One Last Time by Corinne Michaels
Release Date: February 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.
I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.
First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.
That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.
I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize-I’m falling in love with him.
But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?
What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .
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Corinne Michaels creates a poignant and heartfelt story of making the most of second chances, rebuilding oneself after heartache, and finding a way to let go of the past in order to have a brighter future, and through Michaels storytelling, readers are able to understand and have faith that even broken and damaged individuals are worthy of love and deserve steadfast commitment and praise from their significant other.
Michaels definitely created one hell of a strong female character in Kristin McGee, and even though Kristin feels weak and unworthy, it’s clear that she put her heart and her soul into her marriage and the only reason it didn’t work was because the ASSHOLE didn’t respect their vows or all that Kristin did for him and their two kids, day in and day out. Kristin would be the first to admit that she stayed in her marriage for the wrong reasons and for too long, but the fact that she tried to ride it out speaks volumes for the type of person she is and he unwavering desire not to put her kids through hell, even though, in the end, she has no choice in the matter.
Many readers will find a kindred spirit in Kristin and the struggles she has to stand up for herself in order to walk away from a man who is emotionally abusive. For many years, Kristin tried to stick it out with her ex for her children, but when she’s able to distance herself from the situation and looks at it from the outside, she realizes just how volatile and damaging her relationship was and feels so much stronger now that she’s finally taken back control of her life and her choices. Every time Kristin stood up to her ex and showed him that he could no longer walk all over her, I cheered her on and hoped that she would slowly get back to the woman that she was before her ex’s belittling brought her to her knees.
Noah Frazier is a game changer for Kristin. Not only does he help her ‘career’ as a celebrity journalist, but he also proves to her how deserving she is of love…of praise…of passion. This movie star turns Kristin’s world upside down, but in the most amazing ways, and while he never complicates her already stressful life, he wants to win her heart and he’ll stop at nothing to do so, even if it means readjusting his entire life. Readers definitely hit the book boyfriend jackpot when Corinne Michaels created Noah Frazier. He’s so patient with Kristin, and he proves himself to her time and time again, standing behind her as she works through the confusion and doubt that comes with the dissolution of a 15 year relationship, and while there is a bit of an insta-love feel to Kristin and Noah’s relationship, it’s also made clear just how much chemistry they have and just how right building a life together seems to be.
The secondary characters were definitely an asset to the storyline, and I can say wholeheartedly that I would gladly have those women in my corner whenever I need to lift my spirits or just need a night out to unwind and process my life. It’s such an eclectic group of women but their personalities and strengths work well together and help each of them to cope with whatever life throws their way.
Kristin and Noah are two imperfect characters who are perfect for one another because she keeps him grounded and makes him feel emotions that have long laid dormant and he worships her body and her heart and makes her feel more wanted than she ever did in the decade she spent with her ex-husband.
I do have to say that I’m glad there wasn’t the typical amount of angst that usually resides in one of Corinne Michaels’ story…don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of drama from outside sources, but, for the most part, the story was more about healing and discovering one’s self-worth instead of the push/pull of a ‘will they or won’t they’ type of relationship, which I greatly appreciated, especially since it was obvious that Kristin had already been put through enough by her ex, so I applaud Michaels’ decision focus the conflict around those outside interferences instead of the foundation of this new relationship.
4.5 Poison Apples
Before I can make a move either way, the glass door slides open and Noah walks through the threshold.
My legs start to quiver as his eyes meet mine. All I can think about is how I’d like to climb him like a tree and shake his coconuts. I thought he was hot in the photo, then he was better through the window, but up close, he’s otherworldly.
“Hi.” Noah’s throaty voice floats around me. “You must be Kristin.”
Instead of speaking, I stand here with my mouth hanging open. Some small sounds that could be words escape, but they aren’t coherent.
Kill me now.
“Noah, this is my best friend, Kristin. Who we told you about.” Heather elbows me.
“Yes. Me. Hi. Kristin. I. You. Hi.”
Smooth. Someone should video this because I’m sure it’s highly entertaining.
“Right.” Noah flashes a blinding smile. “I hear you’re a reporter?”
Okay, Kristin, you have to speak in more than one-word increments or grunting noises.
I grab Heather’s glass she just poured and hope it’ll act as a talisman. “Yes, for a small blog, but I’m that. A reporter. For a blog. I write.”
And a bumbling idiot.
Noah’s green eyes are filled with humor. He moves a little closer and places his hand on top of mine. “Eli filled me in a little. I’m happy I came.”
I’m pretty sure I just came. At least we’re all coming.
His lips turn up as his eyes rake my body. “See you out there.” He winks and walks back out.
My ovaries have officially disintegrated.
I turn back to Heather, who bursts out into a fit of laughter. “Oh, that was epic. You all said I was starstruck when I met Eli? You should’ve seen that!” Heather continues to laugh at my expense. “Yes. Me. Um. Blog. Er—” She mocks.
“Shut up.” I laugh—because, really, what else can I do—and bump her hip before moving around the bar and grabbing a glass. “Now, pour me a shot before I drink straight from the bottle.”
There’s only one way to get through tonight.
Lots of Alcohol.
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. 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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