Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: March 27, 2017
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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Say I’m Yours is the third book in the Return to Me Series by Corinne Michaels. The series is about second chances and each book can be read as a standalone. I loved The Consolation Duet and had since been obsessed with her writing, which was the reasons I decided to read this book.
What is the story about?
Trent Hennington is the oldest brother in the Hennington family. While two of his younger brothers, Zack and Wyatt, have settled down, he still could not bring himself to start a family even though he has been in a long relationship with the girl who is the love of his life, Grace. He loves her with all of his beings but his fear of commitment is bigger than anyone could imagine. He has secretly been hiding a pain; the one that has shaped him to be the man he is now. He is confident with their relationship and has never thought that Grace will leave him for wanting more in her life.
“I wish I could save him. I wish I was enough for him to want to be saved.”
Grace Rooney has loved Trent Hennington for almost her life. They have been together for twenty years and she could not see herself live without him. Unknown to anybody, she has secretly been dreaming of starting a family. However, being married and raising children seem to have never crossed her longtime boyfriend’s mind. Whenever she tried to talk to him about the subject, he ignored her which often led them to several breakups. After being in an on and off relationship for twenty years, she has finally had enough and is determined to cut things off with him for good, forever.
“I’m done,” I say with my back turned. “I’m done only being good enough when it’s convenient for you. I’m done being the girl who’s waitin’ around, hoping you’ll finally admit that you love her. I can’t do it anymore. You’re killing me.”
Trent is then trying to convince her to get back together. He starts losing his mind when he hears that she is planning on going out on a date with a new guy. His world then starts to crush down when he finds out that the guy is none other than his friend, Cooper, and like him, Cooper has his eyes on Grace and is ready to win her heart at the end. Although Trent and Cooper have not been very close like they used to, they both grew up together. Therefore, it was such a betrayal for Trent when he learned that Cooper has secretly had a special feeling for the girl that has been his girlfriend for almost his life.
“She’s the girl I want. She’s the girl I love She’s the girl I’m going to get back.”
What did I think about this book? Please, don’t read the following if you don’t want to read any spoilers.
I loved the importance of families that this book has portrayed. The message was strong in this story and could be seen not only in the main characters’ lives but in the lives of the side characters. Everyone in the family loves each other and would do anything when their family members were in need of everything. This beautiful message can be seen not only in Trent’s and Grace’s families but in the families of the side characters. I love that there was no unnecessary drama among these families. All families portrayed in this story respect and love the others.
“The right woman will always make her man see sense … But it takes the right man to hold on to her once he finds her.”
In addition, there were many meaningful conversations from parents to children relating to raising a family, the importance of family, the meaning of love, and how to learn from mistakes. It highlights the roles of parents and their relationships with their children. I was moved by each of the emotional, thoughtful conversations the main characters had with their parents. They were beautiful to read and connected me to their world from the first page. I would have wanted to live among these families.
I didn’t mean to say that they were perfect which was, in fact, not the case. Each of the families had their secrets, struggles, and problems like any other family in this world and the author acknowledged these things. What I meant was that the family values along with the ups and downs of being in a marriage with children were flawlessly portrayed. I loved both the realness and idealness I was feeling out of them.
Unfortunately, the romance did not move me as much as I hoped. I would have liked to see the reasoning behind Trent’s commitment-phobic since the answer did not justify his fear of moving forward in his life with the girl that he claimed as the love of his life for twenty years. There was no any strong evidence of why he could not move on in his life considering his parents had a strong marriage. He had never cheated but he had never said that he loved her either and refused to marry her, which was unbelievable.
Furthermore, his efforts to redeem himself in order to win her back failed to make me connect with him. I didn’t see his character grow throughout the story despite some I-love-yous and I-want-you-backs I got from him. The poor explanation relating to what had happened to him that made him the way he was now, and his failed efforts to redeem himself did take me away from the story at times.
Another thing that bothered me was that how the author portrayed Cooper. His professed love for Grace felt forced as if he was faking it. I didn’t feel his attraction to her since there was no enough background explanation about him that would convince me. His “I was attracted to you for a long time” was not enough for me to buy his story. The author’s attempt at creating an intense love triangle, unfortunately, did not succeed to make me connect emotionally. It felt forced and did not make sense.
Overall, this book did not live up to my expectation. However, even though I had a hard time connecting with the main characters and their romance, I loved the message relating to the importance of families in this story. I still love this author and am looking forward to her next books. If you are planning to read this book, don’t make my opinion discouraging you from giving it a try. You might find yourself enjoy this book more than I did, as many readers on Goodreads do.