By Lacie Romano
This was my first book by this author and boy did she more than deliver! Suspense, romance, strong heroine and Hero! Perfect blend of Alpha and sweet. This book kept me engaged and wanting more! I love that I have found a new to me author that grabbed my attention!!! Such great writing!
Beautiful Broken Pieces will keep you captivated and wondering what will happen next from the first page. I knew at the end of the last book that Liam was going to be my favorite out of Walker, Austin and Liam from the previous books Catherine has written (Further to Fall and Beautifully Broken Pieces)
I think what I liked most about this book is how real of a past Tessa had and how real she is living her life and how she avoids relationships of any kind. Liam wants to know her more and from her reactions he finds a way to be what she needs and be ok with what she will share. They are the perfect couple because they feel drawn together and have a very good push and pull element to their relationship. After meeting Tessa in Beautifully Broken Pieces we learn why she’s the shy, jumpy baker at the tea house and how Liam is able to help her come out of her shell.
Liam is hiding in Sutter Lake from everything in LA including the record label and everyone wanting a piece of him and Tessa is running from a past that has her always watching her back. How will things turn out when a famous rock star wants the small town girl who is hiding from her past and is terrified of being found?
“I was a total goner for a girl I haven’t even kissed”
The second book in The Sutter Lake series, Beautiful Broken Life is one of my favorite read this year.
So beautiful written. I read it in one sitting. Literally couldn’t put it down.
This is the story of Tessa. A woman on the run from a abusive past. She’s a very frightened who keeps to herself and always looking over her shoulders.
Loved Tessa. My heart hurt for what she went through and she may have appeared first as fragile, but she was strong and a fighter. She was also sweet and loved her relationship with Phoenix.
Liam..he was perfect! The musician hiding from the world he was not confortable being in anymore.
Loved how patience he was with Tessa, protective and tender and he has the biggest heart. Every woman needs a Liam in their life.
Beautifully written with characters you’ll love and suspenseful. I recommend this authors book to the lovers of Kristen Ashley books.
I’ll be looking forward anxiously for the next book in this series.
“Don’t dim your light for anyone. Never again.”
6 Beautifully Broken Stars!!!
Beautifully Broken Life
This is a compelling love story with tension and suspense making it even more exciting. A young woman, Valerie, escapes her nightmare life in Washington, DC. It was physical abuse and verbal torture that finally set her on her new path. With the help of a friend, she changes her appearance, her name, and heads to Oregon. Never relaxed, always ready to flee at a moments notice. She is now Tessa, and lives in Sutter Lake. She bakes for a tea shop owned by a friend, Jensen, and helps her out working at her horse rescue sanctuary, which she loves.
Liam is a popular singer, songwriter from LA who is also escaping a tragedy. A fan obsessed with him attempted suicide because he didn’t acknowledge her. He now has serious writers block, and is questioning his life choices. He came to Sutter Lake to be with his best friend Taylor, who we met in Beautifully Broken Pieces. A chance meeting with Tessa sends her into her panic/ hide mode, which makes him want to know more about her. They see each other a lot because of mutual friends, and Tessa becomes more comfortable around him. Liam’s silent muse fill’s his mind with music notes when he is with her. Tessa is letting down her guard little by little, and Liam starts to hear words for his music. But their growing feelings are interrupted by suspicious events that seem to be aimed at Tessa. Has her ex found her? This time she has friends like family to protect her, especially Liam who becomes her personal bodyguard.
This romantic suspense novel is filled with small town characters, family and love. Courage, strength and passion fill the pages, and I couldn’t put it down. I had to keep tissues handy for the first and second time I read it! Ms. Cowles stories are always an amazing adventure.
5 exceptional stars!
My love for this town and these characters knows no bounds. I want to jump in and visit Sutter Lake and meet the people I consider to be my friends even though they’re just book characters. Because well really, they’re not just book characters. Tessa, this woman. There are not adequate enough words to describe her. This woman is one of the strongest, able, beautiful, and amazing person. And that only scratches the surface. She’s one of my all time favorite characters and I couldn’t have been more proud to get to know her through this book. And Liam. He’s special. I can’t tell you how without giving anything away but Liam is one of the best men I’ve read about. I adore him, majorly adore him. You’ll understand why. Meanwhile we get to visit with the other characters we know and love. When I read books by Ms. Cowles I can’t believe this is only her third book. Her writing, it’s like she’s been writing for 20 years. I don’t just read, I fall into the story. And I can’t wait to fall into Sutter Lake again! ❤️
By Cheryl Norris
Another fantastic book from Catherine Cowles. Liam and Tessa are both running from different things, but after setting his sights on Tessa, Liam knows he has to know her better. Tessa is guarded, running from an abusive ex, scared that one day he will find her and she will have to leave it all behind. Liam takes his time getting to know her, earning her trust, showing her just how beautiful life can be. He helps her discover her inner strength, and convinces her that she is strong, she is a survivor and she can have the life she's always dreamed about.
One of the many things I love about Catherine's writing is that the story isn't rushed. Its a build up, you really get to know these characters, and the character development is one of the best things about her writing. Her stories keep me interested from page 1, always wanting to know what is going to come next.
Romantic suspense at its finest
By Crystal 💜📚
Wow. This one completely had me hooked.
“I was no longer scared to be alone with Liam because of past fears, I was scared to be alone with him because I might be falling. And falling meant running would be that much harder if the time came when it was needed.” -Tessa
Both Tessa and Liam are fighting demons from their past and have found Sutter Lake and each other to be the other’s sanctuary.
The author has a way of pulling you into the heart and soul of these characters. I could not put this book down, the suspense had me guessing the whole time.... and yet their love story was the perfect slow burn.
5 ⭐️ all the way for this one. I can not wait for more from Sutter Lake.
This is book two in Catherine Cowles, Sutter Lake Series. I knew this book would be phenomenal after reading the first book (Beautifully Broken Pieces, for all of you that haven't read it yet) in the series. Writing/story telling talent such as Catherine's is guaranteed to be more exceptional with each release and this book did not disappoint. This is Liam and Tessa's story. Liam has come to Sutter Lake to recoup after an unfortunate incident in LA. While there, the shy young baker at a local establishment knocks him to his knees. However, she's skittish and guarded. Liam wants nothing more than to get to know her, meanwhile Tessa wants nothing more than to keep people out, she won't risk putting the people she's come to know and love in danger. This is their story, full of every emotion you can think of, heartbreak, joy, and true love. There are moments where all you want to do is wrap Tessa in a hug and lend her your strength while at the same time, Liam is making you swoon with the love and protectiveness he shows our girl Tessa. I can't put into words how much I loved this story. It ended entirely too soon, but all the best books do!
HOLY FREAKING CANNOLI was this book AMAZING!
By Samantha B. Sokol
HOLY FREAKING CANNOLI was this book AMAZING! After reading the first book in this series, I couldn’t decide if I wanted Tessa or Jensen’s book first, but I am so glad that Catherine gave us Tessa first. On the run from an abusive fiancé, Tessa has been running for the past two years and finally gaining some semblance of normalcy and a life. Still severely scarred by her past, she is skittish and untrusting of any male, no matter how much she knows about them. Liam is in town to try and get back into the creative headspace he needs to write songs for his upcoming album. When he runs (literally) into Tessa, it seems that she becomes the exact muse he needed, but she isn’t having any of him. As the pull towards Liam begins to get to be too much, and a warning from Grandma Irma, Tessa’s walls start to break down for Liam and the rest of the crew. However, when her past finally catches up to her, the question lies if she will survive another time. The emotions literally came off the pages for me and I felt as if I was physically and emotionally feeling exactly what Tessa was as I read. I can’t say any more amazingly great things about this book as well as this series. In the midst of this amazing book, Catherine was still able to give us a continuation of Taylor and Walker’s story in the background while also alluding to what comes for Jensen and Tuck!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Worthy of ALL THE STARS!
If you haven’t read Catherine Cowles before, YOU NEED TO!!! If you have, then you already know what a fantastic writer she is and you’re chomping at the bit to read this second book in the Sutter Lake Series. Catherine did the story of Liam and Tessa so well that you will want to both race to the climactic finish because you can’t put it down while also wanting to slow down and savor every word because you don’t want it to end. This is such a heartwarming love story full of tender romance told at the perfect pace to make you fall in love with the chatacters. It’s also suspenseful, edge of your seat epic that will find you holding your breath countless times. The only wish I have for this series is that the books could be written as fast as I can devour them. Hats off to you, Catherine!