Title: Beautifully Broken Spirit
Series: Sutter Lake
Author: Catherine Cowles
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Format: Physical Copy
Source: Social Butterfly
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 Stars!
She’s always been his safe place to land.
Jensen has shared a special bond with Tuck for as long as she can remember, their friendship a language that never needed words. But as life threw her one curveball after another, that secret language turned to stony silence.
He’s always been her protector.
Tuck has looked out for Jensen since the day she was born. As his best friend’s little sister, he’s tried to keep her firmly in the friend category. But she’s always been more.
All it takes is one moment of weakness to send Tuck’s fiercely guarded walls crumbling to the ground. As a new fire burns between them, someone watches. Someone who doesn’t like the new life Jensen’s building for herself.
And they’ll stop at nothing to keep her in the dark.
I adore this series! I’ve loved Catherine’s books since I read her debut novel, and I can’t get enough of her writing now. Catherine is a master of writing small town romance with just the right amount of romantic suspense, and Beautifully Broken Spirit is probably the best she’s written yet!
I’ve been desperately waiting for Tuck and Jensen’s story since I first met them in Beautifully Broken Pieces. Jensen has had such a tough time throughout this series, and I desperately wanted to see her get her happy ending. And Tuck’s troubles went so much deeper than I ever imagined. Bringing these two together to help each other heal was such a wise decision on Catherine’s part, and made for such an amazing story.
The best part of Catherine’s writing is the fact that she always weaves an element of suspense into her overall story arc. It’s always so well done, and even readers who aren’t huge fans of romantic suspense (me included) will enjoy her books because of the way that she works through her storyline and writing. Plus, her characters are so incredible, and so well fleshed out and well rounded that I fall so deeply into the story I can’t help but become entirely immersed in the small town of Sutter Lake.
Jensen and Tuck have fought their feelings for so long, and Jensen is completely opposed to feeling any bit of happiness due to factors that have been out of her control from the very beginning. When she does allow herself to feel some happiness, it becomes evident that someone does not want her to be happy. It’s up to her and Jensen to figure out what is going on, and I was left guessing the entire time as to who the “bad” guy really was.
This was a solid performance from Catherine, and I can’t wait to see what other treasures she has in store for us in her upcoming writings because with each book, she just keeps getting better and better.
Rating: 5 Stars!!
I have fallen so deep in love with everything that Catherine Cowles’ writes. She effortlessly writes these poignant small town romance book with a romantic suspense twist. I adore her as both a writer and a person. She gives her all in each book, and she does that with Beautifully Broken Spirit. I knew this was going to be one of my favorites because I absolutely love a single parent, friends to lovers romance.
We have followed Tuck and Jensen’s stories throughout the previous books, and it is finally their turn. Jensen has been badly burned on more than one occasion and she is fearful of letting another man into her life. What she doesn’t realize is the perfect man has been in her life since she was a kid.
Tuck has been waiting in love with one woman his entire life, and he has refused to take it further due to his own insecurities stemming from his childhood. However, when they both realize things are changing, they are both going to need to learn to let go and stop fighting what is clearly true love.
Jensen’s spirit has taken a beating and it was beautiful to watch her let her spirit be wild and free again. The only person who is able to heal her broken spirit is Tuck. These two were made for each other and I was so happy with how their story turned out.
I can’t wait to find out what is going to come next!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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“Hey, Little J.”
My entire world seemed to tunnel as my vision went black, and my knees buckled.
“Shit!” Strong hands caught me before I could hit the floor. I blinked rapidly as Tuck’s face came into focus. His expression was full of worry. “Are you okay?” He settled me into one of the café chairs.
My stomach pitched. “I’m fine. Just got up too fast. You startled me.”
Tuck’s brow furrowed. “The door was unlocked.”
“Well, I thought I’d locked it.”
Tuck let out a sound that was a cross between a sigh and a growl of frustration. “You need to be more careful. Anyone could’ve come in here, and you wouldn’t have even known. Just because we live in a small town doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions.”
I pinned him with a stare that should’ve had him taking a step back. “I know that. Believe me, I of all people fucking know that.”
Tuck winced. “I didn’t mean it like that.”
I waved him off. “I know.” I pushed up to stand, but the world turned wobbly again, and Tuck pressed me back into the chair.
“Oh, no, you don’t. When’s the last time you had something to eat?”
I tried to think back. I guess I had missed lunch. “A granola bar in the car on the way to drop Noah off at school?”
This time Tuck did growl. “You need to take better care of yourself.”
My skin prickled. “I take fine care of myself, you big behemoth.”
“I’m not seeing a whole lot of evidence of that lately. You take care of everyone but yourself.” I opened my mouth to argue, but he kept right on going. “You stay right here while I go fix you a snack.” Tuck pinned me with a hard gaze. “You move a muscle, and I will paddle your ass.”
My jaw came unhinged, but simmering heat pooled low in my belly. My hands fisted. What the hell? Before I could regain any semblance of the ability to speak, Tuck had turned on his heel and strode towards the kitchen. Had I actually hit my head? Was I now in some sort of coma-induced alternate universe where Tuck threatened to spank me? And why the hell did some part of me like the idea?
I was clearly in some sort of hunger-induced brain misfire. That was the only reasonable explanation. I did all kinds of crazy stuff when I went too long without sustenance. Yes, those crazy things were generally something like eating an entire pan of brownies in one sitting. They weren’t typically the burning desire to climb one of my best friends since birth like a tree. But hunger could make you do lots of insane things.
Tuck emerged from the kitchen juggling a plate with the largest sandwich I’d ever seen and a tall glass of what looked like apple juice. He came towards me with what I could only describe as a swagger. Had his hips always moved like that when he walked?
Don’t get me wrong, I knew Tuck was attractive. Hot even. I’d had the requisite crush on him throughout my middle school years and even into high school. But he had always treated me like a little sister. Someone he liked hanging with. But never once had he given me even a single hint that he was interested in more than friendship. And I’d grown up. I’d put him firmly in the big-brother category. So, why, all of a sudden, was my body reacting to him?
It had to be my dry spell. Could it even be called that if it was as dry and vast as the Sahara? I needed to get laid and stat. Because the last thing I needed was to fall for a guy who was a walking one-night stand.
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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.
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