Blog Tour: Consolation (The Consolation Duet #2) by Corinne Michaels - Bianca's Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
What do you do when your entire world comes crashing down? Natalie is left widowed after her husband’s death. Her personal happily ever after is shattered.
“I want to feel your heart.”
Liam Dempsey. I have been in love with you for the very first page. While to love him is forbidden, Natalie can’t help but feel the pull towards him. He becomes the light in her darkness. Natalie and Liam have always been friends. But with tragedy, it has brought them closer. This is no ordinary best friend falling for the wife story. This goes a bit deeper than this. We watch these two people become whole. While you think it’s Liam that saves Natalie. It’s also true that Natalie is the one saving Liam.
“She needs to decide if it’s me she wants. I sure as hell won’t be the consolation prize.”
With love comes risk. And with two hearts already so delicate, how can either one be so sure? Is Natalie just lonely? Does Liam just want to take the place of her husband? These issues come up between the two, but their love never wanes. It never falters. I loved the development between Liam and Natalie. It was natural. Genuine. You felt the invisible thread throughout the story that effortlessly brought them together.
“I’ve got you. I won’t let you fall.”
I found Consolation to be a bit predictable....until it wasn’t. It’s definitely a story of one woman’s journey to loss and love. That in life there are second chances, and sometimes that can be better than the first.
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I absolutely love stories about falling for the best friend of your significant other, so to say I had high expectations for this book is an understatement.
Corinne Michaels starts this book off with a prologue that pulls at your heartstrings and leaves you wanting to know what comes next. Natalie loses her husband in a blink of an eye. Her life completely shatters leaving her empty and unconsolable. Her friends and family try to help, but nothing works for this grieving widow. That is, until her husband's best friend, Liam, walks in.
Liam has never looked at his best friend's wife in a romantic way. Now that his best friend is gone, he takes it upon himself to help Natalie heal. With Liam now in her life, Natalie's life brightens and she has began to smile more and start picking up the pieces of her heart to put it back together. Unbeknown to both, the friendship starts becoming something more, but the guilt makes it hard to move on. I absolutely loved Liam and he was definitely my favorite part in the whole book. The two definitely had some issues to work through in order to have their happily ever after and it was great seeing things develop between the two.
Secrets are revealed and a cliffhanger ending will leave you with your mouth open. Consolation was a good and if you love forbidden and second chance at love romances, this one is for you!
I lift my head and press my lips against his. His hand cradles my cheek and he holds me as we kiss. I grab his neck and feel the weightlessness from letting a little part of myself go. He kisses me adoringly and cautiously, allowing me to lead but still commanding me. I lose myself a little more as I moan when his hand presses against the small of my back.
“Let go,” he says against my mouth. “Let me take it for you.”
Before I can say anything, his mouth is on mine again. Our tongues thrash against each other as the kiss becomes hungry. He pulls me close so there’s no space between us. The low sound resonates through his chest, sending shivers down my spine. It’s sexy, and before I know it, my hands are traveling to his chest. I pull his shirt out and my fingers trail up his chest. I want to feel his skin.
Liam breaks the kiss. “Natalie,” my name is both a plea and a request.
“Shhh,” I instruct him as I unbutton his shirt. “I want to feel your heart.”
My hands glide up and he trembles beneath my touch. We stand here with my fingers resting on his chest, feeling his heart beat beneath me. He’s alive and here with me. His hands stay at his sides as he once again lets me decide where I’m going with this.
“I want to touch you so bad,” he admits and his hand lifts then drops. “I’m fighting every muscle in my body right now.”
“Stop fighting,” I say without thinking.