Title: Collateral Damage
Series: The Cortell Brothers #2
Author: Giulia Lagaomarsino
Release: December 7, 2020
Genre: Small Town Romance
I fell in love with her in high school and I knew then that she would be mine.
But life interfered. She moved halfway across the country and I went to college.
I knew she moved back home. I knew that her mother had died.
But I did nothing.
I was ashamed. I had walked away from her, thinking it was best for both of us. Now, thirteen years later, I can’t leave her alone anymore. I need her, but convincing her that we can still be together is going to be difficult. I hurt her bad when I left, but that’s just the beginning of our problems.
I fell in love with him under the stars. He was my savior when everything in my life was crumbling. But then he was gone and I was all alone again.
Thirteen years later, he’s back and he wants me. But I’m too angry. The only reason I’m even speaking to him is he helped me get a job…with his brother. Now I’ve been caught up in some kind of game he and Eric have going, and I’m stuck with him.
I hate him. But I still love him.
It would be so easy to fall back in love with the man he is now. Deep down, he’s the same person, just dressed fancier. But that’s the crux of our problem. We’re different people than we were in high school.
I just can’t see this working, and if we keep trying to go down this road, it’ll only end in heartache.
Goodreads Review – “As usual Guilia will keep you guessing right the way up to the end. A lovely small town romance story that will have you laughing and crying at times but a beautiful read as always.”
Goodreads Review – “This was an amazing story that got me very emotionally invested. It was entertaining, emotional and it kept me wanting to keep on reading.”
Goodreads Review – “As usually Giulia leaves you wanting more.
This was her best yet.
I highly recommend it.”
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I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
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MY REVIEW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5
A story of second chance romance with a lot of hurt to overcome.
Anna has just been making it by on her salary, but she has been saving a little to put aside for her dream home. She’s never had a lot in her life and when she was sent away at the age of 17 to live with her aunt and uncle, she didn’t think she’d ever return to her hometown, but circumstances and fate had other plans for her.
Robert has a great job, money, prestige, and no one to share it with. He thinks that money and prestige is all he needs to succeed in life and be happy, but after being in contact with the only woman he has ever loved and realizing that his life is not as happy or full as he wants, he has a way to go to get the love of his life. He needs to change the way he thinks, for one thing.
At first, I wanted to slap Robert and tell him to wake up and smarten up, but then his brothers were there to do that for him. The Cortell brothers have no problem calling each other out on their bull, nor do they have a problem getting into physical fights amongst each other when angry, but they have an unbreakable bond and a true family loyalty to each other. Robert is the rich brother, always wearing expensive suits and shoes, drives an expensive car, and lives in Chicago in a penthouse apartment. He doesn’t seem to remember where he came from or that his family has no problem telling him to check his attitude on some issues. Neither Anna nor Robert are the same people they were in high school, but can their changes work together, or can their lives work together so they can have a second chance at the love they once shared?
I love this series and the characters keep me laughing at their interactions and their shenanigans. These brothers are always ready to back each other up and they are fun to read. I love the parade scene! I love this story and cannot wait for more of the Cortell Brother Series to come. I give this story a 5-star review.