Stolen Wishes

Stolen Wishes

by Lexi Ryan


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A sexy smile. Intense blue eyes. A goodness that makes him want to save me from these rumors when no one else would care. I didn't ask for a hero. William Bailey was never supposed to be anything more than a wish, a dream, an unrequited crush. Not for a girl like me--a girl whose fractured family has stolen her chance at a decent life.

Since the death of my parents, I've always done what's expected of me, what's "best" for me. Until Cally. The moment her haunted eyes meet mine, the fractured pieces of my heart feel whole again. I don't just want to save her. I need her to save me.

Stolen chances. Unbroken wishes. Two lonely souls grasping for hope in the darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940832937
Publisher: Lexi Ryan Books
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 813,895
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, Lexi Ryan's books have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. When not writing, she enjoys watching football, perfecting her chocolate martini, and reading. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children and their neurotic dog.

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Stolen Wishes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
StephanieParentSP More than 1 year ago
Stolen Wishes is a beautifully bittersweet novella and the perfect addition to Lexi Ryan’s New Hope series.  This story gives us the background on William (from both Unbreak Me and Wish I May) and Cally (from Wish I May) and how their relationship began in high school.  William and Cally seem like opposites at first—William is the town golden boy, while Cally suffers the fallout from her mother’s poor reputation—but underneath the surface, William and Cally are able to understand each other in a way no one else can.  I thought the way Lexi Ryan described William’s inner conflicts was especially well done—the way his grandmother didn’t allow William to express sadness over his parents’ death was just heartbreaking, and really resonated with me.  And he is just so patient and understanding and perfect with Cally, it melts my heart!  There’s a lovely tinge of sad beauty to the writing and imagery, and while the plot isn’t overly complex, it still has a very nice arc.  With this being just the prequel to William and Cally’s relationship, we don’t get a happy ending here, but we do get hope.  Before or after reading Wish I May, Stolen Wishes is the perfect way to understand more about William and Cally’s background and the beginning of their relationship.  Overall it was just lovely, sad and sweet.   I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this prequel to will and cally's story. A bit unbelievable considering they're supposed to be high school teens, I've never met any this mature. Especially when it comes to sex. Again this is a prequel and its short, 67 pgs
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the other books in this series.
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slz52 More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet love story but way to short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good set.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"We're connected. Tied together by something bigger than ourselves. Like the moon brings the tide back to the shore, the stars will always bring me back to Cally." I enjoyed the two full-length novellas in this series. When I had the opportunity to read and review this novella of Cally and William's backstory, I was all over it. I mean, I had the basics from reading the other two books, but I wanted more. I definitely got it with Stolen Wishes.  At only 91 pages, this is a short, quick read. It's also an incredibly sweet read that made me swoon. The progression of Cally and William's relationship was realistic and everything I could ask for in a romance. As you know if you've read the other books, they were in high school when they began dating. The sexy scenes were a little steamier than I would expect of most books featuring high school age characters, but it wasn't smutty and it certainly didn't bother me in any way.  If you, like me, love Cally and Will and their relationship, you'll want to pick up this novella. (BONUS: It's free at time of posting too!) They were such a wonderful couple, even back then. It actually pains me to think about where life took both of them after they parted in this book. This was a great addition to the series. Fans won't want to miss this one.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I was super thrilled to get to read this amazing story. I absolutely LOVED Cally and Will in Wish I May, so to read their “first” love story was very exciting. It also gave me the chance to see the events that caused all the heartache and tore apart these two wonderful people. Their romance was sweet, and I felt my heart melting with every kiss, every touch, and every intimate moment shared. They were, quite simply, perfect with and for each other. I was so glad that Will had eyes only for Cally, and instead of fueling the rumors about them, he shaped them to prove that Cally wasn't the girl everyone thought she was. Their relationship wasn't rushed either. It blossomed over time and Will was so crazy in love with Cally he was willing to take things slow. It was unfortunate that outside factors were responsible for destroying something so beautiful. However, I know that true love can be so strong NOTHING can destroy it completely. So if you haven't read Wish I May, I suggest you grab a copy of both books and be swept away into a story of love like you've never seen before.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was so good and i cried at the end but it was worth it i wished the 2nd book (wish i may) was free:'(
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Stolen Wishes takes you back to the very beginning, when Cally and William first fell in love.  It is a short novella, 91 pages, but it is really a beautiful and heartbreaking story, and to me, made me appreciate the things that happen in Wish I May, and even in Unbreak Me so much more.  You don't have to read it before the other two novels, but I would definitely recommend reading it, because it adds a new depth and understanding to this tragically beautiful story.  In Wish I May, we see a hard and broken Cally and William, and journey with them down the heartbreaking road they travel in order to find each other and love once again.  In Stolen Wishes, you get to see an innocent and pure love that develops over time and then is torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.  If you love New Adult Contemporary Romance, the the New Hope Series is one you won't want to miss, and Stolen Wishes is a must read addition to this romantic, engaging, heartbreaking, and beautiful series. 
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alientwilight More than 1 year ago
A knight in Shinning Armor! **ARC Review** **My Review** This was a good follow up for Cally & William from the Wish I May (New Hope) series. The story gives you more insight on these to characters you begin to love William more lol.  I thought the author did a good job letting you get to know these to characters more. Cally's Dad & Mom made me so mad. Also I think people out there reading this could relate in someone way about the hardship she went through. End the in this story ended good I thought. I want to read more about these characters & the previous characters in I wish I May... Ooo especially Williams Friends & Thompson Twins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I love william. A very good book. Thanks for the great read. J.... :-@
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
It is no secret I absolutely ADORED Wish I May, Cally and William's story, the second novel in Lexi Ryan's New Hope series. We briefly met William in the first book in the series Unbreak Me, but he needed his own book. Having read Wish I May first, I must admit Stolen Wishes was rather bittersweet for me. (Only because I know how everything plays out!) However, it really was a beautifully written novella about first love and acceptance of one's true self. Cally is such a sweet character. Living in a small town is not easy for her, as her mother has earned an unfavorable reputation and Cally is the one to endure the backlash. The novella opens with one of Cally's peers being crude and ugly to her, but luckily William Bailey happens to be there to step in and defend her. Cally is shocked that William would be so nice to her. He is good-looking, popular, wealthy and she never expected him to know who she was. However, William has noticed Cally before in school and has a crush on her. While she is filled with shame over what people are saying about her mother, William doesn't care about any of that. He sees the girl who wanders around star-gazing and senses a kindred spirit that he wants to get to know. After losing his parents at a young age, William now lives with his grandmother. However, she isn't the same as a loving, nurturing mother. She also grieves for the child she lost and William ends up feeling alone while living with her. I loved William's character. He doesn't let being popular go to his head and he doesn't care what people think. He likes Cally and wants to show her that. He doesn't take her out to expel the rumors about them, he takes her out because she's pretty and sweet and he wants to spend time with her. I really liked how Ryan approached the topic of sex in this novella. Cally and William are both in high school and that is the time teenagers typically push boundaries and see how far they can go. However, while Cally wants to go further with William, she is terrified of ending up like her mother. She isn't ready to move forward sexually with William and I like that he is understanding and doesn't push her into more. However, hormones are not the easiest things to control and Cally finds herself wishing she hadn't set those boundaries, especially since she knows how much William loves her and she him. Again, Ryan approaches this in such a realistic way and I like how she handled the progression and development of Cally and William's physical and emotional relationship. Again, Stolen Wishes is rather bittersweet, as it's easy to make promises of forever to the one you love at a young age. However, the future is uncertain and Cally and William are headed in different directions. Will love be enough?
smutbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
I did not think that I could love William Bailey any more then I already do but after Stolen Wishes I am head over heels, and crazy in love, when it comes to William Bailey. The way that William puts Cally on a pedestal is breathtaking. He falls hard and fast for her, and looks at her like she hung the moon and the stars in the sky. Cally is smitten with William and admires him from afar. She is overjoyed and overwhelmed when he actually pursues her. He is her knight in shining armour. Stolen Wishes is only the beginning of one of the most heart-wrenching and sinfully sexy love stories I have ever read. This novella should make you run out and buy Wish I May. If you already own Wish I May, after reading Stolen Wishes, William Bailey will own a piece of your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
William Bailey is most definitely my book boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to continue their story!!