I am so excited to have Cate Beauman here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway.
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About FALLING FOR SARAH
Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she's found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood's A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee... until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.
Sarah's world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband's memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won't stop until he has what he prizes most.
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About SAVING SOPHIE
Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.
Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else — until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.
Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all — or jeopardize both of their lives.
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She pressed her lips to his again, wanting to feel him, needing to give comfort.
Hesitating, he groaned, meeting her demands with fever, diving deep and playing his tongue against hers. He gripped her hips tighter as he nipped at her bottom lip with his teeth. Thunder crashed, and he pushed her away. “Damn it, Sarah.”
Confused, frustrated, vibrating with need, she advanced on him again. “Why are you angry? I want to kiss you. I want you to kiss me.”
“No.” He paced away and back to stand in front of her. “This isn’t going to happen. We’re friends, only friends. I’m not interested in anything more.”
Flashes of the night at the resort ran through her mind. And the way he kissed her just now told her a different story. “I don’t believe that. You’re the one who changed things in the first place.”
“Well, now I’m changing them back.”
Holding his impenetrable gaze, she scoffed and walked to the bathroom, slamming the door behind her. She moved to the sink, watching the rain pour through the reflection in the mirror as lightning brightened the sky. Shaking her head, she rested her hands on the countertop and closed her eyes. Was she wrong? It had been so long since she‘d dated. She had no idea how to play the game, but this wasn’t a game. She wanted Ethan, but he said he didn’t want her. She sighed out a weary breath, trying to figure her way through his mixed signals. Her instincts, although rusty, told her he did want her back, so why was he doing this?
“I don’t know,” she said in despair as she turned on the water and took a cloth from the ornate silver rack. She dampened the soft fabric, glancing in the mirror again, and froze, staring at a man’s tuxedoed silhouette filling the window behind her as he held a blue rose in his hand.
Her breath rushed in and out as she tried to scream, but the strangled sound wouldn’t leave her throat. Whirling, she staggered to the door, struggling with the handle, never taking her eyes from the man’s.
In the next spark of light, he slammed a paper up against the window, the crack of his gloved hand against the glass echoing like a gun blast.
She made out the words “Now Bitch” before the red marker ran like blood in the rain as she frantically yanked at the knob.
“Sarah.” Ethan struggled with the door as she finally freed the lock. “Sarah.” He whipped it open, and she fell against him, trying to catch her breath.
He pulled her closer, wrapping a protective arm around her. “What’s wrong? What is it?”
“He — He’s out there.” Her whole body trembled as she pointed to the window, but there was no one there. “He’s wearing a mask. It was him. I know it was him.” She gasped for air, clutching at his jacket. “Get me out of here, Ethan. I can’t be here anymore.” Her legs buckled as she tried to flee.
He picked her up and brought her to the library, sitting down with her in a chair. “You’re okay. It’s all right. I’m right here,” he murmured while he gripped her tight as she curled against him and clung.
It was too dark, too quiet as her ragged breathing and the rain pounding on the roof filled the room. She needed people and bright light. Her eyes darted from window to window, certain the man was still watching. “He’s still here. I can feel it. He’s laughing while he watches me.”
“He won’t touch you.” Rage edged his voice as he lifted her and hurried up a flight of stairs. “We’ll go in here.” He brought her to an office and set her on a couch in the dark, closing the curtains before he turned on a light.
Blinking rapidly, she looked up as Ethan pulled his phone from the leather holder on his belt and made a call.
“Tucker, it’s Ethan Cooke. I have Sarah with me at my parents’ house. He was here.”
About the Author
International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.
Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter at: http://www.catebeauman.com/author/home.html#!newsletter-sign-up/c9td
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