|Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
"I generally read edgier thrillers but a friend recommended this book, so I gave it a try. It turned out to be a witty, pleasant, and cozy little romantic thriller." Kia Heavey
Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business
for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that
includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.
Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?
EXCERPT FROM DANGEROUS SANCTUARY
Christine stood in the parking lot hanging onto the leash of
the agitated pig in one hand and the docile kangaroo in the other. Taking her
eyes from the ambulance careening out of the parking lot, she turned her
attention to the animals and wondered what just happened here. Her heart caught in her throat when she
spotted Cole Stephens speed into the parking lot, barely missing the departing
ambulance. What was he doing here? He
pulled up near her and jumped from the car. “I heard the call come through. I
was afraid of what I’d discover at this church.”
His serious expression broke out into a huge smile. “You
never know what situation a 9-1-1 call will lead to. This… this is a first for
me.” His hearty laughter echoed off the brick walls of the building. He wiped
tears of laughter from his eyes with the back of his hand.
Cole’s appearance seemed to shake up the animals. Christine
struggled to hang on to them, so the detective grabbed the kangaroo’s harness
and tried to calm the frightened animal.
“What are you doing with the Noah’s ark critters?”
She saw the twinkle
in his eyes. Her face cracked into a smile. She had to admit it was an odd
situation. She must look like an idiot standing out in the lot hanging onto
these two adorable creatures. “Well, in a nutshell. A woman had a cardiac
arrest here in the parking lot. As you saw, she’s on her way to the hospital,
and well, these are her pets.”
Christine swept her free hand toward the animals.
“Yes, her pets.” Ella nodded and pointed to Katy and
“Um, I guess I’m keeping them till, well, until… Let’s just
say we didn’t really have time to discuss it. I’m sure you probably have a
place to put them, don’t you?”
“Huh-uh, lady. I’m not taking in any animals.” He backed
away as if they were wild animals ready to attack. “Anyway, my retriever would
probably eat them.” His wink was disarming.
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