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New York Times best-selling author Corinne Michaels returns to the Willow Creek Valley Series in this stunning small-town, brother’s-best-friend romance.

Fifteen years ago, I fell for Jack O’Donnell. I was just a girl, but I knew my brother’s best friend was the only man I’d ever love. On my 18th birthday, when I asked him to kiss me, I never imagined it would change my life so completely. 

I gave Jack everything that night. In order to move on, we had to go our separate ways and pretend like nothing happened...as though it wasn’t the greatest moment of my life. But even that wasn’t as heartbreaking as the secret we were forced to keep. 

I’ve tried not to think about how much I still love him. How I long to be back in his strong arms or the way his hazel eyes make my heart race. Until he kisses me again. And this time there’s no turning back. This time I know what it means. 

We belong together, and there’s no use denying it any longer. But our feelings aren’t the only thing that won’t stay buried. Our past resurfaces and threatens to destroy our second chance at happiness. When our love is tested once again, will we be strong enough to stand together?

©2021 Corinne Michaels (P)2021 Corinne Michaels

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  • Menotah Bolland
  • 2021-04-28

Could Have Been Us - Must Read/Listen

“I’m going to give you a future,” I vow.
“With you.”
“For as long as you want me.”
“Forever.”

Jack and Stella have been friends for a long time and been in love since she was sixteen. After one night together their lives changed forever and they promise to keep their secrets buried and go their separate ways. Twelve years later when being around each other all the time becomes too much for them to resist, they finally give into temptation. When their past secrets become unburied, they will have to prove how strong their love is and stand together.

An extremely emotional ride from beginning to end that tissues are a must. Jack and Stella have had so much heartache and the pain that they have had to endure was unbelievable. I was completely invested in the story and had tears in my eyes for eighty percent of the book between ugly tears and happy tears. You could feel the chemistry between Jack and Stella vibrating off the pages and could tell that they were soulmates that just needed to finally get past their pain and heartache. I had an extreme book hangover after this one and recommend it to everyone. A TOP 2021 READ!

Audio: Jason Clarke and Ava Erickson did an amazing job of bringing the characters and story to life and made it seem like we were living right in the story.

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  • k.vano
  • 2021-04-28

Book 2 perfection

Loved Stella and Jack in book 1, loved them even more in their own story. While each book is a standalone, I highly recommend reading Return to Us, since the beginning half of this story overlaps the timing of the first book. The epilogue definitely has me impatiently awaiting the release of book 3.

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  • Diana 17
  • 2021-04-28

A Story About Love and Healing

You will be hooked in the first two minutes of reading this book…as we learn the secret that Jack and Stella have kept for the last 12 years. The Parkerson kids(4 brothers and Stella) have survived in spite of the parents who did nothing but break them down…and Jack..well he became a part of that family from an early age and needed their support when he lost his parents in a terrible fire. Jack and Stella made decisions that they hoped were for the best interest of everyone else…and for the lives they needed to survive…but now they have no choice to give in to the love that has always been there for them. They deal with a painful past…but try to live for today in hopes that they share their past with those they love and be accepted when they tell everyone the lies that they have told and have had to live with. It involves loss and love..and a beautiful coming together. Beautifully written...A must read in this Willow Creek Valley series.

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  • Diane's Kindle
  • 2021-05-01

She did it again

Boy Corinne delivered on this one. She ripped my heart out stamped on it broken into pieces and then put it back together. this stories is a definite emotional rollercoaster. Ava and Jason Clarke just brought this story to whole nother level and it was already a mach 5.

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  • Ms. Nicolicous
  • 2021-05-01

Jason you are NOT a bear!!

Okay- I got this book bcz I love Jason and Ava’s voice acting. Jason’s voice is AWFUL! First book I can honestly say that. He sounds like a fake Sebastian York who smoke way more cigarettes! Dude- I’m on chapter 6 and I almost done want to finish bcz he’s trying to sound sexy, ugh! His normal voice is so much better than trying so hard to be something he’s not. Nothing about his voice made me swoon or fall in love with his character. I could see if he was a biker or some old guy but no- his character is supposed to be in his mid 30’s!

I HATE IT JASON! You are not a bear or SebYo!

Ava was fantastic...

The story and writing is amazing!

Jason is TERRIBLE!

That is all. 😑

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  • Amparo P. Cook
  • 2021-05-01

OMG!!!! A Masterpiece

Wow!! What an amazing story. I laughed, cried and enjoyed. Loved Jack and Stella and their heart renching journey It took me longer to finish it as I did not wanted the story to end. So well worth it. Ready for sumner to arrive with the new tale of Josh
Thank you Corinne for sharing your amazing words.

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  • adeagon
  • 2021-04-30

Never Disappointed

Love, love, love Corinne! Loved Grayson and Jessica and absolutely loved this story. The real life and emotion she writes are so addictive and make the story richer. 10/10 I highly recommend.

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  • Kirsten Heizer
  • 2021-04-30

I have fallen in love with Jack and Stella!

Corinne Michaels has created an amazing story of love, heartache, longing, and friendship! This story is an incredible journey that draws you in from the very beginning and will keep you longing for more at the end. Ava Erickson and Jason Clarke bring this story to life in the amazing way that they always do. This is a not to miss story!

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  • Vickie
  • 2021-04-29

Loved the book hate the ending

I love the book and the author. she is awesome! I just hate the way the book ended. I wanted more and it wasn't there. please finish this book and let us know what happens.

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  • D E H
  • 2021-04-29

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I cried so freaking much during this but it was fantastic! Ready for the next book to come out.

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