Thursday, March 23, 2017

Calico written by Callie Hart (256 pgs) – finished reading 10/21/16 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

I couldn’t believe my eyes while reading this one. So extremely tragic. I can’t even imagine what poor Coralie went through. Her young life was horrible after her mother’s passing. It was unreal how much that young girl could take from her abusive father. What a tyrant! He does so many unthinkable things to her. He’s just off his rocker! And, her young boyfriend, Callen, has no idea. She hides it from him very well. But, when her father does something so horrific, she decides to leave. If she didn’t fear for her life so much, she should have stuck around. Callen is dealing with a heartbreaking situation of his own, and Coralie just couldn’t bear to ask him to come with her. It would have been so selfish and unfair. So, after twelve years the two meet again under some undo circumstances. They both feel the emotions coming to the surface. What to do with their relationship now? And, when some horrifying secrets are revealed, Callen just doesn’t know how to deal with them. Will this couple find their way back to each other?

Whew! That was one emotional book! Her emotions. His emotions. All over the place. Tears were shed. Words were expressed. And, truths finally were exchanged. I think when Callen finally learns of all the abuse that Coralie had gone through in the past, it breaks him. He knew that her father was protective, but he had no idea to what degree that he would go to keep Coralie all to himself. He was one sick excuse for a human being!

I really enjoyed this book, but it was sad. Finally, though, in the end the couple finds some peace from all the destruction. It’s so so needed for them to move on. This definitely was a far cry from Ms. Hart’s Blood & Roses series. Not so suspenseful. But, definitely worth the read. You won’t be disappointed with this one. A little on the short side, but so much happened between those pages. So many things resolved for the better to enable this couple to be together.

“The present and the future can’t change the past. But the passing of time makes the pain at our backs less severe. All we have to do is face forward and look in the light. Behind us may be dark, bluebird, but I know it in my bones. There are great things up ahead.” ~ Callen (Chap. 25)

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