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S Y N O P S I S:
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 **
M Y R E V I E W:
I fell so hard and fast for this book. I had never read a Corinne Michaels book before. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. But it just gripped me right from the very start. I was hooked.
I loved the heroine of this book, Presley. She was so completely real, and honest. I don’t want to give anything away but the events that take place in her life, the way she described the struggle, and the process. I just completely related and felt so connected with Presley. And it made me so excited to see where she would take me on her journey.
I loved the small town feel of the book. The history she had with all of the characters. Wyatt was one of my favorite parts of the book, he was definitely the much needed comic relief, but we also got to see a deeper, thoughtful side to him. We got a peek into his heart and I loved what was inside.
Zachary was a great hero. I didn’t fall for him quite as hard as I fell for Wyatt, but that was just my personal preference and this story wasn’t a love triangle. Zach is one of three amazing Hennington brothers. (Fingers Crossed that we get to read more about his two brothers.) He grew up with Pres in their small town. They were high school sweethearts, but life took them in separate directions.
I loved the simplicity of the plot there were no twists where there were huge misunderstandings that tore the two apart, or unnecessary drama. It was just LIFE. Circumstance and opportunity lead them in two different directions, and whole lives were lived (and created), while they were apart, but then that same life brought their paths back together. Weather it be fate or tragedy, we have to read to find out what will happen once that closed door is re-opened.
E X C E R P T:
“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.
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.
A B O U T T H E A U T H O R:
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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