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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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.
5 +++ Stars
I love an emotional romance, and I love a book about the empowerment of women, and when I find a well-written book with both, that’s PERFECTION. That is exactly what One Last Time is—PERFECTION!!!!
Kristin is an amazing heroine, beautiful and strong! She had me in her corner from the very first page of the book. Life has dealt her a blow, but she picks herself up and decides to move on. She can’t feel sorry for herself; she has two beautiful children she has to be a mother to. When she lands a job as a celebrity blogger, she gives it 110 percent. Her first assignment is a story on Hollywood actor, Noah Frazier. So what if he’s more gorgeous in person and has a personality to match, she is NOT looking for a relationship. She isn’t even divorced yet. She has a job she has to prove herself in since she has been a stay-at-home mom. She has two children to raise, and not to mention her heart is healing. Noah is OFF LIMITS, even if he does give her butterflies. Noah, on the other hand, has other ideas. She is totally NOT OFF LIMITS to him.
I have to give her credit…she tries very hard to keep things professional, except the one time at the pool and then the heart-stopping kiss they later shared. Nope, she is strong, she can do this. As the days pass, she finds Noah creeping over those walls she has built.
If you think this is your average romance, you would be mistaken. Not only is it sexy and sweet, it’s very emotional. Noah will steal your heart like he did mine and Kristin’s. It’s not just his good looks either. He has a heart to match. His heart has been shattered, but for very different reasons. He has never allowed his heart to get involved with women for years…until Kristin. I loved watching his heart come back alive with her. He helps her pick up the broken pieces of her heart and put them back together. Where she sees herself as an emotional wreck, mostly from her ex’s words and deeds, he sees her as remarkable, beautiful, and strong.
Not only is this a love story between a couple, it’s a book about the love of friendship, a mother’s love for her children, and a woman finding the way to love herself again.
One of my very favorite things about the book was the friendship and love these four women shared with each other. A friendship like that is rare, and especially one that they established in childhood. Each one is amazing in her own way, and each one helped Kristin in their own way as well.
The best part of the book was Kristin finding herself again. Her identity was lost in being the “perfect” wife which was never good enough for her ex. She had a mountain of ugly words that she mistakenly believed about herself to overcome, but she did with the help of Noah and her friends, but most importantly herself! She was just phenomenal.
This romance truly had everything, and it was VERY well-written. Michaels has the unique ability through not only her characters but her writing to pull readers into the story and make them feel every emotion they did. All of these qualities not only make it a TOP 10 READ of 2018 but an ALL-TIME TOP READ for me!
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.
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