Rating: 5 STARS!
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Standalone/Series: Sequel to The Story of Us but can be read as a standalone
How I got this book: ARC from Grand Central Station
Some of you might know that Tara Sivec is one of my all-time favourite romance authors and so, I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of her new novel, Wish You Were Mine.
Wish You Were Mine is the sequel to The Story of Us, although it can be read as a stand-alone.
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Story of Us and Fisher’s Light comes a new, standalone novel—a heart-wrenching story about first loves and second chances that will make you fall in love all over again….
Five years. I would’ve stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.
The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives. Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together. Cameron deserved better than me. She deserved him.
But now that I am back, things are different. I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again. I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth. And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.
I know, right? You can already tell it's going to be amazing!
Wish You Were Mine is a beautiful, haunting second-chance love story. This book will break and heal your heart whilst simultaneously making you laugh, smile and cry.
I read this book in one sitting (that lasted a good few hours) because I just could not put it down. (I'd apologise to my family for my absence but I'm pretty sure they're used to it by now.)
Aiden's letter had me entranced and welling up from the start. All of the characters are real, believable and witty and their journey is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Tara's characters always leave a lasting impression, even the ones who don't make it (if you read The Story of Us, you'll know who I mean). In Wish You Were Mine, the three main characters Cameron, Everett and Aiden are supported by a fantastic array of characters including Cam's best friend Millie, Everett's brother Jason and Cam's parents Eli and Shelby (it was a real joy to see how their happy ending and how things came full circle for them at the end).
I love Tara's writing style and her dual POV that allows you to really connect with each character, to feel and experience their thoughts and emotions which made this story extremely powerful. I lost all track of time as I was drawn into the lives of Cam and Everett.
If you loved The Story of Us, or Fisher's Light, Cam and Everett will steal your heart. Their love is so powerful it bursts from the pages. I often found myself cursing the characters for not seeing what was right in front of them, but the way Tara perfectly illustrates their personal journey and the steps which lead them back to each other will leave your heart in tatters.
If you love second-chance romance stories, inseparable best friends and life changing relationships, you need to read Wish You Were Mine.
FYI, whilst some of the characters in this book were introduced in The Story of Us, it can be read as a stand-alone. But for those of us, like me, who fell in love with Rylan, it was not only lovely to see how he was honoured in this book, but also to find a similarly amazing character in Aiden.
5 stars from me and definitely a book I'll remember!
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Here's a little about me and why I've decided to venture into book blogging!
I've been mad about books as far back as I can remember, but the first time I can recall truly falling in love with a good book was when I was around 6 years old.
My grandparents had a box of books they kept in the attic - do not ask me why they're not out in the house, over 20 years later and I still have no idea. To this day that poor box of books has yet to be rescued from the dusty loft - I've tried to free it but to no avail, I'm still convinced there's some sort of magic curse I need to break. Anyway, one day, I decided that I wanted to play libraries and so my granddad retrieved this box of wonders for me to explore.
I can't remember every book out of the 20-30 or so books in the box but I can remember a few include copies of Around the World in 80 Days and The Last of the Mohicans published in 1972. However, the two books that I remember the most are a very old copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and a 1970 publication of Lyricoa by Elizabeth Foster.
Those two books were my gateway into the world of fantasy fiction and I have NEVER EVER looked back. (Side note: I managed to liberate Lyrico, Around the World in 80 Days and The Last of the Mohicans, sadly The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is still waiting to be freed from it's dusty isolation).
As soon as I'd finished with the box of wonders, I dragged my granddad to the local library for a library card (and special access to the YA section, which I was most happy about) and practically lived there for the rest of my childhood. The day they increased the loan limit from 8 to 20 books at a time I may have shed a happy tear, although it could have been from the pain of throwing my back out with all the extra weight.
I read every spare moment I had growing up, often reading under desks in class; which is where I discovered both The Hobbit and Harry Potter. I've also been an avid writer for most of that time, I remember writing my own version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before it was released where Harry and Sirius lived together in a nice house and were just happy and ALIVE!! Most of my stories back then featured a great many talking animals, one was a spin on Bedknobs and Broomsticks whilst the other involved a little girl finding an amulet which gave her the ability to talk to animals (I think someone at Disney broke into my diary for that one - Princess Sofia the First!!)
Right now, I'm working on a few different projects but balancing running my business (because money buys books!) and raising my crazy, free-spirited wild child, I'm yet to actually finish one but fingers crossed!
I'll read almost anything fiction but I have an unquenchable thirst for fantasy, romance and YA. Which, I suppose, brings me to this blog.
I'll be sharing reviews, thoughts and anything else book-related that I can think of and I'm hoping you'll join me!
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