Thursday, April 6, 2017

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Sanctuary Cove by Kate James + Giveaway! (Open Internationally!)

Sanctuary Cove
Kate James

Can his safe haven be enough for her?

Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks to lick her wounds and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.

The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma's reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she'll find a way back to the top... and he'll likely lose her for good.

Josh was appalled. If it was true, that things had escalated to this level, Emma was in danger, too. He thought he understood what she’d been trying to do. He wanted to protect her, to reassure her, but knew he had to tread carefully to prevent her from continuing to try to push him away. He kept his voice calm, matter-of-fact. “I’m glad to hear she’ll be okay. How’s Daniel taking it?”

“Not well, as you can imagine. He feels responsible.”

There it was, he thought, the root of it. He skimmed a hand along the length of her hair. “Emma, he isn’t responsible for Jenna being injured and you know it. The person who is responsible is the guy driving the van. Even more so, the person who paid him to do it, if that’s what’s happened.”

Emma’s eyes were a turbulent, stormy gray. She blew out a long, uneven breath. “Yes. I know,” she said, but without true conviction. “I tried to tell Daniel the same thing. It didn’t help. His view is that if not for him, it would never have happened to her.”

“And you couldn’t convince him because you don’t entirely believe it yourself.” His words were soft but the force of their meaning drew her gaze back to his.

He framed her face with his hands. “It’s not going to work, Emma. You can’t push me away. I’m sticking.”

She lifted her arms. “You didn’t see Jenna in the hospital, the dark bruises on her face, around her eye, the scrapes along her arms and the large cast. You didn’t see Daniel, ravaged by guilt. I don’t want to be responsible for—couldn’t live with—anything happening to you.”

He took her chilled hands into his. “Nothing will happen to me, Emma. Even if it did, you wouldn’t be the one responsible. Hear me out,” he said when she was about to object. “I make my own choices and I choose to be with you—not just when it’s convenient. What we need to do is ensure nothing happens to either of us. I know your instinct still is to keep me distant and safe, but look at me.” He gave her a moment to do just that. “It would be futile to try.”

Emma pressed a hand over her stomach. “Josh, you’ve become so vital to me in so many ways,” she said softly. “Without even realizing it, I’ve come to trust you and rely on you, when, after Richard, I couldn't see myself trusting again.”

Those words meant more to him than she’d ever know. He sensed the change in her and was glad for it. He felt the release of tension much like a balloon deflating, and he drew her into his arms and kissed the top of her head. “Nothing will happen to us, and it will all be over soon. Trust me, Emma.”


Books à la Mode is giving away three awesome prize packs featuring Kate's books—that's three winners total. Yay! Here are the prize packs you could win:

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What place do you consider to be your sanctuary?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Kate and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

If I'm in the mood to be outdoors, I enjoy public parks, provided they're clean and not too crowded. The serenity, sunshine... love just lounging around in the grass for a day!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to the lovely Kate James!
Giveaway ends April 20th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—yay! However, if you live outside the US or Canada, you will receive digital substitutions of Kate's books instead of the above prize packs due to international shipping restrictions. Thanks for understanding!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
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Good luck!