Thank you to Corinne Michaels and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Give Me Love, the second Rose Canyon story.
I am excited to be returning to Rose Canyon, this has been such a good series so far and super enjoyable for fans of Corinne’s.
“New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels brings another second chance standalone in the town of Rose Canyon.
My biggest mistake was falling in love with my fake husband.
It was supposed to be a marriage of convenience between two best friends in the military. Our plan was to collect extra money and stay stationed together.
But what failed? Me. I did. Because suddenly I wanted a man who was never meant to be my real husband.
In an attempt to remedy my mistake, I severed all ties and put my life as a combat medic and Emmett Maxwell behind me. I’ve lost too many people to open myself up to love.
Now I’m working as a private investigator, and fate has stepped in, forcing our paths to intersect again when I’m looking into the disappearance of a missing girl with ties to Emmett’s hometown. A case I fear puts his life in danger.
He gives me one week to prove my suspicions and then I need to sign the divorce papers and leave. The problem with that? The moment I see Emmett again, I realize how foolish it was to leave him, to think I could ever stop loving him. All I want is a second chance.
When the case threatens not only my life but also his, I’m faced with my worst fear. How many times can a heart break before it shatters beyond repair?”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Our lead characters are Blakely and Emmett. These two met while in the military and got married just as friends to keep their unit together. Blakely is a super tough gal, stubborn and determined. Corinne did a great job balancing that with vulnerability. Up until the start of the novel she seemed to care for Emmett much more as just a friend, in contrast to him who was very much in love. Emmett is your classic kind of broody, ex-military now cop back living in the small town he grew up in. He was such a great balance of being a tough cookie and wearing his heart on his sleeve.
- Setting: We return to Rose Canyon which brings with it a vast range of side characters. Big Corinne Michaels fans will for sure love how intertwined Rose Canyon is with the Salvation series. There are cameos galore in this one. At the same time being in the small town, within this core group of friends allows us to get a good sense of how Brielle and Spencer are doing from Help Me Remember. The setting lent itself well to the mystery threaded throughout the story. If small towns are good for anything they are good for gossip, which fed into the mystery of who you can trust.
- Pacing: The pacing was pretty good, especially during the later chunk I could not stop reading. I really needed to know what was going to happen next.
- Romance: The romance was steamy. I could not get over the idea that this was the least convenient marriage of convenience. Their scenes together were electric. This book gives such a feeling of relief when these two finally figure out how to be together. The conflict in the story was driven much more by plot, the romance settled quite early. So it totally depends on where you enjoy having conflict stem from.
Give Me Love receives four out of five stars.
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