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Someone needed to protect her... And that someone was Jake.
Release Date: May 27, 2009
Someone needed to protect her…
With her partner dead and his dangerous associates after her, fear made Marie run—and drove her right into the arms of Jake Colder, the sheriff of the small town where she sought refuge. The sexual attraction between them is instant and intense, but even the taste of heated nights spent with Jake’s gorgeous hard body wrapped around her isn’t enough to let Marie relax her guard. If Jake knew what she’d done, he’d arrest her, exposing her to the deadly greed of the men who pursued. Still, as hard as she tries to stay away from the hunky sheriff, some inexplicable force keeps pulling them back together.
And that someone was Jake.
Jake knew Marie needed his protection. He’d been warned by the ghost of his great-great-grandfather, the family guardian for over a century. Whatever the trouble was, there was one thing he was sure of—he wanted Marie in his life, in his bed, forever, and no one was going to hurt her on his watch.
TITLE: Guardian Angel
AUTHOR: Lise Fuller, www.lisefuller.com
PUBLISHER: Ellora's Cave
“Would you like coffee this morning?” A soft, prim voice floated to him.
“Yeah.” Jake didn’t look at the speaker but he registered an Eastern accent. Instead, he frowned at Katie who wiggled her fingers at him. Frustrated, he rolled his eyes and rubbed his hand across his face. He needed to get Katie off his back—fast.
He tossed the menu aside. The woman’s hand jutted in front of him and snatched it. Her fingers were long, graceful and slender. He could fit his hand around her wrist, probably twice.
“Are you ready to order?”
He looked at her and paused, thunderstruck. So this is Marie. Blood rushed to his groin. His pulse picked up speed. He looked away to get a grip on himself. Cal was right. Her skin reminded a guy of fresh cream, soft and smooth. And her face, God, she looked like an angel. He cast a side glance a mite lower and took in the detail of her form. Her lush, well-proportioned body was made for a man to fuck.
He gulped to suppress his baser urges. When he managed to get control, he looked at her again. She’d tied her dark hair in a bun. Her high cheeks had a flush about them.
But her eyes were what held him. The gold flecks in those deep green pools could mesmerize a man, yet something more reflected in her gaze. Fear?
She ran her tongue across her full lips then nipped the flesh. Jake seriously wanted to ask her if she’d do that to him.
He cleared his throat and thought better of it. It’d been several years since he’d been wild and stupid. Besides, a question like that would be out of line for a man in his position. “You must be Marie.”
Her hand jerked. Her eyes narrowed. She pressed her lips together as a flash of unease breezed across her face. “How did you know?”
“Honey, we don’t get too many strangers—well, except for this time of year—but they wouldn’t work in the diner. News of your arrival spread far and wide across the valley.”
Her eyes clouded. The fear came back, Jake thought as he sipped his coffee. He wondered what had caused the dainty downturn of her mouth. “You got a last name?”
“Ah…” She stalled. “Taylor.”
“Taylor. Well, welcome to Bridger Valley. You picked a hell of a time to come.”
Her lips twitched. She allowed herself a small smile. The act brightened her whole face. “Yes, well, the tips are good and I need the money.”
Nodding, he questioned if Taylor could be her real name. “I’ll take my eggs over easy with toast. Tell Gus it’s for Jake Colder. He’ll know the rest.”
She licked her lips again before she walked away. He watched. Her full hips swayed with every step. He liked that. Not too thin. Beautifully proportioned.
And probably not his type.
He bit his tongue and looked away. Jesse’s mother had been like that. Lush body, well shaped…
And loved men.
Jake huffed and swigged some of the black brew. He’d been in the army then. His tours of duty had been long and he’d been gone most of the time. Jake ran his fingers along the hot cup, deep in thought. The army had been hard on both of them. When Jesse came along, it’d been even harder.
Jake had tried. He’d given up his special ops post to work as a military policeman. The change hadn’t helped. Christy wanted out. She wanted opera, ballet…life.
On his pay, he could only offer love and a warm body to sleep next to.
Then she told him about the other men.
In the end, Jake and his bruised ego gave her everything she wanted. Everything.
He bowed his head and swallowed hard. He saw the pain again in Jesse’s face. The boy knew she’d never be back. Her departure devastated his son, the fact she hadn’t wanted him either.
“Here’s your eggs, Sheriff.” Katie bent low to expose her generous cleavage. “Special delivery.” The corners of her mouth curved upward in a playful tease. She batted her eyes.
“Sure thing, lover.” She whispered the last word and winked at him.
He smirked. Better the devil you know than the one you don’t. “Honey, it still won’t get me anywhere near your place.”
“Well, then maybe it’ll get me near yours.”
He picked up the toast and buttered it. “You’re not afraid of Gramps? I’ve lost more than one housekeeper ’cause of him.”
“Humph.” She straightened. “Crazy people. I think it’s a rumor but even if it isn’t, I’m not afraid of an old ghost.” Her eyes devoured every detail of Jake. “Sugar, if he’s anything like you, we’ll get along just fine.”
Jake shook his head as he stabbed a bit of egg. He shot a glance at Marie. She walked around with a pot to warm up the customers’ coffee. “So tell me about the new girl.”
Katie shrugged. “Her name’s Marie. Don’t know much ’cept she’s a nice girl. Good manners and such.” She looked from the woman to him and arched her brows. “Drives an even nicer car.” Katie pulled out her ordering pad when another customer walked in. “But I can tell you this…” Her mouth turned down, the lines tinged with worry. “She won’t spend any money, even on a little makeup. She must really be hurtin’ for cash.”
To a woman like Katie, that kind of thriftiness said something. Jake took another bite and studied the unknown woman. “Where’s she staying?”
“Right here in the motel. Gus is lettin’ her sleep in one of the old rooms and takin’ the charge out of her pay.”
Jake lifted his brow. “The ones without a deadbolt?”
“Hey,” Katie held up her hands, “she wanted something cheap. She got it. It’s fine with her.”
Jake scowled. “What kind of car does she drive?”
The waitress twisted her mouth as she thought. “Oh, one of them fancy ones. I cain’t remember.” A customer of Katie’s waved her down. “Gotta go. Jesse left your loincloth with me. It’s in my truck. You can get it when you’re ready.” She turned and moved on.
Jake drained his cup. He set it near the edge of the table as Marie approached. She reached for the mug, her eyes downcast.
“So what brings you to Fort Bridger?”
“Huh?” Her hand jerked the pot. Hot coffee spilled into his lap.
“Sh—” Jake sucked in a breath and jumped up. He brushed off his clothes before the coffee completely scalded him.
“Oh…” The woman set the pot on the table and wiped his stomach with her dishcloth. “I’m so sorry. I…you…” She lowered her hand to follow the wet stain and wiped his legs.
It took her two full seconds to realize what else she’d been rubbing. His throat went dry. His cock jumped in his pants.
Their eyes met. He felt the erotic tension tighten between them.
“Oh my God.” She dropped the dishtowel on the table and slapped her hand over her face. Her cheeks flushed as she peeked through her fingers. “I’m sorry.”
The room erupted. Jake even heard the cook heehaw in the back. He looked at Marie and gave her his sexiest come-on grin. “It’s okay, honey. I’m sure everything still works.” The guffaws came louder. Jake would have given anything to ask her if she’d like to see for herself.
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Guardian Angel is a beautiful erotic romance with a poignancy that will leave the reader with tears in the eyes. The sizzling romance is red hot and passionate, while the suspense will leave the reader on the edge of their seats. The addition of a paranormal element just adds the cherry on top. This is one novel you won’t want to end. These are strong characters with an even stronger emotional connection.
Marie is on the run. Her business partner is dead and the men he worked with are after her. When she meets Jake, the sheriff of a small town, she thinks maybe she has found a haven in a nightmare. Jake knew something was coming. The ghost of his great-great-grandfather warned him that trouble was on the horizon but the woman he just found is nothing like what he expected. Jake knows that if Marie is guilty of anything criminal he will arrest her but he is also more than willing to do whatever it takes to protect the woman he has come to love.
Danger, a sexy sheriff and meddling ghosts all combine to create a powerful erotic romance that bursts from the pages. These characters pop to life in a way that will have any reader wanting more. Lise Fuller has designed a story that is scintillating and sexy while still appealing to the lovers of a suspenseful tale. I am definitely anticipating whatever Lise Fuller creates next.
by Lise Fuller
Release Date: 05/27/09
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Romantic Suspense
List Price: 6.99
Author Page: Lise Fuller
MR Reviewer: Victoria Lyn
by Lise Fuller
Marie Taylor is on the run. She believes that her business partner is dead and his shady associates are out to get her. She sends copies of papers she stole from him to the FBI in hopes that they will be able to help her. She then pulls out a map, closes her eyes and points. Her finger lands on Fort Bridger, Wyoming. She hopes she will be safe there.
Jake Colder is the Sheriff in Fort Bridger. It doesn't take him long to notice Marie and even less time to realize that she is in some type of trouble. He can't convince her to tell him about her troubles, but he does convince her to move in to his home to help take care of the place and his son. Marie is leery of the Sheriff, but neither can deny the attraction between them.
Guardian Angel is an exceptional book. You can't stop turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. You will be sucked in by the intrigue, heated up with the romance, and rolling on the floor with its touch of comedy. All of the characters are believable; they could be anyone from your own hometown. Katie is the sassy waitress that knows everyone and their business; Jesse, Jake's son, will pull your heart strings; and Gramps is a meddling old coot! Will Marie learn to trust Jake with her secrets? Does her past catch up with her or will she continue to run? You'll have to pick up a copy of Guardian Angel to find the answers to these questions and much more! Ms. Fuller has written a captivating story that will reel you in, but doesn't leave you hanging. This will definitely be a keeper and I'll be looking for more!
What do you enjoy more from a romantic suspense: heart pounding twists and turns or the smoldering love scenes? I am hard pressed to choose, but luckily with this read I didn’t have to dwell on the thought much. Lise Fuller's Guardian Angel delivers pages full of both!
Business has gone horribly wrong for Marie Taylor. Her business partner is dead and his associates are coming after her. Having no one to turn to and not trusting the law, Marie Taylor finds herself on the run. Needing somewhere to hide, she lands in small town Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Marie takes a job as a waitress at the Chuck Wagon, the local dinner. It's here that she comes face to face with Jake, accidentally spilling coffee into his lap. Although, the erotic tension coming off the two is heating things up far more than the coffee.
Jake Colder, county sheriff in Bridger Valley has been alone for years. He’d slaked his lust a few times with a couple of women here and there, but hasn’t let anyone into his life since his wife left him and his son. Then he meets clumsy, cautious Marie at the local diner and knows she needs help and a place to stay. He also knows something is wrong. Against his better judgment, Jake offers her a place to stay in exchange for housekeeping and babysitting.
As Marie moves into the ranch and into Jake's heart, she can't help but think of the life she might have been able to have with him if her circumstances were different. Jake knows she is running from something, but is determined to have her. He can't overlook the raw need that is between the two of them. Trouble’s about to catch up with Marie, and Jake is the only one who will be able to help. Will he lock her behind his closed doors or behind bars when the truth comes to surface?
I love a good romantic suspense novel. However, lately, it seems the main characters lack good chemistry or the plot is just missing that extra punch. Guardian Angel delivers both sizzling heat from the protagonists and an intriguing plot that had me on edge. If you are looking for a good romantic suspense, be sure to grab a copy of Lise Fuller's brilliant work… just don't forget your glass of ice water!
Reviewed By Pam
© October 2009
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