Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Consolation (review & giveaway) @AuthorCMichaels

Consolation (The Consolation Duet, #1)Title: Consolation
Author: Corinne Michaels
Series: The Consolation Duet #1
Release Date: March 18th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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.

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Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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Copyright © 2015 Corinne Michaels
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the author.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.

Aarabelle sits in her highchair as I feed her dinner. She’s growing so fast. Already she’s eating cereal and a little baby food. Soon she’ll be crawling and I have no one to celebrate with. Her father will never see these milestones and it breaks me apart.
“You should really lock the door,” Liam huffs as he throws his coat over the chair.
“But then I’d have to get up to let you in,” I state matter-of-factly and go back to feeding the baby, trying to put aside my worries. The fact is…this is reality. I have to deal with it.
“Uh huh. Hey, Pumpkin,” his eyes alight as he crouches down by Aara. It’s adorable hearing grown men use a baby voice. It gets a little softer and higher pitched.
The corners of her mouth lift and she throws her arms in the air when he gets close. My heart sputters seeing how happy she gets seeing him. Liam kisses her head and she giggles.
“At least someone is happy to see me,” he says playfully.
“I’d be happy if you brought me a present,” I joke.
He laughs and goes into the pocket of his coat. “Just so happens I did, but since that’s the only way you’ll be nice, I’ll hold on to this until you’ve earned it.”
Practically leaping out of my chair, I rush over. “What is it?” I try to peer around his back as he holds the mystery item.
Liam’s lips curl as he sees how much I want this. I don’t even know what it is. Jeez, I’m an idiot. “Nope. We eat first, then maybe you’ll get it.”
“Watch, it’s a freaking Pez dispenser or something stupid.”
“Guess you’ll have to be nice to find out.” He shoves the item into his back pocket and I fight the urge to reach and get it. “How was work?”
We spend the next thirty minutes going over my day and Jackson’s return. Liam never mentioned that they spoke, but he’s surprised to hear he’s in Virginia. After we finish the pizza, Liam somehow convinces me we should watch a movie. I get Aarabelle to bed and come down to find him sprawled out on the couch.
“By all means, make yourself comfortable.”
Liam pulls his beanie higher on his forehead and his eyes glimmer with amusement. He sits up and puts the TV on. “I picked the movie.”
“What?” I ask with mock incredulity. “It’s my house. Why do you get to pick the movie?”
“Ummm, I’m the guest.” He shrugs as if this should be an obvious answer.
I groan and lean back. “What crappy, shoot-‘em-up movie do I have to endure?”
“You’ll see. It’s a classic.”

Natalie husband is dead and with a newborn in her arms life seems too much. Being a widow at 27 wasn't in her plans but life is never how we wanted it to be. It never ceases to surprise us or throwing us challenges. That’s why Liam comes in… At first he is the friend she needs, a shoulder to cry and the help she needs to move on. Of course the friendly feelings become stronger and suddenly friendship is not enough for either of them.

Consolation was different than both Beloved and Beholden. I don’t say this as a bad thing, I was happy to have been surprised. It has the same excellent writing style as her other books, the essence is the same but the emotions are others. There is a different kind of anguish, pain, love and struggle. This book presents a new side of Corinne.

Natalie is a strong woman, grieving and learning to move on. She is a great mother and her daughter is all the motivation she needs to wake up every day. She is still young and has all her life ahead despite the tragedy she gets to live. I understand her worries about her daughter and the absence of a father figure. Her doubts and insecurities about her feelings towards Liam are natural and expectable.

Liam is too perfect. God! Why these men only exist in books? I want to believe that such an honest, loyal, strong, handsome, loving and amazing man is real. He is exactly what Natalie needs and he is so selfless at times. There is a moment where he won my heart (I won’t say the exact words he pronounce because I don’t want to spoil anything) with his devotion towards Natalie. It made me wonder how far I, or anyone, would be willing to go in order to help another person heal? It hard to imagine why would you put yourself at entirely disposition of another even if you will get hurt at the end. If that's not love please tell what it is… OMG! I’m really in love with Liam.

The relationship between Natalie and Liam was something new for me. I'm used to sexual tension, to characters that refuse to acknowledge the feelings they have for the other person and all the drama that comes with it. This time I didn't have those elements but it was perfect anyway. Their relationship is natural and organic. It evolves in a simple yet profound way, to become in this undeniable love. They have been friends for years so there was no need to waste time getting to know each other.

I loved how the author handled the grieving subject. Is easy to put death people on a pedestal, is easy to remember the good rather than the bad, because let’s be honest what’s the point in focusing in things we cannot change, it’s easier to pretend that the person who is no longer here was flawless.

As I said before and in other reviews, Corinne has a gift to create emotional books. I think her personal experience helps her create the stories but also she is simply great at writing. I would like to say that I didn’t cry at some point but the feelings were too strong (the pain, the suffering and even the happiness) I traveled through a variety of emotions with her book.

Of course there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end. Corinne loves torturing her readers and that's why she has to leave us waiting for the second book. Luckily we only have to wait a couple months to read it.

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