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?
Beloved by Corinne Michaels. This is Corinne’s debut novel and all I can say is WOW. I literally just finished and need to get my thoughts down. Lots going on in my head right now. Confusion, anger, hurt, heart break, love. Full of love. But all of those things are what I am feeling right now.
Let me start by saying this book sent me in a tale spin a moment ago. But you know Trish, always ready for the angst. Yeah okay. I am NEVER ready, I say I am. I say I am going to put on my big girl panties and be the Blogger that I should be and just read it. This blogger is a bit sensitive, so when Catherine walks into…err…falls into Jacksons life I guess I thought I was ready for their story; their adventure; their journey.
So let’s talk about Catherine. She’s beautifully broken. Perfect way to describe her. She’s smart, driven in regards to her work, beautiful on the outside, and broken on the inside. Cat can’t trust a man for nothing. Every man in her life has left her. After so many years of feeling abandoned due to her fathers actions, and right now, feeling the hurt of her ex-fiancé’s betrayal, Catherine is back to square one. She’s so hurt and alone. Thank GOD she has extra fab friends Ashton and Gretchen. Ashton is fucking MINT. I love it when the secondary characters appeal to me. Cat and Ash remind me so much of how I talk with my friends. It’s so easy and fun to listen to them. So when Ashton decides it’s time for Catherine to get her ass off the couch and stop thinking about Neil, that’s when she falls into Jackson. Literally. She falls for this gorgeous, tall, blue-green eyed man. And she’s rendered speechless. Pretty much the same reaction Jackson has for Catherine. They both are taken by their reaction to each other. And as magnetic as this moment is, Cat just isn’t ready. So she’s out fast!
Of course as fate would have it, they meet again. And this time under very different circumstances. Catherine is working as Jackson’s publicist; he owns a huge cosmetics company. Oh he’s an EX Navy SEAL too!! Does this guy get any fucking hotter??? Well, now they must work very closely.
The race to see when these two will figure it out…how the heck to work together, professionally, and keep their hands to themselves. Hmmm, well when Jackson looks the way he looks, its simply near impossible; he’s strong, and loyal. These two have amazing chemistry, and such an electric pull that its undeniable. Jackson wants her!! The lines they try and draw as client/publicist are seriously blurring. And the push and pull between them is so much fun to read!! I kinda want to tell Catherine, to just say fuck it!! So what that your heart was torn in two, thrown on the floor and stomped on, numerous times. Take a chance on the hottie in front of you, and just fuck it! Or fuck him! Which ever comes first!!
“I can’t and I won’t lie to you. I feel something for you. I have since the first day we met.” His eyes blaze and he gazes at me.
“I think about you all the time. I want to kiss you every time I look at you. Every time I try to focus at work, somehow I’m distracted thinking of you. I can’t explain it but I think you feel it to.”
They kiss, and I am done for. The chemistry between Catherine and Jackson is explosive. Corinne drives me bananas with their back and forth. It’s so hot, I wanna jump in and straddle Jackson. But still, they need to take it slow. Mixing business with pleasure is NOT what Catherine wants. Her walls are up…high, to protect her heart. And I respect that. Cat has every right to have her doubts. I swear I feel for this girl. Heartache and rejection come hand in hand for her.
Jackson is determined though. He knows she’s special. His determination is one of his most endearing qualities. He’s winning her over with his charm, and humor. He’s a funny mother fucker. Their dialog is genius and flows freely. I absolutely love these two together.
He literally makes you fall in love with him; taking Catherine on fun adventures, really getting to know each other; intimate talks.
One of my favorite scenes is the “Lighthouse”. It’s special, its a place where they connect on a different level, its….more.
“I don’t say a word, afraid to break the moment between us. Safe and secure is the only way I can define this space in time.”
And when Jackson and Catherine finally get intimidate, sparks fucking fly. I knew Jackson would be everything. Catherine really never had a chance, he’s too amazing, and near perfection. How many times can a woman push you away and you keep coming back? Because Jackson knows…he knows Catherine is worth the fight. God, in bed this man rocks her!! HOLLA!
“Just feel me. I want you to feel this moment every time you close your eyes.” He pushes deeper, eliciting a strangled sob from my mouth.
“Feel how deep I am inside your pussy. Feel how fucking hard you make me.”
He rears back and slams into me.
“Feel it, baby.”
Oh I fucking feel it Jackson trust me. He has officially got my heart. And if you ask me, he has hers as well! He fucking owns her.
They fall into such a nice pattern. I just love how this book flows. The warmth you feel between them; the intimacy. It’s Corinne’s writing. She brings you right there in the scene; her descriptions, the smells, the feelings. I am getting that all!
” You’re never lost, Catherine. I’ll always find you.” His mouth crushes down on mine as his words resonate through me, bringing tears to my eyes. And there he is-my hero.”
And the love! You feel the love! And then you feel the angst. And the hurt. And of course Piper, the stupid bitch of a friend that broke Cat’s heart is there to deliver the heartache again, and again. The girl can’t catch a damn break. But its not just back stabbing friends, and asshole ex’s, its her own insecurities that just might be her demise.
“I need to be more than that Jackson. I need to be someone’s everything. I deserve that! I’m tired…I’m tired of being hurt. I want to be enough already!”
What will happen with these two? Catherine with her walls and Jackson with his demons. Both are broken souls; dealing with so much hurt and pain and loss. My God, I was in so much pain reading this. I just wanted to shake Catherine, or Jackson. Or Corinne!!
I am DONE!!! Done with tears and angst!! I can’t tell you how hard I cried. My 4 year old had to console! Not a good sign!
This book was just MINT!! It’s a love story that grabs you, makes you feel so good, and then tears you the fuck down. Two beautiful people caught up in a hypnotic love affair, torn apart by insecurities and reality. And the amount of Schmexy in this book definitely was hotter than hot! Damn, can Jackson dish it…and Catherine takes it!!!
Beloved is more than worthy of my 5 HOLLAS!! And certainly 5 boxes of tissues!!
About Corinne Michaels
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.