One Last Time by Corinne Michaels
Release Date: February 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.
I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.
First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.
That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.
I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.
But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?
What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .
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Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF
This is the story of Kristin and Noah and is a contemporary standalone romance. And oh boy, what a romance this is. A feel good, light-hearted romance but with relevant and serious subject matters involving married couples.
Kristin is a stay at home mum to two kids, ten year old Finn and six year old Aubrey. Her husband Scott is emotionally abusive and their arguments always go around in vicious circles until one day after another argument, she’s had enough and they both called it quits. Forced to leave her home with the kids, luckily her friend Heather from a previous book, We Own Tonight, lets her stay at her unoccupied house. Kristin’s character is quite resilient, after all the put downs from soon to be ex-husband Scott, she finally finds her own voice and rises up to the challenge of becoming a single parent.
“If fear is the only voice I listen to, I’ll never have the life I want. The only four-letter word I want yelling in my head is hope. Hope that I can have more. Hope that love will be something I share again.”
I love it when the author creates a character that is so inspirational and empowering to women with real life problems. Kristin is clumsy, honest and so loveable that any real man who comes across her will appreciate the person she has become.
Noah is the perfect hero in this book. He has a tragic past that scarred his psyche but he is not your typical showbiz entity. He is down to earth, a total hottie without being arrogant and gives Kristin the support and love she deserves. What more can you ask for from a man? Of course he isn’t perfect, he’s got his faults but he’s almost 99% perfect though.
In this book you also get to meet up with Kristin’s other friends, Danielle, Niccole and Heather who is now with Eli. I’ve always liked this author’s style and this book is definitely one of my favourite reads this year. A well paced narrative told in dual points of view with added drama to spice it all up, this is the perfect book to snuggle into on snow day. Highly recommended to book friends!
Before I can make a move either way, the glass door slides open and Noah walks through the threshold.
My legs start to quiver as his eyes meet mine. All I can think about is how I’d like to climb him like a tree and shake his coconuts. I thought he was hot in the photo, then he was better through the window, but up close, he’s otherworldly.
“Hi.” Noah’s throaty voice floats around me. “You must be Kristin.”
Instead of speaking, I stand here with my mouth hanging open. Some small sounds that could be words escape, but they aren’t coherent.
Kill me now.
“Noah, this is my best friend, Kristin. Who we told you about.” Heather elbows me.
“Yes. Me. Hi. Kristin. I. You. Hi.”
Smooth. Someone should video this because I’m sure it’s highly entertaining.
“Right.” Noah flashes a blinding smile. “I hear you’re a reporter?”
Okay, Kristin, you have to speak in more than one-word increments or grunting noises.
I grab Heather’s glass she just poured and hope it’ll act as a talisman. “Yes, for a small blog, but I’m that. A reporter. For a blog. I write.”
And a bumbling idiot.
Noah’s green eyes are filled with humor. He moves a little closer and places his hand on top of mine. “Eli filled me in a little. I’m happy I came.”
I’m pretty sure I just came. At least we’re all coming.
His lips turn up as his eyes rake my body. “See you out there.” He winks and walks back out.
My ovaries have officially disintegrated.
I turn back to Heather, who bursts out into a fit of laughter. “Oh, that was epic. You all said I was starstruck when I met Eli? You should’ve seen that!” Heather continues to laugh at my expense. “Yes. Me. Um. Blog. Er—” She mocks.
“Shut up.” I laugh—because, really, what else can I do—and bump her hip before moving around the bar and grabbing a glass. “Now, pour me a shot before I drink straight from the bottle.”
There’s only one way to get through tonight.
Lots of Alcohol.
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.
After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.