Genre: Single Title Contemporary Romance
Cancer survivor Cara has a plan: ten years in remission before she makes a commitment. Then she enlists the help of sexy PI Matt on an animal abuse case, and he wants her – now.
Cara Medlen felt the growl before she heard it, rumbling through her leg from the dog tensed at her side. She jiggled the leash to break his concentration. “Easy, Casper. You may not realize it yet, but today’s your lucky day.”
He looked up at her with dull eyes, one brown, one blue. A jagged scar creased his face. Ribs and hipbones jutted through his mangy white coat. And oh boy, did he stink. Cara had yet to meet an ugly Boxer, but Casper…well, he had the sort of face that made people move to the other side of the sidewalk.
A face that tugged at a tender spot in her heart.
“It’s a blessing that Triangle Boxer Rescue can take him,” the woman behind the desk, a volunteer named Helen, said. “Shelter life hasn’t been good for him.”
Cara nodded as she handed the signed paperwork to Helen. “We work with a lot of dogs like Casper. I’m sure we’ll have him ready for adoption in no time.”
But the warning she’d received from her Homeowner’s Association over the summer weighed heavily in her mind. Keep her foster dogs in line, or face disciplinary action by the board.
The door to the kennels opened, and raucous barking filled the lobby. Casper peered around her and fixed his gaze on the man who’d come through the door. His posture stiffened, and the hair raised along his spine.
Yep, he was trouble all right.