But she dared to hope.
She refuses to let fate take the reins this time. Catherine decides she’s going to fight.
Jackson Cole risked it all.
He thought this time would be different.
With his loyalties pulling him in two directions—it’s time to make a choice…his past or his future.
Will they be beholden to their fears or will they both fight against their demons and finally find the love they both long for?
Jackson Cole is a complex man. He has a lot of secrets and has been through hell and back during his military career and while running his private security business. He has lost several friends and fellow soldiers and blames himself for it. When his best friend Aaron dies Jackson loses his mind and has to go bring him home. Jackson pushes Catherine away just as she finally opened herself up to love again. He walks away and does it in the name of protecting her and himself from heartbreak.
This part of the book nearly destroyed me. I was sobbing like a baby. No this can’t be happening and just when you feel like you can breathe again tragedy strikes and it is Jackson this time who is fighting for his life. This is only one bump in the road though. This story takes another plot twist that rips the rug out from under you. My head was spinning. Corinne shows us what it is like to have the love you need from very close friends when you feel like your world has come to an end and you are trying to pick up the pieces. Gretchen and Ashton become Catherine’s rock and between the tears Corinne has me laughing at the girls silly antics and their made up vocabulary with words like “twunt”. That is so something that my two best friends and I would have made up. The bond between Catherine, Ashton, and Gretchen reminded me of my two best friends of 20+ years and what life was like way back when before kids and messy divorces and perhaps that is why I connected so much with this story.
I really enjoyed the flip-flop of this story as well. Normally the female heroine leaves everything behind to run off into the sunset with the alpha male hero. Not this time. Corinne does something a little different and I have to say that the conclusion of Catherine and Jackson’s story was quite refreshing. I also adored the epilogue. You really get to see Catherine and Jackson and their witty banter years down the road along with Catherine’s antics to drive Jackson crazy. I loved their happily ever after.
Once again I reiterate I was engrossed in Beloved and Beholden for four days from the minute the kids went to bed until at least midnight each night. I had to see what was going to happen next. The chemistry was scorching hot between Catherine and Jackson and they had so many hurdles to jump and obstacles to overcome that I could not put these books down until I literally passed our from exhaustion. Thanks again for letting me ready your stories Corinne. I am really looking forward to reading whatever you have in store for us next.
Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her—from her father to her fiancé. She finally accepted the fact she would never be enough to hold any man’s heart and soul.
Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.
When her world literally collided with the sexy former Navy SEAL, everything she always believed is turned upside down and left scattered. He made her feel alive and desirable, consumed her with fierceness and loyalty—which completely unnerved her. Jackson got her in a way no one ever had, giving him the power to destroy her.
If she breaks down and gives him what’s left of her battered heart—will he protect it? Or will Catherine become an irrelevant part of yet another man’s life?
Will she get the one thing that has always evaded her – to finally be someone’s beloved?
Catherine Pope has worked really hard to make a career for herself as a publicist. She is engaged and about to be married and is so excited to start a new adventure with Neil that is until she shows up as his apartment with their wedding invitations and finds him banging one of her friends. That about does Catherine in. She never in a million years would have seen that coming. She never felt she was good enough for anyone after her father left when she was only nine years old. She remembers the day he left like it was yesterday.
Jackson Cole is a bit of a mystery in Beloved. He is a handsome flirt and while Catherine is out with her girls drowning her sorrows she just happens to fall into his lap. One look at Catherine and Jackson is entranced. He tries to get her to stay for a drink but she runs off. He never expects to find out that his company Raven cosmetics hired her to be his personal publicist. Oh what a lucky man.
Corinne does an excellent job with character development when she really drags Catherine through the mud. Neil turns out to be a total scumbag and I seriously wanted to reach into my kindle and slap the crap out of him. Piper is a woman who readers will love to hate. She is Neil’s lover and loves to flaunt it in Catherine’s face.
Catherine and Jackson have a very rocky relationship as excess baggage takes hold of their relationship and spirals it out of control and just when it seems that all is right and good in the world again, tragedy strikes and it looks as if Catherine and Jackson might not get their happily ever after.
Thanks you soo much for letting me read your gifts to the world Corinne.