Title: Beholden (Book Two in the Belonging Duet)
Author: Corinne Michaels
Release Date: October 22, 2014
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 the fabulous conclusion in the Belonging duet and once again Corrine Michaels did not disappoint with Catherine and Jackson’s story. This book was another refreshing great mix of hot sexy chemistry, with a side of swoon worthy romance, add in some further heartache and angst but with it all turned up a notch in this second book.
Beholden picks right up where we left off in Beloved so if you have not read it, stop right now and read no further. In the end of book one just as Catherine is asking for Jackson’s forgiveness for pushing him away, he gets terrible tragic news and once again is having to deal with the loss of a loved in. Not able to take one more loss this time has pushed Catherine away and has had to take care of issues with the security company which takes him to Afghanistan where he becomes badly wounded and we are left with him on the brink of death. With things still touch and go with Jackson, Catherine is at his side, she has almost lost the one man she truly loves and she is not giving him up without a fight. But what these two have facing them is many struggles and is love truly going to be enough to keep them together through both the good and the bad.
In this book the author really stepped it up a notch for me with both these characters. I love how we got to see truly how strong Catherine was and all that she had to overcome. It was truly so enjoyable seeing such an awesome strong female lead character holding her own, even at times when she was heartbroken and still in love, she stood on her own. I also loved that she wasn’t like the normal female MC and expecting honesty but not giving it. She was honest with him at all times, even when she knew he would be upset and mad at her, she told him the truth and stood her ground.
I must say Jackson was just so much yummier in this one, my heart truly ached for him, once again he must deal with lost and the guilt that he feels responsible for his friends death. And on top of all that he must deal with his own struggles to get back on his feet after being badly wounded. These two characters were so amazingly strong and at times stubborn and pig headed but I loved every minute of it.
From the moment I picked up this book I could not put it down. At times I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster with these two leaving me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my fingernails. Many times I was left heartbroken with my heart in my throat not knowing what was going happen next with these two. Right from the start of this series you could see these two were meant for each other, they just need to get past all the baggage and struggles that followed them and they both needed to let the walls down they built around their heart. This book left me cheering these two on, wanting to see them survive
Overall I absolutely love this book and loved this series. I must say I am still a little shocked that this was Corinne’s debut series, the writing was so well done and felt like a seasoned writer. These are an absolute must read and Corrine Michaels just found a new fan, I will definitely be reading anything she writes going forward. Would love to see this duet turned into a series, it held such great characters that truly had stories to tell, ones I would definitely read!
Beloved (Book One in the Belonging Duet)
Catherine Pope has never been enough.
She repeatedly lets men in, only to be left broken.
Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.
Jackson makes her feel alive, desirable, and consumes her with a fierceness she’s never known. But Jackson struggles with his own past. His training as a Navy SEAL never prepared him for the battle to win her heart. He’s different, honorable, and worth the chance…but he must prove it.
If she gives him what’s left of her heart—will he protect it? Will she get the one thing that has always evaded her – to finally be someone’s beloved?
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.