Shattered Sea by Catherine Cowles

5 Stars!

Release Date: September 13, 2022

Synopsis: I’ve known every kind of pain. Of the heart. Of the body. Of the soul. All I want now is the freedom that comes from making my art.

The last thing I expected was Hollywood royalty to waltz into my gallery in a small town in the middle of nowhere and see me.

A man like Boden Cavanaugh shouldn’t understand me. Shouldn’t be able to soothe my most ragged edges. Even worse, he makes me want the one thing I can’t have. Him.

All it takes is one spark, and friendship catches flame. But as our attraction burns bright, there are forces desperate to send us back into the darkness. And they’ve already killed before…

Shattered Sea, a sexy, suspenseful, small town romance from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Cowles, is out now!

He was the last person she expected to fall for…

Review: Once again Catherine Cowles has me staying up way past my bedtime, because I have to know what happens in one of her stories. Seriously, I could not put this one down once I started it. I absolutely adore the connection between Boden & Laiken, their back stories, and how they connected through the pain and loss that they’ve endured. I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other, become friends, and watching their relationship grow into more. Catherine Cowles is one of the only authors that can get me to not only read, but actually love a slow burn. The way she pairs the slow burn with romantic suspense makes me so invested in the story as a whole. Not to mention, her characters are so amazing that I’m also fully invested in the characters themselves. Something I find fascinating, is that there’s a lot going on in this book, and yet somehow, she makes it not seem so over the top, but instead kind of realistic.

This whole series has been absolutely amazing and I have been dying for the next book. Shiloh has been a huge presence in all of the series, but also a complete mystery at the same time. I’m really looking forward to getting her story. What I’ve been most curious about is how Catherine Cowles has set up her story with Ramsey who has been even more mysterious than Shiloh. Although, we finally get a little look at Ramsey in this book, and I am absolutely in love! I cannot wait to learn more about him as a character. There’s just something about the way Catherine Cowles writes her characters that has me absolutely 100% in and needing to know what happens to them in every single book. It is so fun seeing the group of friends and family from previous books in the present book, it just adds so much to the reading experience overall. I love this series and I cannot recommend it enough! The countdown is on to Fractured Sky coming October 25th!!

Thank you to Catherine Cowles and Social Butterfly PR for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The way Boden’s muscles tightened told me the little he’d shared was only the tip of the iceberg. That tension called to me, and I reached out, kneading the flesh along his shoulders. His head fell to my own shoulder, and he sighed. “I’ll only let you do that forever.”

I chuckled. “I do have the magic touch.”

“You could be making millions with those hands.”

“I only use them on very special recipients. They aren’t for sale.”

Boden straightened, but as he did, he came closer. Our faces were close. Lips just a breath away. The urge to lean forward, to know what he felt like, tasted like, was strong. Boden’s hand skated up my arm to my neck to tangle in my hair.
I knew that Boden Cavanaugh was more than dangerous. But like a moth to a flame, I kept getting closer.

While Shattered Sea is a stand-alone, you can still binge the first three books in the swoony & suspenseful small town romance series now!

Book 1: Tattered Stars
– Enemies-to-lovers
– Protective Sheriff Hero

Book 2: Falling Embers
– Firefighter single dad
– EMT heroine
– Brother’s best friend

Book 3: Hidden Waters
– Roommates to Lovers
– Damaged Hero with Secrets
– Heroine trying to escape her past

Check out the Wrecked Series (one of my other Catherine Cowles favs)!


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.

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