I tried resisting him. I fought to ensure history wouldn’t repeat itself. In the end, Jackson and I knew he would win. He broke down my walls, obliterated every excuse, and made me love him against all odds.
Then he shattered my heart into thousands of pieces.
I can’t let him back in. It was hard enough surrendering my heart the first time. If he hurts me again, I’ll never survive. No matter what he thinks, we’re beholden to our past.
Beholden was my second novel by Corinne Michaels, and the conclusion to Catherine and Jackson’s duet. I liked it better than Beloved, but it still had a lot of issues that bothered and annoyed me from time to time. Beloved took me on an emotional roller coaster, but Beholden definitely had it beat in that department. There was so much upheaval and back and forth in Catherine and Jackson’s relationship that it almost gave me a headache and had me screaming at them in my head. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good book and I enjoyed the conclusion to their story, but holy crap it put my head and heart through the ringer a thousand times.
I enjoyed getting to know more about Catherine and Jackson, especially Jackson, and I was thankful that Ms. Michaels wrote more of the story from his POV in Beholden than she did in Beloved. I loved discovering more about his past and knowing his thoughts and feelings about everything. It endeared him to me more and I actually liked him better than Catherine. I liked Catherine and Jackson a lot, however they both frustrated and annoyed me to no end quite frequently. It seemed to take forever for their story to end, and I wished it had been condensed into one novel instead of two. With all of that being said, I did enjoy reading the final part of their duet. I was originally going to give Beholden four stars, but then I read the epilogue and it completely changed my opinion. It was honestly the best part of the entire duet, and I was very happy with the conclusion to Catherine and Jackson’s story. It definitely made up for some of the not so great aspects of each book.
One thing I really loved in Beloved and Beholden were the secondary characters. They were an excellent balance and distraction from Catherine and Jackson’s tumultuous relationship. They made my heart break for them at times, but they never ceased to make me smile or laugh. I’m very much looking forward to reading Mark, Ashton, and Natalie’s stories in the rest of the Salvation series.
Beloved and Beholden weren’t my favorites books of all time, but I enjoyed Corinne Michaels’ writing style, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels, especially the rest of the Salvation series!
FIVE “Catherine & Jackson” STARS!
About the Author
Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series and Say You’ll Stay. 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 heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.