Monday, June 6, 2016

#Excerpt: FALLING FOR SARAH by Cate Beauman


“Nice place,” he said glancing around at the light blue knick-knacks accenting bright yellow walls and the pale green furnishings giving the room a tropical paradise feel.

“Thanks.” She took Kylee from him. “Bath time first.”

“O-tay, Mama.”

“We’ll be back.” She turned and walked to the bathroom.

While a reenergized Kylee sang and splashed in the water, Ethan stood by the window, staring out at ocean waves kissing the sandy shore. Sarah’s voice chimed in with The Itsy Bitsy Spider, making him smile, but his smile disappeared as he thought of the way she’d looked at him with her eyes full of disdain. He’d always played by his own rules, caring little of what others thought, but the mockery in her voice tonight bothered him. Something was eating at her, and he wasn’t leaving until they figured everything out.

Kylee ran from the bathroom wrapped in a towel. “I ready for my story.”

“You look like you’re missing something to me. Where’re your PJs?”

“Over der.” She pointed to the pink polka dot pajama set lying on the bed. “I have to det dressed. I tan do it myself.”

He smiled. “Well, go for it then. I’ll get your book and wait in the other room. Call me if you need help.”

“O-tay.” Her angelic face beamed up at him, and for a flash, he saw Jake’s smile. Sadness warred with the comfort that a piece of him was still here.

Minutes later, Kylee crawled into his lap, soft and warm, smelling of baby shampoo. She nestled herself against him, hugging Mr. Ruff, the stuffed brown dog he’d bought her at a toy store in Germany the year before.

Ethan covered Kylee with the small patchwork quilt Jake’s mother had made for her second birthday and settled against the couch.

She looked up at him. “Mama be out soon. She getting her bath too.”

As Kylee spoke, the spray hit the tub behind the closed bathroom door. Ethan knew Sarah was avoiding him. But he could wait. He was patient when it suited him. “Let’s read this story, Sleepy Marie.”

She put her hands on his cheeks. “I not Seepy Marie. I Kylee.”

Her eyes were so solemn as they stared into his, he couldn’t help but grin. “Okay, Sleepy Kylee, let’s read this story.” He opened to the first page, and she rested her head against his chest again. By the time he made it to the third page, the water in the bathroom shut off, and Kylee’s eyes drooped. He continued on until Sarah stood in the doorway, wrapped in her pale blue robe that stopped a good inch above her knees.


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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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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