Wish I May (New Hope #2) by Lexi Ryan
New Adult contemporary romance
Paperback/eBook, 231 pages
Published October 4th 2013 by Ever After, LLC
I grew up wishing on stars.
My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.
Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.
This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.
I find myself looking to my stars again...wondering if I dare one more wish.
Four. Four drunken, desperate, horny girl text messages. I lower my pounding head to the counter and whimper.
“Feeling good this morning?” I’m hung over, and Lizzy’s voice is bright and perky enough to put the justifiable in justifiable homicide.
I crack open one eyelid and peer at her. “Don’t talk to me.”
“Don’t be bitchy just because you drank too much.” She pulls my phone from my fingers. “Did he ever write back?”
I lift my head. “You knew I was sending those? Jesus, Liz, you’re supposed to have a girl’s back when she’s drunk.”
She snorts. “I did have your back. God, after you told me about the restaurant, I did the only thing a real friend would do. I handed you your phone and tried to get you laid.”
“I told you about the restaurant?”
Maggie and Hanna walk into the kitchen, heading for the coffee. “Sweetie, you told everyone about the restaurant,” Maggie says.
My cheeks fill with heat. I wouldn’t have thought embarrassment was possible with my head pounding this hard. “That is…mortifying.”
“It wasn’t too bad,” Hanna says softly. “I mean, you didn’t go into graphic detail about your orgasm or anything.”
My face is on fire. “You’re not helping, Hanna.”
“You did tell us all about your panties, though,” Lizzy says. “Now I want some like that. So fucking hot.”
Asher walks into the kitchen and wraps his arms around Maggie, pulling her back to his front before whispering something in her ear.
I look at Lizzy and Hanna. “Are they always like that?”
Hanna leans on the breakfast bar and props her chin on her hands, sighing. “They’re even worse when they think no one is looking. We’re all jealous. Liz and I told him he has to find us our own rock stars, but so far, nothing.”
Lizzy frowns at my phone. “I can’t believe he never wrote back. Most guys would have been knocking down the door to take you up on these offers. And this last one?” She whistles low and looks at me with a raised brow. “You are creative, I’ll give you that.” She shows the phone to Hanna, who takes it and cocks her head while reading.
“Wow. That’s… You can actually…? And he never showed up? I wonder if he’s in the hospital somewhere.”
I snatch my phone back, then wince as pain ricochets through my head at the sudden movement.
“More than likely, he knew she was drunk,” Maggie says softly, eyeing me. “Will’s a good guy. He doesn’t take advantage.”
I rub my temples. Last night it became clear to me that Will has a history with both Maggie and her oldest sister, Krystal. Of course, no one wanted to talk about it, but I filed away the information. This is New Hope, after all. If I put my mind to it, I won’t have to go far to find someone who knows the whole story and wants to gab.
“Maggie’s right,” Hanna’s saying. “Call him today, sober, and I’m sure he’ll be all yours.”
“I don’t want him to be mine.”
Lizzy snorts. “Bullshit. The tequila-addled brain doesn’t lie.”
“It’s a bad idea. I’m leaving in a few months—max.”
Maggie is frowning at me, worry lines creasing her forehead.
Hanna puts her hand on my arm. “You were always the one telling us to keep an open mind and an open heart. You were the one convinced that if we just believed, good things would come into our lives. What happened to that girl?”
She sold out for a paycheck. “It’s complicated. Being with Will would only hurt him in the long run.”
“Then leave him alone.” Maggie steps toward me. Asher touches her arm, but Maggie shakes her head and he backs off. “All Will wants in this world is to get married and make a family of his own. He might be attracted to Cally, but if she knows she won’t give him that, she should stay away.”
Hanna and Lizzy are looking at their hands, and Asher’s eyes have gone sad. There’s definitely more to this story than I’ve been told.
“I agree.” My phone buzzes, and I take it back from Hanna to see a text from Drew.
Gabby had nightmares all night and I had to climb in bed with her, and dad made some sort of tofu-nugget sausage for breakfast that smells like roadkill. If you come home without an Asher Logan autograph on your boob, you are no longer my sister.
“I need to go.”
“Don’t rush away because of some silly texts,” Lizzy says. “Asher’s going to make us breakfast.”
It isn’t the texts that have me running. It’s the reminder that some sexy texts sent to an old boyfriend are the least of my worries.
“But before I go….” I grab a Sharpie from the basket on the counter. “Maggie, is it all right if I have your boyfriend sign my chest?”
Excerpt © Lexi Ryan, 2013
About the author:
Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. A former college English professor, Lexi now writes full time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children. Please visit www.lexiryan.com
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