VBB Review of Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels

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Review: Say You’ll Stay with Corinne Michaels

My Thoughts

This second chance romance will own you—tumultuous, evocative, sexy and addictive. With emotions running high and intense, Presley and Zach’s story will burrow deep into your heart.

4halfstars

Synopsis

Jun-20One word.

Stay.

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 . . .

My Review

Corinne Michaels is quickly becoming an auto-buy romance author for me. Her love stories have a way of pulling me in with their honesty, tension and emotion. I’ve become entirely entranced with every book of hers I’ve read and this one proved no different. It’s my favorite kind of love story, my emotional kryptonite—a second chance romance that spans many years, making the tangled feels burrow deep and promising a heart-wrenching journey. I can’t get enough. Presley and Zachary’s story is rife with heartbreak and betrayal, tears and longing, but also defined by a love that comes only once in a lifetime.

“He promised me eternal love and broke it with one decision.”

Presley and Zach were the love story everyone in town wanted for themselves. They grew up together, fell in love, planned their happy ever after with promises of forever, always and ’til death do us part. Both were determined to chase down their dreams and leave behind their small town. But soon after they left for college, he shattered her heart, leaving her broken and betrayed. One decision unmade years of love and promises of forever.

Fast forward 17 years and Presley is happily married to another man, with whom she had two sons, running a bakery with her best friend.  Life seemed great, until he too, would leave her behind, betraying her in a way that rocked her and her boys to the core.

Hitting rock bottom sends her home—to the place she swore she’d never return. Where every place, breath and person reminded her of a life that never came to fruition, of a boy who’d broken her heart.

“There’s not a place I turn here that doesn’t remind me of him… and he made it clear he didn’t want to be tied to me when he made the choice to leave me.”

Presley never thought he’d be back home too. But there he is, holding another woman in his arms, waking up everything she tried to bury over the years. The fire is back, the good and the bad, and seventeen years of being hurt triggers the kind of storm that seems impossible to survive.

“He breaks me apart. He puts me together. He’s my poison and my antidote.”

Both Presley and Zach have secrets they’ve held onto and as their passion and loves roars back to life, these secrets threaten to shatter any second chance they may have. And can they even surmount the years of heartache to find their way back to each other?

“It scares me how easy it is to be with you. How it feels like the world is righted again. Like this was how it was supposed to be, yet that makes no sense. Considering how things fell apart, it shouldn’t be this … effortless.”

Theirs is a story that will own you. From the tragic, tear-jerking beginning to the heart-pounding climax, I promise that you’ll be flipping the pages fast to see how Presley and Zachary’s story plays out. It’s a quick, enjoyable, evocative romance, perfect for summertime reading.

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