SAY YOU'LL STAY by Corinne Michaels Release Day Blitz: Sarah's Review + Excerpt!

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Say You'll Stay (Return to Me, #1)
One word.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .
** This book is a STANDALONE **

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“Hey.” Zach peers at me as I shake off my thoughts. “I figured you’d be asleep.” He climbs the steps slowly as I get to my feet.
“I figured you’d be gone.”
I walk toward him, unsure of why he’s here. “I left for a bit, but wanted to come check on you.”
He snickers. “I couldn’t sleep.”
“Me either.” He’s close enough that I can smell his cologne. Even after a long night, being in the woods, he smells like home.
I take another step.
Then another.
I’m so close I have to tilt my head to look into his eyes.

I breathe him in, feel his heat, and I can’t stop myself. I want him. I need him. I grip his neck and yank his mouth to mine. I kiss him. I kiss him and give in to everything I’ve been feeling. He doesn’t waste a second. His arms wrap around me, holding my body against his. My fingers grip his neck, keeping him exactly where I need him. This kiss is frantic, but God it feels good.

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I should have prepared myself for the emotions I felt within the first few chapters of Say You'll Stay. I mean, it's Corinne Michaels. She brings the heartache and the funny. But. The. Heartache. Dear sweet baby Jesus, the heartache. Let's be honest, a good book draws on all emotions, right? I may not have experienced the situations that Presley goes through in the first few chapters, but man I felt it. I don't know where or how Corinne got through those chapters but here we go, golf claps to you, Corinne. Thanks for the sweet ache I'm still feeling.

"Freedom was an intoxicating emotion that I wanted to drown in. But I'm not free."

Presley Benson finds herself in an impossible situation. She has to uproot her children and move back to the town she vowed to never return to. Their lives have turned upside down and she doesn't know how she'll right it again. With old towns comes old memories, old relationships that should have stayed buried. That's not the case.

"Zach and I might be over, but my heart doesn't seem to care. I'm deluding myself if I think otherwise."

Zach Hennington didn't want to see Presley again. After 17 years however, he's still not over his first love. When she comes back to their small Tennessee town, he can't stay away and is determined to get her back.

"It's not because of you, Presley. It's because it's always been you."

I'm pretty sure I said all that I needed to in the first paragraph of my review. I don't know of a book that's made me so emotional. Did I mention angst and sexual tension? Corinne delivers with Presley and Zach in spades. Oh, the hotness! Say You'll Stay is one contemporary romance you don't want to miss out on.

Corinne Michaels is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless). 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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