Author: Corinne Michaels
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 378 pages
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?
Jackson takes a step closer to me, stalking me like I’m his prey as I counter with another step back. Once my back hits the car door … that’s it. He has me pinned and we both know it. He raises his arms, placing them on the frame of the car and caging me in.
His lips brush against my ear when he whispers, “Oh, but your body says otherwise.” His body closes in on mine and the last remaining space between us disappears. Heat floods my core, my face, my body—my lids flutter closed and I take a shaky breath. “Open your eyes, Catherine.”
Just as the title tells us, Catherine's one wish is to be "beloved". Her whole life has been shaped by her experiences with men that did not cherish her and abandoned her. Her father abandoned her at age nine. Her mother blamed her for her father's leaving. Now, the man she has been engaged to has the audacity of cheating on her just months before their wedding. Her self-esteem is at its lowest.
But Catherine is a survivor and she is trying to move on. As she literally falls in Jackson's lap, a new relationship takes hold of her heart and relentlessly sweeps her. Relationships are a struggle. Love is a verb and requires action and tender handling. Jackson and Catherine both have to fight for their feelings.
Secrets are the death knell. Jackson has kept himself so tightly closed up, it is time for him to open up and let Catherine look into his heart.
I have to warn you... keep the box of tissues handy! The sequel to this book is called BEHOLDEN and at this writing, there is no publication date... just a coming soon status. You will be begging the author like me to release the sequel ASAP. I assure you, these characters will stay with you and hook your hearts!
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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