Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan

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Protecting the Single Mom

(Shores of Indian Lake #7)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous…

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.

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Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom


This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite
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About the Author


Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on and Barnes and, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
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Walking toward her car, Cate whipped the fluorescent cap from her head, shook out her short hair and caught sight of him. An apprehensive smile crept onto her face.

“Hi,” he said, though he didn’t move. “You were magnificent.”

“How did you know I’d be here?”

“Checking on you is my job. Remember?”

“Uh, right.” She frowned and continued to stare at him.

He shrugged. “Luke told me about the sculling. Sarah said you were rowing with them today.”

“Oh,” she replied, looking down at the sand and then up at him. “I forgot you know them pretty well.”

“I do.” He paused. “Listen, I’ll be honest. Yes, I was on my way to check on something—police business. I apologize if I’m intruding. But I was curious.”

“About what?” She took a small step toward him. Could anyone be this beautiful? No makeup, her hair rumpled from the cap.

Trent felt as if he’d walked into a dream.

“The rowing. You were beautiful. I mean, er, it was beautiful to watch you…all…out there.”

She chuckled lightly—a tinkling sound carried on the wind.

“We practice whenever we can.”

“Apparently. It’s gotta be freezing out there.”

“I hardly notice. I’m in another world on the lake.”

“And what is that world?” he asked, moving even closer. He had to be nearer. He was getting the feeling that was the only way to be with Cate. Close.

“Freedom. Utter, boundless freedom.”

“You deserve that, Cate,” he said sincerely.

Her eyes delved into his. “You really mean that, don’t you?”

“I do. I’d like to make sure that happens for you.”

“Well then, Detective Davis—”she smiled and rocked back on her heels as if ready to walk away “—I’ll hold you to that,” she said with more wariness in her voice than he would have liked.


It was all Trent could do to resist touching her. He was on duty, and she was like a shot of hot bourbon to an addict. Enticing. Forbidden. “I’d better go.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Don’t let me hold you up.”

He lifted his hand to touch hers. Kiss her palm. But that was crossing the line. Breaking the rules. Again.

He dropped his hand. He didn’t want to frighten her. She had enough in her life to deal with. He didn’t need to add to it. “Call me if you need me,” he said.

She nodded. “I have your number in my cell phone.”

“Promise. If anything—”

“I promise, Trent,” she replied, then went toward her car.

Trent watched her, unable to move from the spot. He had to see…

Just as she opened the car door, she stopped, looked at him and waved.

“Yes,” he whispered to himself. It wasn’t much, her looking. But it was a sign that maybe, just maybe, he’d made some kind of a favorable impression.

He knew he shouldn’t be feeling this attraction to her. He had serious baggage, and after being with her, holding her, he realized she was a not only a good person, but kind and sweet, as well. She deserved the best life could offer—not a guy who was half-whacked with PTSD.

Sure, he’d vowed to himself never to get involved with a woman. And he hadn’t. For years. But that was before—Cate.

He waited until she drove away. He believed that when she’d looked back at him, she was looking at Trent and not simply Detective Davis.

Trent had always been a man of few illusions, but for today, he wanted to hold on to this one.


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