Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Second Chance Romance
Series: First book in the Return To Me series of standalone novels
If you’ve followed my reviews since I started blogging in December, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Corinne Michaels books. You can read my review of The Consolation Duet here and Defenseless here. The five books in her Salvation Series will forever hold a place as my all-time favorite military romance books. SAY YOU’LL STAY is a second chance romance story, which has a very different feel to it than Corinne’s first series did. Where The Salvation series has an underlying subplot full of mystery and suspense, the first book in the Return To Me series has secrets, lies and hidden truths.
“Secrets come to light not matter how hard we try to bury them”
SAY YOU’LL STAY had me from the very first words I read. In the dedication! I couldn’t put it down. I was ugly crying before I even finished the first chapter. I could FEEL something big was coming, I just didn’t know what it was or how it would affect me. This woman has a way with words. Corinne has a way of drawing you in to each and every one of her stories. I may have been so upset that I wanted to throw my kindle across the room while yelling at the character, but that’s part of what she does best! The depth at which Corinne gives each character that time and time again amazes me. I immediately connected with Presley Benson. She’s your everyday housewife trying to find her own person now that her kids are older. Struck with tragedy and forced to pick up pieces of her life she never thought she would; She is alone, broken, and penniless with no other choice but to move back with her parents in a small country town and face the demons of her past. Going in to this story knowing that it’s a second chance romance, it comes as no surprise that a love from Presley’s past, who shattered her heart, is back. Presley didn’t expect him to still be living in town when she returns. He left town and left her all those years ago.
“My life has been a road paved with spikes and nails. I’ve plugged, patched, and replaced the tire, but the car has never ridden the same.”
If you enjoy seeing couples get the opportunity to reconnect and work through the events of their pasts then this is the book for you! I’m a sucker for a good happily ever after mixed with drama and passion. This book isn’t lacking in either department. Corinne has done a stellar job transitioning genres. I am so excited for what’s to come with the next two books in this series. We get a taste of what’s to come in Wyatt’s story, which is the next book, SAY YOU WANT ME. I loved is character and his ability to be there for Presley in whatever way she needed him. Even if he wished for more. A little tease of what we have to look forward to from book 2 in the Return To Me series:
“His humor is his defense. I see through it, but we all need our armor.”
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 is a STANDALONE **
“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.
Corinne Micaels is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series. 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 lonliness. 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 Navy SEALs are broke, beautiful, and will steal your heart.