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You Loved Me Once

Written by: Corinne Michaels
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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From New York Times best-selling author Corinne Michaels comes a heartbreakingly beautiful stand-alone 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.

©2021 Corinne Michaels (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

I chose this book based on the reviews I read. After listening to it I feel very underwhelmed. I was expecting so much more.

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Loved this! 5 stars!

This was an emotional story about how the lines blur while trying to make decisions around what is expected and what is in your heart! I loved Serenity and how strong, yet vulnerable she was while trying to hold every scrap of her life together! Weston was her perfect match in every way and I loved how he kept his promise to never let her fall.

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Silly, dramatic, cliche

I often look for books that Julia Whelan narrates because she is so good, but even her performance couldn’t fix this storyline. The writing and drama were cringy.

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Great story

I enjoyed this book. The female lead is flawed. The book is told from her standpoint only. It’s interesting.

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Wow I loved this one!

First off, Julia is the best narrator of all time. My goodness her voice is so good. Second, this story kept me on my toes with my jaw dropped. Third, for people who love happy endings you are good to read this one. Drama, love, life’s troubles it has everything.

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Another Solid Corinne Michaels Book

This novel was both interesting but also a bit different than other Corinne Michaels books I've read. The main characters have their flaws which makes them relatable, while some of their actions left me shaking my head with big "don't do that vibes". Westin is such a wonderful archetype for Serenity, and I'm disappointed I haven't found my own real-like version of him. It was a good read, just not one of hers that I'll be re-reading endlessly like others.

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Good story

I really enjoyed this book. It made me cry and laugh as it was Emotional and different

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Great story and good narration

This a nice change from the boy meets girls usual story ! I love Corinne Michaels stories

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2.5 ⭐️

I’ve enjoyed Corinne Michaels before, but unfortunately this one didn’t hit the spot for me.

I felt it was very hard to feel attached to any of the characters. Serenity (heroine) was suppose to be this doctor who never merge her feelings with patients and work but that was the complete opposite. She was very emotional and tried hard not to wear her heart on her sleeve.

I was also very very confused as to who the love interest was. I know it was suppose to be a bit obviously but she kept leading Weston on literally till the last couple chapters. And for Bryce, I’m not even sure what to think of him. He literally popped up and I wasn’t clear on his intentions. Overall, I was confused…

This book has tough subject matter and describes death scenes. Corinne Michaels does really well at exploring emotional topics. It was the only thing I really enjoyed about the book. It made me tear up while listening.

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This Story will touch everyone.

This story is so relatable and it brought tears to my eyes so many times. Thank you for the gift.

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  • kgagnon
  • 2021-06-17

Breathtakingly Beautiful, Powerfully Poignant!

This is such a beautiful, powerful, and emotional story. Dr. Serenity Adams is a prominent gynecologist oncologist who is starting a ground breaking cancer treatment trial. She has been able to compartmentalize her feelings when it comes to her patients, but there is always the exception. She has had a 2 year affair with a respected colleague and friend, Dr. Westin Grant. She also has kept him at a distance because of a terrible and heartbreaking loss of her first love that she never recovered from. Westin is so kind, supportive, encouraging, and totally swoony. He is done letting Serenity hold back, he wants more and will do what it takes to make her see how good they are together. But when a ghost from the past reappears, Serenity's world is turned upside down. She is so blinded by wanting to help save lives, that she just might lose everything she has worked for including her career and Westin. This breathtaking story about Serenity & Westin is one of hope, heartbreak, courage, and unconditional love. Michaels skillfully revealed this story in alternating past and present sequence allowing me to be truly engaged both emotionally and thoughtfully. She expertly weaved a tale of sacrifice, and heartbreak, but ultimately of hope, healing, and love. I loved both Serenity & Westin for their strength, love and devotion.
This story is a raw and emotional journey with several twists and turns that will take your breath away.
Narrator Julia Whelan is so compelling as she brings this story to life. Not only is her voice easy to listen to, but her character changes are amazing and it makes this story feel even more real and honest. Her intonations are spot on, and she makes me feel all the myriad of emotions that Serenity, Westin, and all the characters experience as they discover all the secrets, loss, and love throughout. This is storytelling at it's absolute finest and I loved every moment of this beautiful, raw and emotional journey!

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  • Emma
  • 2021-06-22

Predictable

Way too much emphasis on “what if’s”. The story could have been told in 30% of the time. Don’t bother.

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  • Josie (Proud_book_nerd)
  • 2021-06-11

Letting go is the ultimate weight lifted

Oh how this book is everything I love about Corinne Michaels. This story was about a woman's journey to healing, self awareness and accepting the love you truly deserve. It's a book worth being read/listened to more than once.

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  • Mariana Sanford
  • 2021-06-21

Not worth the time

This was a very long dragged out, repetitive story. I would not recommend it. Very predictable.

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  • Felicity Levine
  • 2021-06-27

Melodramatic

I had to force myself to keeping on listening to this melodrama. The protagonist, Serenity, was neurotically guilt ridden and self engrossed. The other characters were flat and unrealistic

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  • Sue Miller
  • 2021-06-14

You Loved Me Once is Perfection!!!

You Loved Me Once by Corinne Michaels is another amazing book from this author. I was so excited for this book but I wasn’t prepared for my heart to be so shattered. This book had me crying and sobbing so much I had to pull my car over and stop I was so wrecked while listening but then with the wild roller coaster of emotions I was smiling and even laughing. This is such a beautiful love story and is so well written. It is just pure perfection. This author is one of the best in my book. I highly recommend this audio book. The narrator Julia Whelan couldn't have been better. She brought these characters to life.

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  • Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read
  • 2021-06-16

10 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10 Stars! Best Corinne Michael’s Story to Date! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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You Loved Me Once gripped me from the start I got all the Angst I love from romance and all the butterflies in my belly. I am an avid reader of this author and this is her best story to date. Serenity and Westin’s story is one of opening your heart to love after it was crushed in the past. When that same past intersects your present you question everything… your life, career and love.

Top Read for 2021! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Kelly and Chris
  • 2021-06-10

Broken

Once again Corinne Michael’s has written a book that gutted me and broke me emotionally. I need to gather my thoughts to write a full review!

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  • Christy Baldwin BBU
  • 2021-06-17

Addicting and compelling

I've read most of Corinne's books and I've loved so many of them, but this has to be one of her best. She really brought the feels, angst, and emotion with You Loved Me Once. This is an addicting and compelling read all about the choices we make that can be wrong even if they're right, and right even if they're wrong.

Serenity is a doctor who has a passion for what she does. After losing her mom to cancer, it solidified that this is what she was meant to do with her life. Now, fourteen years later, she's running her first clinical trial that could change the lives of so many women fighting for their lives (and fertility) with ovarian cancer. With this trial comes a blast from her past and some complications she never saw coming.

Serenity has been a bit standoffish since not only losing her mom, but her college fiancé. She's spent the last few years being casual with another doctor, Westin Grant. Westin is everything and works hard to break down the walls Ren has put up. She swore she'd never let herself fall in love again because she didn't want to experience that heartbreak but Westin doesn't give her much choice. He's pretty incredible.

As I said before this book is about choices. Ren has to make a choice that could effect her career, her relationship, and her world as she knows it. It's a situation I wouldn't want to be in and that choice keeps us on pins and needles seeing how things would work out for her.

I loved watching the growth and changes Serenity made throughout this book. There were so many great scenes with her family and of course, my favorite part about this was the romance. Though the romance isn't always first and foremost in this story it plays a large part. Westin is most definitely my favorite hero of Corinne's (sorry, Mark) and he was incredible, patient, and so loving. This story touched me and made me think, feel, and fall in love. Highly recommend this one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-25

If you like the Hallmark channel you'll enjoy this

The only reason I listened to this story is because of who the author is. I liked liked hero but the heroine fell short. The heroine is selfish and her "traumatic past" isn't all that traumatic. She's always going on about how she is a strong feminine woman who doesn't need a man, yet her whole story is based off how she could not get over a a past relationship, with a MAN 75-or-some-other- obscure-number of years ago. Then after SHE screws up her life and her friends come over and try to help her she gets mad because they won't give her a day to sulk by herself. I wanted to scream at her to stop being so God damned selfish and be grateful that she even had friends. Corinne Michael's is an excellent author but I did not like the heroine in this story. Find something else of hers and enjoy!

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  • Amanda
  • 2023-11-27

A sweet story

You feel the struggles that doctors deal with every day and the burden that lies on their shoulders

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