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    First Love and Second Chances

    I love a good second chance romance and Say You'll Stay did not disappoint! I was completely unprepared for the beginning and knew that I wouldn't be able to put this one down. I fell in love with the characters and with Bell Buckle, TN. This is book 1 in the author's Return to Me series of interconnected stand alones about the Hennington brothers. Zach. I am still swooning for this cowboy. He is the perfect blend of cocky and vulnerable. It's clear that although 17 years have passed between him and Presley, their feelings and connection are just as strong (if not stronger) as when they were teenagers. Yes, he lost a few points in my book for not ending things with Felicia before things started to change between him and Presley, but I loved how devoted he was to trying again once Presley returned. He was patient, understanding, and sweet as he and Presley got to know each other again as adults. They have so much history and pain to wade through, especially Presley, and the flashbacks to the past were perfectly placed to shed light on how these two got to this point. I do wish that there had been more Zach chapters though, because I often wondered what was going on in his mind. Presley. I both loved her and was annoyed by her. I understand that when things went south the first time, she was only 18, so she wasn't the most mature. Honestly, neither was Zach, but that's young love. It's all consuming and emotional. They were living off the dreams of first love and the reality didn't match up. I really liked that the story addressed that even if different choices had been made, the relationship still might not have survived. So much in life is about timing. I thought things moved a little quickly after all the tragedy Presley has faced, but at the same time not fast enough since Zach and Presley have known each other since they were kids and the spark never died. Another thing in the story that annoyed me was Felicia. I understand why there was the whole other woman plot line and that Zach would not have been unattached for 17 years, but the amount of hostility and anger towards Felicia seemed over the top. Yes, she's terrible and catty, but I was really curious as to why there was so much hate towards her. Everyone got their comeuppance though, so it all worked out ;) I definitely enjoyed the secondary characters in this book like Cooper, Angie, Grace, and the up in your business all the time residents of Bell Buckle, but I especially loved Wyatt. He's the loyal brother and best friend who wants something more. His scenes were hilarious, heartfelt, and bittersweet. I was happy to see that book 2 in the series will be his story. I really enjoyed this second chance love story and can't wait to return to my favorite town in Tennessee.
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    enchanting, engaging and downright breathtaking

    Say You’ll Stay is a beautiful book about forever love. It’s a book about growing stronger, finding hope, and surviving when you think you won’t. I found it . Second chance romances are my jam. I think most people have at least one relationship they’ve played the “what if” game over at one point in their lives. Second chance romance books play to that part of us that wonders if we had just done that or what if this happens. And Say You’ll Stay is a wonderful example of the trope. You know that couple in high school that you just know is going to make it? I personally know three of them. Presley and Zach were one of those. This book definitely brings some angst and feels. I was tearing up and crying, but not an ugly cry. There were parts of it were I was crying because the feels were beautiful. Having been the daughter of a young widow, I really appreciated how Zach took time to be friends with the boys without it being about his relationship with Presley. That definitely made him a hero in my eyes. Presley was completely relatable. I found myself nodding and thinking “Yeah I could see myself doing that at her age” and “Been there, done that.” I also adored all the side characters. They each brought something special to the book and I can’t wait to see them each get their own story. Especially Wyatt, that Hennington boy was tugging on my heart strings big time.
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    HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!!

    Corinne has once again ripped my heart out and then pieced it back together one little bit at a time... She broke me from the start with this story and there was no way I could not see where this story could go... What an incredibly sad, tragic, heart wrenching, BEAUTIFUL story about love, loss and betrayal. My emotions were all the place reading this and I hid at work reading it, hiding the tears in my eyes over and over again. One day read - could not put it down!? HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!!!
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    Grab your tissues and dive in!

    My reaction right out of the gate: OMG!!! I cried, I laughed, I felt every emotion that Presley felt. Corinne has a way with telling a story that captures the reader and makes it so you don't want it to end.
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    Wonderful, teary, romantic love story

    Cornne Michaels is now a permanent member of my GO TO list! Presley comes home from work to find her almost perfect life isn't so perfect anymore. She loses everything. WARNING: It's been a long time since a book made me cry. Angela's Ashes, I think it was, in the late 90s. So when I say that Say You'll Stay made me tear up and get all sniffly, know that this is some serious heart wrenching going on. Have the tissues handy. Returning to her home town, Presley is humiliated, depressed, and having a really hard time coming to terms with her new reality. Living with her parents, sleeping in her teen-age bedroom (complete withe posters!), and raising her kids in an environment that is totally foreign to them, while trying to straighten out the mess of her recent past is just too much; at least she doesn't have to deal with her former boyfriend. The one she'd loved from the time she was a girl, who'd left her and gone on with his life. It's a little easier to know he's no longer living in the small Tennessee town she's returned to, so she won't be running into the guy who destroyed her world 17 years ago. Or not. Because he's there. And IT'S still there, too. The attraction, the fire, the passion. The love. Zach is just as handsome, just as sweet as she remembers, but now he's living in town and dating the school bitch, who hasn't changed at all. It'd be so much easier for Presley to avoid Zach at all costs and go on with her life, but fate - and Presley's and Zach's brothers - aren't having any of that. Good thing, because what kind of romance novel would it be if all they did was avoid each other for 310 pages? This story will make you cry at the outset, then fill you with hope. There are laugh out loud moments, too. There's joy and hope, heartache and fear, romance and arguments, a meddling family (and town), a bar, nearly a bar fight, a bunch of horses, a misunderstsanding, and a parade. The ultimate questions are these: How do you take a life that has been burned to ash and turn it into a life worth living? How do you take love betrayed and make it back into a love forever? How can a woman who's lost everything, who has nothing, and who is afraid that heartache awaits no matter what action she takes, become the strong, confident, and powerful woman she needs to be? And can she do all that while raising her sons and falling in love with her roots, and her ex, again? Get this book. Read this book. LOVE this book. Because a strong, satisfying, romantic story about a strong woman overcoming tragedy is always a good thing but this one gets the blue ribbon.
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