Bodyguards of L.A. County #1 & 2
In Falling for Sarah (Bodyguards of L.A County #2) by Cate Beauman, Sarah Johnson has done her best to pick up the pieces after the death of her husband in combat. Luckily, she's had the wonderful support of friends and family to help her through the tough times. Ethan Cooke has been a godsend, not only to her but to her daughter as well. But now, things are about to change when he kisses her. Unless, she can let go of her guilt that she's somehow betraying her husband's memory and can find it in her heart to give another man a chance.
Ethan Cooke has always been there for Sarah, and always will be. However, it's getting harder and harder to deny the feelings he has for her. But when a stalker sets his sights on the woman he's falling in love with, he will do anything to keep her safe. Yet, what will happen when the danger finally passes? Will Ethan be able to convince Sarah to give him a chance at happy ever after?
This is the second book in the Bodyguard of L.A County series for Ms. Beauman, and I've got to say that this story was just as good as the first, Morgan's Hunter. From start to finish, this book was captivating, fast-paced and had me hooked from the prologue, as Sarah finds herself adjusting to motherhood and then is hit hard with shocking news. How is she going to cope?
Again, just like in the first book, the dialogue was well-written, intense and I liked how Ms. Beauman had the ability to draw me so completely into this story through the characters emotions and reactions. There was no way I couldn't shed a few tears for Sarah's situation. She's torn between giving Ethan a chance and feeling guilty that she's betraying her husband's memory. How is she supposed to decide when it's not just her choice that matters. She needs to consider her daughter. Would being with Ethan be good for her or not? It doesn't help when the hero and her daughter are so close.
I really liked the hero and heroine, and I was so happy to discover the return of some characters from the first book. Sarah has become so close to Morgan, and it's lucky she has someone to confide in. Since it doesn't help that Hunter overreacts to the fact that she and Ethan are getting close. However, when it came to the secondary characters, it was Sarah's daughter that stole the show for me, so to speak. She's adorable the way she interacts with Ethan and Hunter.
Sarah is strong and brave. It isn't easy for her to deal with the fact that there's some psycho out to get her. Yet, she knows without the men she won't stand a chance. It's also hard for her to give Ethan a chance because she feels she's betraying her husband's memory. Not that I could blame her, but Ethan is not some random man. He's the one that has always been there for her through the good times and the bad. While Ethan, he's domineering, protective and I liked how protective he was of both Sarah and her daughter. He isn't taking any chances with their safety, especially when her stalker seems to be escalating.
Hot sex scenes heated up the pages, and illustrate just how amazing these two are together. Sarah finds it hard to give in to her feelings, but I was glad that she finally decided to give Ethan a chance when she did. She deserved to be happy again.
Overall, I loved this book just as much as the first one of the series, and now I can't wait to read the rest, as I believe this series by Ms. Beauman is romantic suspense at its best. The way this story ended was perfect. Ethan's surprise to Sarah and her daughter had me smiling, because it shows how much he loves the heroine. How much he wants her to stay, even though he knows he screwed up by being so hot and cold in his feelings. I would recommend Falling for Sarah, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, or stories encompassing grieving widow that finally achieve a second chance at love.