Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: Beloved (Belonging #1) by Corinne Michaels

22366853Release date: May 27th 2014
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Not enough.

Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her—from her father to her fiancĂ©. 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?

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What an emotional roller-coaster. I swear this book had my head all over the place. I must admit that at first I was having trouble with Cat, but then once the story progressed I connected more and understood her feelings. She still frustrated me for the most part though. Like there were times when I wanted to shake her for some of the things she'd do or say. 

Jackson was great until his mood would switch abruptly for reasons I just couldn't figure out. Then towards the end of the story, he really threw me when he made such a decision, basically contradicting everything he'd told Catherine before.

Both characters were deeply hurt and flawed. So if you're looking for perfect these two will probably rub you the wrong way. I liked that they were different than most characters I read about. It made their stories more interesting; more gritty. Like most women, Cat had some insecurities she struggled with. She'd been through a lot of crap with the opposite sex and I was happy when she'd started opening up to Jackson. Him on the other hand, I felt like he should have come clean about his past. I mean, I didn't really see it as that major. 

Overall, Beloved was an enjoyable and emotional read. The writing is great, very easy and quick. I liked that the entire book wasn't drenched in sorrow and that there were sweet and humorous moments. I liked Catherine's roommate too. Her character was significant to the story and truly knew how to snap some sense into Cat. To conclude, I'm looking forward to reading the second book, especially after that heart-wrenching ending. Good job, Corinne. You've made a fan out of me with your raw writing.


  1. Definitely sounds like an emotional read. The kind of book you need to read something light and fluffy after. Lol.

    1. I agree :) Hope you give it a read Lisa.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love emotional roller-coaster reads! I also like the sound of the characters. I might have to give this one a try!

    Lovely review!

  3. Gritty, raw books w/damaged characters are always a good read for me. I haven't heard about this book or author before, but you've got me curious.

  4. I have such a soft spot for navy SEALs, Shane, and I think I'd really enjoy Cat too! I'm definitely adding Beloved to my TBR. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you're having a fantastic week!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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