From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels, comes EVERMORE, a new novella in her Salvation Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights!
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new story in her Salvation series…
I was poised to become partner at my law firm even before I became secretly engaged to my boss. After being humiliated by him on my wedding day, I can’t face working for him any longer. So I quit, waving my middle finger on my way out.
Now the only things I’m poised for are unemployment and loneliness.
When an opportunity with Cole Security arises, it seems like the perfect way to run, all the way to Virginia Beach. I wasn’t expecting my childhood sweetheart to be there. I definitely wasn’t prepared that when we saw each other again, Benjamin Pryce would be so grown-up. So gorgeous. So Navy SEAL-ish.
And still the same guy who broke my heart when I was fifteen–and could do it again.
They say if you’re fooled once, shame on them. The second time, it’s on you. The third time, it’s going to be me that runs… unless he can convince me to stay forevermore.
I can’t say that I blame Gretchen for wanting to start over in a new place, away from the humiliating acts that were done to her. She’s been played for a fool more times than she can count, and she refuses to make the same mistakes…she refuses to be anymore broken than she is. Her move to Virginia Beach is supposed to be cathartic, allowing her a chance to heal…to reinvent herself…to be the version of herself that she’s always wanted to be. But what it’s not supposed to be is a traumatic trip down memory lane, too bad that’s exactly what happens when she comes face to face with her best in the form of an even more swoon worthy Benjamin Pryce.
Evermore – that’s what happily ever afters are supposed to be, but for Gretchen, that concept can’t resonate with her because she’s been let down by too many people and it’s as if she’s given up hope of finding the one person who is just for her, so she’s caught extremely off-guard when her past filters into her present in the form of a handsome alpha male who has his own healing to do.
Even though I feel like there are more things to know about Ben in order to truly understand him…information that can’t be elaborated on when the story is a novella…I have to say that he just might be one of my favorite Corinne Michaels’ heroes. Of course he has his issues and he’s done things in his past that he regrets but he is quite the sexy wooer when it comes to the one girl he has never forgotten.
The cast of characters in Michaels’ Salvation series is an amazing blend of alpha males and sassy females who fight for what they want despite their fractured parts. This is a group of fiercely loyal friends who have one another’s back and work together to protect and serve in whatever capacity is needed.
Gretchen and Ben’s story is a quick read but that’s not necessarily due to its shorten length; it has more to do with the fact that it’s easy to become captivated by the hero and heroine’s second chance to be together in a way that they both deserve and can thrive from. The chemistry and attraction between them as well as the way they work to heal themselves and one another is exactly why these two just might get their ‘forevermore.’
4.5 Poison Apples
“What do you mean you’re not coming?” I scream into the receiver at my what-should-be husband.
“I can’t marry you,” Harold tells me.
My eyes fill with angry tears. “You decided this now?” I shriek.
It’s my wedding day.
Well, it was supposed to be. Harold—which is the worst name in existence when you’re in the throes of passion—apparently has decided it won’t be.
An hour late, I might add. I’m here, at the church, in my nine-thousand-dollar wedding dress that I saved for. Without a groom.
I’m going to kill him.
My voice drops eerily soft. “Whatever the hell the issue is, we can deal with it tomorrow, Harold. You can’t do this to me. You get your ass to this church and you marry me.”
He sighs. “I can’t do it. I can’t, Gretchen. I had an epiphany last night.”
An epiphany? How rich. “Was it that you’re a dickhead who was going to destroy the woman who stood by you the last seven-fucking-years?”
“I’m saving you.”
Now I’ve heard it all. “Saving me, my ass!” I scream. “You will not do this to me. You won’t make me a jilted bride! I won’t let you.” My two best friends, Catherine and Ashton, share a look as they stand in their rose gold colored bridesmaids dresses.
Harold goes silent and then I hear someone in the back. “It’s for the better. We never should’ve done this. You’re my associate at the firm and if we do this, it will destroy both of our careers.”
A tear falls down. I’m so angry. I’m so betrayed by him. Seven years we’ve been sneaking around. I was his “Secret Slut” as I called myself. At first it was exciting. The sneaking around, late-night office romps, the little touches we’d share knowing that later we wouldn’t have to slow down.
Then it became impossible. I wanted to go to him when a case went bad, but I couldn’t because he was my boss. Gossip in the office became much more than harmless chatter, so we pulled back even more.
Finally, two months ago, he’d had enough of me complaining and threatening to end things. He proposed and said he wanted to marry me immediately. That if we were married, I could take equal part in the firm and finally stop having to hide our relationship.
My chest rises and falls because now, there’s no going back. People know. People are here to witness this, and now I’ll be the “left-at-the-alter lawyer.”
ABOUT CORINNE MICHAELS
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.