Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Corinne Michaels’s You Loved Me Once is, for me, one of her angstiest books. In fact, while designated as women’s fiction, this book feels tied for angst with Michaels’s Indefinite Duet from her Salvation series, which for me is her most angsty. There is something beautiful in its angst, in its recognition that life must go on after death even if we want to fight it. There is something beautiful in the tenacity of a hero who loves a woman who seems unloveable. And there is something beautiful in the brokenness of a heroine when she must finally acknowledge and face her pain and in doing so, she is finally available to love her adoring hero. The grit and pain of this story are what make it an important read. And there is a quality to this book that seems different from Michaels’s other books. There is a solemnity to it, a reticence to move forward. This, sometimes, makes it difficult to read especially when her heroine, Serenity, self sabotages her own happiness. Boy, does she do this often in the book. In fact, I saw the major plot device early on as it seemed to mimic a plotline of Grey’s Anatomy. When you have to face a heroine who undermines her own success, it is a tough pill to swallow (sorry for the cliche, but it seems so apt here). However, in saving herself, she finally positions herself where she should have been all along.
I think this book’s success will hinge on Michaels’s readers adoring Weston, as I did. You won’t get this story through his point of view, but he is a big presence in this story. He is the perfect mate for Serenity, but she makes him work for his love. Try not to be angry with her. Instead, recognize the motivation behind her actions. Remember how any kind of pain causes people to make unwise choices. Revel in Corinne Michael’s ability to bring you to the end with the sweetest, and I think, quietest of happy endings. You Loved Me Once should be already downloaded on your e-reader. If not, then grab it now.
In love and romance,