You Loved Me Once by Corinne Michaels Review


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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 …

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Corinne Michaels has told her readers that You Loved Me Once is a deeply personal and meaningful story for her, and it was one that she never intend to write, let alone publish. I’ve been looking forward to reading it since. Corinne also told readers that this was more women’s fiction than romance, meaning expect more heart than heat. If you’ve been following my reviews for any length of time, you know that I exclusively read romance. Even still, this is Corinne Michaels, so of course I was going to read it. I’m glad I did, because this was a memorable, poignant and deeply moving love story, and it was exactly what I expect when I pick up Ms. Michaels books.

I don’t want to give a lot away about this story, but it sure did pack an emotional punch. I’ve read all of Michaels’ books, and this may very well be one of the most emotional stories she’s ever told – so that’s really saying something. It’s not that there is no heat in this book, there definitely is, it’s that the love story and the plot rightfully take the starring role here. I’m going to be honest, Serenity wasn’t the easiest character to list, but I’m also going to caution readers not to throw the towel in on this woman, to hang in there, and I promise you, her growth will make the frustration you’ll feel with her in the first half of the book worth it. Westin is everything you expect one of Michaels heroes to be. He’s sexy, charming, smart, alpha and that’s all wrapped up in a devastatingly gorgeous package. He’s also incredibly patient and understanding with Serenity, almost unbelievably so, until he justifiably reaches his breaking point with her. But don’t worry, he quickly recovers.

You Loved Me Once is definitely different than Corinne’s usual stories, but it’s no less captivating or romantic. This was such a beautifully written, touching love story, and it was brimming with all of the emotion and angst I’ve come to love from Michaels’. Her thoughtful storytelling here paints a vivid picture of these characters, their struggles and every facet of their complex relationship. I felt all of the feels, and oh boy, did I cry all the tears. While there was a lot of painful emotion to sift through in this story, it was a rewarding story about making hard decisions, facing the consequences of your actions and recognizing your worth. Five smooches from me for You Loved Me Once by Corinne Michaels!

~Danielle Palumbo





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