Title: Beholden To You
Author: Carlie Sexton
Genre: Romance / Suspense
Author: Carlie Sexton
Genre: Romance / Suspense
On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.
But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.
Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.
Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?
Having lost everyone she has ever loved, Natalie is alone. She has a few close friends but even they can’t get her to lower the walls she has put up. Nat is a smart, beautiful, innocent girl who puts everyone before herself even if it means putting her own happiness on hold.
Deciding to take a break from heartache and stress, Natalie decides to join her friends in Vegas for a little pre-wedding celebration for two of her friends that are soon to be married. Well, at least that is why everyone thinks she is going. She is secretly going to spend some time with a very handsome, very rich and attentive, Mac.
“But then you came along, Mac Carter, and broke through all the walls that I have built around my heart.”
Mac saw her heartache, held her while she cried, and knew after that first meeting his life was never going to be the same. Mac, having lost both of his parents is alone as well. He has some close friends that he considers family for which he is very grateful for. He is an all-around great guy. He has been in relationships but has never found anyone he could envision his “forever” with. Deciding to go to Vegas for the weekend with his friends and to spend some time with the woman who has captured his thoughts, he finds himself once again drawn to her.
“I was her moth and she was my flame.”
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…well not in this case!
Waking up one morning, Natalie finds the very attractive Mac Carter by her side and a ring on her finger. What in the heck happened? She doesn’t remember anything and neither does Mac but from the signatures on the marriage licenses, it looks like they are married. That should freak them out right? Well for some reason it doesn’t. Mac is surprising calmed by this fact and he already knows Nat is quickly gaining a place in his heart. She is a bit more taken back by this. How could she allow this to happen? Luckily, there is an easy fix…an annulment. Simple right, they will just file when they get back home and return to their lives.
Not if Mac has anything to say about it. He knows Natalie has been through a lot and doesn’t want to scare her will big confessions of love and happily ever after but that does not mean he is willing to let her just walk out of his life. He will go slow, take his time with her and show her all he has to offer her.
“Open yourself up to this experience. Live Natalie. It’s time.”
He’s got the perfect solution…he will date his wife. Will he be able to convince her that they are truly meant to be and that time doesn’t mean anything when it comes to love.
“Baby, I’m not some dumb young guy who just wants one thing. I want the real thing…a marriage, a family, a life-long commitment.”
Returning home and away from their whirlwind Vegas romance is harder than expected. Mac’s ex is bound and determined to get him back at all costs, Nat’s past comes back and leaves her with conflicting feelings, the aftermath of her sister’s death is weighing on her, and on top of that Mac is keeping a secret. Not just a “oh I snore” type secret either. It’s a biggie, and if there is one thing Natalie believes when it comes to relationships it is honesty. Will she be able to forgive Mac for his betrayal?
Overall I think this was a good storyline. It went a little fast for me. I wasn’t really feeling their “connection” a whole lot at first but after a while I grew to love them together. I think the drama and the lovin’ could have been kicked up a notch. I mean if I woke up in a bed, with a man I barely knew, having realized I’m not longer “innocent” and on top off all that I was MARRIED! I would have been freaking out. I mean like shaken to my core, out of my mind, WTF did I do CRAZY! I definitely wouldn’t have been all calm and like “oh ok, I guess we will see where this goes.” Maybe after a while but they both definitely deserved a little bit more of a freak out than they got. I think it could have added more passion to the story and been quite funny.
This was a very fast paced story of fate and belonging. Sometimes in life you don’t question the why’s and just concentrate on the feeling. If you do that you could find yourself beholden to something you never envisioned.
★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★
Reviewed by Alissa Evanson
About the Author
I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I have several that I want to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that I dearly love.
I live with my handsome husband in Southern California. We enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. We have two beautiful dogs, but on children.
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