by D.J. Davis
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Josie Shepherd loves running free, with no one and nothing to tie her down—until a new job at a kennel introduces her to both an unexpected friend and a vicious, abused dog named Cain.
When Josie stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman, she runs to Deputy Gordon Wolfe, a disfigured man hiding behind his badge. His shy smile and affection for dogs make her reconsider what she’s running from.
Now she’s on the run from a serial killer and her own heart. But when her friend is abducted and Cain appears to be the murder weapon, Josie’s attempt to save them both lands her in the killer’s lair. Josie’s strength and Cain’s loyalty are tested to the limit as they fight for their lives. Facing a killer is one thing, but facing her love for Gordon is Josie’s greatest challenge.
I went to Gordon, holding out my hand. “Dance with me.”
Gordon’s cheek went red and for the first time in days he turned away from me. “I don’t dance. Never learned.”
“I’ll show you how.”
“People will stare.”
There were, at most, a dozen people, in the room. “You proposed to me in front of a lot more people than this.”
“That was different.”
He stole a peek at me then looked away. “I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”
“Are these the same people who have been staring all your life?”
He nodded. My Gordon was a big man, a wolf of a man, but graceful in his stature and strength. People would have stared regardless, but he would always believe it was the birthmark they were looking at.
“I’ll make an idiot out of myself.”
“I would never let that happen. All you have to do is put your arms around me. I know you can do that. And if they stare, so what? Screw ’em, Gordon. Who gives a shit what they think?” I winced—my voice was loud enough to carry across the room. I had gone and done it. They were staring at us now.
I gave his hand a tug and he followed me to the dance floor. Feet dragging and head hanging, but it was better than nothing. Tucker started the music. He picked a good one, Take My Breath Away. Gordon put his arms around my waist and I put mine around his neck.
“Sway in a circle and keep your feet to the outside of mine.”
He did, with beauty and grace, just like I knew he would. “I think we found our song,” he whispered against my hair.
We held on to each other for a moment after the music ended and shared a kiss. Light applause broke out. They were staring, all right, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The emotions this book will take you through is unbelievable! Glued to it... yep right from page 1! Easily to put down once you're finished reading... nope, it keeps pulling you back. And that's more so once you have completely completed this book! The plot of the story is remarkable! The skills the author presents behind the cover will floor you!
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DJ Davis is a Colorado native and the rugged high country sets the scene for her stories. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, photographing the wildlife, or camping with her husband. A Great Dane runs her life.
A portion of each sale of her novel "Courageous Cain" will be donated to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Colorado. Help us help big dogs in need.
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