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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.
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.
Merry Pacific Cove Christmas
“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Who doesn’t love the beach? But often, I think, when people imagine the West Coast, California’s sunny and sandy beaches come to mind. And they are gorgeous. Heading north, as you reach the coast of Oregon and Washington it’s a bit different. Shorelines here are more rugged, rockier, and often difficult to access. The surf can be brutally powerful, often dangerous for swimming. The weather is unpredictable on the best of days and can barely be considered mild even in the warmer summer months. Our beaches aren’t exactly the place for a sun-worshiper or body surfer.
All of this might sound off-putting to a would-be beach goer. But residents of the Pacific Northwest know differently. This is the most stunningly picturesque and thrilling places on the entire planet. Even though Pacific Cove is a fictional place, it’s a combination of some of my favorite little beach towns along the Pacific Coast. Here are a few of the ways residents of Pacific Cove might take advantage of a beachside Christmas.
Storm watching – This is a serious pastime on the Oregon coast. And for good reason. Waves as tall as houses, wind that steals your breath, and pelting, horizontal rainfall are all hallmarks of a huge coastal storm. While “hurricane force” winds have people taking cover in other parts of the world, they are common here. Residents refer to these conditions as “breezy.” The power of a storm on the Pacific Northwest Coast is truly awesome. If you’re fortunate enough to experience one, you’ll never forget it. And there are worse things than getting trapped in a cabin in the middle of storm – just ask Eli and Aubrey. (;
Crab feeds – Pacific Coast residents know that for all of the East Coaster’s bragging about blue crab, Dungeness is actually the superior culinary crustacean. (Check out the other stops on my tour for my favorite crab dip recipe.) There’s a crab feed in the book that includes one of my favorite scenes where Eli volunteers to fill in for the regular chef who is down with the flu.
Hiking – Oregon’s rugged coastline of hills, cliffs, and thick forests offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. A hike here is an adventure any time of the year. And when you find a nice ocean lookout along the way it can set you up perfectly for the next item on the list.
Whale watching – Gray whales migrate south from Alaska from mid-December through January. They winter in the warmer waters off Baja, Mexico where moms have their babies. They travel back again between March and June. With something like 18,000 whales passing by, all you need is a little patience and a watchful eye and you have a good chance of seeing some. Or, you can take a whale watching tour for an up close and personal view. Companies offer tours by both boat and plane. Once you see one of these gentle giants up close, you’ll forever view the ocean differently.
Beach combing – It’s a thrill for people of all ages to stroll along the beach and discover a sand dollar, shell, colorful agate, old bottle, fishing float, or other treasure that the ocean has washed ashore. In Christmas in the Cove there’s an organized “treasure hunt” for hand-blown glass Christmas balls that are deposited in the surf to wash ashore for participants to find. This activity is based on a real-life, much-anticipated event held every year on the Oregon coast. So exciting!
Is there anything special or different about the Holidays where you live? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to always enjoy a white Christmas? Or a sunny, sandy, beach-y Christmas?
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– Ends December 24th