24 March 2015

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | Consolation by Corinne Michaels

By Corinne Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.
But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.
One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.

I was excited to get my hands on this book – both the cover and the blurb got to me. I was intrigued, curious and excited for the new book Corrine Michaels has for us.

How much grief can you handle?

Lee had a great marriage, and is about to have a baby. She has everything she could ever hope for, until that knock at the door that had her world spinning out of its axis. It’s the news no military wife would like to hear. The love of her life, the father of her unborn child is gone.

How can she make it? How can she start living again without him by her side? How can she move on?

Liam was not just a great lover, but he was an even greater friend. There is nothing not to like about him. He was there for Lee when she needed him, he didn’t go away even though she wanted him too. He was respectful of her feelings, of her memories of Aaron, of her feelings for him. He didn’t push himself. He took his time, he was patient and he was even good with Aara. He was easy to fall in love with – charming and fun. But would he be willing to be the Consolation prize? Or will he make her finally see that he was worth her second chance in love?

There was no romance at first, it grew after they both lost Aaron. Maybe it was the grief and loss that bonded the both of them and pushed them to be together. But what I like about this novel is that Liam didn’t have any underlying attraction or hidden agenda with Lee. He helped her, stayed beside her whether she needs his help or not – and somewhere along the way, the feelings just grew.

They tried to fight it, tried to stopped what they felt, but when they finally realized that they were doing nothing wrong and what they felt was indeed genuine: they finally took the risk, and seeing them happy was quite rewarding. Indeed, Lee deserved a second chance in love especially when secrets that Aaron has surfaced and her perfect husband turned out to be someone she didn’t recognized at all.

Sometimes love comes to us in the strangest times, we might feel we are not ready for it, we might refuse to acknowledge its existence, but it stays, it waits and it will never go away and never give up. Lee was lucky to find two loves in her life. There might have been some problems, and some secrets that shattered her world, but it didn’t stop love from coming her way.

I love the romance, the characters, and most especially the twist! Corinne Michaels wrote something that will crush your hearts, mend it, and will make you believe that it’s possible to find something beautiful after all the devastation of loss.

I knew Consolation has a second book, and I was ready whatever the ending this might have. I have to say I was ready for a cliff-hanger, but I wasn’t ready for the ending Corinne Michaels prepared for me. Oh yes, my jaws went straight to the floor, and I felt a mix of emotions: I didn’t know if I’d felt relieved, happy or fear for the Lee and Liam. I must say, she just had me dying for the next book, Conviction.

Copyright © 2015 Corinne Michaels

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the author.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.

Aarabelle sits in her highchair as I feed her dinner. She’s growing so fast. Already she’s eating cereal and a little baby food. Soon she’ll be crawling and I have no one to celebrate with. Her father will never see these milestones and it breaks me apart.

“You should really lock the door,” Liam huffs as he throws his coat over the chair.

“But then I’d have to get up to let you in,” I state matter-of-factly and go back to feeding the baby, trying to put aside my worries. The fact is…this is reality. I have to deal with it.

“Uh huh. Hey, Pumpkin,” his eyes alight as he crouches down by Aara. It’s adorable hearing grown men use a baby voice. It gets a little softer and higher pitched.

The corners of her mouth lift and she throws her arms in the air when he gets close. My heart sputters seeing how happy she gets seeing him. Liam kisses her head and she giggles.

“At least someone is happy to see me,” he says playfully.

“I’d be happy if you brought me a present,” I joke.

He laughs and goes into the pocket of his coat. “Just so happens I did, but since that’s the only way you’ll be nice, I’ll hold on to this until you’ve earned it.”

Practically leaping out of my chair, I rush over. “What is it?” I try to peer around his back as he holds the mystery item.

Liam’s lips curl as he sees how much I want this. I don’t even know what it is. Jeez, I’m an idiot. “Nope. We eat first, then maybe you’ll get it.”

“Watch, it’s a freaking Pez dispenser or something stupid.”

“Guess you’ll have to be nice to find out.” He shoves the item into his back pocket and I fight the urge to reach and get it. “How was work?”

We spend the next thirty minutes going over my day and Jackson’s return. Liam never mentioned that they spoke, but he’s surprised to hear he’s in Virginia. After we finish the pizza, Liam somehow convinces me we should watch a movie. I get Aarabelle to bed and come down to find him sprawled out on the couch.

“By all means, make yourself comfortable.”

Liam pulls his beanie higher on his forehead and his eyes glimmer with amusement. He sits up and puts the TV on. “I picked the movie.”

“What?” I ask with mock incredulity. “It’s my house. Why do you get to pick the movie?”

“Ummm, I’m the guest.” He shrugs as if this should be an obvious answer.

I groan and lean back. “What crappy, shoot-‘em-up movie do I have to endure?”

“You’ll see. It’s a classic.”

corrinne bio.jpgCorinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s 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 Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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