Hello Everyone and a good day to you all.

Today I am reviewing Falling For Sarah by Cate Beauman a new to me author. I hope after my review you all will add Cate Beauman to your list of new favorite authors. And later Tomorrow Cate Beauman will be here.  I’m posting the review today to whet your appetite for Cate’s suspenseful romance stories. So let’s dive right in.

Falling For Sarah  Falling For Sarah is the second book in Cate’s Bodyguards of L.A. County series.

Book Blurb:

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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Before we begin I have to tell you I needed tissues before the end of the first chapter. So Sarah is a widow who has survived losing her husband and is doing it with a great support network of friends. Her world starts to shift and change with a kiss from her best friend, the man who has been through it all with her these last 4 years. Ethan was there through her pregnancy while her husband was over in the Sandbox, he was there during delivery and cut the cord for her husband Jake while he watched via transmission. He was there when the CACO officers brought her the news of her husband’s death the day she brought the baby home.  Ethan has been there for her during the next three years too, after all she’s his good friend, they’ve been through hell together, until a string of cheese came their way.

Sarah is resilient, she picks herself up and puts her life back together, one step at a time, moving forward and it helps that she has friends to help her. When a wedding and Ethan’s current girl of the month put her out of sorts and Ethan kisses her in the moonlight things start to change. Sarah isn’t sure about taking  the next step with Ethan but she is willing to try when she attracts the attention of a madman. Women all around in the area where Sarah lives have been getting raped  and the calling card he leaves is blue poker chip at the scene. Soon after Blue roses are left on Sarah’s doorstep. As time goes by the rapes are escalating becoming more violent and each time roses are left there is one more than the last time. Sarah is willing to put herself in Ethan’s hand with his bodyguard business to keep her and her daughter safe. But will she be able to protect her heart when things go south between her and Ethan especially with a madman getting closer to her all the time. She is brave and calm when things get really crazy and her life is in danger. I canna say anything more because of spoilers, sorry.

Ethan has been with Sarah to hell and back and he’ll always be there for whatever she needs until one day when he falls in love with her. Now he has to fight himself and his perceived concepts on what he is capable of based on his family life as a child. He feels friendship is all he can offer Sarah until they kiss and he feels her respond. He is willing to see where they can go together but his insecurity  and visions of his parents marriage rocks the boat. Added to that a madman is stalking Sarah and he does everything he can to keep her safe. But when an opportunity presents itself after a chance meeting with his father at the airport, for him to back off and get some perspective he takes it, but will he lose Sarah too? I like Ethan, he makes mistakes but he does his best to fix them and move forward. He’s willing to admit he makes mistakes and that earns him a lot of points in my book. It warms my heart how much he cares for not just Sarah but Kylee, of course it doesn’t hurt that Cate has given me a mental picture of Ethan as a dream of a man. I know, no more because I don’t want to give any spoilers because I want you all to go out and pick up this book. Or win a digital copy tomorrow!

This is the second book in a series but you don’t need to read them in order , always a plus but after reading it I guarantee you’ll want to go out and pick up the rest of the series. I know I do and I will. I like the cover , the cover has a blue tint which works with the fact that the madman leaves blue chips and blue roses and the Hollywood sign shows not only where it is set but Sarah is the photographer to the stars.  Cate  does a wonderful job with our madman Zeke, taking him from a serial rapist to him escalating into a murdering rapist and a total psychopath . Her descriptions of several secondary characters help build the story, making some people likeable and you can see the kindness in them. Then others you can tell are not very nice people, some more so than others, so she does a great job character building.  She was able to make me feel like I was at the beach, at Ethan’s home romping with his dogs, scared out of my mind as Sarah is faced with death and all the warm fuzzies that go along with falling in love. Cate Beauman can spin a wonderful tale of suspense, emotional angst, anger ,fear and passion; passion for life and love’s passion.

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Here is a look at the other books in the series.

Morgans Hunter Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call.  Her research team has been found dead—slaughtered—in backcountry Montana.

 As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends’ gruesome deaths.  Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.’s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.

Sparks fly from the start when no-nonsense Hunter clashes with Morgan’s strong-willed independence.  Their endless search for answers proves hopeless—until Hunter discovers the truth.

On the run and at the mercy of a madman, Morgan and Hunter must outsmart a killer to save their own lives.

Haileys Truth  Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

 Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long-lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse, cost them both their lives.

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Tomorrow you’ll get an added bonus and snippet of Forever Alexa  the 4th book coming out in the spring around May hopefully. Tomorrow Cate will be here for any questions or comments you have and one lucky person will receive from Cate a digital copy of Falling For Sarah so I hope you all will stop by and chat with Cate.

Enjoy and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

Z Seawitch

Falling For Sarah was received from the publicist in exchange for an honest review.

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