My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A broken woman finding her path and healing her wounds on her own, while stumbling upon the man that helps her bring her walls down and reach the sentiment of love while acquiring a new aspect of life…
Let me start off by saying that I knew from the start that when I was diving into this baby, I KNEW that the tears would begin and never end. Happy tears, sad tears, angry tears, all the tears! Catherine Cowles has that sort of power and though for some emotional romances may be something out of their depth or of dislike, to me I know which authors I can tolerate and Catherine is an author that I embrace and welcome with opened arms. Her writing brings the best of the words out there, her stories bring the best of my emotions, her end message brings the best of a good time when reading the magic of novels and I am forever enamored by her for sure. This being said, Tessa and Liam’s story has officially been added to my favorite’s list and my hands are rubbing right now waiting for the next novel, which I might have and idea as to whom it may be.
Now let’s talk about the story shall we? Because this novel is one hell of a novel that needs all the praise in the world for sure! We are introduced to the main female character named Tessa, who is running away from her past and an emotionally and physically abusive ex-fiance who will do just about anything to shut her up. These kind of relationships are very common in the real world, so the fact that Catherine wanted to touch this topic does warm up a place in my heart that is cold and lonely. Tessa however, is this strong yet frightened character that also does just about anything to get the life she deserves with peace and harmony. That’s when Liam comes in to the picture, ready to battle whatever war it is that Tessa has. Being hesitant about opening up to just simply anyone, Tessa knows that sharing her story as powerful and dangerous as it may be, she cannot put anyone else in danger as she almost did in the past when escaping her ex-fiance. When Liam tries to get involved, not with her past at first but just opening up with her, he knows that this is a battle that he is ready to dive into and get his hands dirty for. Tessa inspires him to write more music, her presence is what makes his fingers itch, his mind runs with ideas for more music. Her artistic skills also enhances with his presence and there is no denying that attraction they have towards each other. To her at first, he is just this LA musician that she should not get involved with for the sake of hiding her true identity, but once she lets that wall down and let’s Liam in their chemistry is one that cannot be denied.
Liam knows that messing whatever he has with Tessa is something that he cannot do. Having that love, that compassion and admiration towards her is something that he has never experienced before and the idea, the thought of leaving her or her leaving him is something he will never be able to live with;
“I know we’re just getting started, but this thing between us is the most real I’ve ever felt… Don’t squash it because it’s your instinct to run…”
Overall, I am truly captivated by the story and the beauty that there is behind the writing of Catherine. Liam and Tessa will forever be engraved in my hearts with how magical and powerful their stories are. Two individuals who are different in every way, finding one common interest and connecting their love is what brings them together as one, and the way one as a reader feels about it is what really draws you in for more. Thank you to Catherine for writing and sharing such a stunning romance novel that no one, and I mean no one should miss out on. Let the beauty of self-healing and love expand from here and be spread to the world! <3
ARC galley kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review…
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About Catherine Cowles:
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.