Falling For Sarah (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #2)
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.
Justice For Abby (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #6)
Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her
nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her
and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the
men who want her dead.
The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with
the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her
testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.
Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod
Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest
agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to
take on his beautiful, free-spirited client.
As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn. Abby
and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while
Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.
Saving Sophie (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #7)
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
Finding Lyla (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #10)
Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling
practices and endless performances rule her busy days—and things are about to
get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star,
despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.
Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time
relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said
than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a
beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.
Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all
changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become
complicated—something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and
Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.
Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border
before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that
wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that
might be their only chance of making it out alive
She crossed her legs, the picture of calm, even as her
temples began to pound with the sudden headache. “I’ve turned my back on
nothing. Dance is personal. My reasons are personal, but I can assure you
nothing would make me happier than to see peace restored between the two
countries I call home.”
“And you will help with this?”
She frowned. “Help restore peace? Roman, you overestimate my
“Perhaps you underestimate your power. Are you not Mina
Markovik’s daughter? Have you not followed in her footsteps?”
God knows she’d tried. “I will never be my mother.”
“But you are ‘Russia’s Princess.’”
But she wasn’t. The weight on her shoulders grew
exponentially—as it did every year when the title she’d never asked for was
thrown in her face.
“This comes with great responsibility,” Roman continued,
staring at her, clearly waiting for her response.
She consciously relaxed her hands when she realized her
knuckles were white. As their gazes held, she swallowed. How was she supposed
to tell him she had canceled her plans to travel east? By honoring her father’s
requests to stay in New York, she disgraced the woman who’d died giving her
life. With an inner sigh, she sat up straighter, remembering that she owed the
beautiful woman who perished nearly twenty-five years ago. “I understand my
responsibilities. I accept my duties.”
“Russia has heard nothing from you since the tragic bombing
in Saint Petersburg almost two weeks ago.”
Another request from her father: to distance herself from
the politics of extremists and deadly acts against the Russian Federation. “Of
course I’m deeply saddened and disturbed by such a horrible tragedy.”
“Your father wasn’t shy about his condemnation of the
attack. He’s quoted as calling them guerrilla tactics that cannot be tolerated
by the United States any more than they are the Russian Federation.”
“Yes. My father is very troubled by the violence.”
“Rumor has it your father is discouraging your travels to
the Mother Land for fear of your safety.”
Her spine snapped straight at such a clear invasion of her
privacy. How could anyone know that? She discussed her personal issues with
very few people. “The rumors you hear are wrong.”
“Ambassador Avery hasn’t pressured you into staying home
safe and sound in New York?”
“No, he has not.”
“So you won’t be postponing your trip to Russia?”
“No, I will not. I’ll be coming for my three-week holiday as
I always do, and I’ll be performing The
Markovik Number at the Bolshoi Theater.”
Roman gaped. “You’ll dance The Markovik Number?”
He edged closer in his seat. “It’s never been seen before.
The choreography is unknown to all but a few.”
“Yes,” she repeated.
“This dance is a pas
She nodded while her mind raced as she dug herself deeper
into her current mess. Not only was she now going to Russia, she was also
committing herself to imitating the steps of a true legend. Many had compared
her to Mina through the years, but that was nostalgia. No one would ever hold a
candle to Mina Markovik on stage.
“Who will you partner with?”
“Sergei Ploeski,” she decided. As soon as word spread, there
was no doubt Russia’s best male ballet dancer would be committed to learning
Roman’s eyes grew wider. “You will dance with Sergei
“Mmm. A token of goodwill between two beautiful countries.”
Roman all but rubbed his hands together. “The headlines will
be wild. “Ploeski and Markovik-Avery: History.”
“It will be an honor.”
“Your father knows of this?”
“He encouraged me to reach out to Sergei, to bring my
mother’s last dance to life during such uncertain times,” she lied without
qualm, knowing such a statement would put her father in a positive light.
“This is fantastic, Lyla.”
“I’m excited,” she fibbed again as she struggled not to
“And your visit at Orphan House Ten, will you still meet
with the children?”
“I plan to carry on with my usual schedule.” Which would
drive Dad crazy.
“With added security and precautions no doubt.”
She shook her head. “No. You know I don’t use security.”
“Surely your father will insist.”
“My father and I both believe that we must be cautious with
the new threats, but we must also live our lives. I plan to carry on in Russia
as I always have—drive my own car, walk the streets without being flanked by
any sort of protective personnel, eat out with friends and family.”
“You can’t exactly call yourself a normal citizen.”
“Normal citizens aren’t from the womb of great dancers. Few
can call themselves the daughter of an American ambassador.”
“I am both of these things, and I’ve never wanted to be
treated any differently than anyone else.”
“There is certainly truth in that, Princess.” Roman shut off
his recorder and stood abruptly. “Thank you for sitting down with me.” He bent
forward, absently pressing a kiss to Lyla’s cheek. “We’ll catch up when you
land in Russia next week. I want an exclusive.”
“Of course,” she muttered, waiting for him to disappear
around the corner before she let her head settle against the back of the seat.
Closing her eyes, she groaned as she rubbed at the throbbing in her temples.
What had she done? Dad was going to lose it when she explained what had just
happened. She stood and started back toward her dressing room, not looking
forward to the call she was about to make. But there was no turning back now.
Every word she’d spoken was on Roman’s handy little tape recorder.
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
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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Random Fun Facts About
Romantic Suspense Author Cate Beauman
- I keep notebooks in my car, purse, etc. because I
never know when an idea will come to me.
2. I recently started writing Deceiving Bella, book eleven in the
Bodyguards of L.A. County series which I hope to release this summer.
3. The first editor I shared my work
with told me not to quit my day job and refused my manuscript.
4. I would have to say that one of the
biggest things I have learned throughout my writing journey is to support
myself, trust who I am as a person and as a writer. I think that’s vital to
thriving in an often brutal industry.
- Never be afraid to learn, go after what you want,
grow from rejection, and be thankful every single minute for your
tragedies and triumphs.
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