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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--ked 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.
A standalone contemporary romance with hints of darkness. This novel contains serious themes of violence that some listeners might find uncomfortable.
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By Cheri on 04-18-17
Heartbreaking Second Chance Love Story!
Callie Hart did an amazing job pulling the listener into an emotional heart wrenching story about two young souls finding love, only to be separated, but fate had a way of bringing them back together. Coralie may have suffered in silence at the hands of her father, but meeting, and falling in love with Callen was how she dealt with his cruelty. Told from dual POV's with past and present scenes, the listener follows the characters as they return back to their hometown to face the demons of their past, reunite, heal, and move forward.
Ramona did a good job on the narration. While it was difficult to distinguish between the characters sometimes, I definitely felt all the raw emotions throughout the whole story.
Calico was an emotional story, with great characters, I especially liked some of the secondary characters. An excellent find!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-17
THEIRS WAS A BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY OF LOSS AND LOVE
I really don’t think I’ve listened to a more heartbreaking and emotionally intense second chance love story.. it was tragic, dark in places, very touching, powerful and compelling. Callie Hart took you on a journey of discovery that was revealed in then and now chapters telling the story of two besotted love struck sweethearts who became inseparable lovers during their late high school years until something went terribly wrong. It took twelve long years before Fate would reunite these broken lovers whose soul-to-soul bond never broke but their meeting was bitter-sweet because devastating and shocking secrets had not only damaged the past.. they were going to have a severe impact on the present rekindled love.
That long ago breakup shaped the damaged hero who never got emotionally involved with his hookups.. but wow the heroine had been through some very tough times whilst growing up with a tyrant of a father who randomly and severely beat her.. very very moving storytelling. Their journey was an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs, of highs and lows, of good times and bad.. and of love and loss as tragedy tore two lovers apart.. and a death and Destiny reunited them. There were some very tender moving sentiments shared in this addictive dual POV love story. Some good supporting characters and a strong demanding sexy alpha hero who was the ultimate Uber-romantic. And his idea of disposable cameras documenting a decade’s worth of unseen images.. images that were to be revealed ten years after being initially taken, was such an amazingly clever inspirational idea. I’d sure like to turn back the hands of time to capture, then reveal, my own decades worth of random Kodak moments. The angst was sometimes unbelievable, sometimes manufactured, sometimes beautiful and sometimes real. And the narration by Ramona Master fluctuated between good and bad because I often struggled to distinguish who was doing the talking when it came to the hero and heroine.. and then she’d go ahead and knock it out of the park with accents, emotions and a bag full of feels.
Worth a credit? Yes, but hidden in amongst the passion and the pain.. the heartbreak and the healing.. the sad and the sweet.. the romance and the heat, you’ve got to be prepared for some darkly disturbing scenes in an ocean full of fiction and feels.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Lo on 02-22-17
I read this when this was first released and loved it.
The audio version just made this story so much heartbreaking as Ramona Master did an amazing job narrating this story.
Calico is by no means an easy book to read/listen to, but that is just another positive in my opinion, as it really makes you feel the hurt and pain that Coralie and Callan have to go through to get their HEA.
This is definitely going on my re-listen list.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Jen on 11-03-17
this was a well thought out story desling with strong emotions. we join this dsmshed couple many years sfter they first met at another tough point of their lives. the author takes us through their struggles and happiness in the twists of their story in a brilliantly woven tail.