TeriLyn's thoughts: **Say You'll Stay generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
A lovely second chance romance charged with sexual chemistry and lots of angst. Corrine Michaels wrote Say You'll Stay from the intertwined, dual points of view of both her hero, Zach, and heroine, Presley. Each born and raised in a small town where everyone knows everyone, Zach and Presley longed for big dreams and a life together. A certain circumstance, one situation viewed very differently from their individual perspectives, forced a separation from each other not to be heard from again until 17 years later after tragedy leads Presley back to her small town roots.
Zach and Presley's romance had to start anew. Old hurts and new wounds are open and festering as the two see each other after almost two decades. I really enjoyed reading their romance. It was full of angst in a setting where you feel calm and peaceful. Michaels created this second chance love story and embedded it in a story of going home and remembering your roots when your wings need a little help flying. The frustration simmering between Zach and Presley makes for intriguing reading. Their energy towards each other is palpable, a connection undeniable thanks to Michaels subtle prose. The banter infused as they remember fondly their pasts and even as they hash out the painful pasts make their connection deeper. In addition to the main characters I fell in love with a few secondary ones too. Their humor injected a lot of personality into the ranches of Bell Buckle where we so often are with these characters.
For second chances, high angst, and a satisfying love story between high school sweethearts ripped apart by dreams who return to the one place they wanted to leave you should definitely try Say You'll Stay. Corinne Michaels writing transports you to her fictional town and keeps you rooted there from the first words to the last in her story.