{Review} Consolation by Corinne Michaels

{Review} Consolation by Corinne MichaelsConsolation by Corinne Michaels
Published by Self-Published on March 18, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 303
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Book One in the Consolation Duet

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.

Kassiah: I knew it!

If I hadn’t read some other reviews, I would not have expected the crazy cliffy at the end of this book. But since I did, I knew there was going to be something that left everyone else gasping. Because of that, I wasn’t totally surprised by what happened at the end, but still…damn.

Twenty-seven year old Natalie (Lee to her friends) gets the worst news any military spouse ever could: her husband, Aaron, has been killed in action. Weeks away from giving birth to their first child, Lee is devastated and barely can pick up the pieces. Six months later, Aaron’s best friend, Liam, is back in town and determined to help her get everything she’s been putting off in order. He repairs the house and gets Aaron’s car ready for sale. Little by little, Lee and Liam can’t fight their attraction to each other, but it’s complicated. Aaron was Lee’s first and only love, and Liam can barely believe he’s breaking the code and falling for his best friend’s wife. He also isn’t sure if she can give him everything.

I look at her window and decide I need to let her come to me. I can’t keep pushing her and I fear I’ll push her away. I love her and that scares the ever-living shit out of me. She needs to decide if it’s me she wants. I sure as hell won’t be the consolation prize.

I really enjoyed this story. I felt like Natalie’s feelings were realistic and loved her relationship not only with Liam, but with the rest of Aaron’s friends and fellow soldiers. I was happy to see that the other characters have their own books and I will definitely be checking those out as well. Liam was strong and respectable and funny. He was also pretty hot and so sweet.

“I think you were meant to be mine.”

As I said, I had it in the back of my mind something along the lines of what was going to happen and now I have no idea what is going to happen in the next book in the duology. I mean, I figure I know what’s going to happen but I just don’t see how. There was some drama that I thought was unnecessary but now I see that it wasn’t just in there for more craziness. And I think that Corinne Michaels wove this story together perfectly.

A lot of people have this in the New Adult category and I can see why, in a way, since Natalie is only 27 and figuring out her life after this terrible tragedy. But, really, I think this is Adult. They’re not in college and both have established careers.

Consolation was a quick, emotional read with relatable characters and an intense storyline. I’m so glad that Conviction is already out, though, because it would have killed me to wait for the rest of this story.

Report Card
Overall: 4.5

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