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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Corinne Michaels comes a heartbreakingly beautiful stand-alone story about letting love in. 

I’m losing myself trying to save everyone else....

As a doctor, I walk a dangerously delicate balance of being compassionate but not overly invested. The same is true in my personal life - love is a luxury I can’t afford.

It isn’t until Dr. Westin Grant breaks down all my walls and offers me a future, I find myself wondering if I’m brave enough to risk my heart. 

When who I was and who I’ve tried to become collide during my clinical trial, the fate of one patient changes everything. 

In a single moment, everything I’ve worked for is jeopardized. My integrity, my career, and even my relationship with Westin. 

He loved me once. I just hope he can love me always.

©2021 Corinne Michaels (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Her stories are chock-full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles. She is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

About the Performer

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and narrator of over 400 audiobooks. She has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Best Female Narrator Audie for Tara Westover's Educated and a SOVAS for the performance of her own internationally bestselling novel, My Oxford Year, which was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Audiofile Magazine named her one of its Golden Voices this past year. She is also a Grammy-nominated audiobook director as well as a certified tea sommelier.

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Breathtakingly Beautiful, Powerfully Poignant!

This is such a beautiful, powerful, and emotional story. Dr. Serenity Adams is a prominent gynecologist oncologist who is starting a ground breaking cancer treatment trial. She has been able to compartmentalize her feelings when it comes to her patients, but there is always the exception. She has had a 2 year affair with a respected colleague and friend, Dr. Westin Grant. She also has kept him at a distance because of a terrible and heartbreaking loss of her first love that she never recovered from. Westin is so kind, supportive, encouraging, and totally swoony. He is done letting Serenity hold back, he wants more and will do what it takes to make her see how good they are together. But when a ghost from the past reappears, Serenity's world is turned upside down. She is so blinded by wanting to help save lives, that she just might lose everything she has worked for including her career and Westin. This breathtaking story about Serenity & Westin is one of hope, heartbreak, courage, and unconditional love. Michaels skillfully revealed this story in alternating past and present sequence allowing me to be truly engaged both emotionally and thoughtfully. She expertly weaved a tale of sacrifice, and heartbreak, but ultimately of hope, healing, and love. I loved both Serenity & Westin for their strength, love and devotion.
This story is a raw and emotional journey with several twists and turns that will take your breath away.
Narrator Julia Whelan is so compelling as she brings this story to life. Not only is her voice easy to listen to, but her character changes are amazing and it makes this story feel even more real and honest. Her intonations are spot on, and she makes me feel all the myriad of emotions that Serenity, Westin, and all the characters experience as they discover all the secrets, loss, and love throughout. This is storytelling at it's absolute finest and I loved every moment of this beautiful, raw and emotional journey!

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Letting go is the ultimate weight lifted

Oh how this book is everything I love about Corinne Michaels. This story was about a woman's journey to healing, self awareness and accepting the love you truly deserve. It's a book worth being read/listened to more than once.

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Predictable

Way too much emphasis on “what if’s”. The story could have been told in 30% of the time. Don’t bother.

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Melodramatic

I had to force myself to keeping on listening to this melodrama. The protagonist, Serenity, was neurotically guilt ridden and self engrossed. The other characters were flat and unrealistic

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Not worth the time

This was a very long dragged out, repetitive story. I would not recommend it. Very predictable.

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You Loved Me Once is Perfection!!!

You Loved Me Once by Corinne Michaels is another amazing book from this author. I was so excited for this book but I wasn’t prepared for my heart to be so shattered. This book had me crying and sobbing so much I had to pull my car over and stop I was so wrecked while listening but then with the wild roller coaster of emotions I was smiling and even laughing. This is such a beautiful love story and is so well written. It is just pure perfection. This author is one of the best in my book. I highly recommend this audio book. The narrator Julia Whelan couldn't have been better. She brought these characters to life.

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10 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10 Stars! Best Corinne Michael’s Story to Date! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

You Loved Me Once gripped me from the start I got all the Angst I love from romance and all the butterflies in my belly. I am an avid reader of this author and this is her best story to date. Serenity and Westin’s story is one of opening your heart to love after it was crushed in the past. When that same past intersects your present you question everything… your life, career and love.

Top Read for 2021! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Broken

Once again Corinne Michael’s has written a book that gutted me and broke me emotionally. I need to gather my thoughts to write a full review!

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Addicting and compelling

I've read most of Corinne's books and I've loved so many of them, but this has to be one of her best. She really brought the feels, angst, and emotion with You Loved Me Once. This is an addicting and compelling read all about the choices we make that can be wrong even if they're right, and right even if they're wrong.

Serenity is a doctor who has a passion for what she does. After losing her mom to cancer, it solidified that this is what she was meant to do with her life. Now, fourteen years later, she's running her first clinical trial that could change the lives of so many women fighting for their lives (and fertility) with ovarian cancer. With this trial comes a blast from her past and some complications she never saw coming.

Serenity has been a bit standoffish since not only losing her mom, but her college fiancé. She's spent the last few years being casual with another doctor, Westin Grant. Westin is everything and works hard to break down the walls Ren has put up. She swore she'd never let herself fall in love again because she didn't want to experience that heartbreak but Westin doesn't give her much choice. He's pretty incredible.

As I said before this book is about choices. Ren has to make a choice that could effect her career, her relationship, and her world as she knows it. It's a situation I wouldn't want to be in and that choice keeps us on pins and needles seeing how things would work out for her.

I loved watching the growth and changes Serenity made throughout this book. There were so many great scenes with her family and of course, my favorite part about this was the romance. Though the romance isn't always first and foremost in this story it plays a large part. Westin is most definitely my favorite hero of Corinne's (sorry, Mark) and he was incredible, patient, and so loving. This story touched me and made me think, feel, and fall in love. Highly recommend this one!

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If you like the Hallmark channel you'll enjoy this

The only reason I listened to this story is because of who the author is. I liked liked hero but the heroine fell short. The heroine is selfish and her "traumatic past" isn't all that traumatic. She's always going on about how she is a strong feminine woman who doesn't need a man, yet her whole story is based off how she could not get over a a past relationship, with a MAN 75-or-some-other- obscure-number of years ago. Then after SHE screws up her life and her friends come over and try to help her she gets mad because they won't give her a day to sulk by herself. I wanted to scream at her to stop being so God damned selfish and be grateful that she even had friends. Corinne Michael's is an excellent author but I did not like the heroine in this story. Find something else of hers and enjoy!

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  • 09-02-21

Lovely

Really can't understand the negative reviews. If you enjoy romance and you like an emotional read- get into it. Otherwise, it's probably not for you.

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  • Rae Radford
  • 06-12-22

The one that got away.

What would you do if the 'one that got away' walked back into your life at a pivotal moment? For many of us, we glorify the past and the lead character does this and some! A heartfelt storyline which I enjoyed.

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  • FBooks
  • 09-18-21

A beautiful relatable story.

This story is realistic, beautiful and emotional. It is not easy wnen loose someone, either by death a broken relationship or a Doctor loosing a patient. People react in different ways to lost and this story showed it how this los affected the different characters. I experience many emotions while reading and I could empathise with the characters.

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  • Maria Johns
  • 08-27-22

Baggy, slow , tedious. Very disappointing

Torturous. I couldn’t finish. Way too much information on oncology trial rules and ethics. I could have read the journal of oncology and enjoyed it more. It wasn’t credible that the heroine was a consultant surgeon/ oncologist yet made such stupid decisions about whether to veer from the trial rule.

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  • 07-07-22

Lovely Story

I enjoyed this story - it was sad in places but it is a nice story all round

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  • 06-17-22

A great story

Throughout the whole thing I was on edge trying to figure out who she’ll end up with! Really well written and the narration is so good, specially the emotional / heated moments. Great listen and enjoyed it more than the other romantic books out there!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

Everything

I laughed, cried and loved listening to this book.
The emotion's it bought out in me was raw and consuming. I could relate to the main characters and their losses felt like my own thanks to the narrator's performance.
This story will stick with me, and i hope that when i die someone will tell me about my greatest love story as i pass on.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-22-22

A good love story

A really good love story where you never knew which way it would end. Not many books make me cry but this one did. Very well narrated.

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  • Ms. Jenny Briton
  • 01-24-22

Greys anatomy in a book

Love Julia Whelan telling any story! The book is not amazing but a nice read. Lots of greys anatomy storylines thrown in

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  • Chris D
  • 09-17-21

Too many unnecessary details

Do I really need to know how many patients got a placebo medication? I want to read about he characters not a medical study.

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  • Jasmin
  • 06-30-21

Reasonable Book If You Have Nothing Better To Do

Look, it’s not a great book - the storyline is meandering and similar phrases such as ‘his hand dropped’ are used over and over again. There’s also a bunch of storyline inconsistencies.

My main gripe is while the voice acting was good, I found it hard to distinguish between when the character was talking and when it was just internal monologue.

Overall though, I enjoyed it and hey, it was free.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-21

Fantastic listen

Genuinely never thought I’d be listening to a romance novel. Ran out of monthly credits and it was free and super interesting, found myself invested and unable to stop listening for hours.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-21

lovely story

I'm not usually a fan of romance novels but this had just thr right amount of balance between mushy fantasy and an actual story. great characters and a believable story.

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  • Emily
  • 07-09-21

Predictable but enjoyable

If you’re reading this for a typical medical romance then that’s exactly what you’ll get.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-21

I really loved this book!

The story is excellent, the voice acting is excellent. I was sad when it finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-21

love story

I bought it cause it was free . Didn't think much of it at the start but I couldn't NOT listen it later on. I loved the story and it was easy to follow. Would love to hear episode 2 :).

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  • Sandra C
  • 10-23-21

Wake me when something happens

Chapter 4.
That's how far I made it. I've enjoyed Julia Whelan's narration before, but this was not dissimilar to the reading of an encyclopaedia. A flat, boring snoozefest.
I might park the book and give it another shot in the future when I'm desperate. If I change my mind, I'll update this review, but until then, sorry but it's just too boring 😴

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  • nicole
  • 08-10-21

Waste of time

Wish I’d listened to the negative reviews but I chose to listen to the positive ones, thought I’d give it a go. It was free right! Wrong it cost me 10hrs of my life.

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  • Steve Davie
  • 07-08-21

Yeah nah

Jodi picoult meets greys anatomy. I realise this is classic of this authors genre and it was a freebie from audible .. if you like this kind of thing it's pretty good but I'm not hoo g to seek out more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

Really enjoyed it

Not what I thought was going to happen, made me happy . Great story , looking up more to read