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.
This is book two in a continuing series featuring sexy bodyguards and the ladies they love. While it is a 'stand alone', there were several events and people mentioned I could tell were from others books and it did throw me a bit. This didn't take away from the overall story.
Sarah is a single mom whose husband was killed in military service the day after their baby was born. His best friend Ethan has always been there for Sarah and her daughter. Now, two years later, they begin to have romantic feelings for each other right as a serial rapist begins a deadly attack on Sarah's neighborhood.
The characters are very true to life and well written. Sarah is portrayed as a harried, busy, devoted mom who realizes she also can begin to live a life as a woman and not just a parent after her husband's death. Ethan is a strong man who loves kids and big dogs. Supporting characters are, for the most part, also well written, although I found one or two a bit typical and a 'throw away'.
A pet peeve of mine is the 'kid speak'. While a two year definitely has a pattern of speech different from others, the constant 'dood' for 'good' wore on my nerves a bit. I found knowing who the rapist/murderer was both adding to the story and taking some of the suspense away. There were some twists and turns, but many were predictable and not much of a surprise.
Overall, this is a lovely story of finding love with someone who is already your best friend.
Review rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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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