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.
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.
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Review (taken from the pre-blog Goodreads archives)
I don’t give out five star reviews lightly. Never before have I felt a book affect me in such a way. Callie Hart has a knack for creating characters with the realistic rawness and darkness that many others lack. This was a struggle to read at points, conveying the all-consuming need to feel alive again, and the utter emptiness of the two lead characters unbelievably well.
I have never felt so strongly towards book characters before, and it is a testament to Callie’s writing that she managed to create such a complex but perfect relationship. I have to say that Callan Cross is my new book boyfriend (though perhaps I should amend it to my ‘story soul mate’, as ‘book boyfriend’ sounds too casual for my feelings towards him!).
I cried, I laughed, and my heart hurt whilst reading this. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.