Author: Corinne Michaels
Series: Consolation Duet, #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: March 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 302
Related Books: Beloved
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.
I’ll be honest; the first 5% of this book had me in tears. Natalie “Lee” Glicher, is going through the worst heartbreak any wife and new mother can imagine; a life without her husband. Natalie’s husband, Aaron was a former Navy seal. He was working as an independent contract when he was killed. Natalie is devastated but she has to keep herself together for their daughter, Aarabelle. After his death, Natalie becomes guarded, angry, and she’s finding it hard to face her new reality. All of their friends offer their help and support, but Aaron’s best friend, Liam, is the one person that seems to push her and break through the walls she has built.
“It’s difficult to love someone and know they might not come home, but the idea of not loving him is unimaginable.”
Liam becomes a great support system for her and Aarabelle. He makes her laugh, comforts her, and she starts acting like her former self. Lee isn’t ready to move on, she still feels the pain from losing Aaron, but the more time her and Liam spend together, it becomes clear their feelings are beginning to change into something more.
Liam was a sweetheart and he cared so much for Natalie. He wanted to be there for her no matter what. He struggled with his feelings for her but it was too hard to deny. Natalie soon realizes that she has real feelings for Liam but she doesn’t know how to let herself love again.
“She needs to decide if it’s me she wants. I sure as hell won’t be the consolation prize.”
While I did feel for Lee’s character, I quickly became frustrated with her. Now don’t get me wrong, she is in mourning and I understand we all work through our grief differently, but the constant back and forth, the varying emotions, and attitude, she sometimes came across very whiny and a bit harsh. I sympathized with her situation but sometimes the pivotal moments of emotion seemed more forced then genuine. It made it difficult to connect with her. I did love Liam’s character and I did enjoy the fact things built slowly between them.
I really did want to connect with this story, especially since the book gripped me at the beginning, but some parts just fell short for me. I will say that I DO want to see how the series ends. There were some unexpected elements to the story and I have questions and I hope I get answers in the next installment.
Releasing May 27th
I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone.
He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him.
If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then Liam would still be here.