Welcome to a place where love is in the air, fate is in the stars, and home is just a heartbeat away…
Sheriff Andie Shepard may be new to Sanctuary Island but, like everyone else who comes here, she’s already fallen under its healing spell. Andie is determined to leave her mistakes behind her and make this scenic haven her home. But she just might have to change her plans—as well as open her heart—when an unexpected visitor shows up on her doorstep…
Caitlin is the ten-year-old niece Andie never knew she had. Silent, wary, and shy as can be, Caitlin only responds to the horses that run wild across the island. Andie has no idea how to deal with Caitlin—until Sam Brennan enters the picture. A tall, handsome loner who rehabilitates abused horses, Sam is able to help Caitlin break out of her shell. But that’s not all: He finds a way to touch something deep in Andie’s heart, opening her up to the healing power of love. Together, these three lost souls must face the darkness in their past to build a brighter future. Because here, on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible…
I’m so excited to be participating in the Heartbreak Cove Blog Tour! Sanctuary Island has become one of my favorite places to escape to as a reader. Hopefully, you will begin to see why as I offer you this teasing excerpt of the potential romance between Sheriff Andie Shepard and ex-con Sam Brennan:
A muscle ticked in his rough jaw. “You can accept my apology, and my thanks,” he gritted out, the words grinding over each other like gravel under truck tires. “My cousin told me the judge decided to sentence the kids to community service, nothing on their permanent record.”
“That was the judge’s decision,” Andie pointed out cautiously. “You should thank her.”
Sam grimaced, palming the back of his neck. “I did. She told me you called her up and argued for Matt and Taylor, since it was a first offense for Matt and both of them are minors . . . I mean, it’s ridiculous they were charged with trespassing at all, but you didn’t have to speak up for them. So thank you.”
“Don’t strain yourself,” Andie said sharply, causing Sam’s gaze to fly to hers, surprised. “I didn’t do it as a favor to you.”
His eyes narrowed. “I never thought you did.”
“I only put in a good word,” Andie insisted, leaning in to make her point. And it was true. After Sam’s nephew had been caught trespassing and drinking underage with the bank manager’s daughter, Andie felt for the kids. The boy wasn’t a troublemaker, and the girl had worked hard to turn over a new leaf. There was nothing to be gained by saddling either of them with a criminal record.
“You’ve actually got a heart underneath that uniform, don’t you?” Sam said slowly, his deep brown eyes studying her face with disconcerting sharpness.
“Of course I do,” Andie said over the thud of her heart in her ears. “I’m a firm believer that people need other people. That’s one reason I take this job so seriously—we all need each other’s help sometimes.”
“Unless you’re used to going it alone.” The darkness in his gaze expanded like a black hole, sucking in all the light and air around them.
Andie’s heart rate crested on a tidal wave of need, the need to know more, to fi nd out what turned Sam Brennan into a loner who believed in nothing and no one, the need to make him leave Sanctuary Island before she did something really crazy . . . like kiss him to see if that would make him smile.
Sam blinked and shook his head like a big, shaggy dog. The tension between them splintered, changed, as he met her eyes once more. Only this time, his gaze was shuttered, the black fire there banked and smoldering.
“The look on your face,” he said, sardonic amusement quirking his lips. “Don’t worry, Sheriff Shepard, remember I’m not a permanent member of your flock. Just passing through, looking after Matt while his mom bangs around Europe on her honeymoon. She’ll be back in a couple of days, so I won’t be here long enough to cause any trouble on Sanctuary Island, I promise.”
Thank God for that, was all Andie could think. She wasn’t sure she could deal with the disruption and chaos Sam Brennan caused in her psyche for longer than a few days.
“While you’re here, I’d appreciate it if you’d at least pretend to respect the laws of the island,” she said stiffly.
Slapping both big hands on his denim- clad thighs, Sam swung up from the chair and replaced it neatly under the table. “Sure thing, Sheriff. As a special favor to you.”
“Not breaking the law is not a favor.”
He held up his hands in surrender. “No, of course. You’re right. Just a little joke. Or is it against the rules to even joke about breaking the law?”
*happy sigh* Trust me, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the potential of these two!
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About the Author
Lily Everett grew up in a small town in Virginia reading Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty, taking riding lessons, and longing for a horse of her own. Sadly, her parents gave her a college education instead—but she never forgot what the world looked like from the back of a horse. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time.
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One (1) winner will receive the entire Sanctuary Island series, consisting of Mass Market editions of Sanctuary Island, Shoreline Drive, and Heartbreak Cove, as well as Homecoming, the collection of three Billionaire Brothers novellas set on Sanctuary Island. Giveaway is courtesy of St. Martin’s Press and available to U.S. addresses only.