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Review: Beautifully Broken Pieces by Catherine Cowles

A woman who’s lost everything.

Taylor is looking for peace and quiet away from the memories of all she’s lost. A small mountain town where no one knows her seems like the perfect escape.

A man battling the ghosts of his past.

Walker loves his life just the way it is. His town, his family, his brothers in blue. Everything simple and easy—until a chance encounter changes it all.

When Taylor’s solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares…a killer lurks.

And you never know who might be caught in the crosshairs.


Beautifully Broken Pieces kicks off the exciting new Sutter Lake Series by author Catherine Cowles. Beautifully Broken Pieces follows the story of Walker and Taylor. Taylor’s life has had a lot of ups and downs. After the loss of her beloved mother, Taylor decides she needs a change. And Sutter Lake looks like it may have all the answers that she’s looking for. Her heart has known loss and she’s afraid to let anyone get close. So, when Walker enters her life, her perfectly erected walls don’t stand a chance. From the moment Walker laid eyes on Taylor he was totally captivated. He knew she had ghosts that haunted her and wanted nothing more than to bring some joy into her life. Walker’s life hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows either. He’s known pain, heartache and loss as well. Even though he’s got his own pain, he’s happy with the life he lives…that is until Taylor turns his entire world upside down. Taylor and Walker are the perfect match. It’s just so beautifully easy and their chemistry burns hotter than ever. Will Taylor and Walker take a chance on love and be able to mend their broken hearts? There’s only one way to find out…..

I knew from the moment I read Catherine Cowles debut novel, that she was going to be an author to watch out for and boy did she prove me right. It’s so hard to believe that Beautifully Broken Pieces is just her second novel. It is so incredibly well written and reads like she’s been writing forever. Beautifully Broken Pieces is an emotional and heartwarming romance with a great mix of mystery and suspense. The story-line will pull you in instantly and the characters will keep you begging for more.

I thought that romance between Taylor and Walker was just perfection. It was perfectly paced with a delicious slow burn. I loved watching their relationship build from a reluctant friendship to an inferno that couldn’t be denied. Taylor is beautifully complicated with skyhigh walls that I just couldn’t wait for Walker to break down. I couldn’t wait to see her broken pieces be put back together.

Beautifully Broken Pieces isn’t just a romance. It’s a story of loss and heartache. It’s a story of accepting the past and learning to move forward. There’s drama. There’s angst. There’s action, suspense and a couple of twists that will just keep you glued to the pages. Yep, this book hit all the marks for me and was a seriously entertaining read.

I think this new series from Catherine Cowles is off to a terrific start and I’m excited to see what she’ll have in store for us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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