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Coralie 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. Coralie 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. Callan Cross. 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. Callan 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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Coralie 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. Coralie 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. Callan Cross. 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. Callan 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.

30 review for Calico

  1. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    This was a deeply emotional read. "I didn't need this to be plagued by memories of the past, Coralie. I couldn't have forgotten about you even if I'd tried. The seas could have frozen over. The heavens could have come crashing down to earth. Time could have stood still, and I would never have been able to cleanse myself of you." Coralie and Callan have a lot of history full of a beautiful teenage love but also of secrets and abuse. Their past changed them in different ways and it's time for them This was a deeply emotional read. "I didn't need this to be plagued by memories of the past, Coralie. I couldn't have forgotten about you even if I'd tried. The seas could have frozen over. The heavens could have come crashing down to earth. Time could have stood still, and I would never have been able to cleanse myself of you." Coralie and Callan have a lot of history full of a beautiful teenage love but also of secrets and abuse. Their past changed them in different ways and it's time for them to finally come to terms with it. "I wake up sometimes and I can't fucking breathe, Coralie. Just like you do. I walk down the street and I see you everywhere. Just like you see me..." The beginning made me picture Callan in a way that I really didn't think I would end up liking him but it almost feels like that guy and the one we get to know after he goes back home are two different people. I honestly wish I hadn't been introduced to him in the way I did because I didn't like that guy. "Just let go. Stop fighting. Stop working so hard to hate me. Hating me feels safe. I know, but loving me would be so much better. How can anything terrible come from something so beautiful? The way I love you feels beautiful to me, bluebird. It doesn't make me scared. It doesn't make me angry, or makes me feel cheated. Loving you is just part of what makes me who I am. I knew that the moment I met you, and you did, too." I want to think of him as the guy that could say and mean those things. He goes through a period of doubt where he reacts poorly but hey, we're human. Coralie has a lot to work through and a confession that is hard to process. Through all the hurt I am glad these two can come out on the other end better for it. The plot was interesting and dealt with some strong themes including severe abuse. I'd like to say it was far-fetched but unfortunately there are real life instances of people looking the other way when faced with abuse situations. The characters were certainly flawed and I feel like this was why I connected with them. The romance was definitely hot but the emotion behind it was what made it beautiful. "The present and the future can't chant the past," he whispers. "But the passing of time makes the pain at our backs less severe. All we have to do is fave forward and look into the light. Behind us may be dark, bluebird, but I know it in my bones. There are great things up ahead." Safety: Callan is in a friends with benefits relationship before returning to town. Coralie has a boyfriend before she rolls in. She does cheat on her boyfriend with Callan but does not return to him at any point except to break it off. They were with others during their separation. There is no sharing. There is severe physical and emotional abuse with hints of eventual sexual tendencies if she had not left. It is difficult to read and may be a trigger. PS: I don't normally do quotes but this one was full of really good ones lol ;) Might have to start including some.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    "They're not imperfections, Coralie. They're differences between you and the rest of the herd. They make you interesting. I like interesting. This was my first read by Callie Hart, and a good introduction to her writing. I liked the characters she created for us and the balance between past and present. I don't typically like second chance romance books, especially not ones that go back and forth between the then and the now. But with Calico, I actually liked getting some of Callan an "They're not imperfections, Coralie. They're differences between you and the rest of the herd. They make you interesting. I like interesting. This was my first read by Callie Hart, and a good introduction to her writing. I liked the characters she created for us and the balance between past and present. I don't typically like second chance romance books, especially not ones that go back and forth between the then and the now. But with Calico, I actually liked getting some of Callan and Coralie's past. It wasn't shown too much so it didn't feel like what happened back then was taking over the story. I had some issues when some things would be mentioned and then never brought up again. Like Coralie apparently had an eating disorder and it was sort of mentioned a few times, but then was never heard of again. It made it seem like I wasn't getting the full story which bothered me. Overall, I would recommend this story for anyone that likes a second chance romance, and doesn't mind the story going back to the past a few times. The relationship with Coralie and Callan was very intriguing and I think most people will enjoy it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.M. West

    4 STARS I'm a huge Callie Hart and always will be because she gave me Zeth Mayfair from the Blood & Roses Series Book One: Deviant & Fracture series. This was an emotionally intense read. Two broken souls who get a second chance but have an ocean of secrets and unsaid things between them. There were a few things that happened that were a bit out there but this is fiction after all and it certainly moved things along. The writing was great and lots of feels and angst. This was BR with the ever-swe 4 STARS I'm a huge Callie Hart and always will be because she gave me Zeth Mayfair from the Blood & Roses Series Book One: Deviant & Fracture series. This was an emotionally intense read. Two broken souls who get a second chance but have an ocean of secrets and unsaid things between them. There were a few things that happened that were a bit out there but this is fiction after all and it certainly moved things along. The writing was great and lots of feels and angst. This was BR with the ever-sweet Anna! Thanks darling. xo

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    OK, another book where I expected too much. Why do I always do that??? I LOVE the cover. ♥ I loved the blurb. And I kinda loved our hero & heroine. BUT - I kinda hated the writing. I wish a good American editior would've gone over the book again. There were so many missing words and wrong sentences and so much British hidden in there. I hate that. When I read a book about Americans living in America and someone says HE'S IN HOSPITAL - I want to throw the book through a window. No idea why I'm so OK, another book where I expected too much. Why do I always do that??? I LOVE the cover. ♥ I loved the blurb. And I kinda loved our hero & heroine. BUT - I kinda hated the writing. I wish a good American editior would've gone over the book again. There were so many missing words and wrong sentences and so much British hidden in there. I hate that. When I read a book about Americans living in America and someone says HE'S IN HOSPITAL - I want to throw the book through a window. No idea why I'm so weird with this. But I think if you're British, why not write a book about British people in London? The story was good. A bit too 'created' though. Why didn't they just talk to each other back then. Yes, I get that they had to grow up and grow in general, but all those wasted years??? And the whole town looking the other way for 17 years? And even Cal NEVER noticing anything weird with the girl he loves??? Yup. Stupid. And the painting? Her painting got totally lost in the story. It should be a more important part of her healing and of her life in general. I loved the book, but I just stupidly expected more. It was all a bit boring and flat and with the writing constantly bothering me... Hm, I will definitely try Callie's next book, but I'm trying not to expexct too much next time. ☺ BUT - please don't let me scare you away from the book - most reviewers LOVED it - and you probably will too. I'm just weird with lots of things. Don't mind me. I'm leaving now.☺

  5. 4 out of 5

    London

    Pretty disappointed the author went this route. I absolutely hate when the hero leaves the heroine and sleeps with tons of other women during their separation. Not only that but there's descriptive sex with a long term fuck buddy in the book as well. He describes how he came all over her tits, how she had just gone down on him, and how he had gone down on her too. *Sigh* another author bites the dust Pretty disappointed the author went this route. I absolutely hate when the hero leaves the heroine and sleeps with tons of other women during their separation. Not only that but there's descriptive sex with a long term fuck buddy in the book as well. He describes how he came all over her tits, how she had just gone down on him, and how he had gone down on her too. *Sigh* another author bites the dust

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.75 Stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✦❋Arianna✦❋

    3 - 3.5 Stars!! “When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he didn’t even come close to what we had.” Callie Hart is a new to me author, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but after reading the blurb and seeing the lovely cover I decided to give it a try. I love second chance romances and while this one didn’t turn out to be one of my favorite books with this premise I've read so far, I liked it and I’m glad I’ve discovered a new author. 'Calico' was an intense read, well-paced f 3 - 3.5 Stars!! “When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he didn’t even come close to what we had.” Callie Hart is a new to me author, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but after reading the blurb and seeing the lovely cover I decided to give it a try. I love second chance romances and while this one didn’t turn out to be one of my favorite books with this premise I've read so far, I liked it and I’m glad I’ve discovered a new author. 'Calico' was an intense read, well-paced for the most part and equally heartbreaking and heartwarming, with some well-balanced angst and drama and a great love story that will many readers' hearts. “The seas could have frozen over. The heavens could have come crashing down to earth. Time could have stood still, and I would never have been able to cleanse myself of you.” Coralie and Callan grew up next door to each other, but they became friends pretty late, when they were teenagers. Everything between them progressed very fast. From practically strangers they became best friends and soon after something more, falling in love with each other hard. For more than two years Coralie kept something from Callan. To protect him she suffered in silence, but eventually her pain became too much, so forced by circumstances she left their small town leaving Callan behind. “I know you. I see into you. Your heart is my heart. Your breath is my breath. Your soul is my soul. Your pain…your pain is my fucking pain.” Coralie meets again Callan twelve years later when both of them are back in their hometown. While she desperately tries to escape her past and the boy, now man who used to means so much to her, Callan is ready to do anything to show Coralie that nothing changed between them, that she’s still his bluebird. He will not let her go. Not this time. While I didn’t fully love this story, I have to say it was written pretty great. Actually the writing was one of my favorite aspects of the story. Both Coralie and Callan were well developed characters and they were likeable, if not from the beginning, as the story progressed. My heart broke for Coralie. Not only because she suffered so long without anyone knowing anything about it, but also because she was forced by circumstances to leave the one who loved the most. Callan knows what he wants. He’s determined to show Coralie that he’s the only one for her, making it clear that he still loves her and personally I liked that. The romance between these two was great and the connection between them was palpable from the start, so expect some very hot, emotional sexy scenes. Despite the fact that I liked this one, I had a couple of issues. First and foremost I found very hard to believe Callan and also his mother, a doctor, didn’t realize Coralie is abused physically and mentally. And I’m not talking about days or weeks…I’m talking about years. WTF?? Also, her neighbor who practically became Coralie’s protector in some way didn’t do anything to actually help the poor girl. It goes without saying I found these aspects of the story very unbelievable. Also, some aspects of the story were OTT, others just angered me and others that were supposed to move me, well….just didn’t. Overall, this was just an ok read for me, but I'm sure it will be a winner for many readers! “Behind us may be dark, bluebird, but I know it in my bones. There are great things up ahead.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    CC

    4 “Bluebird” Stars Coralie Taylor grew up in Port Royal, small, quiet town where everyone knows your name, but never knew Coralie’s secrets. Despite being raised by a tyrant and abusive father, Coralie manages to form a friendship with Callan Cross who later becomes her boyfriend with whom she shares many firsts. However, being with Callan as she had dreamed, doesn’t happen because she flees town as fast as she can and without a trace. Fast forward ten years, Coralie must return to her home town 4 “Bluebird” Stars Coralie Taylor grew up in Port Royal, small, quiet town where everyone knows your name, but never knew Coralie’s secrets. Despite being raised by a tyrant and abusive father, Coralie manages to form a friendship with Callan Cross who later becomes her boyfriend with whom she shares many firsts. However, being with Callan as she had dreamed, doesn’t happen because she flees town as fast as she can and without a trace. Fast forward ten years, Coralie must return to her home town to bury her father and confront her worst nightmares. “If my life were a movie, this would be the part where the camera pans back away from my father and me. It would be the part the director wants to spare the viewer.” Callan Cross is a fairly successful photographer who always looked at life uniquely through his lens. Growing up, he lived across the street from Coralie and always felt a pull toward her. As one of the school’s popular boys, Callan could have had his pick of girls, but he and Coralie shared a special connection. Callan’s family life wasn’t free of real problems but he had the innate trait to provide and protect and always remained true to his heart. Now living in New York, he receives news of Coralie’s father and decides to return to Port Royal to support Coralie despite her knowledge and his own shattered dreams. “I couldn’t have forgotten about you even if I’d tried. The seas could have frozen over. The heavens could have come crashing down to earth. Time could have stood still, and I would never have been able to cleanse myself of you.” As Coralie returns home, she battles old feelings of guilt, hatred, loss, fear and love. For years, she sought therapy to rid herself of destructive behavior, but now she can’t help but want to surrender to her old ways. When Callan and Coralie are first reunited, it is volatile. There is no doubt that they are still admittedly in love with each other, but Coralie fights it for fear of becoming undone and telling him the hurtful truth. Despite her fear, Coralie can’t fight how complete she feels with Callan, a feeling she always had with him from the very first time they met in the high school library. As Callan demands Coralie to acknowledge her feelings for him, details about their past are slowly revealed until Cora breaks but he is committed to help her put all the pieces back together. “The present and the future can’t change the past,” he whispers. “But the passing of time makes the pain at our backs less severe. All we have to do is face forward and look into the light. Behind us may be dark, bluebird, but I know it in my bones. There are great things up ahead.” This story is told in alternating point of views between Callan and Coralie and also between the past and present and it allows for deep character development and empathy. Coralie’s chapters are dark and cover disturbing events about abuse and there’s no doubt as to why Coralie made that crucial decision as a teen. While I was eager to see how Coralie and Callan can heal together in the present, the chapters focusing on their past made the most impact on me. With Callan’s loving nature, you just want him to envelope Coralie and ooze all that warmth and love into her body via osmosis (and some other ways too! Lol!) In starting this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect since many said it is a departure from Callie’s other series. Well, that is true in that it is a heavier and a more emotion driven plot focusing on love, abuse, pain, guilt, healing and redemption. There are moments in Coralie’s life when you just want to curl up and cry with her and other times when you share in the joys of first love. Toward the ending, there was one part where I wanted a little more of resolution but I understood the symbolism of how Callan extinguished the past. The only doubt left in my mind was about (view spoiler)[Friday and how she wasn’t aware of the abuse all those years. (hide spoiler)] The epilogue is quite special to Coralie and Callan and it felt as though they truly came full circle.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I've been a huge fan of Callie Hart's ever since I met Zeth Mayfair in her Blood & Roses series. She has a way of writing and bringing characters to life in such a way that you will not forget. I was excited to hear about Calico and couldn't wait to read since this is a second chance love story. While I enjoyed this book, I will say that it felt very heavy to me. "When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he didn’t come close to what we had." Callan Cross and Coralie Taylor both came from a sm I've been a huge fan of Callie Hart's ever since I met Zeth Mayfair in her Blood & Roses series. She has a way of writing and bringing characters to life in such a way that you will not forget. I was excited to hear about Calico and couldn't wait to read since this is a second chance love story. While I enjoyed this book, I will say that it felt very heavy to me. "When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he didn’t come close to what we had." Callan Cross and Coralie Taylor both came from a small town in South Carolina. Callan is now a photographer in New York and Coralie is an artist in California. They were high school sweethearts and each other's first loves. When Coralie's father dies she finds herself going back to the small town that she ran away from ten years ago to hopefully bury the past for good. "My heart sings and weeps with equal parts." After Coralie's mother died, her father became physically and mentally abusive towards her. He would come home drunk constantly and beat her for no reason. She quickly learned how to hide the bruises or come up with some excuse if she couldn't. She literally suffered in silence. Boys were definitely a no no for her. Her father made that clear, but when Callan Cross bumped into her at the library and began wanting to spend time with her, she couldn't say no. Callan lived next door to her, so he began walking her to school each day. She would sneak time to be with him when she could. Their friendship quickly turned into love as most teenage loves do, but this love was real. But when their dreams of being together come crashing down, Coralie runs as quickly and as far from this little town as she can leaving Callan behind. She gets through life basically just floating along. When she gets back to her hometown she does her best to avoid as many people as possible, but soon runs into Callan. He'd come home for her when he had heard about her father passing. Now she's forced to face Callan and explain why she left him all those years ago. "You can run away for ten years. You can change your hair...wear different clothes...but there's not a damn thing you can do to hide your soul from mine." This second chance romance alternates between the present and the past giving the reader the entire story. It's also told from dual POVs which I happen to love. Any chance that I get to get both sides of the story is always a plus for me. As I mentioned before, this story was heavy to me, especially when reading about the abuse Coralie went through, so keep that in mind as it could be a trigger for some. Originally when this book first came out I saw many mixed reviews on it. Being a fan of Callie's though I knew I was going to read it. After reading it, I find myself on the love side for this book. I especially loved the epilogue and seeing how these two were able to heal and move on to find their happiness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A_Ryan

    5 Heart-breaking, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, Bluebird Stars!!!! “I’m not your fair weather boyfriend back in LA,” Callan growls. “... I’m not someone who’ll swallow something, simply because the words tumbled out of your mouth. I know you. I see into you. Your heart is my heart. Your breath is my breath. Your soul is my soul. Your pain… your pain is my fucking pain." Synopsis: Callan and Coralie were neighbours who met when they were in highschool. They immediately felt an incredible pu 5 Heart-breaking, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, Bluebird Stars!!!! “I’m not your fair weather boyfriend back in LA,” Callan growls. “... I’m not someone who’ll swallow something, simply because the words tumbled out of your mouth. I know you. I see into you. Your heart is my heart. Your breath is my breath. Your soul is my soul. Your pain… your pain is my fucking pain." Synopsis: Callan and Coralie were neighbours who met when they were in highschool. They immediately felt an incredible pull towards eachother and soon found themselves falling in love. But Coralie hides a terrible secret, the consequences of which force her to run away, leaving a shattered Callan behind. Twelve years later a funeral brings them together, and Callan is determined not to lose Coralie again. But as Callan fights to win her back he uncovers secrets that will change both of them forever. The best bits: Callie Hart's writing had me totally engrossed from page one. She has the ability to create such beautifully haunting imagery, that echoed the intensity of love, pain and passion explored through this book. She expertly developed a range of characters that will stay with me forever, characters that just seemed so real to me. I could picture each one so perfectly in my head, I could see their movements, hear their voices, and feel the darkness as well as the light. I have never read a book by this author before but just one chapter made me a fan of her work. There are so many things to love about this story. The two main characters tugged at my heart and I fell in love with both of them. Callan was an exceptional man, strong on both the inside and the outside, and his ability to see the beauty in those he loved was inspiring. He was so completely thoughtful, so romantic and ultimately so tortured but a totally sexy, demanding, alpha in the bedroom. Hot. He was. Very. Hot. The supporting characters, particularly Friday and Amanda were scene-stealers, adding strength and security to a world full of fear and doubt. I was amazed at how well Hart could make them so real with just a line or two of dialogue, and how they perfectly balanced the mood of the story and were always used as a pre-cursor to a major plot development. They were brilliant! Also... and you'll need to read this to understand, but the whole disposable camera idea was just the most amazing, most romantic, most beautiful, wish-I-had-done-that idea ever. Read it. You're heart will inevitably melt and soar at the same time! The worst bit: (view spoiler)[ I really, really wanted more closure with Malcolm. I wasn't sure if he did in fact sober up and become a pillar of the community, ultimately committing suicide because he couldn't live with the guilt of what he had done. But I doubt it. Because the monster seemed to live on in his will. In the end, its possible that he was inherently a monster and through his suicide he found one more way to torture Coralie. He never got his due. Which is heartbreaking for me. Callan didn't even get a chance to piss on his grave (although the spit scene was utterly satisfying!). I guess that in real life, monsters sometimes get away with their evil deeds. (hide spoiler)] Recommended for: fans of dark friends-to-lovers/ second chance romances, with stunningly powerful imagery. However, some abuse scenes are quite graphic and may disturb some readers. 5 "I’m going to kiss you eventually" STARS!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    Calico is the emotional second-chance romance of two people who have suffered immeasurable pain. It is a heartbreaking story of loss, shame, guilt, and regret, but also a beautiful story of redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness. Coralie and Callan are high school sweethearts who everyone believes will get married and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, there are too many secrets and lies for Coralie to stay in Port Royal. Twelve years goes by and Coralie and Callan are on opposite coasts, h Calico is the emotional second-chance romance of two people who have suffered immeasurable pain. It is a heartbreaking story of loss, shame, guilt, and regret, but also a beautiful story of redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness. Coralie and Callan are high school sweethearts who everyone believes will get married and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, there are too many secrets and lies for Coralie to stay in Port Royal. Twelve years goes by and Coralie and Callan are on opposite coasts, having no contact at all, but never forgetting what they once had. Neither have completely moved on from the other, alive but not truly living. When they return to town for Coralie’s father’s funeral, sparks still fly, but now they are more likely to cause a deadly explosion than wild passion. My heart broke several times while reading about the pain and loss both Coralie and Callan suffered. Life has not been kind to either of them, but once they start to actually communicate with one another, healing is able to begin. While I may have been heartbroken, I feel that the highly emotional and abusive situations were handled with care and the writing reflects the total devastation of the characters. However, there were a couple of minor things that I found incongruous in the writing (no one knew about the abuse, etc), but it didn’t take me out of the story too much. I was definitely swept up in the gut-wrenching emotions of the story. It's truly a story I won't forget anytime soon. ▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ▸ Order: Kindle | Paperback | iBooks ▸ For more reviews, visit

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    "Like time has stopped, ground to a stubborn halt, as your soul starts singing. I fall, melt, burn and fly all at once. I kiss him back, opening my mouth to him, staggered by the intensity of emotion I feel for him as he cups my face with one hand." I really loved this story Calico by Callie Hart. A beautiful story of Callan and Coralie. It was quite heartbreaking at times, but what an amazing journey to be a part of. A Huge fan of this book and can't wait to read more amazing titles by this "Like time has stopped, ground to a stubborn halt, as your soul starts singing. I fall, melt, burn and fly all at once. I kiss him back, opening my mouth to him, staggered by the intensity of emotion I feel for him as he cups my face with one hand." I really loved this story Calico by Callie Hart. A beautiful story of Callan and Coralie. It was quite heartbreaking at times, but what an amazing journey to be a part of. A Huge fan of this book and can't wait to read more amazing titles by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fre06 Begum

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. CH has let me down! Why would she go down that route of showing "hero" with ow? So this ow had everything done intimately by him and she slept over and we are expected to believe heroine was his soulmate? Well frankly I can't get past his fuck buddy Rae and I didn't FEEL how different heroine was to him sexually.....he really disgusted me! CH has let me down! Why would she go down that route of showing "hero" with ow? So this ow had everything done intimately by him and she slept over and we are expected to believe heroine was his soulmate? Well frankly I can't get past his fuck buddy Rae and I didn't FEEL how different heroine was to him sexually.....he really disgusted me!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    I love Callie Hart and I loved the premise of this book. I have been a huge fan of Callie's since Zeth and when I saw she was writing something different from her usual gritty and dark norm, I couldn't wait to dive in. This was definitely a step away from her usual, and not in a bad way. If you're looking for an angsty contemporary with a little grit splashed in, I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the writing style, the angst was deliciously palpable and gripped me from the very first chapter. I l I love Callie Hart and I loved the premise of this book. I have been a huge fan of Callie's since Zeth and when I saw she was writing something different from her usual gritty and dark norm, I couldn't wait to dive in. This was definitely a step away from her usual, and not in a bad way. If you're looking for an angsty contemporary with a little grit splashed in, I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the writing style, the angst was deliciously palpable and gripped me from the very first chapter. I love a second chance romance, and if there's angst involved, consider me done for. Unfortunately, somewhere around the second half it began to lose me. Certain things felt too unbelievable and almost OTT. I did not like the turn the characters took towards the end and I especially didn't like the reaction that Callan had with a particular revelation. As a matter of fact, I never truly got over it or my anger with it. Calico had a lot of emotion, a touch of grit, and a whole lot of angst. Had it not been for the aforementioned issues I had, it could have easily been a 5 star for me. But different strokes for different folks, right? So give it a shot and perhaps it may be a 5 star for you ;) ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    5 stars! As a fan of Callie Hart, I pretty much went into this blind. And I'm going to return the favor. No description of the book. No telling of what occurred. No swooning over the hero (even though I did). No other artwork or quotes. Just a few short statements about how I felt about this book. It takes a lot for a book to sucker punch me in the feel-zone. This book definitely got me right in the gut. I laughed and I cried. Oh hell, I probably ran through every emotion while reading it. It was th 5 stars! As a fan of Callie Hart, I pretty much went into this blind. And I'm going to return the favor. No description of the book. No telling of what occurred. No swooning over the hero (even though I did). No other artwork or quotes. Just a few short statements about how I felt about this book. It takes a lot for a book to sucker punch me in the feel-zone. This book definitely got me right in the gut. I laughed and I cried. Oh hell, I probably ran through every emotion while reading it. It was the perfect example of not wanting to put down. It's content and repaired now, but my heart broke into many pieces while reading. Callie Hart did such an amazing job creating multiple layers to this story and characters. Please read this beautiful second chance romance. I hope you love it as much as I did.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    This was an intense read. There were a lot of things I loved about the story and the writing - but also struggled to understand/accept a few things. Regardless, as a whole, I found myself thoroughly invested in the story and the characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. the writing style back and forth between past and present,second chance romance with groun ups that broke up,cause of tragick surcumstuncess as teens reminded me a lot of One day soon, as well as the sad and sweet tearjerker style of writing and plot. This book isnt the action hot,BDSM/violence and Mafia,trafficking kinda book,like the once i got to know Callie Heart by.This once more of a sad story that still has hope as i said vibe and writing vise it reminded me more of such tearjerker,bitter the writing style back and forth between past and present,second chance romance with groun ups that broke up,cause of tragick surcumstuncess as teens reminded me a lot of One day soon, as well as the sad and sweet tearjerker style of writing and plot. This book isnt the action hot,BDSM/violence and Mafia,trafficking kinda book,like the once i got to know Callie Heart by.This once more of a sad story that still has hope as i said vibe and writing vise it reminded me more of such tearjerker,bittersweet reads, like One Day Soon, Bright Side,Gus,than Callie's ussual books. I cant call this book exactly original even the teen pregnancie tragick miscariage were done to death before.But the book made me emotional and i did feel for both Coralie and Callan and hate her horrid father

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nawal

    DNF. I couldn't get in to it as much as I would have liked. DNF. I couldn't get in to it as much as I would have liked.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tash

    4.5 bluebird stars. Calico was my first book by Callie Hart and certainly won’t be my last. It is a modern-day romance about high school sweethearts reconnecting over a decade later. Duel point of views bouncing between current day and flashback chapters of their past. Trigger warning child abuse. I loved Callan’s character, he was sexy and dominant without being an asshole and I adore the photography aspect he brought to the book. Coralie is flawed but lovable and overall a strong female lead. C 4.5 bluebird stars. Calico was my first book by Callie Hart and certainly won’t be my last. It is a modern-day romance about high school sweethearts reconnecting over a decade later. Duel point of views bouncing between current day and flashback chapters of their past. Trigger warning child abuse. I loved Callan’s character, he was sexy and dominant without being an asshole and I adore the photography aspect he brought to the book. Coralie is flawed but lovable and overall a strong female lead. Coralie was abused by her father as a child/teenager after her mother’s death, she hides the abuse well and doesn’t tell anyone. After a tragedy steaming from the abuse she flees her hometown and father without explaining why to her boyfriend or friends. She goes back to the small town 12 years later for her father’s funeral after he commits suicide and the love of her life Callan Cross has also returned for the service. The story follows the couple as Callan eventually learns the truth about Coralies childhood and why she left. The writing was amazing, and I really enjoyed the story. I read the entire thing eagerly. The negatives I had that stopped it from being 5 stars though was 1. I didn’t feel like too much actually happened in the book because between all the flashbacks of the past and the duel POV’s the current storyline was only spread out over a few days (besides the epilogue). 2ndly I can never understand abuse and the reasoning behind how an abuser can harm a person with no real justification and the abusee for not telling, things could have been very different if she just spoke up. I feel like I never got justice. I wanted Malcom punished. Thirdly, there is unnecessary cheating, declining someone’s calls until they get the hint is not the same as braking up with them, especially in long term relationships. I would recommend this to any romance lovers out there, it was steamy, emotional and touching. I really enjoyed the writing, characters and storyline.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nance

    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 di 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 would 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 as 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. I 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)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simera

    Finally a book that got me out of my book stump. I loved it

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olga therebelreader

    Calico is a beautiful heart-whelming story about abuse, secrets, redemption, forgiveness and second chance love. The storyline follows Callan and Coralie in their adolescence to adulthood. They were best friends when they were younger and soon became lovers. Her strict and abusive father made life hell for her. She managed though to keep her abuse a secret from Callan. When she felt brave enough, she escaped from her abusive father in order to protect herself and the boy she cared for and deeply Calico is a beautiful heart-whelming story about abuse, secrets, redemption, forgiveness and second chance love. The storyline follows Callan and Coralie in their adolescence to adulthood. They were best friends when they were younger and soon became lovers. Her strict and abusive father made life hell for her. She managed though to keep her abuse a secret from Callan. When she felt brave enough, she escaped from her abusive father in order to protect herself and the boy she cared for and deeply loved. Now, twelve years since she left, she comes back to her hometown to bury her father. Callan, also, returns to his childhood home, in order to meet her, get answers and show her that they’re destined to be together. It’s clear that there are still deep emotions at play. The simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible and their chemistry is undeniable. Being around him makes Coralie feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. Coralie suffered far more abuse than a young girl should. It truly broke my heart the abuse that she suffered as a young girl at the hands of the person that is supposed to protect you. Can Coralie look past her fears to allow Callan into her heart again? Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And, will they find their way back to each other? The main characters come together in a touching way that makes you love them all the more. Calico is a story about two broken people and their road to healing, but also the unexpected connection found through mutual pain. I really loved the style of writing, it was very appealing and it just blew my mind. I loved Callan, it was more than obvious that he loved Coralie. This book definitely satisfied my love of an emotionally angst read. It is full of gut wrenching moments, lots of love, and lots of turmoil. Highly recommended for fans of emotional and memorable novels.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mimiorphee

    Completely captivating!!! I love Callie Hart's writing and Calico is no exception. Some sweet scenes, several raw and difficult parts, never falling in clichés or cheesiness. The characters are exceptional and stay true to themselves all along. This book is a beautiful story. Callie kept it simple (in a good way), which was refreshing. If you are in need of a fireworks of emotions READ IT! ;) Completely captivating!!! I love Callie Hart's writing and Calico is no exception. Some sweet scenes, several raw and difficult parts, never falling in clichés or cheesiness. The characters are exceptional and stay true to themselves all along. This book is a beautiful story. Callie kept it simple (in a good way), which was refreshing. If you are in need of a fireworks of emotions READ IT! ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    3.5 stars Calico was a completely different type of story than Callie Hart’s Blood & Roses series (which I absolutely loved!). That was dark and violent, whereas, this was raw and emotional, mostly. I really don’t know what happened. I loved the first part of the book, LOVED it! I was completely consumed by the raw and emotional story. I was captivated by the writing and waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to be put together. And I say mostly, because, for the first part, I was a freaking mes 3.5 stars Calico was a completely different type of story than Callie Hart’s Blood & Roses series (which I absolutely loved!). That was dark and violent, whereas, this was raw and emotional, mostly. I really don’t know what happened. I loved the first part of the book, LOVED it! I was completely consumed by the raw and emotional story. I was captivated by the writing and waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to be put together. And I say mostly, because, for the first part, I was a freaking mess, as you can see from my few status updates (on Goodreads and Facebook). Now this is where I struggle, because unfortunately, I never found them. It was like I had all of the corner and side pieces, but the middle ones were lost. Now, if you follow my reviews, I usually just rate a book I kind of liked a 3 or 3.5 and just give a synopsis of that book, rarely do I explain what I didn't like about it. But I feel like I have to give some explanation because I was raving about how much I was loving this book. Now, please don’t read the rest of this review, unless you have read the book because it will be majorly spoilery if you do and I don't want to ruin the book for you. That is why it is in spoiler tags!!! You have been WARNED!! (view spoiler)[ 1) NO ONE KNOWS CORALIE IS BEING ABUSED? ⦿Coralie lives her childhood with an alcoholic monster of a father who physically and mentally abuses her and NO ONE appears to know. Now, let’s think about this. She has a neighbor who we learn has become a surrogate mother to her since her own mother KILLED HERSELF because of her OWN physical abuse from her father. … Yet, this woman doesn’t know? Or if she does, she never mentions nor does anything about it. Now, Coralie isn’t just being slapped, this child is being beaten, repeatedly, almost daily! But, Friday (the name of the friendly neighbor) continues to bring her food and friendly advice, all the while, not seeing or simply ignoring the bruises. ⦿Her boyfriend (who lives next door) believes her when she tells him she gets her bruises by playing Lacrosse, LACROSSE! (Even though she’s never allowed to leave the house.) Callan walks her to and home from school every day. He never goes to a game. (Because there isn’t one.) Now, what boyfriend would not question when your Lacrosse games are, and not want to go watch you PLAY? ⦿As I mentioned, he lives next door. She slips through his window every night when her father goes to sleep and sleeps with Callan. (Again, he never questions her bruises - Lacrosse, remember?) His mother doesn’t mind, nor question her sleeping there (???) because mother and son are more like friends (father is not in the picture). Now, here is where I have a(nother) problem. Mother likes Coralie. She sees Coralie. They have conversations. She has to notice the bruises. She is a DOCTOR. Not only would she be trained to notice abuse, she would be MANDATED to report it! Now, I know Coralie uses makeup to cover the bruises, but she's been sleeping and some of that does wear off ... and I know her father is good at beating her so that others don't see them, but... ⦿At 16%, the bathroom scene it gets kinda creepy, and we see dad getting overly friendly with his daughter, which leads the reader to believe that in the future, he will have a sexual relationship with Coralie. Now, believe me, I did NOT want that to happen, I did NOT want to read that, see that nor imagine that. Because that would be awful. It is an awful thing for anyone to experience. I would never wish it on anyone. Yet, because the way the scene is written, I kept anticipating it. I kept looking for it. Yet, there was nothing. Nothing more was ever mentioned. I was so confused. Why was that there? 2.) OMG FOR THE MAJORITY OF THIS BOOK, I THOUGHT CALLAN WAS MY NEW BBF! SERIOUSLY, HE WAS THE STUFF BBF DREAMS WERE MADE OF... ❝ The seas could have frozen over. The heavens could have come crashing down to earth. Time could have stood still, and I would never have been able to cleanse myself of you.❞ and there’s this: ❝ It wasn’t your decision to make, Coralie. Jesus. I can’t believe you didn’t tell me.❞ ⦿Okay, wait, what? Wasn't it? He must not know the definition of survival? Was he being beaten for 17 years? Was he being ignored by his friends and loved ones for 17 years, and basically being left to die? No, he wasn’t. He was being a selfish ass! And had no right to be angry! This pissed me off! And I’m sorry, he didn’t redeem himself by looking at a couple of photo’s and realizing he was wrong and setting the house ablaze. His misplaced anger was uncalled for. 3)WAS HER DAD MURDERED OR DID HE KILL HIMSELF? ⦿I don’t really know. He was found on the same bridge his wife killed herself, with a kitchen knife sticking out of his chest. Now, it alluded to suicide, as well it alluded to murder. Even though, at 30% the Sheriff states they are going to wait until he is buried to declare suicide, I have a hard time with the fact that he killed himself in this manner… plunging a kitchen knife into his chest. Not an easy act, medically. This is glossed over and never answered. Now, maybe it’s just me, but I think it should have been addressed since the reason she’s back in town is his death. 4) WHAT CAUSED HER DAD TO SOBER UP AND CHANGE? ⦿For 12 years she was gone. And now, when she returns home, she finds out that of those 12 years, her father has been sober for 10!?? And had been attending church? Okay, this is HUGE. Because remember, this man had been an alcoholic monster for at least the 17 years of her childhood. This complete about-face was never explored. What caused this complete change in character? 5) A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN PHYSICALLY BEATEN THEIR ENTIRE CHILDHOOD WILL BE SCARRED EMOTIONALLY. ⦿Therefore, having your boyfriend or spouse "spank" you within the context of sex is not something that will happen 7 months after reuniting, if ever. 6) THE BASEMENT SCENE ... ⦿ *sigh* loss of blood. dehydration. no antibiotics. no medical intervention. It was all just too much, and unbelievable. (hide spoiler)] Please know, I was very close to claiming this as a top favorite of the year. Sadly, there were too many holes and loose ends. As well, I felt like we were lead on some paths that didn't go anywhere. Calico was a 5 Star read up until about 3/4 of the way through. I know many people who found this to be a 4 and 5-star worthy book and who were not as bothered by those things that I listed. So take this review for what it is, an opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    12/03/2016 Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 5 / 3 / 5 = 4 Stars Writer’s Voice = 4.5 Stars Character / Secondary Character Development = 4.5 / 4 = 4.3 Stars “Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 5 / 4 = 4.5 Stars Story / Background Story Development = 5 / 4 = 4.5 Stars “Did I like the Damned Thing” = 4.5 Stars Ending = 4 Stars Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$0.99 on Amazon, it is a KU selection] Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild to Steamy 254 pages First sentence: Attending a funeral purel 12/03/2016 Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 5 / 3 / 5 = 4 Stars Writer’s Voice = 4.5 Stars Character / Secondary Character Development = 4.5 / 4 = 4.3 Stars “Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 5 / 4 = 4.5 Stars Story / Background Story Development = 5 / 4 = 4.5 Stars “Did I like the Damned Thing” = 4.5 Stars Ending = 4 Stars Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$0.99 on Amazon, it is a KU selection] Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild to Steamy 254 pages First sentence: Attending a funeral purely so you can piss on a headstone is pretty fucked up. Last sentence: Tears well in my eyes as Callan Cross kisses me, and I feel dizzy, weightless, like I'm soaring. Like I'm a bird. ---- What a life. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I really enjoy this author. Not everything, but most things. Especially the characters and situations she creates. She is a wonderful story teller. You never know what she's going to create or exactly where she is going to go with a story. You really don't care, you just want to go on the ride. What did I really like about this one? 1 -- The characters. Coralie -- first of all -- love this name. She starts off being a bit neutral for me. She seemed to lack any depth and was almost shadow like. But then, pay attention, she really starts to take shape and you realize she was a shadow because her soul lived elsewhere .. with Callan. Callan -- here is where Callie Hart excels. The male characters she creates are really magnificent. This one was just perfect. He is a man's man, but he has such depth of feeling and care for Coralie. He is no nonsense, but with her, he has this little tear in his confidence. Everywhere else, and with everyone else he exudes confidence -- with her, not as much. She is his soul and he needs it back. He needs her. This is just too important and he can't let it go south again. He won't get another chance. 2 -- The story. I'm not always a big fan of books that go between past and present. It worked here. The transitions could have been a bit smoother. I think Callie took the more direct approach and did it chapter by chapter. We see these two evolve from who they were, then who they were together, then who they were apart and then their coming together again. It really was a glorious story and like any other CH story, there was an element of suspense in the relationship. There was also a villain. Malcolm was a horrible person. Her portrayal of him was well done. Overall, a really good story. 3 -- Do you ever wonder where titles come from? I do. I've actually purchased a book largely due to a title. Some titles are are simple and are pretty obvious. Others really don't fit a book well at all and you wonder where the heck they came up with the idea. Some titles you have to look for. They are as much a part of the story as a chapter or multiple. In this case, you have to pay attention. Calico only shows up a time or two, but is integral to the feeling these two have for each other; their shared history. It really is perfect. Likewise, the cover. It is brilliant. All this for a dollar. What is wrong with this picture? Knowing this author now, I'd pay much more. I read it as KU and then purchased it for my permanent library. Now, for a few things that weren't so great: 1 -- There were a few typo's and misspellings. 2 -- Okay, now you'll think I'm conflicted here, but it felt, as some points, like it had been edited for the wrong reason[s]. I think the rawness of the emotion this book should evoke was edited away for paragraph structure or a "better way of saying or illustrating" something. It didn't have the raw feel it should have. I have a feeling, the first version or six, did. 3 -- I rarely say this, but it should have cost more. It is so worth it and I felt like I was "stealing" something after reading it. I basically had the pleasure of reading this for a monthly membership fee. That doesn't seem right sometimes. I don't understand this business model once you have an established author. Have you seen [read] some of the JUNK they have listed as KU? This really doesn't belong there. I would have read it anyway. Then, buying it for a dollar? Really? Oh, well ... I enjoyed it immensely and hope the author knows it. This really made me FEEL these characters and their belief in each other. Their struggle to come back to each other. Callan deserves all the credit because Coralie lacks a bit of courage because of her personal history. I can't fault her, but if they hadn't come together [and we both know this wouldn't have been the point of the story .. just saying ...], it would have been a terrible shame. Note: I think this author does better when writing stand-alone, non series books. I give up on her series because they seem too dependent on each other. Happy Reading! BTW: 2016 had me writing very short, or no review, for books I read. I always review for my later review when I'm looking at what I liked about a book/author. I missed it and think as the years move forward, I'll regret my laziness. I'm committing to writing my longer format for books 3.5 and above, or those below that warrant it due to some message I want to convey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Leigh's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4.5 stars As a huge fan of Callie Hart’s Blood and Roses series, I was expecting to see something similarly dark and erotic. That was not exactly what I got with Calico. It was not a light read by any stretch of the imagination, but it didn’t have the dark and seedy element that her other series seem to have. If anything, it was more of a YA novel, which was quite a surprise. But, it was still pure Callie Hart. It was easy to read and engaging Leigh's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4.5 stars As a huge fan of Callie Hart’s Blood and Roses series, I was expecting to see something similarly dark and erotic. That was not exactly what I got with Calico. It was not a light read by any stretch of the imagination, but it didn’t have the dark and seedy element that her other series seem to have. If anything, it was more of a YA novel, which was quite a surprise. But, it was still pure Callie Hart. It was easy to read and engaging, pulling the reader in to the minds of the characters and making you care about them. It was sad and sweet and oh so good. Calico follows the lives of Coralie and Callan, weaving back and forth between high school sweethearts and broken adults. Coralie and Callan found love in one another as teenagers. Not just puppy love or infatuation, but the kind of love that is meant to last a lifetime. But secret abuse at Coralie’s house, and her efforts to protect Callan, cause a divide that drives Coralie to run. When they meet again years later, back in the same town where they fell in love, these two need to confront old demons and new realizations about one another. I always say I’m not a fan of YA stories, but whenever I am tricked into reading them, I always enjoy them so very much. This story was no exception. The love that Coralie and Callan felt for one another was so innocent at first, so pure and so real that it is hard not to fall in love with them. Looking back, their romance was bittersweet, but it was undeniable and once-in-a-lifetime. Calico was a diversion from the typical stories I have come to expect from Callie Hart, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. She manages to capture these tortured men that hate and love with all consuming passions, and craft a story that reaches out and grabs you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Just.... Wow This was such a heartbreaking and intense story. I had no idea when I started it how deeply emotional and intense it would be. I read the first chapter at the end of another book by this author and I was so intrigued that I had to one click immediately. I read and read until I just couldn't hold my eyes open anymore, then when I woke up I continued until the end. I know I've read some other books by Ms. Hart, but I don't think any have been so deeply touching and resonated with me as Just.... Wow This was such a heartbreaking and intense story. I had no idea when I started it how deeply emotional and intense it would be. I read the first chapter at the end of another book by this author and I was so intrigued that I had to one click immediately. I read and read until I just couldn't hold my eyes open anymore, then when I woke up I continued until the end. I know I've read some other books by Ms. Hart, but I don't think any have been so deeply touching and resonated with me as much as Calico has. I don't know exactly whatnot is, but this is definitely a book that will stay with me. My heart broke for Callan and Coralie. I cried and fumed and hoped. I had such hope that this would end with a happily ever after. I'll admit, I thought it was touch and go for a minute there. I worried that I'd put myself through all that pain and heartbreak and I wouldn't get to mend it back together. But as I forged ahead and the end drew near, I got to see the happy ending that these two broken souls so very much deserved. This book was absolutely amazing. It was very well written, invoked such a range of emotions and touched on some pretty touchy topics. I loved it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Words to describe the pleasure of reading a really good book is hard for me to come up with. This book had the perfect amount of everything I enjoy (even the horror of a childhood because I know the ending will offset that much more) and this is that book you shouldn't miss especially if you don't read a lot. It's so well written. Characters are well defined and the setting is also. Funny how the only blurred parts are the East coast and West coast that they moved to when they left the small tow Words to describe the pleasure of reading a really good book is hard for me to come up with. This book had the perfect amount of everything I enjoy (even the horror of a childhood because I know the ending will offset that much more) and this is that book you shouldn't miss especially if you don't read a lot. It's so well written. Characters are well defined and the setting is also. Funny how the only blurred parts are the East coast and West coast that they moved to when they left the small town in South Carolina. The author was a bit obvious when she had them "settle" in the middle...probably my only disappointment of the book. I only know that I truly appreciate a hawked loogy now more than ever!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    hugsandcookies

    You'll need tissues for this one. This story is totally different to her other books and I was totally blown away by how this story turned out. It's dark, it's sweet, it's emotional and it's heartbreaking. Callan and Coralie were both young when they fell in love but their lives changed when Coralie left and why but I didn't expect the outcome of it so it's about reuniting but for someone she never wanted to ever face again but it's about healing, letting go and facing each other with trust again You'll need tissues for this one. This story is totally different to her other books and I was totally blown away by how this story turned out. It's dark, it's sweet, it's emotional and it's heartbreaking. Callan and Coralie were both young when they fell in love but their lives changed when Coralie left and why but I didn't expect the outcome of it so it's about reuniting but for someone she never wanted to ever face again but it's about healing, letting go and facing each other with trust again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Jones

    Loved every word! A beautifully written, second chance romance, that ventures from young loves first kiss, to physical and mental abuse, to facing those demons as an adult. Loved it!

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