After witnessing Makenna’s journey to find herself again, Callie is reminded of her own struggles with love. No, Wes wasn’t always the easy going guy that he is today. He was moody and unpredictable in the worst of ways, and she was certain to call him out on it every chance she got. Looking back, she’s amazed at how much their lives have changed since they met.
Before tragedy shook them to the very core of their lives. Before her dream career began. And before Wes wasn’t a broody jerk with a closet full of personalities.
Yes, just four years ago, everything was different…
Makenna and Shane are just a couple of lovesick college students, and Callie is doing her best to keep up with the demands of her junior year. Life is boring, and she is totally fine with that. But boring flies right out the window the day Makenna cons Callie into helping with Shane’s brother’s birthday party. She expects a gangly pimple-faced teenager, but Wes is far from it. He is temperamental and opinionated, but he is also incredibly hot and thoroughly enjoys pushing her buttons. And she pushes his right back.
Even though their undeniable attraction draws them to one another, Wes is clear with Callie about one thing. Relationships are off limits. Friendship is all he has to offer, unless of course, Callie is willing to add a few benefits to that. He works hard to keep the reasons for his aversion hidden, but secrets have a way of making themselves known sometimes, no matter how deep you bury them.
Two of those secrets hold the key to unlocking Wes’ fears of the ultimate betrayal. And the other secret has Callie falling even deeper than she ever dreamed.
But she’s unsure of one thing . . . is she enough to save him from himself?
From The Mind of Mo
Gahhhhhh! I LOVE Tasha Ivey!!! I really liked Every Breath, and enjoyed Wes & Callie’s characters in that book. But I think I loved Every Kiss even more!
Every Kiss picks up where Every Breath left off. We are then taken four years in the past to the time when Wes & Callie first meet. In the first book, Wes was this nice, easy going, average guy, kinda guy. When we meet him in Every Kiss, we realize that this was not always the case. He’s a far more complicated guy than we first thought. I liked him in Every Breath, but truly fell in love with him in this book.
Callie is the same Callie we grew to love in Every Breath, big mouth and all. She knows there’s something there with Wes, and even when she thought they couldn’t be together, she never stopped caring for him, and trying to help him get past his…well…past! (Even when he didn’t want her help!)
Their relationship isn’t a simple one. Are they friends? Lovers? Acquaintances? Frenemies? I think they are all of these things at some point or another!
The scenes with Shane were definitely bittersweet, knowing what lies in the future, but I really enjoyed getting to know him a little better as well.
Tasha Ivey’s writing is so emotional, you can’t help but be drawn in by her stories. Even though I knew that Wes & Callie do end up together, I was SO tense throughout this book, wondering what his secrets where, and how they would overcome all the roadblocks thrown in their way.
I truly love this series, and I’m excited for what’s to come in Every Glance!
Callie! Wes! Thanks so much for chatting with me today! I was so excited to read your story in Every Kiss, and I loved learning more about you two! Are you ready to get started?
Callie and Wes: Can’t wait!
Wes: Well, I thought I was. But I didn’t really realize how miserable I was until Callie barged into my life. Then, I was only miserable when she wasn’t around. And to be honest, for a long time, that just pissed me off. I hated that I liked her. It wasn’t until I admitted to her, and myself, that I loved her and wanted to be with her that I knew what being content with my life was.
Callie: *eyes Wes with a smirk* I wanted to walk away just about every time I was near him. In case you didn’t notice, he wasn’t for the faint-of-heart back then. But I had the opportunity to see little glimmers of who he really is, and that’s what made me want to fight for him. I knew about his demons – well, most of them – and I knew that if no one ever showed him that they wouldn’t walk away, he’d never be free. Because I cared for him, and knew he cared for me, I didn’t let him push me away anymore.
Wes: It’s been a pleasure, Maureen! We’ll be seeing you again soon!
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Meet Tasha Ivey
Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn’t have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn’t complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. Sophie, the dog, however . . . she does complain. A lot.