Catherine Pope got a second chance at love, only to have it ripped away—again. She should’ve known better.
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?
Beholden is just gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Corinne Michael’s has effectively taken my heart, and placed it in her hands every so delicately and crushed it. Ugly cry is an understatement.
Beholden clearly shows that Corinne has grown as a writer. I felt it all in her words; in this story. I was so wrapped up in Catherine and Jackson you couldn’t tear me away if you tried.
As soon as I finished the prologue, I knew Beholden would break my heart. Chapter 1 was painful, as were the next couple of chapters. There were just too many different emotions I was experiencing. I felt sad, heartbroken. Then I laughed. And then came the tears. Jeez, thanks Corinne, for putting me through hell.
I knew this story would have some painful areas, but I wasn’t prepared for “The Ugly Cry”. Oh and it was ugly for sure. I actually had to stop and cry…hard…compose myself because I honestly couldn’t read through my tears. And not just once. Many times.
Jackson and Catherine are trying to get back to some type of normalcy; there are just so many hurdles they need to jump in order to get there. And that’s what hurts…actually getting there.
Catherine is asking, no begging for loyalty and honesty from Jackson. That’s all she desires in order for this to work. Is Love enough? Love they have. And it’s beautiful. In Beloved you fall in love with Jackson. But in Beholden, you fall even deeper…so deep. My heart hurt for him. But I guess I have this soft spot for Jackson. He’s been through so so much; losing his team members in the past and feeling like he’s to blame and now…losing Aaron. He’s crushed. And hurt and needs to get back. He needs Catherine. Remember, she wants honestly from Jackson….what else hasn’t he told her?
But as much as this story hurt like hell to read, I fucking LOVED the Jackson and Catherine banter. God they are like a real couple. The dialog was sooo real, and smart. Nothing felt rushed. Or fake. It was all just perfect. Catherine is a smart ass for sure and dishes it out; always calling him Muffin. Which by the way, I LOVE!! Love the Muff!! Jackson can definitely be a “Jackass”, according to Mark. OMG MARK!! I FLOVE him!! HARD!!
He’s such a great friend to Jackson, and takes care of Catherine when she needs a friend. I found myself looking forward to any scene Mark was in. And Ashton. Both such hard ass’s and get the award for “Best Sidekick”.
Beholden has everything: a beautiful love story, the heart ache, the build up, the angst. Corinne does a great job of wrapping up Jackson and Catherine. But God, she nearly gave me a freakin heart attack doing it. She evokes any and every emotion you could possible have and brings it to a head. You trying to kill us woman? Get the tissues ladies…and a bottle of Advil. Jackson is back to wreck your world!
This is one of my favorite stories and will be added to my reread list. Corinne gets 5 HOLLAS from me!! And it’s definitely MINT Approved!
Buy Links for Beholden (The Belonging Duet Book 2)
Buy Links for Beloved (The Belonging Duet Book 1)
About the Author
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.