Tuesday, March 28, 2017


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From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a new second chance standalone romance. 

I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted. I'm done being invisible. It's time to move on. A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He's kind, sexy, and attentive--everything a girl could want. I thought I got it right this time. That my heart could mend, and I would be happy. Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.  


I love second chance romances and I enjoy this author's work so when the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book arose I jumped at the chance.  I'm so, so glad I did.  With Say I'm Yours I was treated to a well written, emotional second chance romance that had me sighing and swooning all at once.

I truly liked and sympathized with Grace.  She's been in love with Trent for so long but wants more from him than he wants to give her.  She chooses to do something for herself, to try to move on, to get what she deserves and I applauded that.  It's not that she doesn't love Trent, she's just finally acknowledging that she is worth more-and that's such a hard thing to do.  It's easy to stay in a relationship that's comfortable-even if it's not what you truly want-but that's not what we get here.

Trent. Oh, how I loved Trent.  I wanted to throttle him at first-not going to lie. But oh how he won me over.  When he decides he's going to fight for Grace? You can't help but fall even more in love with him.  He was a great book boyfriend to have overall and offered up some of the swooniest lines I've read this year.  He's not perfect and there were some curves I didn't see coming but I loved him.

The small town this is set in is just fun.  I feel I could walk into that community and be at home and completely at ease.  It's just a fun place to visit-and I definitely will visit it again when I reread this book.

I loved this book and would absolutely recommend it.  

This book was an emotional push and pull the whole time. Yet, somehow, I didn't feel as wrung out by it as I could have...I think because the author handles it really well. The balance of the angst, the funny, the situations that are cringe worthy and amusing at the same time (oh my that flat tire) all work well together to allow you to move forward with the story.

I loved the idea that Trent and Grace were a couple for so long, but that Grace felt they were through, that they had gone as far as they could with one another. I am not totally convinced on the amount of time she gave him, on how long she stayed. And, honestly, that is the one flaw I had with the book, that I had a little bit of an issue with the time-frame of her waiting for him to commit to their relationship. While it didn't necessarily interfere with the story, it was a bit of a stumbling point in the narrative for me.

I liked that she gives Cooper a chance, and I liked the resolution of this story, the idea that in order to move on, they both needed to see where their attraction would lead.

Another point in this book's favor is that I genuinely believed the characters. I thought they would react in the situations presented in the ways that they did. I believed his reaction to Grace dating someone else, the restrained anger worked, the jealousy, the possessiveness that comes from calling a person "yours" for so long and then all of a sudden they aren't.

I liked that we got to go through the emotions with the characters, that we were along for the ride and able to relate and understand the reasons for the decisions, which I think helped with the story. There were a couple of times where I thought Grace was being stubborn to be stubborn and I found myself a little irritated with her...but I am not able to say that a person in a similar situation wouldn't react in the same manner.

I definitely recommend this book.

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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless), Say You'll Stay, Say You Want Me, and Say I'm Yours. 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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