Could Have Been Us - Corinne Michaels

Could Have Been Us

By Corinne Michaels

  • Release Date: 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Contemporary
Could Have Been Us book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 200 Ratings)

Could Have Been Us Corinne Michaels Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels returns to the Willow Creek Valley Series in this stunning small town, brother’s best friend romance. 

Fifteen years ago, I fell for Jack O’Donnell.

I was just a girl, but I knew my brother’s best friend was the only man I’d ever love. 

On my eighteenth birthday, when I asked him to kiss me, I never imagined it would change my life so completely. 

I gave Jack everything that night. 

In order to move on, we had to go our separate ways and pretend like nothing happened... as though it wasn’t the greatest moment of my life.

But even that wasn’t as heartbreaking as the secret we were forced to keep. 

I’ve tried not to think about how much I still love him. How I long to be back in his strong arms or the way his hazel eyes make my heart race. 

Until he kisses me again. And this time there’s no turning back. This time I know what it means. 

We belong together and there’s no use denying it any longer. 

But our feelings aren’t the only thing that won’t stay buried, our past resurfaces and threatens to destroy our second chance at happiness. 

When our love is tested once again, will we be strong enough to stand together?

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User reviews about this book

  • Corinne Michael’s Best Yet!

    By tfail24
    I think this book was Corinne Michael’s at her very best. I have several of her books on my favorites list and this is going to the top. She has a way of writing that draws you into the story and you feel every pain and heart break, every tear that falls, and every bit of love that is shared between her characters. Stella and Jack were phenomenal. My heart broke for them within the first ten sentences of the book and by the end it was whole again and so happy for them. This is a must read book by Corinne Michaels!
  • ❤️❤️❤️ So Much Love for Stella and Jack! ❤️❤️❤️ Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

    By easwain
    Corinne has reduced me to a bundle of tears... and I love her for it. Stella bad Jack have huge baggage from their early years. That baggage has kept Jack at bay for twelve years. Things finally come to a breaking point and now that make the choice to be together and their shared past makes them that much stronger. But what happens when the past comes back and pulls you both in? Well it’s the greatest ending Corinne has ever written and I’m so in love with their story. “Sighs” 5 In Love ❤️ Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Loved it! All the best feels!

    By Virna Thompson
    Each time I read a book by Corinne Michaels I am reminded why I love her books so much. She is an amazing writer that gives us beautiful and poignant stories with unforgettable characters. In Could Have Been Us, the second book in the Willow Creek Valley series, we get a friends to lovers story that was full of the feels. This story was touching, emotional and completely captivating. I do, however, recommend reading this series in order for best reading experience. Both books are so worth reading and highly recommended by me. Stella has loved Jack for as long as she can remember, but he does not feel the same, right? She tries to move forward, but her heat will always be his. They share a history no one knows about, but they carry with them every day. I want to share so much but this story must really just be experienced. I devoured it in one sitting and my heart hurt and soared while reading. Their journey is not easy by any means, but it is theirs and was so worth the read. A must-read for sure. Happy reading!
  • Grab the tissues & tequila

    By imq
    🚨Before reading make sure you have the following:🚨 TIME-because you will absolutely not want to put it down; Kleenex—you will need on more than one occasion; your favorite beverage-because YES! Corinne will break your heart, put it back together and fill it with so much hope and happiness for them…and she will sprinkle in some laugh out loud moments;) Stella & Jack’s journey is filled with regret, guilt and love for each other that can’t be denied. I was so onboard with Jack’s plan for their future OMG scene: ‘Three hearts beating, two breaking with the knowledge of what is to come.’—this scene gutted me😢 Their sacrifice is such a painful yet beautiful gift. Corinne did a wonderful job with both sides of their situation. We get to see the good, bad, ugly and beautiful sides.
  • #michellesbookstoread

    By Chellequickreader
    WILLOW CREEK VALLEY SERIES... CORINE MICHAELS ... All the feels!!! Corine never disappoints.. she is always my favorite to read and every book continues to be better then the last! You will absolutely love Jack and Stella! Their love is felt as you read! Laugh out loud, tears, smiles, and more!! Can’t say enough about this book besides read and enjoy! Can’t wait fir Delia and Josh! @corinnemichaels
  • A must Read!!!

    By Janett Corona
    Corinne Michaels has done it again, she has gone and left me speechless. One thing I know about Corinne Michaels is that she gives it her all when writing a book, Could Have Been Us proves it. This isn't your typical friends to lovers, this book is filled with all the feels with a twist you never see coming. Stella is my favorite heroine to date by Corinne Michaels, she is that character that is so strong. She is fierce and does anything she can to make sure to follow her heart, even though it might be breaking. She never expected to call for her brothers best friend, but when she does, those feelings are impossible to ignore. Jack was amazing, he knows he isn[t suppose to feel what he feels for his best friends sister. Jack would do anything for Stella, and that is what made this book amazing. Jack accepts Stella for who she is and for what she stands for. Stella never once lets anything keep her down, she falls and gets up on her own. If you are looking for a book that has all the feels, this is it. This book truly deserves so much more than 5 stars!!
  • Got a Tissue? You’re gonna need it.

    By JuuJuuKay
    This book has you tearing up 6 minutes in, and emptying a box of tissues by the end. The undying love and affection between the little sister and the best friend, and all they go through to get TL where they are, almost seems like it is a retelling of someone’s life history. The love, the passion, the turmoil, the heartache, the laughter, the friendship... it is all pieces of the puzzle that make this story one that should be and will be read again and again. Jack and Stella definitely will have you wanting to return to Willow Creek once more.
  • Another winning story...

    By MVErn713
    Could Have Been Us is the second anticipated story focusing on Stella Parkerson and her unrequited love for Jack O’Donnell, the best friend of her older brother, Grayson. Their story shows how each fought their feelings for each other since childhood due to circumstances and loyalty. Then, an earlier consequence forces them to address those pent-up emotions. As a fan favorite of Corinne Michaels, this book lived up to the hype when it came to Stella and Jack’s story. It would not be a Ms. Michaels’ book if it didn’t involve yelling at her characters and crying along with them. Family, albeit dysfunctional, is an important and central support, which bolstered the ability for Stella and Jack to finally confront their long-suffering love for each other. My only frustration is that she cannot write her next installment fast enough. The conclusion of this book gives us a glimpse of the next story, Delia and Josh.
  • Could Have Been us

    By Susan Vallese
    Oh, this book... Could Have Been Us tugged at my heartstrings right from the prologue! Stella Parkerson fell for Jack- her brother's best friend- when she was just a little girl. When she turned eighteen, they had one night together, but went their separate ways afterward. But Stella and Jack never were able to forget that night or move on. Twelve years later, their past and their present meet up again, and they are forced to face their feelings. Could Have Been Us may just be my all-time favorite book by Corinne Michaels. There was so much emotion involved with these two characters, and I felt and loved every little bit of it! Stella and Jack were so real to me~ and I so needed these two to find their happily ever after. I cannot wait for Josh and Delia's story next!!
  • Jack & Stella!! Swoon!

    By AmyBustard
    Could Have Been Us is a MUST READ!! Oh this book has all the feels!! Book #2 in the interconnected Willow Creek series.. Jack & Stella’s story will pull at all of your emotions. I didn’t expect the journey Corinne took us on in with these 2. Stella- the youngest sibling of the 4 Parkerson brothers and the only girl & always off limits has been in love with her brothers best friend Jack since she was a child. Both have a secret that my break your heart.. Don’t worry it will melt back together! Excellent Book!

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