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Indefinite by Corinne Michaels
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bookshelves: arc, angstfest, drama, feeeeels, romantic, second-chance-romance, series-standalone, steamy, duet

“I was never an idiot who didn’t love you. I was an idiot who didn’t tell you.”

4 stars!


Oh, my heart! What an emotional ride this book took me on - a raw and intense second-chance romance that is angsty and emotional, funny, sweet and swoony. It’s a very welcome return to a series that I love, and I loved Quinn and Ashton’s story.

This book is part of the Salvation series, and the first book in the Indefinite Duet. The duet can be read as a standalone, but be aware that you will be missing some context, as well as introductions to other couples in the series. This is the story of Ashton and Quinn. Ashton is the best friend of Catherine (from the Beloved Duet) and Gretchen (from Evermore ), and Quinn is the best friend of Liam (from the Consolation Duet). The friends are all very close and their lives are intermingled, and all of the characters from the series appear in this one, so beware spoilers for the previous books.

Ashton and Quinn have been in a complex relationship for three years. Volatile and passionate, they are very much in love but they’ve been caught in a cycle of on and off, with Quinn refusing to fully commit due to his being a Navy SEAL and the risks that puts on both him and anybody who he leaves behind. The book opens in the middle of a heartbreaking confrontation which throws us right into the turmoil of their relationship, and I was captivated as it all fell apart right in front of my eyes.

“I’m giving you what you want by walking away. You want a family, and I can’t do that while my family is my team.”
My heart is beating hard against my chest walls as her body starts to tremble. This is what we do. We fight, we make each other crazy, we push each other away, and then we crash back together.
Like a never-ending war that we keep fighting because we can’t stop.

She sniffs as her shoulders fall. “It could be so simple for us.”
I bury my face in her dark red hair and brush my nose against the back of her neck. “I can’t do it. I can’t give up this life.” In her heart, I think she knows this. “Not even for you.”

*sniff*

It gets you in the feels right away, and I was devastated for them as they end thing once and for all, Quinn goes off on deployment and Ashton tries her hardest to move on. But months later, and everything has changed for Quinn, and he is back in town and determined to get his girl back at any cost.

“I’m not yours anymore.”
That’s where she’s wrong. She
is mine. She will always be mine. “I’m not walking away this time, Ash. No matter how hard you push.”

This is a beautiful story of a man trying to win back the woman he loves. It’s full of grovelling, rip-your-heart-out rawness, heartfelt declarations, and so much freaking swooooooon!

“I don’t expect this to be easy.”
“No, it definitely won’t be.”
“I know that I have a lot of grovelling to do.”
“Yeah.” I nod. “I’d say that.”
“But I’m willing to do it. I’ll fight through whatever line of men is trying to take my place. I’ll slay any dragon if it means I get you in the end. I know talk is cheap and that I’ve made promises I couldn’t keep before, but I want to give you whatever you want.”
His fingers wipe away a tear I didn’t feel fall. “I’ve only ever wanted you.”
“You have me.”

Quinn used to be such a player, so seeing him now as a man in love is absolutely gorgeous! I love how open he is, and how committed he is to winning Ashton back. It’s not an easy battle for him – in more ways than one – but the raw emotion is beautifully written, and I found myself rereading certain passages over and over again just to soak it all up.

“I’m in love with you. So deeply in love with you that I don’t think there will ever be a way out.”

The chemistry between these two is electric! Though they fight it at times, their pull to each other is palpable, and you can feel how much they want and love each other. It’s so intense, but there’s a wonderful sense of playfulness about them as they are both so sarcastic, and I loved how their snark and bickering played such a big part of their relationship.

He moans against my mouth, and my hands press against his hard chest. I want him so much I want to not want him even more, but I can’t stop it. He breaks the kiss, but his lips move to my neck.
“I hate you,” I tell him.
“No, you don’t”
“Shut up.”
His warm breath is right against my ear. “You shut up.”
“Make me.”
He slowly drags his lips back to mine, effectively doing exactly what I told him to do – shut me up.

For so much of this book the angst levels are high and there was possibly a bit too much back and forth for me. Ashton, in particular, gave a lot of mixed messages and held Quinn at arm’s length for too long. I could understand her fear of getting hurt, but I found her stubbornness really frustrating.

There are no winners here. There are just two people who can’t seem to find their places. It’s sad and awful. The pain of losing him was bad enough the first go around, yet here I am, enduring some form of it again.

There’s not a lot of story beyond the romance, but towards the end there’s an added element as Quinn is enfolded into the Cole Security family, and that creates a bit of excitement. And through the whole book there’s lots of interaction with the other characters of the series, which is lots of fun!

The books ends on a massive cliffhanger, and I’m so excited to see what happens next for these two as they fight for their HEA in Infinite.

I loved it. 4 stars.

An Advanced Reader Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Corinne Michaels
“I was never an idiot who didn’t love you. I was an idiot who didn’t tell you.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“She sniffs as her shoulders fall. “It could be so simple for us.”
I bury my face in her dark red hair and brush my nose against the back of her neck. “I can’t do it. I can’t give up this life.” In her heart, I think she knows this. “Not even for you.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“My heart is beating hard against my chest walls as her body starts to tremble. This is what we do. We fight, we make each other crazy, we push each other away, and then we crash back together.
Like a never-ending war that we keep fighting because we can’t stop.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“I love you, Quinn. Against my better judgement, I love you, and you will never love me back.” Ashton’s quiet sobs break me apart. “I can’t keep going like this. You promised me that the last deployment was it and then we’d start a family together. I can’t spend the rest of my life hoping you’ll see that I’m right in front of you, waiting for you to share your heart with me, waiting for you to choose me.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“I’m not yours anymore.”
That’s where she’s wrong. She is mine. She will always be mine. “I’m not walking away this time, Ash. No matter how hard you push.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“I love her.
I love her so much that I can’t fucking breathe without her. When she left me, I thought I could get over it. In time, I assumed things would be easier. At no point was I prepared for the never-ending pain that would come with knowing I’d really lost her.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“You’ve spent your entire adult life worried about what would happen to the people around you if you died that you forgot to live.”
“I’ve done what I thought was right.”
“Yeah, and how’s that working for you?”
To think I called him for support. “You should be a motivational speaker, Dreamboat, or maybe a therapist because you’re super fucking helpful.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“He moans against my mouth, and my hands press against his hard chest. I want him so much I want to not want him even more, but I can’t stop it. He breaks the kiss, but his lips move to my neck.
“I hate you,” I tell him.
“No, you don’t”
“Shut up.”
His warm breath is right against my ear. “You shut up.”
“Make me.”
He slowly drags his lips back to mine, effectively doing exactly what I told him to do – shut me up.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“I don’t expect this to be easy.”
“No, it definitely won’t be.”
“I know that I have a lot of grovelling to do.”
“Yeah.” I nod. “I’d say that.”
“But I’m willing to do it. I’ll fight through whatever line of men is trying to take my place. I’ll slay any dragon if it means I get you in the end. I know talk is cheap and that I’ve made promises I couldn’t keep before, but I want to give you whatever you want.”
His fingers wipe away a tear I didn’t feel fall. “I’ve only ever wanted you.”
“You have me.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“There’s this awesome little pizza place on fifty-fifty that’s like an orgasm in your mouth.”
“I’ll give you an orgasm in your mouth,” Quinn says almost as a reflex.
“Been there. Done that.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite

Corinne Michaels
“I’m in love with you. So deeply in love with you that I don’t think there will ever be a way out.”
Corinne Michaels, Indefinite


Reading Progress

December 8, 2015 – Shelved
December 8, 2015 – Shelved as: waiting-for-release
June 16, 2019 – Started Reading
June 16, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
June 16, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: angstfest
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: drama
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: feeeeels
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: romantic
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: second-chance-romance
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: series-standalone
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: steamy
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: duet

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Rachel Is this a safe read??


message 2: by AJ (new) - rated it 4 stars

AJ Rachel wrote: "Is this a safe read??"

Depends on what your triggers are. I would say yes it's safe with regards to the main triggers - no cheating, no love triangle, no ow/om drama - and that continues though book #2, but the second book deals with some very sensitive, possibly triggering, subject matter. I can provide more details if you want them.


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