Tattered StarsCatherine Cowles

Tattered Stars

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Tattered Stars by Catherine Cowles Book Summary

Be brave. Just for sixty seconds. Twenty breaths. It took every ounce of my courage to return to the small town I fled all those years ago. But I should’ve known he’d hate me. How could he not when my father’s blood still runs through my veins? Yet here I am, desperate for a chance to make things right. Even if it means facing the family my father almost destroyed and the boy with the dark eyes—now grown—who still haunts my dreams. I never expected just how explosive things would turn between us. He’s the last person I should want. Yet, somehow, I keep drawing closer—so close I know I’ll end up burned. But Hayes is a good man, a noble one. Someone who channeled his pain into a career spent protecting those around him. So, when the threats begin, he steps in to keep me safe. And we discover that maybe neither of us knew the other at all. As the sparks between us ignite into something deeper, someone watches. And they’ll do anything to tear it all apart…

Tattered Stars (Catherine Cowles) Book Reviews

Beautiful and Heart WrenchingWhat a beautiful heart wrenching story. Everly Kemper returns to her mountain home with hopes of chasing away the demons of her past but not everyone is ready to let her forget, including Sheriff Hayes Easton. “That was what had always been at the heart of this journey. Melding the old with the new and forming it into something good.” Hayes wants to hold a grudge against Everly but it’s not long before he sees her strength hidden under her bravado. “I tried to hold on to the good bits. To remind myself that no one was all good or all bad. But, sometimes, the good pieces held more pain than the bad ones, as if the stars themselves became tattered remnants of what they once were.” A string of attempted abductions brings back memories of the past and together Hayes and Everly have to fight back and find a way to build a better future. I both read the ebook and listened to the audiobook of this one. It had wonderful narration and I definitely plan to add it to my 'to be re-read" pile! I absolutely love this first standalone book in the Tattered and Torn series! -5 Stars!-.Score: 5/5

BreathtakingI was insanely lucky to get a very early copy of the audio book, narrated by none other than Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt. Every Catherine Cowles book I read or listen to is bound to be an instant hit. I love her brand of romance and suspense. Tattered Stars is another perfect blend of that. The story is compelling, and full of of rich and wonderful characters that are well developed. Everly is perfection with her compassion and bravery and all around goodness, the perfect fit for Hayes, who has the weight of his amazing family on his shoulders. You will fall in love with the Eastman family along with a few others along the way. This is the first of what has got to be of my most anticipated series this year and man is this one heck of a way to kick it off and I haven’t even gotten to talking about the audio book yet. I love both Zachary and Andi, they are two of my most favorite narrators, but they were absolutely incredible in Tattered Stars. I usually like to read a book before listening, get to know the characters on my own before I add someone’s voice to them, but Webber and Arndt brought life to them, and their story that even my brain wouldn’t have done justice. Seriously I was tearing up within the first few chapters. This is the best book I’ve read this year, hand downs and the best audio book I’ve listened to in a long time. A must read, a must listen and I cannot wait for more from this series. Definitely add it to your to be read books of 2022..Score: 5/5

Great storyI just finished and want to jump right back in for a reread. Catherine Cowles is a master at weaving the perfect suspenseful romance. Tattered Stars is the first book in the Tattered & Torn series and brings us the story of Everly and Hayes. Everly has returned to the town she left 15 years ago to start an animal sanctuary on the property that still holds the memories of a horrible past. Not everyone is happy that she’s back and that includes the sexy sheriff, Hayes, but as they spend time together their romance is undeniable. This book introduces us to many wonderful characters and I can’t wait for their stories to unfold..Score: 5/5

Fantastic readWhat a great story. The characters were fantastic and the story was interesting and full of suspense. Kidnapping, abuse and neglect and hot steamy sex kept me interested and engaged. Fantastic read and highly recommended..Score: 5/5

I was hooked from the first page!Great book! Perfect amount of romance weaved into an interesting plot line. I’ve read many books by this author and this one didn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for the next book!.Score: 5/5

Tattered StarsLoved it! 💕💯.Score: 5/5

Wonderful!I read this book in one day, I couldn’t stop! The story, the love, it’s all just wonderful!.Score: 5/5

Read it! You’ll love it!This is hands down one of the best books I have read. It was never boring and I kept reading when I had other things to do. A nail-biter with a touch of romance..Score: 5/5

Feel GoodWow, this is a great story of courage. Ev had to overcome so much and find herself especially the haunts of the past. Too bad the sheriff was unwelcoming. With paths crossing, perhaps the sheriff sees her inside conflicts. I really recommend this book. These 2 families were never the same; however with time and humility, the Easton’s and Ev find solace in each other..Score: 5/5

Tattered StarLoved the book. And the story in it. Great read..Score: 5/5

LOVED ITI’m not a big reader per say but I enjoyed just sitting down and chipping away at this! Definitely give it a chance, you might like it..Score: 5/5

Complex charactersInteresting story and characters. Trauma responses vary widely among the characters. Long term issues to be dealt with and aftershocks explored. Good read!.Score: 4/5

Amazing story!!Read it in one day and couldn’t put it down!!.Score: 5/5

Tattered StarsI’ve read over 100 books so far this year and I’m happy to say this one is my favorite to date. Catherine Cowles is an amazing author, with a keen ability to bring her characters to life in such a way that the reader gets to know them all, to the core. Her ability to write with proper grammar pleased me 150% because it’s important to my reading pleasure. I was so invested in this story, the highly emotional swing of the character’s lives had me laughing and crying as I absorbed their joy and their pain and the happy ending. I highly recommend this story and this author. I’m on to book #2..Score: 5/5

Sweet, Engaging Romance“You run, I’ll chase you.” Those will forever be my favorite words from Hayes! Loved this story and the people in it. I can’t wait to read more..Score: 4/5

Amazing read!The most perfect story to begin this brand new series by Catherine Cowles. Tattered Stars was such an amazing book to read. This romantic suspense is pack with so many emotions. Everly and Hayes's life has been a difficult one. Both having to carry with the demons of the past and guilt for choices they made. After so many years of being away Everly is back in a town where her childhood shattered and she is determine to make something beautiful in a place that holds too many bad memories. She is a character that I simply love. Her determination, bravery and good heart made her the perfect heroine. Hayes is a character that grows on you and after that happens it's impossible not to fall for his charms. His loyalty to his family and the determination to protect the ones he loves are some of his best qualities. After he puts aside his insecurities towards Everly he is able to see the beautiful person she is. The suspense of this story keep me at the edge of my sit. This was a beautiful story of two people healing each others scars and bringing love even when was unexpected..Score: 5/5

I Am So In Love With This BookThe first in a new series, TATTERED STARS is my first book by author Catherine Cowles, and, y'all, I am in LOVE. This story had me from the first page, and I could not stop reading until I was done. As a blogger, I read a lot of books, and that happens less often than you'd think. I mean, I was ALL in, and fell in immediate love with Everly, Hayes, and all of the Easton family and residents of Wolf Gap, Oregon. Romantic suspense is my jam, and Catherine has done an excellent job of writing a story that is riveting, action-packed, and still full of moments of love, healing, and grace. These characters have been through so much, and seeing them work through the preconceptions, the pain, and the anger is amazing. I truly could not have asked for better introduction to Catherine's words, nor could they have come at a better time. Books like this are why I read, and why I blog to let others know about them. It's safe to say that, although this is my first of Catherine's book, it most definitely will not be my last. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for fans of contemporary romantic suspense. And, if you're already a fan of Catherine's work, then you know. Read TATTERED STARS. You will not be sorry. ❤️.Score: 5/5

Omg!!! My favorite!!This book!!! This is my new favorite by Ms. Cowles. Just WOW!! I’m all up in my feels right now. The love, the acceptance, and again the love in this book knows no bounds! Hayes and Everly are my favorite characters of Ms. Cowles. I said it and just yes!! Also, bravery. The bravery in this book. This is not making a lot of sense but I’m just all in my feels over all the emotions this book put me through. This may be my top read of this year. It’s just, it is EVERYTHING!!! All you need is twenty breaths… twenty breaths to fall in love with this book. I can’t wait for more from Wolf Gap!!.Score: 5/5

Shattered StarsGood reading book. Kept my interest . TY.Score: 4/5

Incredible story!Wow. What an incredible story. Everly had a very unique upbringing with the unconventional lifestyle of her family. She was so brave to make that journey to town to tell the truth about what her father had done. Hayes’ family continues to struggle so many years later, and that broke my heart. I enjoyed the banter and tension between Everly and Hayes. It was a perfect dance of a growing attraction. They really helped each other face a lot of their struggles. The drama of the attacks amped things up a million notches. My mind was always thinking about who it could be and why. The answer may surprise you, although I actually did think it could be the person it ended up being. I really loved these characters, and the supporting characters were amazing. I can’t wait to continue the series with more of this goodness..Score: 5/5

Another one for the books!Hands down Five Stars!! I honestly couldn't get enough and am counting down the days for the next book. Without giving away too many details, Everly returns to her home town nervous and clearly unwanted. Stubborn and determine, Everly tries to build a new life in the ruble of her once family home. She struggles with familial threats and obvious disdain from a certain town sheriff. But their rocky start doesn't curb Everly's appeal much to Hayes dismay. His animosity slowly burns to want as he tries - and sometimes fails - to get Everly's attention. Thankfully Hayes' family comes in to save the day with loving hearts and helping hands. Everly is soon brought into the fold of this loving family and can't help but fall hard for the rugged sheriff. But the past has a way of creeping in and it's clear that she's a target of something sinister... You do NOT want to miss out on reading this book. This slow burn romance was exactly what I needed to get me out of my book slump. The intrigue and mystery on top of a sizzling romance... I mean what more could you ask for??.Score: 5/5

Must read!!!I could not put my phone down from the second I opened this book. The twists, turns, heartbreak, love, and everything between made this such a spiraling story that sent chills down my back. Will be reading the rest of this series and more books by this author.Score: 5/5

Breath Taking!Oh my! This book was breath taking! I could feel all the motions coming from all parties, I could feel the despair, the love, the anger and the loneliness. This book hit me right in my heart and showed me how beautiful love can be. So we’ll written..Score: 5/5

Heartwarming and breathtakingI didn’t read…I devoured Tattered Stars by Author Catherine Cowles!!! It was everything!!! … It kissed my heart and seared my soul. It is the kind of story that stays with you, that garners many re-reads and teaches you something about life. I can’t recommend this book enough. Everly is strong and has been since she was a young girl that rode a horse into town to save another. She has a strong conviction for what is right even though she grew up being wronged by her family in so many ways. You just can’t help but love her and pull for her. Her character is the kind of person I would want to be friends with in real life. Hayes carries a world of guilt on his shoulders from events in his youth. Even though what occurred wasn’t is fault, it changed him to his core and every fiber of his being. He makes it his life’s mission to protect all if the citizens of Wolf’s Gap. Then there is Hayes’ family. They are amazing and have huge hearts of gold. They add such depth to this amazing story. This masterfully sounds story is one rich with forgiveness, growth, healing and forging new beginnings. It has intrigue and drama, but just the right amount to make it real. One click today and immerse yourself in a new series by this author. You will not be disappointed!.Score: 5/5

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Couldn’t get into itI really couldn’t get into this one. The story line is interesting if taken from a step back, but I felt the story itself was missing some sparkle. HOWEVER, I am looking forward to the other books in this series. The characters are interesting and I’m really hoping that the author does it right in the books to come. I have read all the books leading to this one by Catherine Cowles and I have found that the first ones that are based in a new place can often be a little painful but the books following are often worth your time..Score: 3/5

Exciting!Loved this book. The storyline was very different and really enjoyed the added suspense it gave. I kept wanting to read more. The end of the suspense took me by surprise. Always love a happy ending..Score: 5/5

Fantastic read!Well written and never boring, loved it.Score: 5/5

Tattered StarsTattered Stars by Catherine Cowles Tattered & Torn / Book 1 Rating... 4.5 Maple Leafs Tropes... small town, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers, law enforcement, romantic suspense "Anyone can be brave for twenty breaths. And in that time, you can do almost anything. Or at least take the first steps you need to get there." One night changed Everly's life forever. The ghosts of her past are still haunting her when she returns back to the property where everything changed. Hayes, the sheriff, is not thrilled to have Everly back in town and still blames her for what happened years prior. But as they start spending more and more time together, they begin to develop a friendship that has the potential for so much more. "You showed me that there is more power in facing the ghosts and tearing them down, than pretending they don't exist." I was drawn into the book right from the very beginning. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole story wanting and waiting to see what was going to happen next. I loved Hayes and Everly together and the build of their relationship. The slow burn was well worth the wait. A great start to the Tattered & Torn series and I can not wait for more in this series. Zachary Weber and Andi Arndt did an amazing job bringing the characters and story to life. They made you feel as if you were part of the story. I haven't listened to a book with these narrators in a long time and after listening to this book I remember why they are two of my favourite narrators. Triggers... kidnapping, assault, threats.Score: 5/5

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5 starsWhat an amazing start to a new series! I loved every page of this book, I couldn’t put it down! So much emotion, a delicious slow burn and a whole lot of steam. Not to mention suspense that will keep you guessing the whole time. Already a top read for 2022..Score: 5/5

Great readingWhat a tragic life some people lead. A tight family thrown into turmoil. Finding peace finally..Score: 5/5

Amazing read!This is the first book in the tattered and torn series and I loved it!! It has everything I’ve come to expect from a Catherine Cowles book. Drama, suspense/mystery, swoon worthy romance, that small town country life and a meddling but very caring family that you just want to be apart of. I can’t wait for more from The Easton’s and the town of Wolf gap!.Score: 5/5

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Great new seriesWhat a fantastic start to a new series by Catherine. This book blew me away, emotional, gritty and compelling. I loved Everly and Hayes..Score: 5/5

Ms Cowles at her best….Amazing💜When this lady creates a world they are the absolute best! Welcome to Wolf Gap….another wonderful town full of interesting characters, strong willed women and the alpha men who try to love them…..I can see some very interesting and engrossing stories on our horizon! But back to Tattered Stars…..such a wonderful introduction to this town and the Easton family. Handsome protector Hayes is the town sheriff, he and his family have been through hell over the years as they try to find their new normal after a traumatic event sixteen years ago completely upset the balance of their close family. Beautifully brave Everly knows better than anyone how family and control can bring pain and suffering. Her first hand experience of an overpowering father and misguided beliefs of society have certainly left their mark. Not to be swayed, she is determined to return to her home and fight to get the control in her life back. Her first encounter with the sheriff isn’t the best start….but as Hayes puts his anger and rage to the side he finds the most amazing peace with the most unexpected person. A wonderful story of determination, understanding and finding safety in the people who really matter. We may not be able to change the past but we can make sure that the future is worth having. A lesson to be learned in having the courage to show your true self and be accepted for all your differences and quirks…..how boring life would be if we were all perfect!…..what is that anyway? Beautiful writing, perfectly descriptive with lots of lovely dialogue this is Ms Cowles at her best and I predict a series not to be missed..Score: 5/5

Read it you won’t regret itThis is my first ever review. I was hooked from the first page, this book has everything romance, crime, intrigue, bullying, fear, love and freedom, I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.Score: 5/5

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