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Corinne Michaels’ You Loved Me Once ARC Review

Thank you to Corinne Michaels and Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of You Loved Me Once, a new standalone releasing on June 29th!

I was very excited to get a copy of Corinne Michaels’ first foray into women’s fiction. I know she wrote this years ago and was hesitant to put this out. I am so glad she did. Honestly this is one of the best books I have read this year.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a heartbreakingly beautiful standalone story about letting love in. 
I’m losing myself trying to save everyone else…
As a doctor, I walk a dangerously delicate balance of being compassionate but not overly invested. The same is true in my personal life–love is a luxury I can’t afford.
It isn’t until Dr. Westin Grant breaks down all my walls and offers me a future, I find myself wondering if I’m brave enough to risk my heart. 
When who I was and who I’ve tried to become collide during my clinical trial, the fate of one patient changes everything. 
In a single moment, everything I’ve worked for is jeopardized. My integrity, my career, and even my relationship with Westin. 
He loved me once, I just hope he can love me always …”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Serenity is an incredibly smart oncologist at the top of her field. She is about to start a study that will treat women with ovarian cancer. To help them keep their ovaries and uterus intact. She is very casually dating Westin. Wes is a very successful surgeon. He is incredibly caring and patient. He is definitely ready to take his relationship with Serenity to the next level, but he is unclear if Serenity is.
  • Setting: The story is set mostly in Chicago. It is where the hospital is that Serenity and Westin work. We get looks at a more small-town simple living lifestyle when Serenity goes to visit her father and brother. It was interesting for the story that there really was no place for Serenity to feel peace, work was a stressful mess and going to her childhood home only raised anxieties about how to deal with her ailing father.
  • Pacing: The pacing of the story is heart-pounding. I never wanted to put this down because I just wanted to keep reading about the impossible situation Serenity was in. This story is about choices and decisions. Life-changing choices that drive this story.
  • Romance: Serenity and Westin seem to have a relationship that is only sexual at first. At the start of the story, Serenity is ready to explore making this relationship much more serious. Then she is completely blindsided as her ex reenters her life quite unexpectedly. She is in such a vulnerable position and watching her struggle was unlike any other story I had ever read. It was so refreshing to look at a relationship two years in rather than at the start during a honeymoon phase. The relationship here is very raw and real, a really nice change that I think a lot of readers will love. The premise for this book and this relationship is just so unique, I plead you to pick up this book. I promise you will not regret it.

You Loved me Once receives five out of five stars.

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