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Beautifully Broken Control

(Sutter Lake #4)

4.85  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A woman trying to rebuild her life.

Kennedy is doing all she can to escape, to prove that she’s not the monster her father was. A simple life of peace and service is all she needs.

A man haunted by a past he can’t forget.

Cain has buried his demons under layers of control and success. The only thing he needs is his company and his solitude. Certainly not a woman with
Expected publication: February 18th 2020
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Beautifully Broken Control is book four in the Sutter Lake series by Catherine Cowles. Every book in this series has been amazing and I have been so looking forward to finding out Kennedy and Cain’s story.

We knew when we met Kennedy in the previous book that she had secrets. She is twenty two years old. She came to Sutter Lake to disappear. All she wants is to live simply with her dog, Chuck. She spends her days working for Jensen in the tea shop, her afternoons teaching children ballet, and
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Two characters that are so complex, yet have this fierce chemistry to them that will have you melting and wanting more of the wonderful world Catherine has built in this marvelous series...

When Kennedy was introduced in the previous novel, I knew right off the bat I was going to love her no matter what. But then she is properly introduced on her history and her previous past, and you are instantly drawn in to wanting to read more. That is the power that Catherine Cowles has with her magical
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Bre *B.B. Lynn Reads*
“She was the one thing that could snap my carefully crafted control in a heartbeat.”

Beautifully Broken Control has everything I ever wanted in a small town romance — a multifaceted hero, a stubborn heroine, a captivating plot, and strong family ties to pull it all together.

“There are moments that are so hard, you’ll think they’ve broken you, and you’ll never recover. But it’s those moments that make you appreciate the goodness, the sweetness, something so beautiful it will almost seem painful to
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a big fan of this series and I knew that Cain had an awesome story to tell. Watching these characters develop from the first book to this one has been a real joy. Once you start one of Ms Cowles books you get hooked. The words draw you in and keep you riveted to the pages. The characters make you fall in love with them and make you want to know every aspect of their lives. Cain’s pain was like a living breathing thing. I hurt for him. Kennedy broke my heart reading her story too. When two ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Catherine Cowles’s best book yet! I never wanted this book to end and savored every second of it. Cain and Kennedy were so beautifully matched up with their broken backgrounds they were hiding from but the present forced it to be dealt with. Both are set in their ways because of their pasts and I loved their journey to finding a way to trust and compromise to make their relationship work. Kennedy and Cain both tugged at my heart strings and I felt everything they went through and by the ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved both Cain and Kennedy, the strength and loyalty in both of them is commendable. Each carries secrets of their past, that has altered them into who they have become and who they choose to be.

I'm loving getting lost & found in Sutter Lake. This book and the complete Sutter Lake series is complete with couples who are all beautifully broken, thus all books are aptly named. So take the leap and journey into the Sutter Lake series with the 'Beautifully Broken'.
Nikki Pennington
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"But we can't erase our pasts. They make us who we are. And, often, it's the ugly parts that lead to the most beauty."

This was, hands down, my favorite book by Catherine. I received an ARC of this book for my honest review.

Beautifully Broken Control had everything you could ask for in a good romance. It had a little suspense, it had some major swoon worthy parts, and it had some big time steam. It was literally everything. I could not stop reading, I was dying to know how it all was going to
Joy  Avery
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author has created another story that will live in my heart and mind for a very long time. I was so excited for this book but also dreaded it in the worst way. From the very beginning of this series, I fell completely in love with Sutter Lake and all the family and friends within it. I really didn't want to say goodbye. If it were an actual place, I would be moving there next week and just pray my family followed.
This book finally tells the story of the mysterious Cain and new to town,
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Due to a past tragedy that eats at his soul, and a company he's scraped and fought to build, Cain Hale is a fixer and a protector. When he meets Kennedy Charles, she ticks all his boxes without even trying. No, the skittish, generous, unassuming Kennedy, who chooses a life a step above impoverished, would rather Cain just leave her alone and not look too deeply into her past. But there's that undeniable pull between them, and when someone from Kennedy's past shows up, Cain may have to turn his ...more
Novel Grounds
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Goodness Catherine. I didn't think this series could rock me any harder than the last book, but this one took the cake.

This series is a dash of romantic suspense throw in with a whole lot of emotional baggage and a small town you will never want to leave. I swear I just can't seem to not fall hard for each of the characters the moment I start reading.

I had my fingers crossed that this would be Kennedy's book and I was over the moon when I found out it was hers. Then Cain became the star and he
Vanessa (nessreads)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Broken Control is the fourth book in the Sutter Lake series. I was taken with this story and what it made me feel. I was absolutely overjoyed with emotion and with every detail that made up this story.

Kennedy came to Sutter Lake to escape her past. She was put in an unthinkable situation which caused a lot of pain. Now, all she wants is a simple life of peace. She makes new friends and keeps to herself working as much as she can. She volunteers at a local shelter and teaches children
Cate at Fiction Beer & Cupcakes
I was granted an ARC for a digital review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is Catherine Cowles best work. Tuck you have be dethroned. I know it’s tragic, but Cain is imperfectly perfect for me!

Kennedy Barrington was born into a well to do family. Unfortunately, she found out that she had been living the past 20 years of her young life living, dining and traveling on others people's monies. Her father is accused of doing a Ponzi scheme over the course of many years. She decides to go
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
It is always heartbreaking to read the final book in any series, but it is especially difficult when it is as incredible of a series as the Sutter Lake series, written by the wonderful author Catherine Cowles! Beautifully Broken Control gives us the mysterious Kennedy’s story…one that I have been so excited to read…and WOW! What an absolutely incredible experience!!!

Kennedy is a quiet, heart-felt giver, a simple girl who is hiding from something…though none of her new friends from Sutter Lake
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Broken Control is the fourth book in the Sutter Lake series by Catherine Cowles. Every book in this series has been phenomenal, and this one was no exception. Cowles is an excellent writer with books that ooze heartfelt goodness. I was absolutely smitten with every little detail that made up this story.

Twenty two year old Kennedy came to Sutter Lake to escape her past. All she wants is a simple life of peace for her and her dog, Chuck. She settles in well, makes new friends and keeps
The author keeps making this series better and better, all these books suck you in and bring you to this circle of friends and family and makes the reader feel like they are part of their tribe. Cain has been there for his friends Walker and Tuck through thick and thin just a s they were always there for him, but he is ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax plus he has someone in his company that is selling their secrets. Cain moves to Sutter Lake so he can spend time ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I am not sure where to begin with this review. I have been reading Catherine Cowles words since she debuted. Her words and concepts keep getting better and better. With Beautifully Broken Control, she knocked it out of the park with this one. There are no real words to describe the perfection that she has come up with for this story. It is raw, emotional, passionate and oh so much more. You are taken not just on a journey of self preservation but also the journey of self love.
In this
Jenn the Readaholic
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I loved Cain and Kennedy. Cain has spent years sealing himself off from feeling anything, while Kennedy has spent years feeling too much and doing her best to spread goodness to those who deserve it. So of course when the man with the walled off, suspicious heart meets the woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, complications are bound to come their way. For Cain, he needs to either learn to finally let go of past hurts, give his heart to someone worthy, and LIVE. Kennedy, on the other ...more
I absolutely love this series and Catherine Cowles’ writing. I’m sad to say goodbye to this whole wonderful group of characters in The Sutter Lake series. But ending it with Cain and Kennedy was wonderful! I loved the gratitude theme and even though Kennedy has had to deal with a lot of horrible stuff in her life she still strives to look for the good. She is such a strong woman and that’s definitely a huge factor when I look for a book to read. She wants to make it on her own and be her own ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here we are, at the end of the Sutter lake series, and what a way to end it! I have all the feels from this book!

Cain is everything I love in a book boyfriend. He's broken, he's broody, he's smart, strong, alpha and, bonus, he's HOT!
Kennedy is trying her hardest to hold an independent life. She denies herself anything special, or new, to ease her guilt over things she did not do! She is one of those very rare, pure and beautiful souls. I just love her!
They are two lonely people, living solitary
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
HOLY CANNOLI THIS STORY! I honestly can’t decide if this book is my favorite out of this entire series, but I felt so deeply with this book and the storyline and couldn’t get enough! Cain’s past has caused him to be the hard man that he’s become and vows to let nothing get through the walls he’s built. Kennedy is essentially in hiding, attempting to start her life over and stay in the shadows while making it on her own after the tragic events her family caused. She’s vowed to stay away from ...more
Louise  O
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Broken Control is book 4 in the Sutter Lake Series giving us Cain and Kennedy’s story, with only knowing very little about each of them I couldn’t wait to find out their stories.

Kennedy has left her old life behind her, one that she feels guilty about and will for the rest of her life. Volunteering and being the best person, she can she is slowly giving back and moulding herself into the woman she wants to be. When Cain decides he needs a break he calls his best mates what better way
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel very grateful to be one of the lucky people to receive an early copy of Ms Cowles wonderful books. The problem is that I am running out of ways to express how much I have enjoyed this amazing series. I have loved all these couples. They are all unique individuals with very different and engaging stories to tell. Cain and Kennedy have both got a past they are trying to run from.... all be it for very different reasons. Kennedy is determined that she will bring light and love into the lives ...more
Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Broken Control by Catherine Cowles
“Unexpected love, 5 stars”

Kennedy is running from her past. She thought she was doing the right thing only to have it blow up in her face. So now she’s trying to atone for the sins of another. Kennedy’s just trying to get by. She has friends that she keeps at a distance and works her fingers to the bone. She didn’t expect Cain. Cain who is full of suspicion.
Cain is used to those trying to get close to him to take advantage of him. When he finds out
Robyn Corcoran
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Saucy Reviews On Kinky Korner

Kennedy Charles and Cain Hale both move to Sutter Lake for different reasons but similar ones too, to escape their past.

I immediately liked both lead characters, yes Cain did quickly show his very domineering, alpha ways but he also demonstrated his wonderful caring attitude towards others as well. Kennedy, oh my, I could feel such empathy for her and yet she showed such inner strength and determination it was so heart warming. I honestly kept thinking
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My heart. My stinking heart. I’ve been waiting for this book. I’ve been so excited about it. And now it’s over and I’m so sad. But omg Cain and Kennedy, these two. This story had me from the very beginning. It’s not normal for me to sit and do nothing but read. While I love to read, I don’t sit still long enough sometimes. Too many things to do. Well life was put on hold to read this book because I could NOT put it down. Cain, he’s the alpha we all love but who has a past that he’s trying not to ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As with all the other books in Sutter Lake series - #4 - Beautifully Broken Control is a wonderful story with characters that engage you and make you root for a happy ending. Kennedy Charles has a secret from her past that caused her to change her name, move to a place where no one knows her and that she desperately wants to keep buried. Cain Hale has experienced such trauma and tragedy in his past that he puts up barriers to protect himself from ever feeling such pain or heartbreak ever again. ...more
4 Stars

In this fourth book in the Sutter Lake series we have the story of Cain and Kennedy two people affected and still blaming themselves for their past, each in their own way. This book shows us the journey of these characters to forgiveness, to move on and also to fall in love.

Cain is a character haunted by his past, so he tries to avoid his emotions as much as possible. The loss of a loved one and guilt make him super protective of those he loves and as soon as Kennedy enters his life he
Jan Cassi
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Cowles just keeps getting better and better with her books, I have loved everything she has written so far but this book? This book was EVERYTHING. BBC was so much more than I expected. Cane and Kennedy have my whole heart, this story was about two people who needed to find each other so they could see just how strong they really are.

Cane is a guy who doesn't get attached, he doesn't really believe in love and he doesn't let people in. He is broken and I just wanted to hug him.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omigosh!! This is the first book of Catherine’s that I have read and it will definitely not be my last! I absolutely loved this book! This is the fourth book in the Sutter Lake series. Since I hadn’t read the first three I was a little worried about starting with book four. It was not an issue, I was not lost at all. I’m sure the other books would give some prior background on the other characters but It’s not necessary for this book. These can be read as stand alone’s. This book grabbed my ...more
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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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