Calico by Callie Hart [ARC Review]

Posted April 21, 2016 by FMA in 3 Star - It left me craving for more!

Calico by Callie Hart [ARC Review]Calico by Callie Hart
on April 12, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Apple Books


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.


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.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

Review Calico

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!!


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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. If you haven’t read Calico, read it for yourself and let me know what you think! If you have, I would love to know your thoughts.


About Callie Hart

Callie Hart is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. Callie’s Internationally Bestselling Blood & Roses series has garnered well over 1000 5 star reviews.

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