Monday, 2 June 2014

Spotlight Tour ~ Review, Excerpt, Playlist & Giveaway ~ Beloved (Belonging #1) by Corinne Michaels

Book Description:
Not enough.

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?

Copyright © 2014 Corinne Michaels All rights reserved

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.”
Our Review:
**ARC received for hones review** 
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars


greatly loved; dear to the heart.
a person who is greatly loved.
Catherine Pope has issues, abandonment issues, self-worth issues, confidence issues all these lead her to the belief that she is unlovable, every man that she has ever loved has left, her father included. She finally thought she had nailed it, she was engaged, soon to be married, but once again her past comes back to haunt her. What was wrong with her? Why did they always leave? Was she really that bad? The prologue sums it perfectly:-

“To belong to someone.

All I’ve ever wanted is to be loved. I crave it – need it, desire it – more than food and water. I long for undying love and affection. The kind of love that bonds souls. The kind of love that’s so deep two become one.

To be someone’s beloved.”

Catherine has to try and get her life back on track, pick herself up from the shit that her life has turned into, yet again. Her friends take her out for the night and this is where she lands into the lap of a man that she cannot forget. There was something about him that kept playing over and over in her mind. They had hardly spoken, but he had left a lasting impression.

Call it fate but their paths do cross again in the most extraordinary place, it seems that Catherine was unforgettable too and maybe the stars did realign that night and mother nature has a way of throwing them back together, is this destiny?

Jackson Cole is an ex SEAL, having left the service he now owns a security company but still assists the government in a variety of guises. He also has his fingers in other pies that ultimately lead to his reunion with the woman that took his breath away that night. He too has his own baggage, he fights internal battles, he has his hang ups but all that starts to pale once he meets Catherine. I have to say I totally loved Jackson; he was so caring, thoughtful, romantic and extremely protective, he had me swooning from the get go.

As with any new relationship, life has its hurdles and these two do not escape lightly, Catherine’s ex becomes an even bigger asshole throughout this book. Is their relationship strong enough? Will their insecurities dictate their future? Can they forget their past and live for the future? Read it and you will find out!

“You’re it for me, Catherine…I’m not walking away from you or us. I wasn’t ready to love again when you came crashing into me. But you made me want to try again…I told you I will always find you, but you have to want to be found. Let me find you, Catherine.”

There are many laugh out loud moments, I had tears, I got angry, and so Corinne did a great job with my emotions. My only slight criticism would be that I would have liked a slower build to the start of their relationship, I like to connect to the characters whole heartedly and because it did start so quickly I lost that a little, I did feel the ending was a little bit rushed, but what an explosive ending! I cannot wait for the next instalment of this series; I hope that Corinne can write fast!

“We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure – Hebrews 6:19”

For a debut book the author has done a great job, the pages kept turning, emotions were running riot, everything I love in a book, a good solid start.
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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. Beloved is her first novel due in June of 2014.

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