This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
About The Book
From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new emotional and riveting standalone second chance love story.
I fell in love with Sydney Hastings when I was ten years old.
At sixteen, we whispered promises of forever.
When I was twenty-two I broke them all. I left her and promised never to return.
After my father’s death, I’m forced to go home to Sugarloaf for six months. She’ll be everywhere, no longer just in my memories and regrets.
When we’re together, it’s as though time never stopped. She’s still the one I want, but I don’t deserve her. Instead of apologizing, I take that beautiful, broken woman in my arms. But after that, it’s her turn to leave me.
Now I have to fight. For her. For us. For the life we both want …
Its as though every old memory is passing between our breaths, full of hope and forgiveness
Fight for Me is the second book in this series and I just was in the mood to get back to this world and most especially this family that I fell in love with in the first book. I went into this one with zero expectations and I will admit while I enjoyed it, there were aspects to this story that detracted my overall enjoyment, unfortunately. I was quickly drawn into the story, Corinne Michales has a unique writing style that is guaranteed to pull you so quickly into a story. I really liked the elements that are brought together, especially the small-town aesthetic and the family dynamics that will charm the reader. When you pick up this author, you know what you are getting with it. There was a mix of some fun matchmaking, charming witty dialogue and a unique plot that will pull the reader into the story even more.
Declan and Sydney have loved each other for years and were high school sweethearts, but when something happened to Declan and his brothers, Declan had to make a difficult choice to let the woman that he loved go and break things off and hurt her more than anyone else ever has. Now with his father dead, he had to return home to spend his necessary six months and is now back in the sphere with Sydney and their connection has never been lost and they reconnect physically from the first few days of him returning but there is still plenty of hurt and resentment and Declan is refusing to fight for Sydney. But months have passed, and Sydney learns that she is pregnant, with a man who doesn’t want to be saddled with a wife or a child, and she knows that she needs to tell him the truth, but is making plans to raise this child on her own if necessary. But when it matters….will Declan abandon the woman he loves or fight for her and their family?
I needed you to fight, Declan. I wanted and begged you to fight for me. For us. For the love we share and the life that we could have, but you won’t, and I can’t make you. I love you, but it’s time for me to accept that we won’t be
What I Loved
I will be honest there were many part of this story that I actually really enjoyed. I really love this family and the connection that the brothers have to each other. I especially adored Declan’s relationship with his niece, they were beyond adorbs together. We also get some fun family connections on the side of Sydney with her sister, I also really loved the style of this second chance romance that just ended up working out so well. I was drawn into this story very easily, Corinne Michaels, is an author, that you can trust to engage you very quickly in a story. There is a level of emotion that is carried throughout the story from beginning to end which is so heartfelt and tangible. I was so intuned with these characters and the way that their hearts guide them through their motions. I also was intrigued by seeing what would end up bringing Declan and Sydney back together and what would be the tipping point in making it so that Declan would fight for his girl., There is some fun drama angst that is brought into the story but I ended up being charmed by the writing style of the author, and it ended up being a quite entertaining read.
You say you can’t be what I want you to be, but all I’ve ever wanted is you-the good, the bad, and the broken parts of you.
What I Struggled With
Now there is one major aspect to the plot that drove me nuts and it’s the secret baby/accidental pregnancy element. I really don’t like secret baby and I felt like it was dragged on way too long for the heroine to tell Declan the truth. I felt he should have known when she first learned of it and now months later. I understood why she was trying to find a way to build a new life for herself but she didn’t tell anyone and I just couldn’t relate with this at all, and while I get it was probably just a plot device to use, it one of my most hated tropes and I find it to be a toxic trait in heroines. It was literally dragged out until the very end when there was no choice but for him to learn the truth. I expected more from Sydney to be honest as I really fell in love with her in the beginning
Fight For Me is a sensational read that will quickly attract you into this romance that delivers in the intense emotion, slow sexy build and characters you become so endeared with. A SOLID WIN!
You knew my heart was always and forever going to be yous
Title: Fight For Me
Author: Corinne Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Length: 336 Pages
Storytelling Quality: 4
Story Itself: 4
Character Development: 4
Writing Style: 4
World Building 4.5
Feels + The Romantic Heart 4
Cover Art 4
Overall Rating of the Book
Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy
Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.
Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.
Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.
The Arrowood Brothers
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Fight for Me-Pub 2020 #2 in the Series
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Stay for Me-Pub 2020 #4 in the Series
Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.
Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed—reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.