Author: Corinne Michaels
Series: The Belonging Duet #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Romance
Page Count: 379
Related Books: Consolation
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?
**Spoiler Alert (Possibly)***
This is the first book by Corinne Michaels that I have read and oh my goodness……what can I say. Now I am a sucker for an HEA and this totally does not have that (wait, don’t despair there is more to the story). I figured something was going to happen close to the end because I kept waiting for the shoe to drop. It did in a big way that I was totally not expecting. However, the bright side is that there will be a second book! Bad news for me, I have to wait for it.
The main character is Catherine. She is beautiful, young, successful, nice….definitely a good friend. Her best friend is her roommate Ashton, who totally deserves her own book. She is a great character to balance out Catherine’s character. The history behind Catherine is revealed early on in the book as is the scum bag ex-fiancé. She thinks of herself as broken based on her past. She is not broken, just not lucky in love. Her biggest flaw is that she pushes guys away because she thinks that they will leave her. I can totally relate to this feeling. She is out with her friends when she literally falls into the lap of Jackson Cole. Once she realizes that Jackson is going to be her client, she tries to deny her feelings for him. Ashton being a great best friend of course taunts Catherine about not calling Jackson and if she is not interested then maybe Catherine would not mind if Ashton called him herself.
Jackson Cole is intriguing. Throughout the book, you see glimpses of him, but Ms. Michaels does not reveal a lot of his history, just enough for this part of the story. He is a handsome man who ends up being the CEO of the company that Catherine has just been hired to PR a new cosmetics campaign for. Cosmetics, you say. You will ask yourself how in the world a man like Jackson Cole could be running a cosmetics company. We will learn that Jackson is running two companies and that he only recently became the CEO of Raven’s Cosmetics. What we do not learn is why. I am hoping that the second book focuses on Jackson and his history. Once you read the ending of this book you will understand why I say that.
You will go through multiple emotions while reading this story. There were times that I laughed at Ashton’s antics and times where I cried with Catherine as she dealt with her fears. I loved how she found her strength that she needed to realize that she could not live without Jackson. I loved that she told him she wanted to be “found”. I loved that Jackson stood up for Catherine and beat the crap out of her ex-fiancé. I hope that you will read this book and also feel the same way. So go, go get the book and read it. It is definitely worth taking the time to do so.
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.