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 believes she is not enough to keep any man she loves. Her father left her when she was only 9 years old. He just walked away and never contacted her again. Her belief that she is somehow lacking is solidified when she actually catches her fiance, Neil, in the act of cheating on her with one of her "friends." She is broken and becomes a shell of who she was.
Cue her real friends. They lift her up, and make her function. They take her out where she falls, literally, in the lap of a very handsome stranger named Jackson. She shakes off their connection because she thinks it is too soon and she doesn't trust herself or her reaction to him. The one thing in life that she is confident and sure about is her career. It is through her job that she connects with Jackson again. She is representing his cosmetics company and has to work closely with him. There is more than meets the eye with Jackson. Not only is he hot, but he also has a heart of gold. He is determined and patient with Catherine. The two finally give in to their attraction and it is H-O-T!
Not only do Catherine and Jackson have amazing chemistry, but their relationship is so great as well. They have fun and breath life into each other. They are really an adorable couple. They give and take equally. They take turns being the strength that the other needs. However, they hit a hiccup when Neil begins interfering in their lives. Can Catherine trust her heart again or will she push Jackson away before they have a chance to really take off as a couple?
The author injects a lot of emotions into this story. A lot hits Catherine, it seems, almost all at once. At times she doesn't feel strong enough to handle it all, but she is. I loved how her friends helped lift her up, supported her, and would also tell it to her straight. Cat has to learn that she is worthy and that she can trust her heart. She has to figure out that life and love can be amazing as long as she's willing to take that leap of faith.
Copyright © 2014 Corinne Michaels All rights reserved.
He weaves his fingers with mine and guides me toward the windows.
“I used to come up here after my run in the mornings,” he says quietly as we look out at the horizon.
“So you worked out and then climbed the stairs? By choice?” I ask with a raised brow.
His throaty laugh echoes through the building as he steps closer to me. “Not all of us find exercise dumb. There are lots of activities that can be”—he coughs and smiles—“enjoyable.”
Jackson’s playful grin causes my eyes to widen and my cheeks to flush. Him and his mouth!
“Well, only if you do it right.” I smile and slap him across the chest.
“I always do it right,” he says as he walks past me.
“I’m sure you do.” I mutter beneath my breath hoping he doesn’t hear.
“What was that?”
Of course he heard me.
“Nothing. Just admiring the view.” I lie and stare out the window.
Corinne is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. Beloved is her first novel due in June of 2014.
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