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Friday, December 16, 2016

Book Excerpt - CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE by Carol Ross plus $50 Amazon /ebook Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Nobody is going to hurt her—not on his watch

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn't want Eli's protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he's forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey's trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

Eli hadn’t been back in twelve years and he found himself wondering if Aubrey had. He’d

never shared the cave’s existence with another living soul. By mutual consensus, they’d never

even showed Alex, knowing that he’d never be able to keep it a secret. And later they’d wanted

the place for their own. Even now, the idea of her bringing someone else here, to their place,

bothered him.

With Aubrey in the passenger seat beside him, he drove past the lighthouse and parked.

Turning off the engine somehow revved up his nerves. What would she think about this? If she

had any doubt about his intentions this would certainly steer her toward thinking he was serious.

She was staring out the passenger window. “I can’t believe you brought me here.” With her

head turned away and her voice so soft, he couldn’t gauge her reaction.

When she turned to look at him, her serious expression had him believing he’d made a

mistake. At her next question he began to formulate an apology.

“You know what I’ve always wondered?” she asked.

“What’s that?”

“If anyone else has ever found our cave.” With a laugh she was out the door and running

before he could grab his jacket.

He chuckled, his spirits lifting as he watched her heading down the trail. Alex was right, the

girl really could move like lightning. He slipped into his jacket and set off after her.

“I’m still faster than you,” she teased. She was waiting for him by the giant rock that they’d

always used to mark the place where they descended to the ledge below. It was steep, but they

both remembered the route to get down and several minutes later they were on the ledge and

entering the cave.

Aubrey removed her phone from her pocket, tapped on the screen and pointed it up. “Look,

it’s still there.”

Eli had surprised her once by bringing a paint pen and writing Knight loves Mermaid on a

large, flat piece of rock that made up a portion of one of the cave walls. It was the first time he’d

told her he loved her.

He stepped closer, wrapping his arms around her. He nuzzled the side of her head, burying his

face in her hair. She pivoted in his arms so that she was facing him and put her phone back into

her pocket. She slipped her arms around him, one hand cupping the back of his neck.

He took a few seconds to enjoy the feel of her hand on his skin. They were close enough to the

entrance that light still made its way inside. He could see that her lips were parted slightly,

playing with a smile. Her green eyes glowed with laughter, joy and affection that he hoped he

wasn’t imagining. She was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen, and by far the best person

he’d ever known.

“You know what?” he found himself asking.


“It’s still true,” he whispered just before his mouth covered hers.

Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

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  1. Thank you so much Beck Valley Books & More for hosting me. I'm excited to be featured on your site. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting. This looks like a really nice book.


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