By Corinne Michaels
They break you. Leave you. Take everything until there’s nothing left. I won’t let another man tear me down.
Jackson Cole doesn’t play by the rules, though. He pushes me, makes me feel, gives me hope, and terrifies me.
I fought to ensure history wouldn’t repeat itself. But he broke down my walls, obliterated every excuse, and made me love him against all odds.
Then he destroyed me.
I can’t let him back in. Giving him another chance would be a mistake, yet I can’t seem to resist him. Together we have to decide if we belong to one another, or we’re only fooling ourselves.
Wow!!! Talk about a story that rips your heart out right from the start.
Meet Catherine, a publicist for one of the premier companies in Manhattan who seems to get shit on by all the men in her life, starting with her father at age nine and ending most recently with her douche-bag fiancé, Neil. During a night out with friends, she stumbles into Jackson and is instantly attracted to him. But she’s still recovering from her horrific break-up with Neil, so she walks away thinking she’ll never see him again. Right???
Wrong. Guess who’s the new CEO of the big PR account she’s just won? You guessed it: Jackson. Attempts to remain professional don’t last long and she quickly ends up working not only the account, but the hot and sexy CEO as well. THE BELONGING DUET is made up of Beloved and Beholden and follows their relationship from all the ups and downs, to the personal tragedies, to the decisions that could make or break them.
Jackson is amazing. He’s an ex Navy SEAL that is currently the CEO of two companies: Cole Security Forces and Raven Cosmetics. He is also a man who seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. He blames himself for the deaths of those he’s loved and served with and no-one can tell him otherwise. But he is one hot man and his dirty talk is beyond panty melting. He’s funny, kind, loyal, protective and the perfect amount of alpha-male.
Jackson: “I love you and I’ll try not to make you stab me in the leg.”
Catherine broke my heart and I felt for her right from the beginning. She starts out broken and vulnerable, but she becomes stronger with each turn of the page, making life-changing decisions for herself and even getting some payback to at least one person who deserved it. She has an amazing support system in her friends Ashton and Gretchen and eventually starts to heal her old wounds.
Catherine: I don’t know if I’m ready to sleep with him, but if he kisses like that, I can only imagine what he fucks like.
I could not figure out what the heck was up with Neil and Piper. Neil was such a prick, so cruel to Catherine over and over again, and Piper was so bitchy and vindictive. They were all friends at one point in their pasts, but Neil and Piper experienced pure joy at continuously hurting Catherine. Personally, I would love to find out why they both acted that way, because I can’t think of a single reason why. For me, that felt like a really loose end and it bugs me that it was not resolved.
This book has a little bit of everything: the villains that make you want commit totally justifiable murder; the loyal friends who will always support you no matter what; humour, conflict, suspense and sexy times; and most importantly a very very nice HEA. I was shocked to see the epilogue is seven years later, but it finishes the story perfectly.
For a debut novel it’s amazingly well written, and Corinne must have amazing Beta Readers and Editors because I did not notice one spelling, grammar or timeline mistake in the entire box set. I would gladly read more books from her. In fact, I’m already waiting for my copy of CONSOLATION.
Jackson: She’s every breath I breathe, every beat of my heart, and I never want it to stop.
The Belonging Duet
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