Note: This ARC was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
It was the hottest thing Hawk had ever seen. Ethan was normally a quiet, unassuming guy, but in the midst of orgasm, he was unbound and wild. Pure animal heat and magnetism.Everything Hawk had ever wanted.Hawk’s heart jolted a little bit as he realized their actions tonight had changed everything.But he still couldn’t regret it.
Believe in the Wish is my third Christi Snow read--the first two being the books currently available in her Men of Snowcroft series--and the saying "Third time's the charm" proves true here, not that I didn't like the Snowcroft books, because I did. There was simply something extraordinarily special about this latest standalone of hers. It had a feeling of poignancy to it as twenty-five-year-old graphic designer Ethan Roberts continued to mourn the loss of his twin sister Emma just a few months ago while dealing with the whirlpool of emotions threatening to pull him in when he finds out what she's requiring him to do beginning on their birthday. The fact that Emma has paired Ethan up with her ex, Hawk Simmons, makes this even a more nightmarish scenario. After all, Hawk had abandoned Emma upon the discovery of her pancreatic cancer. What kind of man--all the more someone's boyfriend--does that sort of thing? Ethan wants to do the twenty-five things that Emma has pre-planned for him, but his attraction to his twin sister's ex complicates things. The one thing Ethan may not be able to do is to believe.
The synopsis for this book had me curious as to how everything would play out for Ethan. When I saw how terribly he was doing months after the passing of Emma, I was unsure if his twin's "demands" as expressed in her will would work out for the good of Ethan. And then there was the whole complication of having Hawk along for the whole "ordeal". But where Ethan and Hawk should have trusted Emma's process, I should have trusted in the direction that Christi Snow was going to take her story because in both cases, it all paid off in the end. This was a beautifully written and wholly unique story, one that brought a tear to my eye more than once. They say that twins have a connection unlike anything other siblings may share, so I can only imagine the kind of pain and loss that Ethan was experiencing because of Emma's passing. His emotions are at a high, and Hawk is a favorite target of his, laying a lot of blame at the twenty-nine-year-old motorcycle fabricator's feet. It was difficult to be pissed with Ethan because his feelings weren't the kind you could easily scoff at or claim as being immature or without cause.
Now Hawk was just...Hawk. The man had a big heart and whatever preconceived notions I may have had based on the synopsis alone went straight out the window within the first couple of chapters. Goodness, but there was so much more to this man than I originally thought, and each new revelation about his back story had me wanting to give him longer and tighter hugs. Ethan and Hawk went from enemies to friends to lovers, but that journey wasn't an easy one, and I enjoyed having a front seat to everything they experienced, separately and as a couple. This book also had a great cast of supporting characters, and I 'm hoping that the author will bring them back for a shot at their own happy endings in the future. Of course, the one character that stood out the most is the one that was no longer around physically--Emma. However, her presence was felt throughout the story, and I think that was one of the best things about this book. It's been more than two years since I last read Christi Snow's two Men of Snowcroft books, but I'm privileged to have read Believe in the Wish because it's Snow at her best. Five-plus stars. ♥
Date Read: 14 May 2017
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