Beholden by Corinne Michaels

Beholden by Corinne Michaelsfive-stars

Beholden Series: Belonging #2
Also in this Series: Beloved
on October 22, 2014
Pages: 369

Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 47 minutes

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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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?

My Review

What can I say about Beholden?

Well, I can tell you I finished it just a few minutes ago, and I have a raging headache caused by sobbing and happiness. Have like six full boxes of tissues handy, unless you don’t mind tears running down your neck, soaking your shirt, and making spots you can’t see through on your glasses. Yeah, lots of crying. And so much happiness in the HEA that my head is pounding…you know…from the good kind of stress.

Since I KNOW you’re not going to read this book without reading Beloved first, you’re going to be shocked that this book starts at a FUNERAL. I’m not saying more, like WHOSE funeral, but, God, Corinne Michaels about ripped my heart out with the suspense of this little scene, not to mention the tension of the first few chapters.

Warning: This book contains copious amounts of groveling time spent by the hero. You’ve been warned.

One thing I’ve really noticed as I get to know this author’s style, is that she is entirely her own. I don’t get a feel for ANY other author. She’s genuine, and every word comes from her heart. I’d love a peek inside her brain to see what Mark is doing next. A little bird told me he’s going to have his own book. Can I just fangirl for a minute??? YAY!!!!! WHEEEEEE!!! Okay, done. What I’d like to do is give the author an award for my favorite line in this book for Best Use of a Double Negative:

“There isn’t one part of you I don’t love.”

Isn’t that beautiful? I just want to hug her editor for allowing that beautiful piece of dialogue to stay, because “I love every part of you” just wouldn’t have fit in Catherine’s mouth.

Remember that sneaking-up-on-her thing that appeared throughout Beloved? Well, Jackson only did that once in this book, I’m sad to say, but it did prompt Catherine to say my second-favorite line from the book. What is it, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you that. It’s a spoiler. Just know it’s SO FUNNY, almost as funny as what Ashton would say.

Ashton. This girl is precious to me. She’s exactly like my daughter’s best friend. Corinne must know her or something. Another character getting her own book. This makes me very happy. 🙂

I’m feeling a little snarky today, and so I’m going to say this. This book includes a line that I have ACTUALLY THOUGHT about myself in the past couple weeks as I had a falling out with a couple of friends. It’s priceless. I’m totally going to steal it and use it in my life. It needs a meme, if anyone reading this knows how to make those. I’m memedicapped, so I can’t do it, but I do enjoy looking at them.

“One day, karma is going to throat punch her and I’m going to laugh.”

I’d also like to do that to that bitch, cancer, but that’s another story for another time.

I’ll be reading this author’s third book very soon, since the fourth book is releasing in a few days. I’m not one to enjoy too much cliffhanger torture, so if I know a book has a cliffhanger and is a duet or trilogy, I don’t even think of reading the first book. I’ll digest them in quick succession.

So, READ THIS BOOK, but read Beloved first or you won’t know what’s going on. This is the concluding book of the Belonging Duet. Beloved, then Beholden. Consolation and Conviction are a spin-off duet. You can start with Consolation and enjoy that couple’s story, but I’m glad I started with the author’s debut novel and read them in order, and encourage you to do the same. If you buy the Belonging Duet Box Set on Kindle, at the time I’m writing this, it’s the same price as just one of the books, so one is FREE. 🙂 I hope you get as much enjoyment from them as I have!


About Corinne Michaels

Corinne Michaels is the USA Today Bestselling Author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation and Conviction). She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is 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.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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