R E V I E W ➠ Could Have Been Us by Corinne Michaels

(Willow Creek Valley #2)


Stella Parkerson has been in love with Jack since she was sixteen. He’s older, broken, her brother’s best friend, and unwilling to betray his promise to never touch her again. Their past is riddled with secrets. Their heartache is too much to bear, but what happens when they can no longer keep apart and give in to their love?
New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels returns to the Willow Creek Valley Series in this stunning small town, brother’s best friend romance.
Fifteen years ago, I fell for Jack O’Donnell.
I was just a girl, but I knew my brother’s best friend was the only man I’d ever love.
On my eighteenth birthday, when I asked him to kiss me, I never imagined it would change my life so completely.
I gave Jack everything that night.
In order to move on, we had to go our separate ways and pretend like nothing happened… as though it wasn’t the greatest moment of my life.
But even that wasn’t as heartbreaking as the secret we were forced to keep.
I’ve tried not to think about how much I still love him. How I long to be back in his strong arms or the way his hazel eyes make my heart race.
Until he kisses me again. And this time there’s no turning back. This time I know what it means.
We belong together and there’s no use denying it any longer.
But our feelings aren’t the only thing that won’t stay buried, our past resurfaces and threatens to destroy our second chance at happiness.
When our love is tested once again, will we be strong enough to stand together?

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2021

Not my first read by Corinne and not my last, and yes I have read almost all of her books including the first book in this series, THAT KILLED ME and this one woke me up and then killed me again. That’s where I would like to start, Corinne WHY why do this to a woman who is a hopeless romantic with a weak heart?! You explain yourself right now! When I say this is a tear jerker HAVE TISSUE handy for sure. The sad part about all this is that it’s so beautifully broken you can’t help but be happy with tears! Corinne you SHOOK MY WORLD with this book and now I have a major #bookhangover!

A little about the book: I will not be giving out any spoiler not even a little because let me tell you when I say this needs to be experienced THIS NEEDS to be experienced. If you’ve read book 1 you know that this is the hero’s little sister and his best friend. Yes, this heroine was young and crazy in love with the hero (no matter how much the hero was her brothers older best friend) one night changed it all. Fast forward over a decade and Stella is still living a lie, day by day just to get by. Is she dead inside, absolutely, but she will not ruin anything for her family. They are have had a rough years with their father who is a horrible person, controlling them like little puppets. When Stella and her brothers form a plan, it’s going to be sweet! The hero Jack is *tearing up* he is not only broken but so just deep down in pain. His soul, I would never wish the pain he endured and endures with Stella to anyone. When one wedding day just SNAPS and part of the truth comes out…nothing is as it seems. Years of pent up emotions, feelings and pain all come to the surface. The only question is if Stella and Jack can face it together!

This story was heart-rending, I mean I cried my eyes out the entire time. I felt every pain, every sad smile, every sad laugh, the emotions I can’t even explain! I can’t wait to read more and get a little more glimpses of them two! Will forever be my favorite CORINNE book to day! If you want your heart to be ripped out and slowly put together one tragedy at a time, if you want to feel the love between two people who are meant to be in every sense, if you want a beautiful relationship not just between H&H but the siblings and side characters, if you want to FEEL THE MOVE this is a book for you!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series
Type: All Tags at bottom of this page!
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

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