each other over the course of this book and they both grew tremendously. They were an unlikely couple, but that's what made the book so good. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
Emotionally endearing and heartfelt Friends to Lovers story! Wish For You is a book I have been waiting on. NO. It's a book I have been salivating for ever since I started reading the Boys Of The South series. Wyatt and Lacey are two genuinely flawed characters that had a magical passionate chemistry that had me hooked from the first page to the last. Wyatt Tanaka comes from a wealthy Japanese American family, A Family that has certain expectations of their son. Become a Doctor, marry a respectable girl etc. But Wyatt has only ever had eyes for one girl his whole life. A girl he believes is too good for him and therefore he never makes his move. After getting out the Marine Corps Wyatt is suffering from delusional PTSD seeing visions of his friend and fellow marine Nathan causing him to run. Hard. He's gotten himself mixed up in a bad scene to escape the pain and the hurt of not only losing his friend but not being able to have the one woman he desires. Lacey Evans is a very special woman. From the moment I met her I knew there was something fundamentally different about her character. She's very honest, almost too honest and her simple childlike demeanour can be off putting at times. Growing up in a house full of children with two parents constantly on the go between the kids' activities and their mission work Lacey has had to fend for herself a lot. The only person she has ever let get close to her is Wyatt. She's got her hands full with school and derby practice and she knows she'll probably never be what Wyatt needs in a woman. Being warned repeatedly by his mother to stay away from him doesn't help their situation either. When her parents are sent across the globe on a mission trip Lacey's entire world shifts causing her internal anguish and nowhere to go until Wyatt steps in and the two are thrown together against their better judgement. Out of of all the guys in this series I was the most surprised by how deeply damaged Wyatt was. Not just his emotional scars due to losing a close friend in the war but his inner turmoil at not being able to be with Lacey. She's pushed him away repeatedly not thinking she was good enough causing Wyatt to lash out. I was a little shocked at how viciously he could become to try and hurt Lacey the way he was hurting. Countless times he gets wrapped up in drugs and women which broke my heart in several different scenes. I have been dying to see Lacey and Wyatt get together so for him to seek affection from other women felt wrong to me. Even though they had never been in a relationship. I always hate seeing two people who belong together kept apart. Wyatt wasn't just a damaged and broken man though. He was a fierce protector of Lacey and even though he lashed out and hurt her I loved how determined he was to protect her from himself. He knew he was doing the wrong things and making the wrong choices and no matter how much he wanted to be with her he kept himself away so he didn't contaminate her with his perceived filth. I hated watching him crumble but I felt the most connected to Wyatt and his grief. I could really feel the emotional tumult he was going through and I fell in love with him more than once in this one. Lacey has always intrigued me throughout this series. From the get go there was something a little different about her. She had quirks and certain ticks that lead endeared her to me. From a young age Lacey has dealt with panic issues and hasn't handled change very well in the past. Those closest to her know that in order for her to feel safe in her environment they have to keep her calm and the only one who seems to be able to do that is Wyatt. When Lacey finds out the reasons for her issues she starts to understand herself a little bit better. I thought I loved her before but after finding out the reason behind her quirkiness just made me love her more. How can you not love a beautiful girl who fights everyday to overcome something internally that keeps you from acting and feeling normal. I think that's one of the things I loved about her the most. She was blatantly honest and never held back anything she was thinking or feeling. I didn't like how she felt unworthy of being with Wyatt just because she came from a middle class family and wasn't the right type of woman. She was so unselfish and self sacrificing between hiding her emotions from her family when they went away to giving up the one man she's loved all her life at the request of his parents.  Wyatt and Lacey fight their attraction for each other and it nearly killed me a thousand times. They were both struggling with feeling not good enough for the other person and tried to be just friends. even going so far as to set each other up with dates. Watching Wyatt try to keep himself in check and fighting his anger while Lacey was getting to know her date was hilarious. There were a few surprising revelations in this book regarding supporting characters that lead me to believe the series is only going to get better. I loved seeing Lacey and Parker share a moment together. The sadness that radiated off Parker during his brief encounter with Lacey that even she picked up on has be scared and anxious to get to his story. Wish For You was everything I wanted in Lacey and Wyatt's book. It was emotional, heartfelt, dramatic and extremely sexy. The heat factor between these two was probably the hottest for me and I think it was mainly due to Lacey's inability to hold back. Watching her blossom like a flower in spring was what I have been waiting on for what feels like eternity! Wyatt was amazingly gentle and caring. The best part was watching the healing process they both helped each other out with. They were good for each other despite the hardships they had to fight through to get to where they are. Needless to say I was extremely happy with how their story turned out and felt an amazing sense of victory when I finished reading. Valentine's Boys Of The South series is full of sexy guys, kick a** heroines and steamy, dramatic and exciting romance. If you're one of those emotional suckers who enjoys a good Friends To Lovers story like me then Wish For You is a sure bet!