May 27, 2015

Review - Conviction by Corinne Michaels

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Liam and Natalie’s return in Conviction by Corinne Michaels!
Find out how their story continues….

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Book Two in the Consolation Duet
I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone.

He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him.

If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then he’d still be here.

My 5 Star Review

Earlier this year I was introduced to Corinne’s writing when I read a preview of her upcoming release Consolation. I read a few pages and started balling. I was in shock and honestly disbelief, amazed that just a few pages could completely break my heart.

I became mildly obsessed with reading this book. After some serious begging, I was able to read Consolation early. Well, I should have known better, but Consolation only made me want more. Now I have read Conviction, the story is complete, but my heart, the feels, they're still here.

“I’ll always wonder if you really loved me or if I was just the consolation prize.”

When we last saw Natalie she was just as stunned as we were, yes, delivering the unexpected is Corinne’s specialty. I was completely blown away and left gasping.

There are so many directions Conviction could have gone and I am not sure I would have been too surprised with either direction. I have thought about this situation, rationalized all sides and in the end was left lost as to what direction would be best. Delivering a conclusion to a story like Consolation is difficult, but Corinne did it flawlessly.

First, I loved the depth she gave her characters, I was able to empathize with them and feel things I never imagined feeling. Natalie was a character I could admire, she was selfless, but not weak. She was confident in herself and didn’t waiver in her feelings. I loved seeing Natalie grow throughout the story, she is by far one of my favorite heroines.

This story made me completely question and doubt myself. I felt crazy going back and forth, but I blame Corinne. Her story is intricate, included all angles and left me with tons of emotions. If you could read my messages while reading this you would think I am crazy. I was going back and forth, crying one moment, laughing another and swooning the next.

As I said in the beginning, the story is complete, but my heart, the feels, they're still here. That’s not because I was left wanting more, it’s not because the story is incomplete, it’s because these characters will always have a piece of my heart. I love them. They're real to me, I will never forget some of these moments in Consolation Duet, their heartache or seeing their growth. I cannot recommend this series enough, it is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2015.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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Excerpt #1

Time isn’t something I ever thought much about.
It ebbs and flows, but it never changes. I can’t make it stop—no matter how much I want to. There’s no way to rewind the clock or halt it. In this moment, all I want is to make the world stop and go back to when I was happy and ready to tackle the world. Just two short minutes ago, there was no worry about how my day would go. I was going away with the man I love, the one who healed me. But time isn’t my friend. It slaps me in the face and laughs as I stand here wondering how the hell any of this is happening. I don’t want to move forward, and I sure as hell don’t want to slow it down.

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Excerpt #2

His voice is thick and husky as he refuses to break from my eyes. “Tell me you’re real.”
“I’m real.”
“Tell me you’re really here.”
“I’m here with you.” My hand rises, and I press my thumb to his lips. “I’m here for you. I’m here with only you. I need you so much.”
His eyes close as I rub my thumb, savoring the rough feel on my skin.
“Stay with me,” he pleads.
Liam’s hands rest on each side of my face as I drag him down further. “There’s nowhere else I want to be.” Our lips meet, and I lose myself.  
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Consolation (Book One)


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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.

About the Author

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Corinne 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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1 comment

  1. Omg I love Corinne Michaels! I've been reading her books from the first Beloved! Jackson Cole sigh thanks for the amazing chance! I can't decide who I love more Jackson or Liam!