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Say You'll Stay

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  10,694 Ratings  ·  1,249 Reviews
One word.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I shoul
ebook, 310 pages
Published June 20th 2016 (first published June 19th 2016)
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May 31, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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Say You’ll Stay is a stunningly beautiful and emotional read. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a book that made me feel so much in the first few chapters. I was in tears more times than I can count in the first 10%. Did I mention it’s emotional?? Coming from someone who loves to feel when they read, I was totally okay with this aspect of the book. Just a warning to all readers picking this one up- be prepared to feel!

In the first chapter of the book, Presley’s life is forever
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 19, 2016 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I can't tell you if you're ready. I can only tell you that I've always loved you. I've always closed my eyes and seen you beside me. It was never over.

OMG!! This was one of the most gorgeous second chance romances I’ve ever read!! It had all the emotional intensity of a passionate love story, mixed in with deep feels that made me tear up, and even hilarious moments that made me laugh out loud too. It was sexy, swoony, and utterly addictive. I loved every wor
Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” ~ Corinthians 13:4-13

Sometimes you read a book that is so beautiful that you’re left in a haze, floating in the air where life is more precious from above. Y
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jun 03, 2016 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it it was amazing

“I could drown in you.”
My eyes open.... “I could let you.”

I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT! HOLY FREAKING WHOA. Let me be frank, I went into this with zero expectations. I was intrigued by the blurb. I was in LOVE with that cover. I knew it would be good. I did not know that it would OBLITERATE ME. I had no idea that I would feel beat me up and put together at the very same time. I had no idea I would yearn and need, feel a desperation for this cou
Anna's Ramblings ツ
Another "it’s not you, it’s me" case.

This is an (supposed to be) emotional second chance love story which sadly didn’t move me (except for the tragic event in the beginning which was indeed devastating).

I feel like I would have enjoyed the story more if it had been more focused on the main characters' past and college days instead of on the unnecessary and sometimes overly dramatic events.

Another problem is that I didn’t like the heroine and the hero was kind of boring, nothing to write home
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 06, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Star


This story started off so very good and then I felt like the story jumped into hooking her back up with her ex way too quickly.

There definitely should have been more time spent on her dead husband and her feelings for him. Presley barely spent any time with her children for a mom I felt like she lacked a good connection to them. I also felt like the characters lacked depth somewhere in the feels portion for me. The heroine wasn’t my favorite character and I actually found her irritati
May 31, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing
That’s the thing about young love in a small town-it never dies.

Oh how absolutely true that statement is. I grew up moving every two years due to my dad's military career, but when I was fourteen we moved to a tiny, TINY, city in Tennessee. The city’s population, about 3,400, we had one red light and it flashed most of the time. So this story, I felt it, I knew it and honestly I lived a huge part of it. I am not sure I have ever connected so much to a story, Corinne absolutely blew me away.
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

"How can two people remember the same thing so differently?"

What an emotional ride, this story was as beautiful as I expected! With the perfect blend of angsty, intense, hot and emotional moments. Say You'll Stay is one of the best second chance romances I have ever read!


The story starts heartbreaking and kept me emotional. Everything felt realistic, making me ach for Presley. Then we have Zach, the sexy protecive cowboy and childhood boyfriend who is there for her. Both have
2.5 Stars

Warning: I get a little ranty below because this h really ticked me off...

Overall Opinion: I think this is one of those that I went in expecting something great, and it sadly just didn't live up to my expectations. I had huge issues with the h. She ruined the book for me! I felt like she was selfish, stubborn, and had an undeserved entitled attitude! The way people treated her, it was like the B walked on freaking water too!! I just didn't understand why people let her get away with
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

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Say You’ll Stay is the moving, richly emotional second chance love story of Zach and Presley. They were each other’s first love and thought they were forever but something transpired to change the course of their fate. Heartbreak ensued resulting in Presley making a life with someone else, a full life with marriage and children and then the unimaginable happens. Her world implodes. Life as she knew it was over and she finds herself back i
3 I'm Not Feeling the Feels Stars

Okay. Deep breath. Just be honest and get it out there.

I have a confession to make. Despite all of the 5 Star reviews popping up on my feed for Say You'll Stay, I didn't love this book. Did I enjoy it? You bet. The writing's terrific and it's chock full of so many second chance love story tropes I can almost taste them!

Don't judge me people! I like my drama.

Yes, this entire book's pretty much drama-rama from the get go, but for some resason I just wasn't feeling
Sarah {DragonflyReads/InkedInChapters}
I should have prepared myself for the emotions I felt within the first few chapters of Say You'll Stay. I mean, it's Corinne Michaels. She brings the heartache and the funny. But. The. Heartache. Dear sweet baby jesus, the heartache. But let's be honest, a good book draws on all emotions, right? I may not have experienced the situations that Presley goes through in the first few chapters, but man I felt it. I don't know where or how Corinne got through those chapters but here we go, golf claps t ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Say You’ll Stay is the second chance love story between Presley and Zach. From childhood friends, to young love to epic heartbreak. Seventeen years have passed since these two have seen each other. Lives moved on, hearts learned to love someone else, but it wasn’t enough time to change the way their hearts knew how to love each other. When Presley’s world crumbles she is forced to move home to the small town she never thought she’d return to. A mother, two boys and three broken hearts begin a ne ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4,25 'A Part of Me' Stars!
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I have been hesitant to reading this book. I don't know exactly why. Maybe because I read so many mixed reviews. I was super excited about this one because I love Corinne Michaels' books and thank God I finally decided to read it: it was pretty awesome!

Say You'll Stay is the first installment in Corinne's new series called Return to Me which will feature the stories of the Hennington brothers. This story focuses on Presley Benson and Zachary Hennington, two people that
Terri S
May 31, 2016 Terri S rated it it was amazing

This is my FAVORITE Corinne Michaels book to date! I loved it so much I’m not exactly sure what I want to say about it other than READ IT!!

The Hennington Boys; WOW talk about some alpha male mixed with southern charm. They know how to melt the clothes right of f of a woman. I will take any of them.

Presley has had her life ripped out from under her. She has literally lost everything, being forced to move back to her home town. She needs to put her and the boys’ lives back together while gaining
Corinne Michaels
May 31, 2016 Corinne Michaels added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jun 17, 2016 MELISSA rated it it was amazing
4.5 "You're My Heart" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Presley Benson is a 35 yr. old woman living in Pennsylvania. She has the perfect life. The husband, twin boys & a job she loves. Suddenly her whole life falls apart & she's a single mom, completely broke, & having to move back home to Bell Buckle, Tennessee. She swore she'd never live there on that ranch again, but life has other plans. She left home seventeen years ago with a broken heart & wanting to put as much distance betw
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
4.5 Second Chance Stars
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He breaks me apart. He puts me together. He's my poison. And my antidote.

Gahhh I love second chance romances I think they're one of my absolute favourite genres, they get me every time. But I have to say this has hands down got to be one of favourites to date. So I'll be sure to definitely read Corinne's books again as this is a first for me where it comes to Corinne's writing. But wow I just loved how she grabbed hold of my heart and pulled me in.

Presley is from a smal
Jun 04, 2016 Loyda rated it really liked it
My Rating 3.75★★★★Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual Mostly Female

This was a bit different read for me. I enjoyed this story however I was expecting ugly crying pain and maybe it was just my high need and expectation for it that the story just came a bit short for me. However; it was sweet and very enjoyable.

The book starts with Presley's horrible tragedy. Her lover, best friend and husband of many years dies and she finds herself lost with no money and with
****4 Stars****


“That’s the thing about young love in a small town – it never dies.”

I am a big Corinne Michaels fan, so I was very excited to read a new book of hers and it did not disappoint. I have a real soft spot for second chance romance stories, especially when it comes to childhood sweethearts. It was such a beautifully well written story with all the ingredients to make me feel connected to the characters as well as the story. It started quite devastatingly, a twist I was not prepared f
Sep 10, 2016 Bibi rated it did not like it
Considering the number of 5-star reviews, I started this book with gleeful palm-rubs and an idiotic grin, still, as I reached the 50% mark, I stopped and doubled back to the reviews. Did I miss something? Where are the feels? Am I missing the specific gene that rewards BS and idiocy? Can someone please help?!!

*Some spoilers*

Presly, a whiny entitled brat, is the female protagonist who blames everyone for the cards life dealt her and without once taking responsibilities for her own decisions.

Her h
Cassandra Caress
Corinne Michaels gave us another book where 5 stars isn't just enough!

For some reason Corinne Michaels like to set her readers straight right from the beginning. Don't read in public if you are easily affected and cry...that's what happened to me. I was so into it right from the beginning that my heart broke. As I continued I thought it couldn't get worse...but it ended in a million tiny pieces.

Presley is also left in million tiny pieces and has to swallow blow after blow. In all of this she ca
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
There are many 5* reviews present and I found every one of them true to a point...this is really a case of "it's me not you" here. I am a huge sucker for rip my heart out angst and about 10 pages into this book I was completely on board. I felt the eyes getting a bit misty, but then somewhere along the way I just became kinda disconnected. Perhaps my cold heart is in need of a new "give a damn meter!"

Keeping it simple, there is no doubt that Corinne Michaels can write, and she does it beautiful
Dilek VT
Dec 14, 2016 Dilek VT rated it it was ok
In my reviews, I always try to be as fair and honest as possible. While rating, I think about it a lot as if I am still grading my students’ exam papers. A teacher’s old habit, let’s say :)

So here, I must admit first that I shouldn’t read books about "second chances in love with the same person" because I actually hate them. I cannot forgive them easily. I hate whatever reason they give for breaking up. I only feel OK if they were separated due to outside reasons such as maybe because their pare
 Cora Gold O'Leary
May 31, 2016 Cora Gold O'Leary rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling. The one when you just finish a book and you can't seem to do anything else but stare blankly at your kindle. That feeling when you just know that you've just read one of the most beautiful stories to ever cross your hands. The feeling when you know you've just read a story that will stay with you forever because it has crawled into your heart and taken over your soul.

Yeah. You'll know that feeling after reading this book. amazing story. beautiful. I have no words that wil
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
Jun 26, 2016 Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy second chance romances.
4 ★'s

*Fair Warning* This book starts out with a very traumatic scene and it really took me by surprise. Needless to say, it sort of soured things for me because of the extent of it. Thank goodness once the event is over, things settle down...for the most part.

Because of what happens, Presley and her twin boys, have to move back home to her parents house. The very place she couldn't wait to get away from and hasn't really been back to visit in seventeen years! But it's not because of her parents
2 stars

I'm not sure why, but I just never connected with this book. It felt like I was reading it just to finish, but I could honestly care less what happened to Presley and Zach.

It all felt so forced. The back and forth, the exes, and the fact that Presley seemed to only interact with her sons when it was convenient to the story. I sometimes forgot she had kids because she lived like a single woman.

Also, the time jumps were weird. She moves back to her parents home and like maybe within a few
4.5 swoonily romantic stars

OMG, what a swoonfest! I love a second-chance romance, and this one was beautifully emotional and so, so romantic!!! I got completely swept up in Presley and Zach’s love story and was in romantic bliss while reading it, reading passages over and over again just to take it all in – I love when that happens! Of course that means my review is going to be totally quote-whorey, and I make no apologies for that. I loved it, and I need to revel some more!

The book begins with
Bindi Boo
Jun 21, 2016 Bindi Boo rated it really liked it
4 stars

I'm a sucker for second chance romance and this was a sweet albeit heartbreaking one. Sometimes the wrong decisions can cause the most devastation and this is what this book was about. It's also about love, forgiveness and family- when you're surrounded with the right kind of love, you'll be able to overcome anything.

Presley and Zach are soul mates. They fall in love as teenagers and have the most passionate, intense type of love. Sadly, real life gets in the way. They each have differen
May 31, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
“There’s not a soul that doesn’t have a skeleton of some sort, but the longer you keep it locked up, the longer it’s going to hold you down.”

“Life is a gamble. You played your cards and lost. Doesn’t make you a loser. Means you need to find a new dealer.”

“When you came back into back into town, it was like my whole world settled. You were always supposed to be a part of my life, but I just wasn’t ready for you then.”

“I inhale her scent and confirm everything that I already knew. This is who I lo
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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless and Say You'll Stay). 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 ...more
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