Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
“Not even everything I wanted in a partner. He was everything I needed. And now that I knew what it felt like to be loved by him, I was ruined.”
Catherine Cowles writes epic romantic suspense stories. This author crafts stories that take you on twists and turns in both the suspense and romance genres. Her newest story, Beneath the Wreckage, is no different. Like the other stories in her Wrecked Series, her hero, Hunter, and her heroine, Piper, endure more than your average romantic couple. And Cowles uses the space of her story to remind her readers that we must heal from our past, or we will miss out on living life abundantly. As Hunter and Piper struggle to let go of past traumas, they draw closer together, threatened by outside forces.
In Beneath the Wreckage, Piper, a Seattle transplant, has purchased Whispering Falls, the campground where she and her family spent summers with her best friend and her family. Buoyed by the trauma of her friend’s disappearance years before, along with happy memories of life on the lake, Piper has taken over the foreclosed-upon property to return it to its former glory. In order to do this expeditiously, she hires Hunter, a local construction contractor. Hunter has his own fraught experience with Whispering Falls, but one look at Piper, and he decides to take the job. As Piper and Hunter work on renovating the place, their attraction becomes undeniable. Unfortunately, someone is trying to impede Piper’s progress, while also threatening her life. Beneath the Wreckage asks many questions: Do Piper and Hunter have the possibility of a happily-ever-after? Will Piper bring Whispering Falls to its former glory? Can Hunter protect Piper from the danger that lurks, or will he lose her as she lost her best friend? Even more, can Hunter and Piper move beyond their past traumas? All of the answers to these questions provide a story that makes you gobble the pages of Beneath the Wreckage.
Catherine Cowles constantly surprises me with her ability to cause me to lose myself in her stories. From the strength of characterization to her capacity to coordinate the beat points of her stories, you find yourself engulfed by her books. Between her gorgeous prose and the feelings evoked through her characters, a story such as Beneath the Wreckage both entertains and fuels your emotions. I simply couldn’t put Beneath the Wreckage down, and I suspect, you won’t be able to either.
In love and romance,