Blog Tour + Excerpt + Dual Review: FIGHT FOR ME by Corinne Michaels

New York Times Bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, brings a new breathtaking and emotional love story to life in the second STANDALONE in the Arrowood Brothers series. 

Fight for Me is LIVE!

I fell in love with Sydney Hastings when I was ten years old.

At sixteen, we whispered promises of forever. 

When I was twenty-two I broke them all. I left her and promised never to return.

After my father's death, I’m forced to go home to Sugarloaf for six months. She'll be everywhere, no longer just in my memories and regrets. 

When we’re together, it’s as though time never stopped. She’s still the one I want, but I don’t deserve her. Instead of apologizing, I take that beautiful, broken woman in my arms. But after that, it’s her turn to leave me. 

 Now I have to fight. For her. For us. For the life we both want …

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Corinne writes some of the most heartfelt and gorgeous romance there is. She knows how to tug at your heart strings. Every time I go into one of her books I feel like I have to mentally prepare myself for the heartache but the good thing is...I know she will always put the pieces back together again. 

After reading the first Arrowood Brothers book, I was dying to dive into all the rest of the brothers books. They are all so different but all come from such a hard childhood. But they all know leaving Sugarloaf was the best thing they could have ever done. Even if it meant Declan had to break the heart of the only girl he has ever loved. 

"She was like sunshine in our darkest days. We had shelter when we were near her, and we craved it." 

Sydney has never forgotten or forgiven Declan for leaving. He was her everything and she was his, or so she thought. But years later he's forced to go back home for six months after his fathers death and it's the absolute last thing he wants to do. But when Sydney sees him all those feelings she's been cramming down for years come bubbling up and she wants nothing to do with him. But in a small town it's hard to avoid someone especially when you're practically family. 

"I see her. I feel her. I know her in my bones, but I won't be able to be who she needs." 

These two have had a lot of pain and heartache in their life. Declan has hardened his heart over the years, letting in no love and still hanging onto the past. Sydney knows Declan is her one weakness but she won't fall for him again. Not when he broke her heart. Declan wants a second chance but he knows he can't be everything that she wants. And Sydney just wants him to fight for her but she isn't sure if it's the fight he's prepared for. But the funny thing about love is that it has a funny way of creeping back in when you least expect it. 

"I want you - all of you. I want the broken parts and the loving parts, the ones that are afraid of me and the ones that will fight for me." 

Sydney and Declan are two broken characters that find themselves in each other. But both are too stubborn to admit it. I couldn't put this book down y'all once I started it. I couldn't stop reading but I also didn't want it to end. Their love and the story Corinne has written is so beautiful. I love when characters have a huge character arch in books and you can see their progress leaping off the pages. Such a gorgeous read, that I highly recommend. Grab that wine and get to reading! 

"A true second shot will split the first arrow and create a solid path."

If you don't know who Corinne Michaels is yet, you haven't been paying attention to me! Ha. Corinne is my "go-to" author when I need a good emotional beating. Okay, just kidding, kind of... In all honesty Corinne knows how to really hit you in the feels. In the best way possible. Over the years I've felt like my heart has grown calloused to reading emotional stories. But not with Corinne! The last few books I've found myself with tears streaming down my face and my heart pounding while I frantically read page after page.

"Some things change in ways we don't prepare ourselves for."

You will be swept up in the beauty of this story. The scenery, the characters, and two tragically broken people. Sydney can’t seem to forget her first love despite him leaving her heart shattered 8 years ago. Declan can’t let go of the past and his deep seated feelings of hurt, obligation and protectiveness over the ones he loves. Can she learn to forgive him? Can he learn to let love in before it’s too late? You’ll have to read to find out!

"I loved her enough to save her. That is why I can never allow myself back into her life. I love her more than I love anything in the world,"

FIGHT FOR ME is the second story in The Arrowood Brothers series and I hope you love this one as much as I did. Although I wanted to throttle both Declan and Sydney for their secrets and stubbornness, it was all worth it. Loyal fans of Corinne's books will thoroughly enjoy the guest appearance(s) and Easter Eggs she dropped in this book! I even saw some foreshadowing for more to come. I can't wait. 

"I think you're just fighting the wrong fight."
"And what fight should I be fighting?"
"That's for you to figure out."

"Do you want to dance?"

She nods.

I hear my brother make a noise and pretend I didn't. She said yes, and I'm going to cling to that.

Here might be the last time I ever get to hold her in my arms, and I'm going to take it.

"I love this song."

I love you.

"Why is that?" I ask.

Her arms move to my chest, and I wonder if she can feel the pounding of my heart. My nerves are bowstrings, being pulled taut before the arrow is ready to fly. Everything inside of me is strained, but I keep it together.

Sydney and I move, the world falling away as it always does when I am with her. Gone is the hurt of my past, the uncertainty of my present, and the regret of the future ahead. Right now, I have her.

She's here, in my arms, where she's meant to be.

I don't care if the sky lights on fire because she's all I see.

"Listen to her." Sydney's voice is quiet and pensive. "Listen to her talk about him giving up and her asking him to stay."

And I do. I hear the words, and I swear that she's singing to us.

"Don't tell me it's too late," Emily croons.

"I won't give up that easy.

Don't call me darlin' and tell me that you're leavin'.

Don't walk away.

Stop pushing me when you know you want to hold on.

It could be so easy for us, baby.

I've been here, but you don't see me.

Don't let go if you're not ready for me to walk away." The acoustic guitar takes over as her voice drifts off.

"Syd," I say her name as both a plea to let go and hold on.

Her hands grip my shirt tighter. "Don't. Don't let go. Don't push me away."

I see the tears in her eyes. I don't want to push her away. I want to hold her close, kiss her senseless, and love her until she knows it in every fiber of her being that she's everything I want.

I see her. I feel her. I know her in my bones, but I won't be able to be who she needs.

No matter how much I wish it weren't the case, I can't give her the life she wants with a husband and babies. All I can offer her is a friendship that has an expiration date because once my six-months is up and she has moved, I know I won't allow myself to see her again.

The song ends, and the two of us stop moving, just watching the other.

The spell that was surrounding us seems to break and awareness fills her gaze. Her fingers loosen and drop from where they had been clutching my shirt and she takes a step back.

The loss of her is felt everywhere. My heart doesn't seem to beat as strongly, the cold hits my chest, making it hard to breathe, and the emptiness from her loss leaves me weak.

For those minutes I held her, the world made sense. And now ... I need to leave.

Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller author. 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. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

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