Say You Want Me
by Corinne Michaels
Published by BAAE, Inc.
5 / 5
Go ahead and try to not fall for Wyatt Hennington.
Just the fact that you would fool yourself into thinking that you are immune to him is so dang cute. There is no way – NO WAY, faithful readers – that you will resist him.
The youngest Hennington brother, Wyatt spent years (somewhat) pining for Presley, who loved his older brother Zach. Not one to wallow in unrequited want, Wyatt made sure he soothed his (somewhat) broken heart by making himself at home between the thighs of the available ladies of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He knew he was always looking for something, though, even if he wasn’t sure what that “something” actually was.
Two years ago, when Presley returned to Bell Buckle, her best friend Angie came from Philadelphia for a visit. (While it is not necessary to have not read Say You’ll Stay, which is focused on Zach and Presley, you really should because it’s a beautiful second-chance love story.) Wyatt was attracted to Angie, and they shared a hot night together. She returned for another visit, and she and Wyatt again rocked that headboard.
It isn’t that Angie was left heartbroken when Wyatt left her in the morning to go to work; it’s more that she was left disappointed. She liked him, and she thought they had a good time. But waking up to an empty bed made her feel discarded. A month later, she feels something else entirely, and she has to go discuss this with Wyatt.
Her third trip to Bell Buckle undoubtedly will muddle up Angie’s carefully constructed world. She has her job as co-owner and business manager of a successful Philly bakery, and she likes her single-ness. She’s made peace with being alone and having the occasional overnight guest, with playing beloved Auntie to Presley’s two sons. This thing with Wyatt has gone and rearranged everything.
She agrees to give Wyatt three months, during which they will figure out their new reality. She sets some rules that everyone knows will get broken (one of those is no kissing, which, COME ON, Angie – this is Wyatt, who is irresistible!), and Corinne Michaels makes it so much fun to watch Angie lose both the battle and the war.
What I enjoy most about these books is that Michaels writes not about twenty-somethings but about people well into adulthood. Angie and Wyatt are in their late thirties. They have lived long enough to know themselves and to know what they want and need to be happy. There is no need for self-discovery. There is no need to wait and see.
There is, however, tremendous need to want. And sometimes wanting is the hardest thing to do, whether wanting to be with someone or wanting to be true to yourself and the one you love.
Michaels will make you cry. Oh, will she ever. She’ll also give you a raging case of quivering loins (let’s just say that Wyatt earned his reputation … wink wink). Whereas Zach and Presley’s story is one of second chances and finding their way back, Wyatt and Angie’s story is one of finding their way toward. Each has moments of feeling a need to run away, even as they know they would much rather run to.
I loved getting to know Wyatt and Angie. I loved watching her let down her guard, and I loved watching him let go of guilt. These two show you that while love sometimes percolates over time, it also sometimes comes quickly and urgently, asking only that you want it.
There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.
He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I’m not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.
It proves easier said than done.
When the doctor informs me I’m the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can’t make this work, I’m gone.
The problem is—when the cards are stacked against us, and I can’t bring myself to leave him, I’ll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real . . .
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About the Author:
Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless), Say You’ll Stay, and Say You Want Me. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is 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 heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.
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Review copy provided from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
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