I was weak.
After everything I’d been through, I’d grown weaker, not stronger. But I would change that, because this was the year I’d lose myself, even if this meant losing Caleb, my rock. He was too close to the enemy, too close to do what needed to be done.
Alex Connor needed to suffer. It was the only way to stop him.
So, whatever it took, I would make him suffer and I would make him pay.
There was only one thing I’d ever really wanted in life. My freedom. A sense of hope in a world where disappointment didn’t come after. A life where Alex Connor didn’t have control. It’d been the least possible thing in my life until now. But the freedom I’d wanted at first was nothing like the air I wanted to breathe with her. The moment I’d met Paige, she’d become my center, the core of my existence.
Although, when everything was said and done, I would never get to have my freedom. I would never get to revel in hope. I would become off-center, and I would fade.
***Paige and Caleb's story continues in Book 3 of the series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hope by Casey Diam is the second book in the gripping new series Things That Matter. I can not get enough of these books with all the angst and suspense flowing from page to page. I fangirled so hard when I was given the chance to receive this advanced copy and I can't recommend these books enough because yes they are that good and no one should be missing out. More revelations are coming to light for both Paige and Caleb. Their lives are more entwined then they could have guessed and both are dealing in different ways. After moving into the condo with Caleb and Calvin, everything starts slowing down for Paige and after five years starts learning how to find herself again and become more open with others. Sadly the same can't be said about Caleb. The more time passes the more he shrinks inside his head where only his thoughts and guilt live and no one else can reach. Caleb feels something huge is coming and once again wants the world on his shoulders to carry alone. I love how Hope is more of Caleb's story and man was it a heartbreaking one. What we saw in Trust wasn't even close to the tip of the iceberg for everything that Caleb endured growing up and still going through in present time. On the outside he has perfected the rich playboy persona but on the inside is still the same little boy taken from his mother before even knowing her and forced to live with an abusive father with his sick ways and nonstop lies. But now the breaking point is fast approaching and Caleb is more than done being a pawn in a twisted game where he doesn't even know the goings on but is ready to end it all. Only two books out and already I love Casey Diam's writing. Every word is detailed and thought provoking and just makes you want more. I love how she took an already fantastic storyline and expanded it into something jaw dropping. More characters are also introduced and in their own ways play big parts in the overall scheme of things. Especially Calvin, who I know is not just hanging around for the money but for the reason that he is loyal and caring. I am still taken aback about what went down in Hope and just guessing at what's to come is sweet torture but really satisfying to know more awesomeness is on the way.