Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: You Loved Me Once, by Corinne Michaels

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a heartbreakingly beautiful standalone story about letting love in. 
I’m losing myself trying to save everyone else…
As a doctor, I walk a dangerously delicate balance of being compassionate but not overly invested. The same is true in my personal life–love is a luxury I can’t afford.
It isn’t until Dr. Westin Grant breaks down all my walls and offers me a future, I find myself wondering if I’m brave enough to risk my heart. 
When who I was and who I’ve tried to become collide during my clinical trial, the fate of one patient changes everything. 
In a single moment, everything I’ve worked for is jeopardized. My integrity, my career, and even my relationship with Westin. 
He loved me once, I just hope he can love me always …

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

“I love you. Until my last breath.”

Holy crap. My stomach dropped 5 chapters in.

You Loved Me Once was not quite what I was expecting, but Serenity’s story was an emotional rollercoaster of a professional struggle. What is selfish and what is selfless? Is it morally okay to do something ethically wrong when your intentions are in the right place? This story had my thoughts all over the place as Serenity’s past collided with her present during the biggest professional moment of her medical career.

You Loved Me Once definitely falls under the category of women’s fiction rather than contemporary romance. There is a romance between Serenity and another doctor, Westin. And her past failed engagement — which broke apart at the same time as her mother’s death from cancer when Ren was in college — overshadows everything she does. It’s why she keeps Westin at a distance, why she’s so determined to be successful with this medical trial. But it is Ren’s professional struggle that is at the core of this story. I loved the choices she had to make, and her journey is full of anger, passion, elation, and tears as she finally comes to her happily ever after.

All of the characters were richly developed, and Ren has great, deep connections with her father and brother, an elderly patient, and young Allison, one of the patients in her trial. My heart broke so many times during this story! And where I thought Ren’s story was going to go is not where it ended up… and I was pleasantly surprised that the unexpected happened!

Narrator Julia Whelan was brilliant in bringing Serenity’s story to life.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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