Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 . . .
If you’re looking for a book that will give you “the feels”, look no further. Say You’ll Stay is the book for the job.
After having her heart broken by her childhood sweetheart, Presley vowed never to return to Tennessee. She was supposed to raise her family and live happily ever after in her husband’s Pennsylvania hometown. But everything changed in one night. Her husband ruined any chance Presley had at happiness. Now she’s left picking up the pieces of her life with her sons. Homeless and penniless, Presley’s forced to move back to the one place she said she’d never return and face the boy — now man — who broke her heart years ago.
This is my first book by Corinne Michaels and I can tell you it won’t be my last. Her writing was so emotional. I felt everything I read — everything the characters felt — from the very beginning.
Presley was such a complex character. She had layers she didn’t even realize she had. Her emotions were so bottled up, and she was just going through the motions. The events of her life were slowly bubbling her feelings to the surface. I especially loved how truths revealed themselves through her dreams. I could feel her confusion, loss and frustration. I wanted so many things for her while I was reading. I especially wanted her to find happiness.
I loved Zach. The chapters in his point of view were like an extra special bonus. I loved getting his take on the demise of their first relationship and how he felt about everything.
The chemistry between Presley and Zach was palpable and a little heartbreaking. I was sad for all the years they missed out on together, but loved that they were getting a second chance. Zach’s willingness to take it slow and give Presley the space she needed was so sweet. I wanted them together from the first moment they met eyes.
There were also a ton of great supporting characters in this book. I loved Presley’s best friend Wyatt. He antagonized Presley in the best way and she totally needed it. Another character I loved was Felicia. She couldn’t have had a better name or been a better adversary. Honestly, I could list all of the book’s characters here. They all added so much to the story. I’m really looking forward to reading more about them in the future!
The only thing I could even think about complaining about was the ending. It was a little cheesy, but that fit right in with the small town vibe of the book. Honestly, Say You’ll Stay was the perfect second chance romance in my mind. It had all the feels of a New Adult book, but the maturity and hilarity of an adult Contemporary Romance. I would highly recommend Say You’ll Stay to anyone who loves a good second chance love story or just contemporary romances in general.