She’s hiding secrets.
For Anna, keeping her deepest scars hidden from the world has always been a necessity—from the bruises of her childhood to the mistake that nearly cost her everything. To keep herself safe, she must keep everyone around her at a distance—especially the man who has tempted her since the moment they met.
His demons are taunting him.
Mason has done his best to bury the past by achieving more than he ever thought possible. But even with all of his success, his life feels empty.
When tragedy strikes, Anna is left fighting to protect the only family she has left. And Mason will do anything to keep her and her loved ones safe—even if that means the ring of wedding bells.
But as a new spark ignites between them, someone is watching.
And they’ll do whatever it takes to snuff out that light for good.
5 Swoon-Worthy Stars!
Beautifully Broken Redemption is Book 5 in The Sutter Lake Series by Catherine Cowles. Each book in this series is an interconnected stand-alone featuring a different couple with its own HEA and can be read alone—but if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy reading each book and couple in this series.
Anna Foley has spent the better part of a decade running from an abusive past. Once a former shelter resident herself, she is now running Hope House—the very same shelter she took refuge in. It’s at this same shelter that Anna meets Mason Decker (aka Mase) who volunteers at the shelter as part of a community outreach program through his work. Mason is the VP/COO of Halo, a security company owned by Cain. (If you haven’t read Cain’s story I highly recommend doing so in Beautifully Broken Control, Book 4 of the Sutter Lake Series.)
Mason had been fascinated with Anna since he first met her at the shelter. Anna, on the other hand had kept her distance from Mason. Past experiences had taught her that worst of humanity could hide under a pleasant expression or a face you’ve always trusted. The more of a pull she felt towards Mason, the more she stayed clear. The more she pushed him away the more he wanted to know her.
All that changes when Anna unexpectedly finds herself fighting for the only family she has left. She has no choice but to accept Mason’s help. As they get to know each other, Anna and Mason find they have more in common than they thought—a shared connection of pain, understanding and now a fight they are wagering together. They’re both harboring secrets though. And as it turns out, the past doesn’t always stay in the past. Can Anna and Mase navigate a fake marriage where more than just their safety and well-being are at stake all while trying to form a real relationship?
I’ve never read a book by Cowles that I haven’t loved and this one was no exception. I absolutely loved Anna and Mason and seeing them overcome their pasts and heal each other. And let me just say, Mason is 100% swoon-worthy grade A book boyfriend material.
I was so excited when I heard that Catherine was bringing us back to Sutter Lake. After all, Beautifully Broken Pieces (Book 1 of The Sutter Lake Series) was the first book I read of Catherine’s and where I
immediately fell in love with her writing. I absolutely adore each and every couple from this series and I loved getting to catch up with where they are now. I cannot wait to see what Catherine has in store for us in 2022. I do know whatever it is, it will be an automatic one-click!
Major swoon and feels ❤️
Just going back to Sutter Lake put a smile on my face! I’ve loved experiencing all of these stories and Anna and Mason’s ranks right up there as one of my favorites! Both Anna and Mason are transplants to Sutter Lake - they didn’t grow up there, but circumstances led them there one way or another. Mason’s was through a job at a security firm. The small town offered Anna safety and a place to hide away.
Without giving too much away, Anna is put in a position to keep others out of the same circumstances she was in when she was younger. Mason genuinely wants to help her, but Anna can’t trust that anyone would do something for someone else without asking for something in return. Throughout the story as trust is slowly built and demons are fought, these two characters grow within themselves and together. I absolutely loved their story - especially how Mason was 100% in - even though there were some outside influences who didn’t agree with his actions. I’m not sure if this is the last we’ll see if Sutter Lake, but I wouldn’t mind going back again and again!
Perfect Series Ending!
Beautiful ending to a phenomenal series!!! This was a one sitting book for me. Once I started I could not put it down. Catherine masterfully weaves small town, slow burn, romance, suspense and ALL THE FEELS into her stories and Mason and Anna's story was no different. You got to see all your favorites from the Sutter Lake series and it felt like a homecoming of sorts.
Anna and Mason were the perfect send off to this series. The life and family they were able to create with Lyla and Justin is a beautiful example of overcoming your past and making it out on the other side.
***Received an ARC in return for an honest review***