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by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin
Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love. In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.
Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?
She warmed a little more toward the gruff cop. To her way of thinking, how could anyone not care about kids and dogs? But Cal seemed to care more than the average person.
He was a stranger, and she was about to turn her life upside down for him by offering to take Scout. How could she manage to look after a dog—a high-maintenance dog, at that—and keep doing her job with its long hours, odd shifts and unpredictable demands? She reminded herself again why she didn’t have a pet, despite her love for animals.
But then she looked at Cal, saw the despondency in his eyes. She wanted to help them. She really did. And yet she couldn’t deny that one contributing factor was the fact that she’d be able to see Cal…
While Jessica continued to mull over the idea, Cal reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out something that resembled a baseball card. He smiled as he placed it on the table and slid it toward Jessica.
She glanced down. It was a baseball card. Scout’s card! It had his picture on it, head slightly tilted, his eyes expressive and alert. His name was printed in large letters on the top right. The San Diego city seal in the top left corner, with the words America’s Finest above the seal and To Protect and Serve below. She smiled, picked up the card and turned it over. Scout’s name, a smaller version of his photo, the seal and police department motto were also on the back, but this side of the card listed Scout’s “statistics”—his breed, when he was born, his handler’s name. There was also a short paragraph on his history. Scout was born in Holland and brought to the United States to become a police service dog in March four years ago. It listed Scout’s specialized training in search and rescue, and handler protection.
She flipped the card over again and stared at Scout’s picture before raising her eyes to meet Cal’s. The card had done it; it had tipped the scales. “You really have no other option? Not a friend or another police officer?”
He shook his head. “No.” He sounded sincere.
She exhaled. “Okay, I’ll do it.”
“Do what?” He seemed confused.
“Take Scout until you’re able to care for him again.”
Cal gagged on the coffee he’d just sipped. His face red, he started coughing.
She sprang up to help. “Are you okay?”
He waved her away, but coughed a few more times. “I’m okay,” he choked out, his face still flushed.
“You’d do that?” he asked when he could. His expression was comical, a mixture of incredulity and elation.
Kate James spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.
Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.
Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.
Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.
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