Blog Tour, Reviews & Giveaway ~~ Consolation by Corinne Michaels
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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.
But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.
One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.
Kristine’s 5 Star Review
Have you ever read a story that had you in tears on the first page and shocked and feen for more at the last page? This story did this to me and so much more. I want to hug Corinne Micheals and thank her reapeatedly for her worshipping talent! Her books just keep getting better and better which I really don’t know how because each story is written to perfection.
Consolation is the first book in the consolation Duet. Love, strength, friendship, secrets, new beginnings and revelations are some words that come to mind for this marvelous gut wrenching journey. With all the heartbreaking moments there are many funny and happy moments too! One can get through anything with friendship, love and support.
Natalie was happy living the life she and Aaron started together. No marriage is perfect. Everyone has their battles they have to fight through. Until those battles crippled their world! How is she suppose to get through this?
Liam is living his life as any alpha male would. No worries until his next mission. These missions and his brothers are number one. He would lay his life on the line for anyone of them.
As Natalie’s life hits a brick wall, Liam feels like each brick….crushed like no one can believe. Two people crushed beyond belief!
Natalie and Liam have know eachother for years as friends. But when life takes turns and a friend helps another, could things change and what is right and wrong?
Holy crappity crap! I’m still reeling on a high after finishing this hours ago. My review is not gonna do this book any justice. How could I come close find the words to describe a story like this. This is one that needs to be experienced with no hints or clues to what your about to read. I just wanna say If you haven’t read any of Corinne’s books you sure are missing out majorly. She is one of my favorites, one that I know will bring me all my reading wants and needs! She introduces the most complex, interesting, lovable and loathing characters. Stories described with backgrounds and dialogue that put you right in the moment and experince the emotions like its all real. Consolation has all this plus twist and turns that make this story a must read! Its a story that will stay with you forever. When talking books, its one that everyone will ask…did you read this?! One that if I could gift each and everyone I would! Thank you again Corinne for such an emotional, inspirational twister for 2015!! A five plus stars must read! I’m looking forward to many, many more from you!
Louisa’s 4.5 Star Review
I went into this book blind. It doesn’t really matter to me what it’s about because Corinne Michaels wrote it, so I will read it.
So I began reading and thought…OMG, I know this story. How do I know this story? But as I kept reading, in came back to me, Jackson and friends! I kept reading because I remember how much I loved all these amazingly gorgeous and loving Navy SEALS!
The Prologue alone will have your tear ducts open and ready to go! The thought of Lee having to go through labor and delivery without Aaron is something in itself that makes me wanna cry and not stop. The beautiful moment when my husband met his children was one that I will forever cherish. To not have that moment for Lee made me so sad.
Thankfully, Arabelle & Lee have an extended family to help her through this unbearable time. The only problem? Lee doesn’t want/need any help. She repeatedly pushes away everyone who wants to be there for her, constantly saying, “I am fine” not that everyone believes her.
“I don’t get to be whatever else. I have Arabelle,” I say as I look at the baby in my arms. “I have to be fine.” The steel wall I hide behind is strong and solid. I’m safe there.
And in comes Liam. Aaron’s best friend. The best man in their wedding. He feels the duty as a brother in arms and best friend, so come and help and care for Lee and Ara. But, as he becomes closer and closer to them, something changes.
Their attraction is undeniable and they don’t want it, but there is a pull and they don’t know how to stop it. But the problem? Aaron, is always in the back of both their heads…in the shadows
“You think I don’t have sympathy for what you feel? You’re fu&&ing kidding me. I’ve never said a word, but I’m fighting a damn ghost.”
Lee is unsure of starting a relationship with Liam. Does she really want to put herself in the same situation? Being with a Navy SEAL, always wondering if he will come home to her. But her feeling have a mind of their own.
Corinne really threw a few twists and turns into this book that came out of left field for me. I love that about this book. I would be remiss, if I didn’t mention that I did cry quite a few times while reading this book, but there was also some great laughs too.
Then the end of the book came and I thought, OH NO, she wouldn’t do that! And no she didn’t, but she surely did something else that totally blew me away…i kept clicking back and forth, to make sure I didn’t miss something, and nope – I didn’t. She left me hanging. Can’t wait for the next book!
Copyright © 2015 Corinne Michaels
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the author.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.
“Oh, Chloe, if you’d like to come out, please wait until your Daddy gets back,” I insist, holding my belly as another Braxton Hicks contraction hits. I grip the dresser and try to breathe through it. It seems like they’re coming more frequently.
Once it passes, I try to finish what I came in here for. Aaron is away, but I want the nursery done so we can enjoy the next few weeks once he returns. I walk around what will be her room, putting a few more of the pretty pink dresses in the drawers. Aaron and I have fought about the vast array of pink things that are now strewn around the house—he hates it, I love it.
He insisted we paint her room in camouflage. Brown, green, and black camouflage for a girl? No. I almost sent myself into labor with that argument. I got home and he and Mark were drawing it out on the walls. I launched various household items at Mark while throwing him out of the house. My husband found out shortly after how much he could suffer by my hands. I may not be a SEAL, but you don’t mess with me either. In the end, I won with purple walls and the sheer netting around her white crib.
“Daddy’s going to love this room, Chloe. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees the pretty butterflies.” Needing to take another break, I sit in the rocking chair and rub my stomach. It soothes me knowing she’s in there. I can protect her—it’s my job. I love being pregnant and it’s a miracle we were able to conceive her. I’ve already told Aaron I want to try for another one as soon as she’s born. I close my eyes and sink, allowing the world to fade away.
I imagine holding her in my arms, sitting here in this chair, soothing and kissing her. I picture Aaron with her asleep on his chest as she gets to hear his heartbeat. She’ll own his world and have him wrapped around her finger.
Knock, knock, knock.
I hear the door, but it takes me a few seconds to get out of the chair.
KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.
They bang louder this time.
“Coming!” I yell at the door. Jeez, give me a second.
Waddling to the door takes me a minute since I’m the size of a whale.
I open the door and see Mark Dixon, Aaron’s boss and close friend. He works at Cole Security Forces with Aaron and served with him for years. His head is hanging low and when he looks up, his eyes are full of sorrow.
“Lee,” he chokes on the one syllable of my name. The one Aaron uses. Something is definitely not right.
“What happened?” I ask again as I begin to shake.
Tears fill his eyes and I know. I know my life is never going to be the same. I know everything I’ve ever feared is about to come true because Mark doesn’t cry. Mark wouldn’t be at my door if something weren’t really, really wrong. “It’s Aaron.”
My heart stops beating and the world I live in ceases to exist. “Don’t,” I beg with tears blurring my vision and my breath accelerating.
This can’t be happening.
“Please, don’t, Mark. Please,” I beg him again, because once he says it…but I know it’s futile. It doesn’t matter because he can’t stop it. It’s already happened.
“Natalie, I’m so sorry.”
The dreaded words that every military wife fears. Only I wasn’t supposed to have to worry about this anymore. We were done. We got out. I wasn’t supposed to ever fear this again.
Please, God, don’t take him from me. Please!
“But, I’m p-pregnant. I’m having a baby,” I stammer as if that will somehow make none of this real. “He said he’d be back. He said he…” I trail off as it becomes difficult to breathe. My hand flies to my mouth to stifle the scream about to escape. Everything goes colorless.
“It was an IED. I’m sorry,” Mark says as his eyes glimmer with unshed tears.
But he’s there, cradling me in his arms. “I’m so fucking sorry.”
“No. No. No.” Mark holds me as I sob clutching my stomach. “You’re lying,” I hiss, tearing myself out of his embrace.
“I wish I were,” he says as I struggle to get up.
“It was a mistake. He’s having a baby. He said it was a simple in and out!” I scream and throw my hands against his chest. “You’re lying!” I scream, even knowing it’s not a lie.
“Stop saying you’re sorry!” My sorrow turns to hatred. I hate him. I hate everyone in this moment. I hate Aaron and everyone who was there. I hate this house and everything in it. I hate the air that he no longer breathes. Hate consumes me. Hate smothers me. “Get out!” I yell and push against his chest. “Get the fuck out of my house! Aaron will be back in a few days and then we’re going to get ready for our daughter to be born.”
“Please,” Mark beseeches and I refuse to look at him.
This isn’t happening because Aaron’s alive.
He’s not dead. How dare Mark lie to me.
“He’ll be back. He wouldn’t leave me. He promised.” Aaron wouldn’t lie to me. He never does. When he left for missions, he would always say goodbye like it could be our last. But this time he kissed the tip of my nose and said, “Now don’t have that baby until I get back.”
“Can I call someone? Your mom?”
“No, you can’t call anyone because he’s not dead! Go get him, Mark! Go get my husband and bring him home.” I step back pointing my finger at him. “You all promised. He promised.” I clutch my stomach as a sharp pain radiates, but it’s nothing compared to the agony sitting on my chest. Tears flow relentlessly as I struggle against his hold. “He promised.”
“I know he did,” Mark says as he holds my head against his chest.
My life is gone.
My heart is dead.
I’m a widow at twenty-seven.
About the Author
Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s 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 Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.
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