Saturday, June 25, 2016

Say You'll Stay ~ Corinne Michaels ~ REVIEW and EXCERPT

Author: Corinne Michaels
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance


One word.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

** This book is a STANDALONE **

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Elizabeth's Review 

4.5 stars - one of the best books I've read

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If you are looking for a book full of second chances, you have found it with Say You'll Stay. Not only is it an excellent second chance romance, but if you are paying attention you'll find some awesome life lessons too.

When we meet Presley, and the majority of the story is from her Point of View, she thinks her life is great. She's got a great home, good family, and a job she really likes. When the rug gets pulled out from under her, she has to figure out what she's really made of.

We watch Presley and her sons return to the home town and family she left 18 years ago. Ms. Michaels does an excellent job of letting us see just how fragile some of the family ties have become due to time and distance. The reappearance of her first love doesn't seem to help things either (at least initially).

I enjoyed the fact that our heroine is slightly older and has experienced life. It made her story hit home for me, especially seeing her deal with some hard truths. I think readers can take away a lot from Presley's experience; especially the importance of family, loving yourself, knowing yourself vs letting others define you, forgiveness, and the second (or third) chance to get things right.

This was an emotional story, but in the best way. There are moments that are difficult and Ms. Michaels handles them with grace. If you are looking for a story about a heroine who is stronger than she thinks and has a second chance at true love, definitely read Say You'll Stay.

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“Hey.” Zach peers at me as I shake off my thoughts. “I figured you’d be asleep.” He climbs the steps slowly as I get to my feet.
“I figured you’d be gone.”
I walk toward him, unsure of why he’s here. “I left for a bit, but wanted to come check on you.”
He snickers. “I couldn’t sleep.”
“Me either.” He’s close enough that I can smell his cologne. Even after a long night, being in the woods, he smells like home.
I take another step.
Then another.
I’m so close I have to tilt my head to look into his eyes.
I breathe him in, feel his heat, and I can’t stop myself. I want him. I need him. I grip his neck and yank his mouth to mine. I kiss him. I kiss him and give in to everything I’ve been feeling. He doesn’t waste a second. His arms wrap around me, holding my body against his. My fingers grip his neck, keeping him exactly where I need him. This kiss is frantic, but God it feels good.

About the Author

Corinne Michaels is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless). She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn't ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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