*Note* Though this may be a part of the Salvation Series (which I have note read yet…boo…hiss) you can absolutely read it as a standalone and not be lost in the characters. There’s crossover from each of the Salvation couples throughout that adds an additional layer of depth. Gretchen won me over from the beginning and Ben is H-O-T with a side of sweet. Left just before the altar by an absolute jackass, Gretchen is on the path to recovery. When one of her best friend’s husbands offers her a chance to rebuild her career in Virginia, she takes it. And her first steps in have her come across one Ben Pryce.
You can call them childhood sweethearts that never had their chance. Gretchen poured her heart out to Ben before he and his family moved away. After that heartbreak she only had her almost-husband; so her luck hasn’t been very well when it comes to men. For Ben, his one true love was always Gretchen. After losing his leg…and his wife leaving because of it, he’s not sure he can live up to the man she deserves. But he wants to try and Gretchen’s sassy and sweet sides are his biggest weakness.
I’ve got the rest of the Salvation series in my TBR now because these two were so sweet. Solving a mystery while rekindling their flame? Sign me UP! I loved that both of them had their own journeys of self-discovery. Ben has to overcome his sense of self-worth; that because he lost his leg he’s less of a man. Gretchen doesn’t see him that way at all; she sees the hero he’s become. With Gretchen, she has to believe in love again, in a second chance. It’s a second chance romance with a different style; it may be their second time around but its also both of their second chances at a HEA filled with love!
From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels, comes EVERMORE, a new novella in her Salvation Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new story in her Salvation series…
I was poised to become partner at my law firm even before I became secretly engaged to my boss. After being humiliated by him on my wedding day, I can’t face working for him any longer. So I quit, waving my middle finger on my way out.
Now the only things I’m poised for are unemployment and loneliness.
When an opportunity with Cole Security arises, it seems like the perfect way to run, all the way to Virginia Beach. I wasn’t expecting my childhood sweetheart to be there. I definitely wasn’t prepared that when we saw each other again, Benjamin Pryce would be so grown-up. So gorgeous. So Navy SEAL-ish.
And still the same guy who broke my heart when I was fifteen–and could do it again.
They say if you’re fooled once, shame on them. The second time, it’s on you. The third time, it’s going to be me that runs… unless he can convince me to stay forevermore.
I was supposed to be on my honeymoon.
Instead, I cashed that shit in before he could and I got airline tickets and a hotel for down the line.
He left me at the altar, least I can get is a trip.
“I appreciate that, I really do, but I’m already freaking behind because of him.” I release a groan that almost sounds like a cry. “I’m never going to have kids now and I can forget my career goals!I need to find a new job. My life list requires that I don’t have a lot of time to lose.”
I’ve been a workaholic my entire life, I can’t imagine having an extended time off.
“Oh here we fucking go,” Ashton mutters while rolling her eyes.
“The life list. Number one, be married and have the perfect life. Number two, stab Gretchen in the eye with her stupid list. Number three, burn the list and remind Gretchen that living isn’t a science.”
“Ash.” Catherine tries to mollify her. “You and I think the list is…extreme, but Gretchen likes it.”
“Yes. I do. I need lists to keep things in order. Besides, my mother always said a dream isn’t a plan until it’s written down.”
There’s nothing wrong with keeping things in order. I feel like having a life list has ensured that most of my plans, though not all, have worked out the way they should.
Sure, all the things that I believed I could check off on my list have now gone to shit, but at one point, they almost came true.
“Oh God!” I say with tears in my eyes.
“What?” Catherine rushes over. “Are you okay?”
I look at my best friend and shake my head. “He ruined everything! My entire life list is now gone! None of it is even possible. There’s no way I’ll even have kid number one by the time number two was due!”
I had a great job, that’s gone. I was getting married, that’s not happening. I was in my dream condo, which I can’t afford to keep now even if I did pull the sale. Everything all because of stupid Harold.
“Then it’s time for a new list.” Cat takes my hand. “Life is about adapting and now it’s time to do that.”
“I hate him.”
“As you should,” she agrees.
Ashton sighs. “Body parts in a box anyone?”
I let out a giggle and wipe the tears. I have the best friends. Catherine cancelled her trip back to California to see me through this. Ashton called out of work, and Jackson has…well, offered his services. I know it all feels so bleak right now, but with them on my side, I’ll be okay.
“My offer still stands to break his kneecaps,” Jackson attempts again.
“Now that I may change my mind about.”
ABOUT CORINNE MICHAELS:
Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless), Say You’ll Stay, Say You Want Me, and Say I’m Yours. 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.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.