on 7 September 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Self Published
From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.
I’m not a one-night stand kind of woman. I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh.
However, that’s exactly where I find myself.
What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run. I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough.
Someone forgot to tell him that.
Eli is relentless. Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together. Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him.
He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.
Corinne Michaels is a master at creating heartbreaking, angsty, and sympathetic characters. Heather and Eli in We Own Tonight are no exception.
Heather Covey lost her parents when she was just barely an adult herself, leaving her with custody of her young sister. Then, when her sister was just 19 she was diagnosed with an extremely serious terminal illness. Heather’s world became all about making sure her sister received the best care she could, so much so that it contributed to the demise of her marriage. At the age of 38, she’s doing her best to live her life as a police officer and care for her sister. That’s all she has room in her life for.
One night, her best friends talk her into going to a concert by the boy band they all crushed on when they were teenagers. It’s there while standing in the front row, she catches the eye of lead singer Eli Walsh. Later that night he invites her back to his tour bus, she has sex with him and then flees while he’s in the bathroom.
Eli Walsh is 42 and never before has a woman affected him the way Heather has. He’s never had one run out on him, either. So he chases after her. And keeps chasing, because Heather really doesn’t want to get involved. Well, she does. But knows it’s not a good idea. Eli is determined though and does his best to show Heather how he feels about her. He slowly but surely is able to convince Heather he wants to be with her, and that she should be with him.
As far as angst goes, this was probably the least angsty book Corinne has written. There was no other man/another woman conflict. No on again/off again relationship. No conniving evil person working to keep them apart. Thankfully the drama in the book was created by the real life situations each is dealing with – for Heather it’s her sister’s health, for Eli it’s his celebrity status at first, but then a secret he’s been keeping from Heather. When the secret’s revealed, there was no tantrum, no walking away. Just maturity in dealing with it. As it should be – because these people are adults!
However, despite them being (and acting like) adults, this book still had a bit of a young adult vibe to it (in fact, if you look at Goodreads, it’s tagged as a Young Adult romance. Uh, I’m pretty sure once you’re in your thirties you’re no longer a young adult…). I can’t put my finger on what makes me say that though. It could be that the story is written in dual point-of-view, as many YA books are. Unfortunately, I’ve recently come to the realization that for me, I don’t enjoy first person narratives as much as I do the third person. It can work a little more for me if it’s dual point-of-view, which it was in this story. However, there were 28 chapters in this book, plus an epilogue, and only 6 chapters were written from the hero’s point-of-view. That made it hard for me to understand the connection Eli felt with Heather, which in turn made me not feel a connection to them as a couple. Add in my recent decision to try and stay away from YA, and this book just didn’t affect me the way a Corinne Michaels book usually does.
If you’re already a Corinne Michaels fan, you’ll probably like We Own Tonight. For me, there wasn’t really anything wrong with this book. I just wanted – and anticipated – more. More feelings, more connection, more ups and downs, more dialogue between the hero and heroine. Some of my disappointment is because of my preferences though, and not because this wasn’t a well-written story. It was still full of heartbreak and hope, which is classic Corinne Michaels!