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
Alone and mildly terrified, Ethan stared down at the pretty little bundle snuggled against him. Her serene face, a miniature of Sarah’s, was so perfect. She smelled of baby powder and weighed next to nothing. Even though she slept, he began to wiggle his arm—just in case. “I guess this isn’t so bad. Let’s make a deal. If you keep doing what you’re doing until your mom comes back, I’ll talk her and your dad into a really kickass swing set for the backyard. It’ll be my present to you.”
Kylee’s lips made a sucking motion as she continued sleeping.
“Okay, I guess that means we have a deal.”
Relaxing with more confidence, he turned back to the counter, attempting to make his sandwich one-handed. He finagled the twist tie from the plastic as Kylee curled closer against him. Startled by her sudden movement, he dropped the bread and bent at the knees to pick up the loaf as Kylee grunted. Seconds later, a small, wet explosion sounded in her diaper. “That can’t be good.” He stood and walked to the bathroom, desperately hoping Sarah was finished, but the radio played beyond the closed door as water sprayed into the bathtub.
The baby began to stir and he jiggled his arm from side to side, but Kylee’s fussing turned into a lusty cry. Panicked, he almost forgot the rules of friendship and rushed into the bathroom. With his hand on the doorknob, he stopped himself. “Christ, pull it together, Cooke. You’ve got this.”
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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. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.
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