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Beneath Broken

(Imperfect Heroes #3)

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He’s a clean-cut cop who loves a good challenge.
She’s a smart executive with no interest in falling in love.
It won’t take long for the flames of desire to scorch them both, forcing them to either douse the blaze, or succumb to the fire.


MASON
I don’t give up easily. My personality and training taught me that failure is not an option, and g
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Published July 5th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Harper was the best part about this story. Her struggle to overcome the death of her husband was really well written. Full Review on The Book Disciple
Caroline Barker
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Pinard has provided us with a new beautiful, military romance with Beneath Broken. The characters and storyline will reach any romance fan in a very natural way, being written with a perfect balance of tragedy, romance and suspense. Beneath Broken is certainly my favourite of the series so far!

The second book of the Imperfect Heroes series, Beneath Broken, brings us two new love interests to follow in Mason and Harper. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and feel that it is even str
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Le Ann Foster
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I have a special place in my heart for our miltary and the stories that authors write about them. This book was a emotional roller coaster for me. I laughed, cried and was heart broken. The storyline will tug at your heartstrings. I absolutely loved Mason and Harper and thank goodness Mason had the patience with Harper.

Mason is a vet, a detective, and is a hottie. Harper is a widow, runs a business for vets, and is trying
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BookSmacked
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-reads
Broken, lost and Imperfect the story of what was, what will never be and what is.. Mystery, fear, loss, love, hurt, humour and sex. I loved these characters and their stories. This story takes you there. CJ makes you feel the character's love, their joy and then she pulls it all right out from under you and sideswipes you with their fear, hurt and loss. This book puts you right in the middle of all of the character's lives and emotional turmoil.. Takes you from low to high, beneath their broken ...more
Pippa
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
Book #1, a novella, was okay but was too short for much gravitas. Book #2 was all the better for being almost twice as long, and book #3 is even better. The portrayal of Harper's grief is very moving but Mason feels less well painted. None the less he is depicted as the kind of guy we all want. Respectful, caring and emotionally mature.
We like it big book blog
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. The last book in this series just wasn't my cup of tea. So I was kind of scared going into this book. I just didn't want a repeat of the last book!
But... Nope! That didn't happen!
I fell in love with Mason and Harper's story!
I felt the author did a fantastic job with their characters.
I felt the attraction between them.
Omg... The feels of their first kiss!
Sooooo... Hot! I think it was Harper's nails raking through Mason's hair tha
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Michelle
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. The last book in this series just wasn't my cup of tea. So I was kind of scared going into this book. I just didn't want a repeat of the last book!
But... Nope! That didn't happen!
I fell in love with Mason and Harper's story!
I felt the author did a fantastic job with their characters.
I felt the attraction between them.
Omg... The feels of their first kiss!
Sooooo... Hot! I think it was Harper's nails raking through Mason's hair tha
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Nicole
After meeting Mason in the first book in this series Above Protection, I was excited to get to read his story, and for the most part it's a good read. Without rehashing the synopsis, Mason and Harper meet when her business has been burglarized. They're both attracted to each other, but Harper is still coming to terms with her husband's death a little over a year ago. But there's something about Mason that seems to draw Harper in and the more time they spend together, the more she begins to heal ...more
Becky Rendon
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trying to hold her head up above her grief- not true, trying to wallow in her grief and hope everyone leaves her alone- Harper sits alone eating Ben & Jerry's like its the apocalypse. She goes through the motions of work and visiting with her bestie-when forced to. She would rather sit and wallow. Life just isn't the same with out her husband.

Mason is living life and despite his aversion to relationships. He seems to be doing fine- you know fine the way women say it: The It will eventually
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Kimberly
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trying to hold her head up above her grief- not true, trying to wallow in her grief and hope everyone leaves her alone- Harper sits alone eating Ben & Jerry's like its the apocalypse. She goes through the motions of work and visiting with her bestie-when forced to. She would rather sit and wallow. Life just isn't the same with out her husband.

Mason is living life and despite his aversion to relationships. He seems to be doing fine- you know fine the way women say it: The It will eventually
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Em Graves
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series just goes from strength to strength....
Mason, an ex vet and current detective investigating a series of burglaries againt non profit orgs. Mason is a hard ass whos been hurt too many times and is suffering from ptsd... you can imagine the type - big and burly with a 10 foot wall built around him to stop himself getting hurt again....
Masons investigations into the burglaries leads him to the office of Harper who owns and runs a non profit org which helps veterans reintegrate in
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D.B. Canavan
This is the second book by C.J. Pinard that I've read, and I absolutely loved it! Every time I had to put this book down I could hardly wait to pick it back up!
C.J.'s character development is terrific! Her characters come to life, making you feel their emotions as if they were your own.
Harper's character is so well written. I easily related with her. I loved her character, and loved to watch her grow and come out of her shell. Harper's husband dies in Iraq, causing her to lose hersel
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

Book two in this amazing series and it is the best of it yet. Suspense. Action. Twists. Turns. Steam. Romance. Standalone. What more could you ask for in a romance novel? Well C.J. Pinard gives her readers a intriguing and edgy book that will keep you on your toes and make you breathless at times. Beneath Broken will take you on an emotional roller coaster, but by the end their journey was worth every single moment. Much like book one, this book grabs hold of you from the beg
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Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
3.5 stars

Harper Mathis is the owner of a non-profit organization that helps veterans find jobs.  She is a widow whose husband dies in Afghanistan.  It's been 18 months and she still hasn't cleaned out his things, she doesn't sleep in their room, and barely eats.  When her company is broken into, Detective Mason Oliver is assigned to her case.  He is investigating a rash of thefts from non-profits.  Mason is the first man Harper has been attracted to since her husband.   Mason knows that if he w
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Heather Carver
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great addition to the series. Mason isn't quite as big of a hot head as his brother Duke. I loved Mason all throughout this book!

Harper isn't ready for love, again. She knows she needs to do more than focus on work. When Detective Mason walks into her office she is instantly attracted to him. Though she fights it. How long can she push him away?

Mason is dealing with some of his own issues. He's determined to overcome them. He focuses his attention o
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Renee Entress
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Above Protection (Imperfect Heroes, Book 1)

This is Harper and Mason’s story. Mason wants Harper but can see that she is hiding secrets. He wants her to open up so she will allow her walls down. Harper considers herself broken. She wants nothing to do with a cop or with love. What she wants and what she
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CHERRY0BLOSSOMS
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leann-reviews

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I have a special place in my heart for our miltary and the stories that authors write about them. This book was a emotional roller coaster for me. I laughed, cried and was heart broken. The storyline will tug at your heartstrings. I absolutely loved Mason and Harper and thank goodness Mason had the patience with Harper.

Mason is a vet, a detective, and is a hottie. Harper is a widow, runs a business for vets, and is trying to get on with her life. Harper husband was k
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Cassandra
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harper is a stronger woman than me. After losing her husband, she wears a mask, and just goes through the motions of the day to day living. Mason is a hot detective tough guy. Both are done with any thoughts about love. Until they meet each other. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm going to read the first book now. This is a standalone series, so you don't need to read one book to read another. I loved Harper & Mason and how they took their time getting to know and fall ...more
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew just from the title that this book was going to bring a halestorm of emotions, and I was right.

Beyond Broken was joyful, heart-breaking, sad, and just made me feel all the feels. I was angry at times, hurting for both Harper and Mason, and then glad for them as well.

Harper is still getting over the loss of her husband eighteen months ago. She's working at the non-profit her and her late husband opened; helping wounded veterans getting jobs and acclimated back into non-warzones.

Mason is
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Rachel
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book made me feel such joy as the relationship between Harper and Mason grew and I definitely had sad moments (with tears) witnessing the hardships that some of the characters went through. The obstacles these two had to face during the progressing of their relationship were so real and handled with care by CJ Pinard. I'm not a fan of drama or conflict just to move a story along and thankfully CJ doesn't do that. All the issues make sense and are pertinent to the story and have a pu ...more
Sue
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first two pages, I was literally hooked on the book and read none-stop until it was finished. The book read fast and fell in love with the main characters Harper's and Mason. She was a strong & not a whining/selfish woman! She processed everything w/maturity & strength! I will actually stop reading books if the woman is a screaming/crying whining nutcase! Both Harper and Mason found themselves in each other as they grew & healed. I especially loved the way CJ Pinard ...more
Sara
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Beneath Broken is the story of Harper and Mason. Harper lost her husband almost two years ago. He was killed in a military accident. Mason is a former Marine who is now a tough-as-nails cop. An break-in at Harper's business brings them together. The attraction is instantaneous, but Harper is holding back.

The romance itself is great. Mason slowly but surely breaks through Harper's barriers and when they get together, the emotion is palpable. Unfortunately, there was more time spent on
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Carolina Girl and Her Books
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beneath Broken is hands down my favorite book in the series.

Harper and Mason slowly crawled into my heart and by the last page they owned it. They each had personal issues they had to move past in order to move forward and in doing so I experienced so many different emotions. The strongest emotion I felt was love and shock by a twist that occurs in the book (sorry can't go into detail as I don't want to give anything away).

Can't wait for the next book in this series.

Keep up the amazing job.
Renee at Book Happiness
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this for an honest review... I have to say I was totally pulled right into this story... Mason and Harper were a great read..

This author is a new read for me and it will definitely not be my last..
This book just had a bit of everything for this book lover from suspense to sexy times.. I just found myself absolutely rooting for this couple and loving the feels I got from them... I just loved the emotional roller coaster that these two take you on... I read this as a standalone b
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CrystalCat
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of CJ's for a few years and I have to say, Beneath Broken did not disappoint. Mason and Harper bring something alive in each other that they chose not to acknowledge was dead. They officially meet after Harper's business is robbed. They begin changing into better people without realizing it. He loses his anger and she loses her sadness. Together they find a happiness that both thought that was losses to them.
This was a great read and once again CJ wowed me. I cannot wait for t
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LaineyDS- Fictional Bookboyfriends
Well what can i say, CJ blew this out of the park!! Such a fantastic story. This book centres on Harper and Mason and CJ made took me
On a journey of so many emotions, shock, surprise, happiness and even OMG no you didn't!!
This book shows a realistic life journey that Harper and Mason travelled and can't wait for book 3 in this series!!!
Stephanie Burch
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Mason is such a sweetie, also a completely hot strong detective. Harper is a strong beautiful woman. Harper's past loss is so heart touching. I can't wait to read the next story - Kyle's.
Heather Copeland
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.Mason is a total sweetheart compared to Duke. Can't wait to see what happens between Adria and Ky in the books to come.
Michelle
rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2016
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Imperfect Heroes (4 books)
  • Antihero (Imperfect Heroes, #1)
  • Above Protection (Imperfect Heroes, #2)
  • Beyond Love (Imperfect Heroes, #4)