The Adult Contemporary Romance/Mystery, Collared (Book #4, Going to the Dogs)
by Zoe Dawson has release! To help celebrate, we have an excerpt and giveaway below.
Release: October 14, 2013
Diamonds are a dog’s best friend.
Harper Sinclair discovers that her champion, award-winning standard poodle, Ch. Edgewood Sky High Blue is missing her $50,000 diamond dog collar that was given to her by Harper's eccentric, indulging grandmother. Harper calls the robbery division of the NYPD and reports the theft. The detective they send is surly and tough with a pair of blue eyes that make even this calm, cool socialite's lungs claw for air.
Rough and tumble Detective Caleb Shaw has better things to do than run over to the penthouse of a frigging socialite to find a frigging collar for a frigging pampered poodle---award winning or not. He has real cases to solve, but when he gets a load of the poodle's owner, his interest in the case...heats up. Satin sheets or not, he wants Harper.
Can a lovely socialite collar a hard-boiled detective or are they worlds apart?
“So, Harper, has he let you handle his loaded weapon yet?” Brooke asked, taking a sip of the soda she had in her hand.
“She has a trigger finger that’s…very dangerous.” Caleb’s deep voice made Harper’s head jerk around to find him standing behind the bench with an amused look on his face.
Callie and Poe whipped their heads around at the same time. Brooke was too busy spraying her soda all over her lap and the ground.
He leaned his elbows on the back of the dog park bench and gave Brooke a deadpan look. “It could go off unexpectedly.”
Brooke turned a deep red. Never had they ever been caught red-handed gossiping about the men they were seeing. The fact that Caleb had only made Harper giggle, and her heart bounced at the sight of him. She could hardly breathe as her eyes took in everything.
“Is this the drop-dead gorgeous cop?” Poe asked.
Everyone burst into laughter.
Author’s Favorite Quotes from Collared
“Either you’ve gotten much furrier overnight, and that’s terrifying, or I’m feeling up your poodle.”
Zoe: This quote just makes me laugh every time I read it. Yeah, funny.
He left and Harper went up to a mirror that was near the locker room. She checked her hair to make sure it was all still in place. Then she narrowed her eyes at her reflection and brought her hands up in a fighting stance. She started dancing back and forth and thumbing her nose. “Do you feel lucky, punk?” She jabbed at the mirror. “Take your best shot. Yeah, that’s right. You look yeller.” She jabbed again. “I’m taking that championship belt and there’s nothing you can do about it, punk. It’s KO time.”
“Hey, Rocky. You’re intimidating the hell outta that mirror.”
Zoe: This whole exchange takes place at Caleb’s fighting gym as one of Harper’s “fitting into his world” challenges and shows their character so well. Love the way she checks her hair in the mirror before going into her Rocky stance. And, Caleb’s short quote is so “him.”
She pushed back her chair and headed toward him. When she got there, she went right for his mouth, no greeting, no preamble, just heat and moist lips.
He crushed her to him. Her hand went into his hair.
“I was just thinking about you,” she whispered against his mouth. “Are you busy?”
Zoe: Sigh, love the way they are together, intimately and without words before she says something.
“You’ll never fit in here, Shaw. No matter how you try. You and Harper won’t last. What the hell do you have to offer her?” He eyed the Scotch in Caleb’s hand. “She has expensive tastes. How are you going to handle that?”
Zoe: This hits Caleb hard and is his black moment. Little does he know that Harper has all the money in the world. What she doesn’t have is love and money can’t buy that.
About the Author
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.
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