Where Wishes Go by S.A. McAuley

Title: Where Wishes Go
Author: S.A. McAuley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romancec
Page Count: 246 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Can you have a second chance at a first love?

Adam “Izz” Azzi has settled into a happy rhythm. His daughter is healthy, he’s found a mosque that accepts him, and his work as a modern artist is gaining international attention. While his past is fraught with mistakes and what-ifs, his life now is good, and he doesn’t want to upset any of the balance he’s worked so hard to achieve.

When Nick and Izz are reunited by luck and fate, their attraction is just as undeniable, but what was left unsaid haunts them. They have hope for a future together, but wishing may not be enough.


Where Wishes Go by S.A. McAuley is the love story of Nick and Adam. Nick, who has recently divorced and has custody of his daughter and Adam, the brooding artist who is the single parent of his daughter. Fate has brought them together 15 years after old hurts and fears separated them.

“I’m just amazed to have you here-in front of me, with this chance again. We both have our histories, together and apart. But I’m hoping that maybe we can continue this together. In whatever form that takes. I’ve just… I’ve missed you.”


This story was not at all what I was expecting. Going in, I thought this story would be full of angst and turmoil and it wasn’t it. It was surprisingly low angst with snarky humor provided mainly by their friends.

What I loved:

    *Great character development.
    *The chemistry between Nick and Adam.
    *Loved the main characters and secondary characters.
    *Story flow had a nice easy pace.
    *I appreciated how Nick and Adam communicated with each other. There was no miscommunication between them.
    *The humor I mentioned earlier.
    *The epilogue was very sweet.

Couple things I wish, though:

    *A few more intimate moments between the two main characters.
    *More angst. I was in the mood for a heavy read so I just wanted a bit more heartbreak.

A disclaimer:

    *If you’re afraid the book has a lot do with religion- don’t worry it doesn’t. The topic is mentioned but is not a major plot point.

    All in all, this is a sweet second chance love story. It’s not just about romance, though- it’s about family and friendships- and it will leave you with a smile on your face. A solid 4 stars.

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