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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 …

336 pages, Paperback

First published May 19, 2020

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Corinne Michaels

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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.

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Profile Image for Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading.
666 reviews1,499 followers
January 25, 2021
Standalone Series

#1 Come Back for Me — 3.5 Stars
#2 Fight for Me — 2.5 Stars

Bleh. This is simply unacceptable. Or, more like . . . maddening.

“I have never denied that I love her.”
He releases a heavy sigh. “No, but you won’t do anything about it either. You love her, but you won’t try again? You love her, but you won’t fight for her? You let her go, but you’re holding on.”
— Connor to his chickenshit brother

What is this? Another asshole of a H who doesn’t know how to get his head out of his arse. And because of what? Yeah, . I’m sorry, but try being in Declan’s head and not want to throat punch him every five seconds!

“I need you, Declan. I need you, so please don’t push me away,” I beg and then kiss him again. If his lips are to mine, he can’t refuse me.” — Sydney

So, here comes the pushover h who begs and begs and begs. Even after almost a decade since she’s been unfairly dumped by the unredeemable coward SOB. Jeez, seriously this girl needs some DUA LIPA injected into her system. She should be ABOVE begging and breathing the same air as her stupid ex.

“Now I have to fight. For her. For us. For the life we both want.” — Declan

Freaking LIAR! It takes the h to be for the H to finally get his head on straight and say those things. Not even a grovel, only sweet nothings whispered into the h’s ear and it’s suddenly HEA. What an effing joke!

“I’m pathetic and so deeply in love with the man, it isn’t normal” — Sydney

Well, at least she’s self aware. C’mon, the trauma is legit, but God help me, this whole scenario is so OVERRATED! Not to mention, UNORIGINAL. Are we going to have the SAME plot/main conflict in every single book going forward?! Because this exact same dilemma is also one of the main concerns in the first book.

Looking at the title, I’d thought this would all be about the H fighting tooth and nail to get back to the h’s good graces. Instead, what I got was the opposite. The h doing all the fighting while the H consistently being a stubborn ass for ⅔ of the book. Fight for Me is possibly the worst second chance romance I’ve read this year. Oops, that was mean. But it’s true.
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3,709 reviews31.6k followers
May 15, 2020
4 stars

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“A true second shot will split the first arrow and create a solid path.”

I can’t get enough of these Arrowood brothers! I loved the first book in this series, and I couldn’t wait to get to Declan and Sydney’s second chance romance! 

Declan and Sydney were childhood sweethearts and they couldn’t have been more in love. Sydney thought nothing would ever tear them apart. Then, one day, seemingly out of nowhere, Declan breaks up with her and leaves town for good.
I love her more than anything in the world, enough to let her go.

Sydney never truly understood why Declan left and never got all the way over him. Now that he’s back in town… oh the angst! It’s impossible for these two to stay away from each other, even if Sydney knows that’s exactly what she should be doing.

The chemistry between these two was off the charts. Even when they fought against it, it was impossible to fight. It’s also apparent to everyone but them that they never stopped loving one another. Declan is stubborn and a little misguided, but he has his reasons. All Sydney wants is for him to fight for her. And she’s worth the fight. 

I love a good second chance romance and I can’t get enough of Corinne Michaels writing. Fight for Me was such a win for me and I can’t wait to read more of the Arrowood brothers. If you’re looking for an emotional, steamy, and angsty read, check this one out!
This is a love that’s strong, been through hell, and has found its way back to heaven. We’ve battled and won. She’s the prize. She’s everything.

June 10, 2020
Actual review..
Contain spoilers..

“Now I have to fight. For her. For us. For the life we both want.”


She was the one doing the fighting because sis was very much pathetic. I just love an author that very much writes women as weak and pathetic. She begged him to have sex that’s why she got pregnant in the first place.. She let him into her body without asking him if he was safe.

He spent the majority of the damn book saying he wasn’t good enough for her. How fighting for her was to let her go. (Stupid logic if you asked me) How he loved her but he couldn’t give her what she wanted which was a husband and kids. And since the 4 dumb-asses made a pact that they would never get married and have kids he doesn’t think he would be a good husband and father.

She was damn weak and pathetic that she would asked him if he loved her, if he wanted to married and have kids with her. He’d said no and she’d run away crying.

At 57% she hadn’t told him that she was having his kid and he hadn’t told her that the reason the idiots ran out of town was because their abusive father killed the parents of the heroine from book 1 while driving intoxicated.
Oops was I not supposed to spoil the plots for all 4 books? My bad!! 🤣🤣

“I want him to fight for me, which will never happen.”

“You knew me better than that. You knew my heart was always and forever going to be yours.”
“I didn’t deserve it.”
“Maybe not, but”—she shrugs—“it was yours, and I guess the worst part is ... that it still is.”

“He’s not at fault—I am. I’ve spent my life waiting for a man to come back and fight for something that he never wanted to fight for. Declan made his intentions clear when he left me. He doesn’t love me the way I need him to. He doesn’t want a family. He wants the life he has, and I want more.”
“The only thing that drives me crazy is the man beside me, and I already know I won’t have him.”

“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.”

2 pages later she was begging him to have sex with her again

“I need you, Declan. I need you, so please don’t push me away,” I beg and then kiss him again. If his lips are to mine, he can’t refuse me.”

“Don’t let me go,” Sydney begs.”

“Choose me, Declan,” I beg softly. “Choose us and just tell me what made you walk away eight years ago.”
“Let this go.”
“Why did you leave me? Why did you give up everything? Why didn’t you choose me then?”

“You don’t have to save me anymore, Dec. I’m right here. I’m fine.”
“Because I didn’t come back for you. Don’t you see? If I had, then what would we be?”

She asked him to go to the ultrasound appointment and he just left. I guess men in books have not heard of these pesky little things called charger cables for phone in the car because his stupid excuse was that his phone died while trying to call her. In the appointment she finds that there’s something abnormal (a tumor in her placenta) so she needed further testing because of it the baby was growing smaller cause there wasn’t any room for him to move in. She was all alone and he was nowhere to be found. I don’t care if he had any reason for it but up to that point he’d decided that he wanted finally to fight for her and he just didn’t go to her appointment.

If that wasn’t enough drama-lama in the book the author decides to throwing more drama. The heroine goes into a coma after having the tumor removed in surgery.

Safety: Heroine has not been celibate (there hasn’t been a lot or men) but she was very much pathetic if you haven’t figured it out by now with those excerpts. Hero’s celibacy it’s up to debate at this point. No mention AT ALL if he’s been with women. So I’ll put some excerpts that he said and let you to decide if he was or if he wasn’t.

“And if I can’t have her, then there will never be another.”

“I think you do. For years, you have been telling me about Sydney and how you walked away from her to save her. How you can’t imagine how it ever would’ve worked. Then you went on to say that you were done and you moved on, married your work, and never gave her another thought. I’d say you’re either a liar or a bastard.”
“I’m a liar because I never moved on from her. How could I? My losing her wasn’t how it was meant to be. That future was taken from me, ripped out of my hands without any warning.”

“When I’m home, this is not my reality.
I work.
I work and work and work more in my office, stopping only to eat and drag my ass back to my apartment”

And the best of all... no groveling! If him buying her farm because she was ready to leave town is any groveling then i don’t even know. The woman just took him back after spending the whole damn book begging him and him spending it pushing her away.

“I’m pathetic and so deeply in love with the man, it isn’t normal”
Well at least she acknowledged that

Overall this book was about a coward unredeemable asshole and his weak, pathetic, pushover heroine.



First of all, he’s an asshole who ran out of town and left his girlfriend. “The girl he supposedly loved”. And I’m so over assholes so I’ll probably just skip it.
I liked her but if she’s been celibate after he left her then that’ll be a no. I don’t know if he was celibate but I’m not holding my breath here.
3 out of 4 brothers books have 2nd chance romances. Because Sean is also in love with a girl/heroine that is in love with someone else. Unless the author gives Sean another heroine. We will see about the last brother Jacob.
The way the author left it in book-1 is that it’s possible this heroine is pregnant and doesn’t want to tell him that she is or could be.
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444 reviews12 followers
May 19, 2020
I’m not sure how Corinne continually does it but she seems to top every book she puts out.

“A true second shot will split the first arrow and create a solid path.”

Talk about second chances and how this blew it all out of the water. I’m in love with Declan and Sydney.
They are both so strong willed and hard headed.They both know of to get under each others skin but know when they’ve gone too far. The love that has never gone away even though they have both tried. Ugh this book is just so perfect! I just couldn’t put it down but didn’t want to finish it because I didn’t want it to end.

If second chance love stories is your thing, you need to grab this one ASAP!

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2,572 reviews1,241 followers
May 8, 2020
5 Stars / 2.5 Steam Fans

The title Fight for Me is absolute perfection for this story. Declan and Sydney orbit each other from a young age, and when life gets in the way, decisions made, lives are forever changed, hearts broken, and through it all, there is always the lingering request from them both to FIGHT. Fight for me is angsty, sweet, sexy, funny, frustrating, and an emotional ride that I devoured in one reading. I was honored to advance read Declan and Sydney's journey and can't wait to listen to the narration. The emotion is in words, and I look forward to hearing them vocalized.

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532 reviews119 followers
November 22, 2020
Fight For Me is a childhood friends–to–lovers and second chance love story that will tear your heart to pieces, then slowly mend it back together again. Although it’s a standalone, you will understand the four Arrowood brothers’ backstory best if you read book one first, Come Back For Me.

Book two features Sydney Hastings who loved Declan Arrowood since she was ten years old. Due to personal reasons that he does not disclose to Sydney, he decides to abrubtly leave her heartbroken, ending their relationship right before they were to head off to college. The author goes into painstaking detail about the anguish he and his three brothers experienced at the hand of their father growing up, and the mixed emotions he feels as an adult now that he is dead.

In his final cruel act, the father wills his four sons the family farm provided they return home and each live on the property for six months. Connor did his stint in book one, and now it’s Declan’s turn. Declan is a successful financier and businessman in NYC and reluctantly returns home to fulfill his obligation. While close in heart, the four brothers have been living separate lives, and this series lovingly intertwines them reconnecting and building a relationship of empathy, forgiveness, and trust.

Sydney and Declan had the storybook romance when they were younger. Their hearts only beat for each other and that is what makes this slow burn so emotional. It’s angsty with so many feels including tears! While Sydney moved on and earned her Law degree, she has never forgotten Declan and remained in the small town of Sugarloaf that she loves having taken over her family farm while also working as an attorney. She is best friends with Ellie, who is engaged to Connor, and when she runs into Declan at their house almost a decade later, all of the old feelings resurface. She so desperately tries to remain strong, and with all the grace and dignity she can muster, seeks the closure and answers she needs as to why he left.

Their push and pull, her honesty when she bears her soul, and her unwavering support makes her a true heroine in my eyes. She is selfless, realizes he has demons, and is so patient as he works through his emotions. He is so conflicted and the author poignantly delves into his torment, while at the same time, letting the reader know just how much he loves and desires Sydney.

She is no pushover, realizes her self-worth, and when the unthinkable happens, she deals with her situation with maturity and class. I love her relationship with her girlfriends, sister, and mom, and how their lives are all interconnected.

Even though Declan and Sydney are trying to work things out for half of the book, their chemistry and natural gravitational pull is undeniable and there are lots of steamy sexy times! There are so many tender moments, especially when he leaves his comfort zone and fights for her with all that he has. Their love and devotion to each other was never an issue, and Declan’s big grand gesture at the end that will have you swooning! From the first page to the last, there is tremendous character growth throughout their beautiful love story. Will they finally focus on the future and put the past behind them, or will he continue to deny himself a life of true love and happiness?
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464 reviews17 followers
January 28, 2022
Be still my heart! Corinne Michaels wrote a beautiful story about a second chance love that will steal your heart. It was filled with so many emotions and feels. I loved it so much from the characters to the writing to the dreamy but broken Arrowood brothers. Their past plays a major role in all their stories but it’s their story of healing that you will feel in your soul.
Declan and Sydney were childhood sweethearts. When a family event, changes the course of their future, Declan believes Sydney and Sugarloaf are not in his. Fight For Me tells their story and it is so fantastic. I just loved getting to know them and see their love resume and grow. Their chemistry and love cannot be denied but can Declan disregard his past and family secrets to fight for the one he truly loves?
Yes I wanted Declan and Sydney to just get over it, but the way the story was told had me glued to the pages. I couldn’t put it down and that right there is due to Corinne’s writing. Her stories suck you in, in the best way possible. I didn’t want it to end.
I just love second chance stories. They warm my heart when there is history and seeing the characters overcome obstacles from their past and grow together to rekindle their romance. This book had it all. This is one of my favorite series of Corinne’s. I cannot wait for the next book, Sean’s story.
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317 reviews18 followers
May 6, 2020
“A single moment can define a lifetime. My father taught me that lesson, and I couldn’t stay here and hurt you.”

This book was absolutely phenomenal! This is a second chance romance that by far passes up anything else I have read before. You can read this as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading Come Back for Me first. You will first meet Declan and Sydney in that book.

“I can’t give myself back to you because you’re the sun, stars, and the air I breathe. You’re everything, and I can never be more than the shell I am now.”

Declan has taken that top spot in my heart. He is fiercely protective of his family and will do anything for them. The writing in this book is amazing. You will feel you are right in the middle of Sugarloaf with these Arrowood men.

I can’t recommend this book enough. If you love a small town, angsty second chance romance.... this is the book for you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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1,257 reviews131 followers
May 6, 2020
Gosh, this book ruined me in the best of ways. I knew Sydney and Declan would rip my heart out, but I wasn't at all prepared for them. These two are obviously meant to be together, and are so engrained in each other's souls, but because of Declan's misguided intentions, they just can't *be.*

Declan hasn't had an easy life -- and that's an understatement. When he and his brothers lost their mom at a young age, the father that was supposed to be their protector turned into a monster. Each brother was horribly abused, both physically and emotionally, but it seems that Declan had it the worst. As the oldest brother, he was the Arrowwoods true father figure, and oftentimes put their wants and needs above himself. His only piece of heaven came in the form of Sydney -- his longtime friend turned lover -- and even though they are so young, he just knows that they are meant for each other. But one decision derailed his entire future, and two hearts paid the price.

Eight years later, Sydney still feels the loss of Declan. She can't wrap her mind as to why they were planning their futures together one minute, only to have him walk away from her the next. When he he comes back to his hometown where Sydney still lives and works (She's a badass lawyer, owns the family farm, AND volunteers) you see that these two are fighting a useless fight. After reconnecting in an unplanned way, Sydney tries to do everything she can to make the love of her life see that all he ever wanted is still in front of him.. all he has to do is fight for it.

As per usual, Corinne put me through the emotional ringer, but I don't think I've ever cried so hard while reading one of her books. That twist had me fearing the worst, wondering which direction this evil genius would take us in.. I was crying so hard I could barley see my kindle. I won't spoil anything for you lovely readers, especially since there is SO much more to the story than I've shared with you, but just be prepared to go on one heck of a journey. This is by far one if my absolute favorite books if hers.

We also get to see a beloved character quite early on, and I legit screamed when I saw who it was!!! I love the way Corinne ties her books together!

Please read this book as soon as you can.. It's so much more than a second chance romance. It will tug on your heartstrings, take a piece of your soul, and will have you begging for more.

**I received an ARC of this book and these are my honest opinions!**

**And after that ending, I am that much more excited about Sean's book!!!
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1,003 reviews21 followers
May 19, 2020
PHENOMENAL! GET THE TISSUES! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

Sydney & Declan have the kind of love that lasts a lifetime! Get your tissues ready for a deeply emotional story of two people so deeply in love that the first reaction is protecting them. One night changes everything... and sometimes protection for the one you love most means walking away and hardening yourself for the rest of your life. Declan never lets anyone get close.

When Declan is forced to go home his life is changed again forever. That love 💕 they have is tested and the walls protecting their heart will be knocked down.

Sydney must decide if she can trust this man with her trust again.

** Warning: Corinne Michael’s brings her A game to tear your emotions from you with every word. **

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680 reviews77 followers
May 19, 2020

Where do I begin?

This series is going to RUIN me, no two ways about it.

I love the characters, I love the setting and I love the story running through all 4 books.

This time, it’s Declan’s turn to go back to the place of the brothers’ nightmares. But for Declan, there is more than just one reason it’s not a good thing. Sydney. His forever girl that he gave up 8 years prior when he made his escape from Sugarloaf.

Despite being the oldest and the most surly, Declan is a tortured soul and one that can’t help but be stuck in the past no matter how much time has passed. Knowing his heart beats only Sydney you can’t help but scream at and shake your kindle in the hopes he hears your pleas to go to Sydney.

She’s not moved on - not from him, her home or her life in Sugarloaf despite her family all moving away years prior. She just can’t let go and upon his return, she tried desperately to keep a tenuous grasp on the past and her love for the oldest Arrowood brother. She gives him chance after chance and he just doesn’t get the memo.

What follows is edge of your seat, can’t look away stuff. I was on the edge of my seat reading the second half of this book. If there is one this Corinne Michaels can do is give you one hell of a twist!!!

My heart went out to Sydney and Declan as they fought their way back to one another from fighting each other to fighting themselves it was one emotional journey and one I was glad to have a front row seat to.

And what a set up for Sean’s book!!!

OH, and the cameo from my beau Milo....HEAVEN!!
August 16, 2020
Oh sweet Jesus this book!! Fight For Me (Arrowood Brothers #2) has seriously slayed my heart. I love second chance romances and Declan and Sydney’s book really did it for me. Corinne Michaels is the master of creating gut wrenching books that pull at your heart strings and make you want to cry your eyes out and throw your e reader. And in this case, she definitely succeeded. Even though she made me cry, I don’t regret reading this book. This angsty second chance romance has all the emotions and took me on one hell of a ride that was well worth it in the end.

Declan and Sydney are flawed (mainly due to their broken pasts) which brings a more realistic aspect to their story. These child hood sweethearts are definitely meant to be together as their chemistry is natural and packed with a lot of heat. The storyline is engaging, consistent and beautifully executed. The Arrowood brothers’ stories just keep getting better and I’m more than ready for Sean and Devney’s book.

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1,496 reviews
May 9, 2020
Absolutely amazing! This series is phenomenal so far!! This book lives up to it’s name as it really packs an emotional punch straight to the heart! A beautiful second chance love story with all the feels I hope to get from a Corinne Michaels book and so much more! So real and raw and passionate! I positively adore Declan and Sydney and everything they go through on their journey, even though some of it sure was scary! They have an undeniable chemistry that no amount of time could dissipate. I wanted to smack Declan a few times to shake him out of his head even though I understand why he feels like he does. Luckily he manages to see the light before it is too late. Oh and how I love what he does for her! Swoon! It’s so awesome that a certain someone from another book is in some scenes in this book. I just love that!! And him!! Sydney and Declan may have had a rocky road but it is so satisfying when they finally get there. I was losing my mind there for a bit though, talk about a huge emotional monkey wrench Corinne! But thankfully all is well. They are simply glorious together! What a wonderful ending to this fantastic story! Really looking forward to Sean’s book!
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172 reviews
May 15, 2020
Fight for Me and oh what a fight it was. It just blew me away! Oh My God Y'all these Arrowood Boys, they steal your heart and don't let go! I loved Connor but Declan, I can't even. Declan and Sydney oh ya. That good. Game, Set, Match! I don't know what it is about these boys but each one tops the last. You don't think you could love one brothers more than the last but damnit Corinne you made a liar out of me! I do and I can't stop thinking of Declan.
This book still has me swooning. When you think Romance you better think Corinne Michaels and it's not just romance it's Holy SH$$ I can't put this down, and damn it did that just happen!
ONE-CLICK!!!! GO! Holy cow I'm counting down the days for Sean & Dev! Don't wait, ONE-CLICK!
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813 reviews829 followers
May 11, 2020
4 “it was always you” Stars

This second chance romance story is both sweet and heartwarming. But getting to that HEA is not an easy feat. There is angst, pain, and lots of heartache. Childhood sweethearts Declan Arrowood and Sydney Hastings made plans to be married after college, raise a family and settle in Sugarloaf. But plans change and Declan chose to leave town and also most importantly, break Sydney’s heart. 8 years pass and Sydney and Declan meet again.....

Declan and Sydney have never stopped loving each other but Declan doesn’t think he deserves happiness. His stubbornness is off the charts and I must admit that at times, I wanted to ring his neck. I did feel that while Sydney tried and tried to convince Declan to come back to her, she needed to just move on. But their push and pull kept them coming back to each other and eventually secrets they were both keeping came out and decisions had to be made. But their HEA still had to traverse an extra bumpy road where Declan finally figures out that he might be too late in letting Sydney know that he will and forever Fight for Her.

I know this is a really angsty story, but it is also cute and funny. I fell in love with all the Arrowood brothers, as well as Ellie, Hadley and Jimmy. The sense of family and the bond it holds is always ever present in Corinne Michaels’ stories and love that other characters from other books have connections to these new characters. You also can’t help but smile while reading even if at times you want to strangle the tall, dark and handsome green eyed idiot that took his sweet time in figuring out that his happiness was definitely worth fighting for.

*advanced copy provided by Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review*
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930 reviews69 followers
May 19, 2020
I'm finding it extremely hard to put into words how much this book MEANS to me, how much I LOVED this book and how much this book hit me with ALL the feels! Declan and Sydney's story is a second chance romance that had me smiling, laughing and crying......so many tears! I without a doubt did not want this story to end, I tried to savor each and every word reading as slow as possible which was not an easy task for me. This story pulls you in and consumes you mind, body and soul! Corinne once again has enamored us with her words and given us a storytelling masterpiece that will definitely be one of my TOP READS this year!

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445 reviews7 followers
May 9, 2020
I don't even know where to start about how AMAZING this book is book is! I stayed half night finishing it because there was no way I could put it down. What to say about Declan other than he is everything. He is the brooding and oh so protective of everyone he loves but he is broken underneath it all. He just doesn't realize it. Sydney is smart and strong but she has never really healed from Declan breaking her all those years ago. The pull these two have is so strong that once they are forced back together, things just explode. There is NOTHING that can break that bond no matter how hard they fight it. It was wonderful watching Declan learn he is not the person he thought he was for the last 8 years and is everything Sydney knows him to be. Declan and Sydney are everything together. He never loses his protective side but he has so many reasons to be protective over his family. This is a MUST read!
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224 reviews
May 19, 2020

Can I just say OMG!!!!!

This book is just what I needed and I didn't even know it. In many of my reviews I have mentioned this but it NEEDS to be mentioned again, Corinne is LEGIT the Queen of all Queen's. Hail to the Queen of Romance.

This book melts your heart into a puddle and leaves you with the biggest book hangover ever. Declan and Sydney's love story is EPIC. This second chance romance is must read.
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1,237 reviews108 followers
May 11, 2020
4.5 Bean Stars!

"You are the only person who has ever had me."
"Had, I don't want past tense.
I want you- all of you.
I want the broke parts, and the loving parts, the ones that are afraid of me and the ones that will fight for me."

I knew this one was going to put me through the wringer. And I couldn't wait for it! The way Corinne left this couple at the end of Come Back for Me was incredibly enticing, but I honestly never saw their story going through so much more than 8 years of heart break and misunderstandings.

I knew that there was going to be a lot of back and forth between these two. THE ANGST was real with this one. We all know that the Arrowood boys are holding on to the covenant that they created so many years ago, one that changed the trajectory of each one of their lives...and to the women that they left behind. But Declan's commitment, I feel, is the strongest out of all four of them. And it was absolutely delicious to see this man break down for the woman, the life that he's always prevented himself from having.

So many quotable moments in this one. But the last half quarter of this book? BROKE ME. My god Corinne is an evil witch. Just when you think you've got things figured out, she slaps you across the face and sits on you until you say 'Uncle'. Why do I love it so much!?!?!

Here's the thing....the more I get of the Arrowood brothers, the more I crave. Just when I think Declan is going to be my downfall, she tosses this carrot in front of my face with Devney(freaking love this name) and Sean and I GOTS TO KNOW!!! Damn you Corinne and your evil trickery. I love them all, I can't choose, I won't choose, I want them all.

I wasted so much time. All these years, I've been so sure that staying away was the right thing. I thought I was giving her a chance at a life I couldn't provide. Now, I want to erase it all. I would give up everything to have time with her. I just want a second chance to make it all right.

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500 reviews3 followers
May 18, 2020
OHHHHHH EMMMMMM GEEEEEEE!!! This book!!! Corinne Michaels has done it yet AGAIN! But THIS TIME, I don't know if I'll recover and go back to "normal" (normal is overrated anyway, right?)

Fight For Me is the angsty, heartbreakingly EPIC second-chance love story between Declan Arrowood and Sydney Hastings. NEVER have two people been MORE meant-to-be and had sooooooo much baggage to deal with to get to their HEA! The journey just about killed me and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of all the Arrowood brothers, I think Declan may just be the MOST messed up, which just makes me want to love him that much more.

𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪

The emotions in this one had me alternately wanting to strangle Declan, hug Sydney, swooning at the FEELS, ugly-crying at the angst (Ms. Michaels truly IS evil!!!) and ultimately giving a heart-felt sigh at the soul-satisfying conclusion of one of THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR!!!

𝘼 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝

This book CAN be read as a standalone but I STRONGLY recommend you read Come Back For Me (Connor and Ellie's story) first. It only enhances the overall experience and you'll get more of an understanding of just how diabolical Ms. Michaels' mind truly is! Having said that, I can't WAIT for the next brother's story....it can't come soon enough!!!

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3,006 reviews1,736 followers
May 22, 2020
Favorite Quote:

Yeah, I’m a walking episode of Jerry Springer.

My Review:

This tale was laden with blindly stubborn characters in conflict with each other and angst, oh, the angst. Despite a heavy dose of my least favorite things, Ms. Michaels still managed to hold my attention with an enticing and interesting premise, complex and alluring characters, and heart-squeezing and sizzling plot lines. I’m already primed for the next brother’s installment.
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586 reviews12 followers
May 19, 2020
Fight For Me is a breathtaking, soul searching and healing story full of heartache and love. Sydney and Declan made me want to scream at them and I may have thrown my kindle once or twice. They are frustrating, but so sweet and loving at the same time. Declan let his past demons control his future and it was so gut wrenching to watch them go through all the pain. I love how Sydney doesn’t back down and her honesty is a breath of fresh air as she won’t sugarcoat her feelings. They are meant to be together because they are soul mates and it’s obvious by the electricity I swear I could feel through my kindle. You can’t help but smile and get all giddy as soon as they are in the same room because it’s so evident that they complete each other. You need to read this book for the the fest, the surprises and Milo alone. Fight for me will consume your mind as much as your heart as you fall head over heals for this couple in this devastatingly, beautiful second chance romance.

Tracey, Life Reads With Friends Blog
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1,324 reviews1,389 followers
May 19, 2020
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by Valentine PR)

-Our gazes lock, and I swear it’s as if I’m thrown back in time. She still has this beautiful innocence that cuts through me, reminding me of the way I fell in love with her without a chance of stopping it.


Declan Arrowood grew up on a farm in the small town of Sugarloaf as the oldest of four brothers who always looked to him for guidance. He would do anything to protect them, and to save them from harm he makes a decision that changes the path of their lives. In the process he loses the only thing he's ever truly wanted. He gives up Sydney Hastings and all the plans they made. She was his for seven years, but he no longer felt he deserved her. He leaves town and swears to never come back.

Then eight years later he's forced to return home after his father's death, and live in Sugarloaf for six months. He will have to see Sydney and knows it will be pure agony. He'd done what he thought was the right thing, but he still lived with guilt, regret, and memories he couldn't ever forget. He had a successful career, but was now a cynical and hardened workaholic. He lived a life where he had nothing to lose.


Sydney Hastings is a lawyer in a small town in Pennsylvania where she has great friends, but is still living in the past when it comes to relationships. As a kid she met her soulmate and other half, and then he took her heart and never gave it back. Declan Arrowood left her with no reason, and never looked back. She gave him everything, and he ran away. Now he's suddenly back, and she knows she should avoid him, but she has a lot of anger and resentment over how he threw her away when she thought he'd be the one person to never leave her.

At one time loving Declan had been as easy as breathing, but she'd now given up on love. He broke her heart and all the promises he made. She wishes he was still the same man who made her feel precious to him, but she hardly recognizes this man. She used to know him better than anyone, but she could never trust him again. They just have to get through six months in the same town, and then they can go back to pretending the other doesn't exist, but one encounter changes everything, and Declan realizes he still wants her. Can they find their way back to one another and still have their forever? Will he fight for her and their future before it's too late?


Fight For Me (Arrowood Brothers #2) by Corinne Michaels is a fabulous standalone second chance romance full of angst, emotion, hope, heartache, and forgiveness. I really enjoyed this story, and love this series! I can't wait for more of these Arrowood brothers!!!

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677 reviews162 followers
May 18, 2020
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4.5 stars!

We're back in Sugarloaf, and once again Corinne made me cry! She's so good at that!

Declan Arrowood and Sydney Hastings are first loves. He left her suddenly one night eight years ago, and if you've read Come Back for Me you know why. As much as she's tried, Sydney has never stopped loving Declan. Their story is a constant push and pull of love and hate and feelings, and surprises, I really enjoyed this one!

"I'm not breakable, and I don't need you to protect me, I need you to choose me."

Fight for Me is supremely angsty, and one hell of a slow burn (in my humble opinion), and I ate it up! Steam when it needed to be with a beautiful story and supreme character development, Corinne once again gave me a story that I'll love for a long time with a great segue into Devney and Sean's story!
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1,003 reviews45 followers
May 14, 2020
Ahhh, Declan and Sydney's story was so full of the feels!! I am such a sucker for stories where the main characters have known each other practically their whole lives, and Declan and Sydney had been best friends since they were like 10 years old. They grew up together and their friendship turned into more. I love seeing the evolution happen, and love reading about the promises they make each other. But then, it all gets ripped away in one night.

Declan had his work cut out for him when he returned to Sugarloaf to fulfill the requirements his father stipulated in his will. How was he going to be able to coexist in Sugarloaf with Sydney, knowing he had never stopped loving her but he had broken her heart and destroyed all chances of a future together?

And Sydney, how was she going to feel, having to see the man who broke her heart on a constant basis? Knowing he loved her but not understanding why he threw their relationship away all those years ago? Corinne writes really awesome, strong female characters and I cheered for Sydney every time she rebuffed Declan. As much as she still loves him, she wasn't going to roll over and just fall at his feet because he gave her his signature sexy smirk.

This story is so full of feels! Declan and Sydney were both broken kids who had crappy fathers and they were each other's support system. They had so many plans for the future, never thinking they wouldn't be together. But then Declan's father does something unspeakable, and as the oldest brother who promised his dying mother he would take care of his three younger siblings, he makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect everyone. The only thing he can't protect are his and Sydney's hearts.

It's such a fine line to walk when a character doesn't think they are worthy of love, and Declan definitely didn't think he was. I wanted to shake him a few times to just admit it!! You'll save you and Sydney needless heartbreak! My emotions ran high with this book, that is for sure.

It was wonderful seeing so much of Ellie, Connor and Hadley again, and the snippets we got of Devney and Sean have me excited for their story! And I'm thinking ahead to Jacob's book and wondering what his story is going to be.

It was really fun being back in Sugarloaf. It sounds exactly like the kind of town I would love to move to!

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626 reviews49 followers
May 17, 2020
Second chance romance.....sign me up! Fight for Me gave me so many emotions! There were so many times I wanted to throw my nook across the room and just scream:

“Declan and Sydney.....STOP!!!!!” But, you will be relieved to know I didn’t; I plowed through and gah!!!! My anxiety was skyrocketing!!!!! So much happens...this is one you definitely need to experience for yourself!!

One of my fav passages:

“A single moment can define a lifetime”

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1,746 reviews1 follower
May 14, 2020
4.5 Second Chance Stars!
Fight for Me is a moving story of epic love and second chances. The oldest Arrowood brother, Declan and Sydney Hastings have been friends since they were kids and in love almost as long. When Declan suddenly lost his mother in a tragic accident, he was forced to take care of his younger brothers, and Sydney was always there right by his side. They were each others firsts, and were making big plans for their future that included marriage and kids together. But when tragedy strikes again, Declan makes the decision that he believes will protect everyone he loves. That night all the Arrowood brothers leave town, vowing to never return. For eight long years Sydney's heart has been broken, not knowing why Declan left her behind. Now Declan is back to the place he never wanted to return to, and that holds so many haunting memories. But it also has many good memories with Sydney as well. Because he doesn't plan to stay, they both vow to stay away from each other, which is impossible to keep for either of them. Their magnetic pull is too great and the push and pull between them is powerful and passionate. They try to be friends for the sake of their family, but are both so stubborn, I just wanted to shake some sense into them both at times! Declan, has to learn that he isn't in this alone and he is deserving of happiness and love. Sydney is the strength he needs, and the home he craves. But when Sydney finds out a secret, she is about to run from all she knows. Now Declan must decide what is worth risking it all, and worth fighting for. It was so much fun catching up with Connor, Ellie, Hadley, Sean, and Jacob. I love the fun scenes between the Arrowood brothers. They give each other a hard time but they also support each other unconditionally. Michaels brings us such vivid characters, and a story that is completely captivating. She really had my heart racing as she had me see-sawing between happiness and breathtaking sorrow. At it's core, this story is about whether or not love can truly conquer all. It is about our ability to forgive unimaginable hurts and trust enough to put love first. I really enjoyed this emotional and passionate story about healing, family, and second chances at love.
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