Review / Release Blitz: Return To Us by Corinne Michaels


RETURN TO US by Corinne Michaels is now live!

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new second chance standalone love story.

At eighteen, I walked away from Willow Creek Valley for good.

I was young, scared, and stupid, and it cost me the love of my life—Grayson Parkerson.

Fourteen years later, a crash sends me back home to recover.

Back to where we met, fell in love, and planned a future.

The one he’s now living as a single dad to his daughter.

Working at The Park Inn together gives us a chance to reconnect, and seeing him with his little girl makes me long for the days when he was mine. One look in his gorgeous blue-green eyes, and it’s like I never left. One kiss, and my world is upside down. One night together, and I know without a doubt, in his arms is where I belong.

I’m not the girl I was—intimidated by his wealthy family and desperate to escape our small town. I can imagine a new life for us here.

But he’s learned to guard his heart, and trust won’t come easily.

How can I convince him to give first love a second chance?

M Y   T H O U G H T S

Corinne Michaels consistently delivers heartfelt, sexy/swoony romance and Return To Us is no exception. Jessica is back in the small North Carolina town where she grew up – the same town she fled fourteen years ago when she ended a relationship with the man she loved. Never accepted by his family, she knew it was only a matter of time before he would feel forced to choose between them. So she took that choice out of his hands and left. Now back home to recuperate from a traumatic accident, she’s forced to face the feelings for Grayson that have never gone away.

Grayson was shattered when Jessica chose to leave. Now, raising his daughter alone, the never-married Grayson is guarded and gun-shy. He’s never stopped loving Jessica, but he also won’t open himself up to that kind of hurt again. Convinced that Jessica will leave again as soon as she is able, he does his best to keep his walls up, but there’s no denying that their connection is still there.

I loved these two characters from the very start. Jessica was dealing with some serious issues that sidelined her and she was struggling. My heart hurt for Jessica as she suffered from recurring nightmares, crippling headaches, and speech issues. I loved her commitment to her therapy sessions and her willingness to be honest and open. But the real focus was on she and Grayson and I loved every minute. Whether these two loved and cared for one another was never in question. They just had to overcome the obstacles in their way (mostly self-created) and learn to trust again.

Corinne Michaels is the best at second-chance romance and small-town settings and both of those aspects really shine here in Return To Us. This was an absorbing story of lasting love and I can’t wait to get more of the Parkerson siblings’ stories as the series continues. 

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Narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York


Meet Corinne

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed--reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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  1. Why do families have to be like that! They should never stand in the way of love. You know I love second chance romances too. Sounds wonderful!

    1. Ugh, families being so openly disapproving (or worse, trying to break up a relationship) are horrible. Grayson's parents were rotten but I loved all his siblings!

  2. I've never read a Corrine Michaels book but I love a good second chance romance. I also love this cover!

    1. I only discovered Corinne Michaels and year or so ago and she quickly became a new favorite. And isn't the cover dreamy? :)

  3. It's been a long time since I read a Corinne Michaels book, but this sounds like one I want to read. Great review!

  4. This definitely sounds like a romance I would enjoy!

  5. A small town romance and it's a second chance one too? Yes, please! That's so awful that his family is basically what drove them apart in the first place.

    1. Those are two of my favorite tropes and helped make me love this one even more. :)

  6. This sounds fantastic! I love second chance romances.

  7. Great review! I was looking earlier today, and I have at least 3 series of hers that I still need to finish. It really doesn't make sense either because I love her books.

    1. Corinne is definitely prolific! I want to start diving more into her backlist soon.