Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Release Blitz & Review: Come Back for Me - Corinne Michaels

 Come Back for Me, an all-new emotional and riveting

standalone from New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels, is LIVE!

One night, eight years ago, she gave me peace.
No names.
No promises.
Just two broken people, desperate to quiet their pain and grief.

In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day, vowing never to return to Pennsylvania.
When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him.
At least I'll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I've fought to forget.

And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen.

Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can't bury the past, and they're right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again . . .

4 Stars

Come Back for Me was just the swoony, angsty romance I needed! The first in a series of standalones, Corrine Michaels' latest follows Connor Arrowood as he returns to his hometown of Sugarloaf, PA and the past he left behind. The trip for closure comes at a price though, with Connor's father once against exerting his power over he and his brothers even from the grave. Forced to stay in Sugarloaf, Connor begins his six month sentence, determined to fix up the farm and get out of town for good. Sugarloaf holds more secrets than just his family's past though, the woman next door just so happens to be the nameless woman from eight years ago that's never left his mind. So much time has passed, she's married and has a kid, but his feelings for her burn strong, especially as he watches her face her own horrifying secrets.

Holy heavy read. Come Back for Me is beautiful, it's a romance that requires the investment of your heart and emotions, but it also is painful and heart-wrenching. Connor's youth wasn't easy, Ellie's story certainly isn't rainbows and butterflies, their shared story isn't the one in fairy tales, but it's real and the beautiful part is their strength, perseverance, and the love that flows between them. Corinne Michaels hit it out of the park though. These characters are easy to love, the connection they share is palpable, and Ellie's sweet daughter is the literal cherry on top. She is the cutest thing ever and has some of the best dialogue. Together Connor and Ellie face their individual pasts, their desire for a future together, and a shared history that carries the heaviest secret of all. It's a story of forgiveness, of strength, of loving despite it all.

Come Back for Me was a unique read for this romance lover, it isn't what I would've usually reached for, but I'm so glad I did. The story feels real, the characters come alive on the pages, and the trials they face are very realistic. That gave it more impact for me, but it also made me struggle with the pacing. Connor and Ellie's feelings develop swiftly, I needed more development between them. I also needed more on the small town, an understanding of how four boys could leave it and the people they once cared for behind, though I suppose we'll get more on that as the series progresses. I also needed more on the siblings. There is more to them than we are given and while I don't want their individual stories given away, I wanted to understand how they worked more. While the story does tell the story of a family, I didn't feel connected to the Arrowood clan like I did Ellie, her daughter, and the secondary characters we met.

Come Back for Me was a stunning standalone and introduces readers to a family, a town, and a series they will want more of. I know I'm not the only reader who wants to get to know the brothers a little better, who wants to know just how many secrets one small town can hold. I'll be seeing this series through the end, that is for sure, especially with my love of a good angsty read.

About Corinne:
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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